Christmas crackers are bound to be a feature of Yuletide celebrations this Thursday, but did you know that they actually date back more than 150 years?
Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson, who had described the Reds as "rudderless", says there are now signs of recovery.
A seal is found in the middle of a field in St Helens, Merseyside by a dog walker.
North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber attacks.
Spaniards await the results of the famous "El Gordo" (The Fat One) Christmas lottery, with €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) of prizes on offer.
A mother and father convicted of causing or allowing the death of their young son are each sentenced to nine years.
Hundreds of elderly people across Belfast are to lose home help services because of cuts to the health trust's budget.
Stolen laptop containing the last photographs of a terminally ill child before she died has been returned to her family.
The son of Hollywood actor Jackie Chan is charged with a drug offence, Chinese prosecutors say, and could now face three years in jail.
Rangers' board are greeted with chants of "out, out, out" as they take their seats at the club's AGM on Monday at Ibrox.
Police investigating the 1972 murder of Belfast mother-of-ten Jean McConville arrest two men in counties Antrim and Armagh.
York Theatre Royal's long-serving panto dame, Berwick Kaler, tells BBC Breakfast what it takes to excel in the role of Widow Twanky or Mother Goose.
Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa, UK-based researchers say.
A passenger was hurt when a train came to a halt after striking flood water on a rail line in East Ayrshire.
More than 1,000 people meet at Stonehenge to mark the winter solstice.
Labour's Hilary Benn says councils should invest in low-energy lighting rather than switching off street lights.
The Financial Reporting Council announces an inquiry into Tesco's accounts for 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has become the latest victim of website difficulties amid the rush for Christmas orders.
The start and finish locations of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire are announced.
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