Scottish councils fork out £15.5m in damages over the last five years, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls seeks to ease public fears after three city attacks that injured more than 20 people, saying there is "no link".
Some victims of last winter's floods are 'struggling to cope' with soaring insurance premiums, as BBC Breakfast's John Maguire reports.
Sony Pictures Entertainment is threatening to sue Twitter if the company doesn't suspend accounts that are sharing hacked emails.
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is left "shaken" following a blow to the head from a bouncer during nets.
An "irresponsible" emergency services call about a hedgehog killing slugs in a garden is released by police in Manchester.
Musicians including Sir Paul McCartney pay tribute to singer Joe Cocker, who has died at the age of 70.
Chocolate firm Thorntons' shares fall 25% after it warns that annual profits will fall this year because of poor sales in some supermarkets.
Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, says the Opec cartel will not cut oil production even if the price falls to $20 a barrel.
Police are carrying out investigations at the scene of a fatal bin lorry crash in Glasgow - a cordon now hides the "scene of devastation" reports Laura Bicker.
Christmas has come early for thousands of lucky winners in Spain's famous lottery - "El Gordo" (the Fat One), the BBC's Tim Allman reports.
Australian PM Tony Abbott warns that there has been a "heightened level of terror chatter" since the siege at a Sydney cafe last week.
A record 17,500 people turn out for the latest "anti-Islamisation" rally in the German city of Dresden, according to police estimates.
From Scooby Doo to hospital visits and deserted hotels, Robbie Savage gives BBC Sport his guide to a footballer's Christmas.
Was the trend for strapping a camera to a pole invented 90 years ago?
Sydney remembers the victims of the Lindt cafe siege, with the funeral of manager Tori Johnson and a memorial service for barrister Katrina Dawson.
The number of abandoned pets in Wales is 'alarming' say the RSPCA, as the latest figures show more than 700 were dumped this year.
A German author given unprecedented access to territory controlled by Islamic State tells the BBC that IS is stronger, more brutal and harder to confront than he had expected.
The funeral of a pupil who died after he was hit by a school minibus driven by a teacher is due to take place.
A film that depicts rural Afghan life with an unflinching eye