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UK 'unlikely to meet' migration target

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:30:49 GMT

EU migration has "blown off course" the UK's target to cut net migration to the tens of thousands, the home secretary says.

Bomber 'kills 45' at Afghan match

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:22:08 GMT

A suicide bomber in east Afghanistan kills at least 45 people at a volleyball match, as Afghan MPs approve security deals with Nato and the US.

Hamilton wins World Championship

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:43:26 GMT

Lewis Hamilton clinches his second drivers' World Championship with a comfortable victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Abuse claims 'tip of iceberg' - May

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:07:03 GMT

Claims of historic sexual abuse that have emerged are the "tip of the iceberg", Home Secretary Theresa May says.

New web data powers plan for police

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:14:26 GMT

A law forcing communications firms to keep details that could help identify criminals using the internet is being planned by the home secretary.

Gordon Brown 'to stand down' as MP

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:05:50 GMT

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to announce "within days" that he will stand down as an MP at the next election, reports suggest.

Diplomats push for Iran nuclear deal

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:56:32 GMT

Foreign ministers from several countries try to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear programme, amid a possible extension to Monday's deadline.

Band Aid single storms to number one

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:59:37 GMT

Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas? debuts at number one in the UK singles chart after selling more than 312,000 copies last week.

New computer spying bug discovered

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:32:53 GMT

Computer security firm Symantec discovers what it says is one of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software ever seen.

Charing Cross reopens after fire

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:17:02 GMT

London's Charing Cross station reopens after a fire on a train, with some passengers describing panic and fears of a bomb.

England 0-3 Germany

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:17:50 GMT

England women are comprehensively beaten by clinical Germany in front of a record 45,619 Wembley crowd.

'Un-magical' Christmas land closes

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:58:50 GMT

A Christmas attraction designed by TV star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen temporarily closes after customers brand it a "rip-off".

VIDEO: Sold and beaten: India's slave brides

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:05:34 GMT

Andrew North investigates the practice of bride trafficking in India.

VIDEO: Knox-Johnston 'not abandoning sailing'

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:25:58 GMT

Veteran sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston praises the "warm and friendly" reception he received after claiming third place in his class of the singlehanded transatlantic Route du Rhum race.

VIDEO: Bonneville: Bears, Obamas and the BBC

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:08:47 GMT

Actor Hugh Bonneville tells Andrew Marr about the spice of Nicole Kidman, the future of W1A and the past of Downton Abbey.

VIDEO: Sir Jackie Stewart: 'A great victory'

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:14:03 GMT

Formula One racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart hails Lewis Hamilton's world championship win in Abu Dhabi as "a great victory".

VIDEO: Travelling through the Ebola heartland

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:15:22 GMT

The BBC's Tulip Mazumdar has been on a trip across two West African nations affected by Ebola to see how the authorities are dealing with the virus.

VIDEO: Iraq village caught between two sides

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:22:53 GMT

The war in Iraq is pitting neighbour against neighbour, and for those who do not want to choose sides life can be even more dangerous.

VIDEO: Understanding autism: Living in a box

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:40:28 GMT

Shop worker Hayley Bicker wanted to raise awareness on autism after feeling shocked at people's reaction to an autistic child in a supermarket

VIDEO: England's blind cricket World Cup bid

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:55:30 GMT

England's visually-impaired team who are preparing to take part in the fourth blind cricket World Cup later this week.

Military force: Not the way to win?

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:18:04 GMT

The nature of war has changed, says Jonathan Marcus, and military might is no longer a guarantee of success.

VIDEO: Kim Kardashian's bottom: Work of art?

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:11:01 GMT

Will Gompertz looks at whether an "artistic statue" of Kim Karsdashian's bottom would be art or not

Did Obama deliver for Hispanics?

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:40:36 GMT

President Obama's immigration speech was a long-awaited moments for the United States' large Hispanic community. But it's what comes next that will matter most.

Who will be Tunisia's next president?

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:29:23 GMT

Tunisians go to the polls on 23 November to choose a new leader in what is hoped to be the first genuinely free presidential election in the country's history. The BBC explains the background to the election.

Bahrain: Will polls fuel unrest?

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:34:05 GMT

The people of the island kingdom of Bahrain go to the polls on 22 November in the first general election since the Arab Spring protests of 2011.

VIDEO: 15 secs: How to block spying

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:56:22 GMT

Human rights group Amnesty International has released software to stop governments learning secrets from your computer.

VIDEO: Ferguson decision: A timeline of events

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:24:02 GMT

Protesters and police in Ferguson are all part of a tense waiting game, wondering if a police officer will be indicted for the death of Michael Brown. A look at the events that lead to these circumstances

Fish and chips 'harming' eider ducks

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:40:09 GMT

Eider ducks on Northumberland's coastal areas are being harmed by people feeding them fish and chips and bread, a wildlife expert warns.

Briton is Scrabble world champion

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:32:43 GMT

A British man is crowned World Scrabble Champion after winning the final of the five-day competition in London.

