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Great things were predicted for the economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - but they haven't totally lived up to the hype, says Andrew Walker.
Flags can convey powerful - and often very unpalatable - messages, says Mark Mardell,
A trial to help the immune system fight bladder cancer is showing "exciting" results with tumours completely disappearing in some patients.
Nearly £750m in council tax went unpaid last year, as collection rates fall for only the second time.
Royal Society says combination of population growth and climate change will increase danger to cities.
Early detection of liver disease by GPs in the UK is "virtually non-existent", leading medical experts warn.
People diagnosed with diabetes linked to obesity should be assessed for weight loss surgery, according to updated NHS guidelines.
Brazil says deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has dropped by 18% in the past year, but campaigners dispute the figures.
New acts George The poet, James Bay and Years and Years are being tipped for success in 2015 after being shortlisted for the Brits Critics' Choice Award.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he is delighted his side remain in control of their Champions League destiny.
A doctor working for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Guinea says the organisation will remain in Western Africa "till the very end" of the Ebola crisis.
Hundreds demonstrate outside the US embassy in London in protest at the decision not to prosecute a police officer for killing black teenager Michael Brown in Missouri.
Tracking first Ebola victim and and how virus spread
Renewable power has overtaken nuclear to become the main source of electricity in Scotland, according to the latest figures.
Vultures could help beat dangerous bacteria
BBC News looks at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and its challenges, amid a slump in global crude oil prices.
Plans to devolve powers controlling income tax to Scotland make front-page headlines, along with suggestions that more people could have weight loss surgery.
How sanctions against Russia are hitting UK businesses
Transylvania's castle owners sink their teeth into business
Boxing day sales come early to the UK?