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Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to use the UK's transport networks on Friday as schools break up and people start to get away for Christmas.
A 17-year-old is arrested after a boxing world title contender suffered a fractured skull tackling two alleged burglars at a neighbour's home.
A bank fine of £1.1bn for manipulating currency markets has helped government borrowing figures in November, official figures show.
Migrants made about 100 attempts a day to get into the UK illegally this summer, official figures suggest.
Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench, from instructions sent up in an email.
Nigeria's government said it is "outraged and deeply saddened" after militants attacked a remote village and reportedly kidnapped about 200 people.
A controversial garden bridge is to be built across the River Thames as the Mayor of London approves the scheme.
Christian Horner says Red Bull must step up in 2015, Newey to stay involved, Alonso backs Ferrari to return to form plus more.
Pressures in A&E units in England have hit record levels while Wales and Northern Ireland also perform poorly, figures show.
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Aston Villa and Manchester United.
An 18-year-old man is taken to hospital after being shot twice in the leg at a fast food outlet in west Belfast.
As 2014 draws to a close, the BBC's Carrie Gracie looks back on China's year and asks if the country has achieved its "dream".
BBC Sport's Jeremy Guscott looks ahead to Saturday's East Midlands and West Country derbies in the Premiership.
Brutal police budget cuts are stretching policing to dangerous levels, the Gwent police and crime commissioner warns.
Saracens call for the Premiership wage cap to be abolished and say they have the backing of six other top-flight teams.
Ex-Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane's doorstep chat with Tom Cleverley was civilised, says Paul Lambert.
An off-duty police officer dies and two other men are injured in an assault in Liverpool city centre.
Pakistan's military says it has killed 57 Taliban militants in several operations, days after the Taliban massacre at a school in Peshawar.
The government is "working on a solution" to avoid a drop in school funding for the poorest pupils because all England's infants now get free meals.
Robbie Savage rates each of Brendan Rodgers' signings for Liverpool and explains what the manager should do in January.