VIDEO: The moment Hamilton clinched the title

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:57:50 GMT

Watch the moment Lewis Hamilton becomes the 2014 Formula 1 World Champion after the Mercedes driver wins the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:53:21 GMT

Liverpool endure another miserable trip to Crystal Palace, who record their third win of the season thanks to two late goals.

Federer seals Davis Cup for Swiss

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:37:46 GMT

Roger Federer beats Richard Gasquet to seal Switzerland's first Davis Cup triumph, then dedicates the victory to his team.

Hull City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:00:58 GMT

Tottenham come from behind to beat 10-man Hull City to leave the Tigers with only one win in 11 Premier League matches.

Second title 'means more than first'

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:46:18 GMT

Lewis Hamilton says his second world title feels more important to him than the first he won with McLaren in 2008.

Price wars lead to food firms closing

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:23:46 GMT

A supermarket price war is behind a sharp rise in the number of firms involved in food production folding, new research claims.

VIDEO: Gebrselassie: From track to business

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:29:05 GMT

How Olympic athlete and world record holder Haile Gebrselassie has become a property mogul and leading investor in Ethiopia.

'Up to five' terror plots stopped

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:06:43 GMT

Four or five terror plots have been stopped this year, compared with an average one a year in recent years, Britain's most senior police officer says.

VIDEO: 'Unlikely we will meet immigration target'

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:24:36 GMT

Home Secretary Theresa May has said it is unlikely the government will bring net migration down to the tens of thousands by the end of the Parliament.

Mental health nursing cuts warning

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:53:55 GMT

Staff cuts and bed shortages are leaving mental health services "under unprecedented strain", says the nurses' union.

Call to sanction failing universities

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:07:53 GMT

It should be easier to remove the degree-awarding powers of universities that fail to meet academic and consumer standards, a report by Which? says.

AUDIO: School fails inspection on Islamic society

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:45:35 GMT

A Church of England school previously graded outstanding is expected to be put into special measures over concerns about a sixth-form Islamic society.

Police make computer hijack arrests

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:21:26 GMT

Fifteen people have been arrested, including four in the UK, in connection with the hijacking of computers.

VIDEO: Twitter co-founder defends application

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:18:51 GMT

The chairman and co-founder of Twitter is in London for the global launch of his new company 'Square'.

Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:39:16 GMT

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

VIDEO: Fines plan over Japanese Knotweed

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:15:37 GMT

Failing to control the spread of Japanese Knotweed could result in an anti-social behaviour order and a fine of up to £2500.

Emeli Sande: New Band Aid song needed

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:17:42 GMT

Despite saying her own lyrics were turned down, the singer says the project is "from a place of respectful intent".

VIDEO: Bonneville: Bears, Obamas and the BBC

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:08:47 GMT

Actor Hugh Bonneville tells Andrew Marr about the spice of Nicole Kidman, the future of W1A and the past of Downton Abbey.

Monsieur Romieu - a 'man of talents'

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:12:18 GMT

At a time of international conflict two centuries ago, did Britain assassinate an enemy agent while the world was looking the other way?

10 things we didn't know last week

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:39:19 GMT

Seals fancy penguins, and more nuggets.

New probe into teen bus knife death

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:24:53 GMT

A further review is commissioned into the death of 16-year-old Christina Edkins, who was stabbed by a paranoid schizophrenic while on her way to school.

Smash 'splits family's car in two'

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:52:05 GMT

A family's car is split in two when it crashes on a Coventry road.

Pier crash bin lorry driver dies

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:43:33 GMT

A bin lorry driver dies after being crushed by his own truck when he tried to stop it rolling out of a car park in South Queensferry.

Man injured in 'horrific' attack

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:34:14 GMT

A 41-year-old man was left unconscious and seriously injured after a "horrific and sustained" attack by three teenagers on Saturday morning.

Robinson defends Campbell remarks

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:33:32 GMT

DUP leader Peter Robinson defends remarks made by party colleague Gregory Campbell at Saturday's DUP conference.

Petrol bomb thrown at police station

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:46:17 GMT

A petrol bomb is thrown over the perimeter wall of the police station in Warrenpoint, County Down.

'Reality dawning' on council mergers

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:26:27 GMT

The "reality is dawning" on local councils that mergers will bring a significant and permanent change, the public services minister says.

19,000 new homes plan consultation

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:20:12 GMT

Residents in Swansea are to be given their say on plans for more than 19,000 new homes across the city.

'Boko Haram' kills Nigeria fishermen

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:43:44 GMT

Islamist militants from Nigeria's Boko Haram kill 48 fishermen in an attack near the border with Chad, reports from the area say.

Kenya 'kills 100 Shabab militants'

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:29:53 GMT

The Kenyan military has killed more than 100 al-Shabab militants linked to a deadly attack on a bus, Kenya's deputy president says.

India tea workers kill boss over pay

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:04:02 GMT

Workers at a tea plantation in eastern India beat and stab the owner to death in a row over pay arrears.

