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Ex-Lib Dem leader Lord Ashdown and Tory peer Lord Young are among politicians recognised in the New Year's Honours List.
Veteran actor John Hurt receives a knighthood in the New Year Honours. and Joan Collins and Esther Rantzen are made dames in the New Year Honours.
Tom Piper, theatrical designer of the Tower of London poppy installation, is honoured by the Queen in her New Year Honours List.
Actress Joan Collins talks about how she feels about being made a dame in the New Year Honours List.
Trevor Hicks, who lost two of his daughters in the Hillsborough disaster, has been given a CBE for his services to other families bereaved by the tragedy.
Esther Rantzen, the former television presenter and founder of ChildLine, has been made a Dame in the New Year's Honours list.
The creators of the World War One ceramic poppy display at the Tower of London join acting grandees Joan Collins and John Hurt on the New Year Honours list.
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Match of the Day commentator Steve Wilson in his New Year's Day Premier League predictions.
Steve McClaren's Derby side move up to third in the Championship with an easy victory over Leeds at the iPro Stadium.
Police in Edmonton, Alberta, find several bodies at multiple locations but have not yet said if the deaths are linked.
Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi is receiving a "very painstaking programme of rehabilitation therapy", his parents confirm.
Detectives investigating the murder of a man in east Belfast revisit the scene of the attack exactly a week after the victim was last seen alive.
Tributes have been paid to the pilot of AirAsia flight QZ8501, which went missing en route from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.
Prisoners believed to have been drunk on home-made alcohol were at the centre of disorder at a prison in Lancashire, an internal prison report finds.
A woman in the US state of Idaho is killed after a two-year-old boy accidentally shot her with a gun he took from her handbag in a Wal-Mart store.
Arrests in New York City are down 66% since two officers were killed on duty, but police unions deny ordering a work slowdown as a protest.
Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey charged with violent conduct after appearing to catch Liverpool's Emre Can with his arm in Monday's defeat.
Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne says he will not take his bonus, following recent major rail disruption.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal expresses mixed feelings on life in England, on and off the pitch, ahead of his side's trip to Stoke on New Year's Day.
The majority of visits to sites hidden on the Tor network go to those dealing in images of child sexual abuse, suggests a study.