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Day in pictures: 23 December 2014

Tue, 2014-12-23 03:40
Images from around the world: 23 December

Couple challenge civil partnerships

Tue, 2014-12-23 03:37
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".

Ibrahimovic fumes as Borg gets top spot

Tue, 2014-12-23 03:34
PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not happy at finishing second to tennis legend Bjorn Borg in list of top sporting Swedes.

Carlisle 'very poorly' says wife

Tue, 2014-12-23 03:31
Clarke Carlisle's wife says the ex-footballer is "very poorly" but "stable" after suffering injuries in a collision with a lorry.

VIDEO: 'Lost' seal recovering at sanctuary

Tue, 2014-12-23 03:29
A seal that was found 17 miles inland in Merseyside has been moved to a wildlife sanctuary.

UK lives too high on the hog (again)

Tue, 2014-12-23 03:28
How worried should we be by the UK's record current account deficit, our inability to pay our way in the world?

GP surgeries in NI 'at 24-year low'

Tue, 2014-12-23 03:01
The number of GP surgeries in Northern Ireland at its lowest since 1991, a group of doctors says.

Al-Jazeera suspends Egyptian channel

Tue, 2014-12-23 02:53
Al-Jazeera network suspends its Egyptian channel, Mubasher Misr, whose coverage angered Egypt's government and strained its relations with Qatar.

Beyond GDP: Well-being

Tue, 2014-12-23 02:38
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 automates bug update for Macs

Tue, 2014-12-23 02:29
Apple rushes to fix new bugs with an automatic update for Mac computers around the world.

Algerian army 'kills top jihadist'

Tue, 2014-12-23 02:26
Algerian special forces have killed the leader of a militant group that beheaded a French tourist in September, a local television station reports.

Wenger praises Austin's 'tenacity'

Tue, 2014-12-23 02:19
Arsene Wenger praises Charlie Austin's "mental strength" and "tenacity" as Arsenal prepare to take on QPR on Boxing Day.

Legal adviser contacts health trust

Tue, 2014-12-23 02:13
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.

VIDEO: A sprout's tale from field to plate

Tue, 2014-12-23 02:09
The BBC travels to Lincolnshire to find out how Brussels sprouts make it from green field to dinner table in time for Christmas Day.

Scots tycoon death inquest opens

Tue, 2014-12-23 02:03
An inquest is opened into the death of Scot Young, a property tycoon who died after falling from his London penthouse.

Men appear in court over PC's murder

Tue, 2014-12-23 01:51
Two men appear in court accused of the murder of off-duty Merseyside police constable Neil Doyle in Liverpool.

Lin to direct next Star Trek outing

Tue, 2014-12-23 01:43
Film-maker Justin Lin is to direct the next instalment of the Star Trek movie franchise, it is confirmed.

UK home sales below 100,000 a month

Tue, 2014-12-23 01:43
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 votes to drop neutral status

Tue, 2014-12-23 01:42
Ukraine's parliament votes to drop the country's non-aligned status and work towards Nato membership, in a move certain to anger Russia.

Why did North Korea's internet go down?

Tue, 2014-12-23 01:31
The BBC's Stephen Evans in Seoul analyses the North Korean internet outage and its likely impact on the reclusive nation.