Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is given a suspended three-and-a-half year prison sentence after being found guilty in a fraud trial.
Campaigners are calling for more Scottish businesses to become official living wage employers in the new year.
Margaret Thatcher wanted an overhaul of the structure of English education when she was prime minister, according to files from 30 years ago that have now been made public.
More than £1m was spent by councils on repairing vandalism at schools in the past year, according to figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives.
It is two years since a man vanished as police continue to investigate his suspected murder.
A health worker who was diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Scotland from Sierra Leone is being transferred to a specialist treatment centre in London.
Investigations continue into the death of a woman in Ceredigion which resulted in two men being arrested.
Officials in Indonesia say search teams have spotted debris at sea in the hunt for AirAsia Flight QZ8501, missing with 162 people on board.
Former footballer Clarke Carlisle was charged with failing to provide a breath sample days before he was seriously injured when he was hit by a lorry, it emerges.
A healthcare worker who was diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Glasgow from Sierra Leone is being transferred for specialist care at London's Royal Free Hospital.
News that Greece faces a snap election on 25 January has been met with international concern with the radical left scenting victory.
Geoffrey Thomas, editor of AirlineRatings.com, says that the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 may "have been caught in a severe updraft".
Italian officials say they are not certain how many people are still missing from a stricken ferry off Corfu, with all those on board now evacuated.
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Asian shares traded lower as political uncertainty in Greece and a selloff in commodities weighed on investors' appetite.
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US President Barack Obama suggests Russia's Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea earlier this year turned out to be "not so smart".
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Lenny Henry debates how diversity appears in the media
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