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An estimated 7,000 properties around England and Wales will be sacrificed to rising seas over the next century, according to the Environment Agency.
President Barack Obama has said race relations in the US are better than when he took office, despite nationwide protests over police actions.
A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane has carried out a "non-standard landing" at Gatwick airport after "a technical issue with one of the landing gears".
An air ambulance flies a cyclist to hospital after he was knocked down in Aberdeenshire.
Two Thai students face years in jail after admitting to insulting the royal family in a play they performed about a 1973 uprising.
A Taliban spokesman declares the "defeat" of the US and its allies, a day after the coalition officially ended its combat mission in Afghanistan.
A bronze statue of countryside broadcaster Tom Weir is unveiled at Balmaha Bay on the banks of Loch Lomond.
Nick Channing-Williams, a passenger on the Norman Atlantic ferry off Corfu, has been talking about the moment he realised the vessel was on fire.
A man from Cheltenham is on the verge of completing a year-long challenge to keep his New Year's resolution of doing a good deed every day.
A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane carries out a "non-standard landing" at Gatwick airport after "a technical issue with one of the landing gears".
Organisers of Edinburgh's hogmanay party are making final preparations for this year's event.
Army bomb experts are attending the scene of a security alert in Magherafelt, County Londonderry, with residents being moved from their homes.
Network Rail chief Mark Carne tells the BBC an internal committee will decide on what bonus he should have, following recent major rail disruption.
Plummeting temperatures overnight see the coldest night of the year recorded in Wales with just two days of the year left to run.
Russia is on the brink of recession, but people there are still preparing for the traditional New Year's parties.
A seal found exhausted in a field about 20 miles from the sea is is being treated for pneumonia, the RSPCA says.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will not be able to travel abroad for a month after breaking her ankle on Friday, officials say.
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The wife of former footballer Clarke Carlisle says she is hopeful he will recover fully after his accident last week.
Dottie Channing-Williams' son, Nicholas, is still on a ferry which caught fire off the coast of Greece in the early hours of Sunday morning, she tells the BBC.