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A heterosexual couple is challenging the ban on members of the opposite sex entering into civil partnerships, which they say is a "basic issue of discrimination and equality".
PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not happy at finishing second to tennis legend Bjorn Borg in list of top sporting Swedes.
Clarke Carlisle's wife says the ex-footballer is "very poorly" but "stable" after suffering injuries in a collision with a lorry.
A seal that was found 17 miles inland in Merseyside has been moved to a wildlife sanctuary.
How worried should we be by the UK's record current account deficit, our inability to pay our way in the world?
The number of GP surgeries in Northern Ireland at its lowest since 1991, a group of doctors says.
Al-Jazeera network suspends its Egyptian channel, Mubasher Misr, whose coverage angered Egypt's government and strained its relations with Qatar.
The holidays are a good time to reflect on well-being. The ONS has done so, releasing an assessment of income that is intended to provide a more comprehensive picture of economic prosperity.
Apple rushes to fix new bugs with an automatic update for Mac computers around the world.
Algerian special forces have killed the leader of a militant group that beheaded a French tourist in September, a local television station reports.
Arsene Wenger praises Charlie Austin's "mental strength" and "tenacity" as Arsenal prepare to take on QPR on Boxing Day.
Northern Ireland's attorney general contacts a health trust over its decision to withdraw home care packages from up to 550 people in Belfast, the BBC learns.
The BBC travels to Lincolnshire to find out how Brussels sprouts make it from green field to dinner table in time for Christmas Day.
An inquest is opened into the death of Scot Young, a property tycoon who died after falling from his London penthouse.
Two men appear in court accused of the murder of off-duty Merseyside police constable Neil Doyle in Liverpool.
Film-maker Justin Lin is to direct the next instalment of the Star Trek movie franchise, it is confirmed.
The number of homes being sold in the UK fell below 100,000 a month in November for the first time in a year, according to HM Revenue and Customs.
Ukraine's parliament votes to drop the country's non-aligned status and work towards Nato membership, in a move certain to anger Russia.
The BBC's Stephen Evans in Seoul analyses the North Korean internet outage and its likely impact on the reclusive nation.