Australia top ODI rankings after win

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:25:17 GMT

Australia beat South Africa by two wickets to win the one-day international series 4-1 and go top of the world rankings.

West 'seeks Russia regime change'

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:09:49 GMT

Western sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine are aimed at forcing regime change in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.

US and Turkey discuss IS and Syria

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:39:48 GMT

The US vice-president and Turkish president discuss ways to fight Islamic State and strengthen the Syrian opposition, despite reports of strained ties.

Colombia general 'free next week'

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:21:47 GMT

Colombia's Farc rebels will release five captives, including Gen Ruben Dario Alzate, next week, President Juan Manuel Santos says.

Obama defends immigration reform

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:22:14 GMT

US President Barack Obama vows to press for further immigration reform, as Republicans condemn his use of executive powers on the issue.

Volleyball woman out of Iran prison

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:33:53 GMT

British-Iranian Ghoncheh Ghavami, who was detained after attempting to watch a men's volleyball match in Iran, is freed on bail, her family says.

Tunisia in landmark presidency poll

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:25:09 GMT

Polls close after Tunisia's first presidential election since the Arab Spring, with two frontrunners claiming a narrow victory with a run-off likely.

Ex-Washington Mayor Marion Barry dies

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:49:49 GMT

Marion Barry, a four-term Democratic mayor of Washington DC mayor who won re-election after a drug arrest, dies at 78.

Brown's father urges calm in Ferguson

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:09:42 GMT

The father of a man shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri, has appealed for peace ahead of a grand jury decision against the officer.

A&E 'crisis' and holiday 'joy' - front pages

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:39:29 GMT

Concerns over pressures on hospital casualty departments and ambulance services trouble some papers, while others have their eye on proposals for tax cuts.

Week in pictures: 15-21 November 2014

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:43:22 GMT

The best news photos from around the world

Day in pictures: 21 November 2014

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:31:30 GMT

24 hours of news images: 21 November

In pictures: Snow chaos in north-eastern US

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:54:20 GMT

Snowstorm hits north-east of the United States

Picture power: Bird flu

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:38:24 GMT

The story behind the picture

In pictures: Mike Nichols films

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:34:30 GMT

A glimpse at the work of film director Mike Nichols

Day in pictures: 20 November 2014

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:08:45 GMT

24 hours of news images: 20 November

In pictures: Scarcity and Waste

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:11:28 GMT

Finalists of Syngenta Photography Award

Your pictures: Movement

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:39:28 GMT

Readers' photos on the theme of "movement"

VIDEO: Liaison Committee

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:08:03 GMT

MPs question Prime Minister David Cameron.

VIDEO: Cyclists find baby in Sydney drain

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:40:38 GMT

A newborn baby is found abandoned in a drain in Sydney, Australia, by passing cyclists, police say.

VIDEO: Trierweiler: 'It wasn't a suicide attempt'

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:22:53 GMT

When President Hollande was photographed on the back of a scooter at his mistress' apartment it was a story that made headlines all over the world and it lead to the break-up of his relationship with the First Lady, Valerie Trierweiler.

VIDEO: Charing Cross reopens after train fire

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:58:43 GMT

Charing Cross station in central London was closed for about two hours following a fire on a train.

VIDEO: Preparing for floods after US snowfall

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:40:38 GMT

Snowfall in the north-east of the US has subsided, forecasters say, but there are now warnings of flooding as the snow melts.

VIDEO: 'Stop radicalisation before it happens'

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:42:41 GMT

Police stopped four or five terrorist attacks in 2014, says Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

VIDEO: Kabul: 'One of worst incidents this year'

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:19:20 GMT

At least 45 people have been killed at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan.

VIDEO: Tributes paid to Alan Henning

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:16:00 GMT

The widow of the murdered British aid worker Alan Henning told his memorial service that he was killed "for being what we should be, selfless and caring".

VIDEO: Mental health services 'under strain'

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:29:17 GMT

The Royal College of Nursing is warning that mental health services across the UK are under unprecedented strain.

The meaning of Mongol

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:37:43 GMT

What is the real meaning of Mongol?

Journey through the Ebola heartland

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:00:04 GMT

On a journey charting the impact of the disease

Are food foragers unfairly maligned?

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:52:19 GMT

Are food foragers 'annoying' or unfairly maligned?

The day her family wasn't there

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:08:40 GMT

My family was deported while I was at school

The parents refusing to vaccinate their children against polio

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:03:33 GMT

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against polio

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:45:24 GMT

The best reads you need to catch up on

Jerusalem's 800-year-old Indian hospice

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:04:06 GMT

The retreat that has hosted Indian pilgrims since the Crusades

The writer who foresaw the rise of the totalitarian state

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:44:10 GMT

The writer who foresaw the rise of the totalitarian state

The dangerous beauty of the Himalayas

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:15:29 GMT

The dangerous beauty of the Himalayas

VIDEO: Trends of the week - in 60 seconds

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:18:50 GMT

Trends of the past week, relived in 60 seconds