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An extra 1.3 million pupils in England, 85% of infant children, are eating a free school lunch, the government says.
Hollywood stars react to Sony's decision to cancel The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.
World leaders welcome an agreement between the US and Cuba to end more than 50 years of hostility and move towards restoring diplomatic ties.
A Victorian public urinal is listed by English Heritage for its "special historical interest".
Ice pancake formations, more commonly seen in the Antarctic, have been photographed on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.
US Federal Reserve says it will be "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, with most analysts expecting a rise in mid-2015.
New Zealand's Dan Carter will end his international career to become rugby's highest-paid player by joining Racing Metro.
President Vladimir Putin is set to hold his annual end-of-year news conference, amid a growing economic crisis in Russia.
An inquest into the death of a teenager who died after being hit by a school minibus is set to be opened on Thursday.
Nearly a third of the research by Welsh universities is of "world-leading" quality, says the body which compares work by every university in the UK.
A New Zealander and two Burmese men go on trial in Myanmar on charges of insulting Buddhism with a flyer for a bar event.
A state-of-the-art clinic in Denmark is set to make dramatic changes to the relationship between doctor and patient.
Borders councillors are to decide whether to go ahead with building a permanent home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland, at Tweedbank.
The range and quality of research at Scotland's universities is praised in a new UK-wide survey.
An eccentric architectural plan thought to have been drawn by King George III during his period of "madness" is discovered at the British Library.
Irish health authorities are reportedly seeking legal advice on whether they can switch off the life-support machine of a pregnant woman who is brain dead.
Cross-party talks are due to resume at Stormont on Thursday, with few signs of the parties resolving their differences over budget and welfare reform.
India successfully launches its largest rocket yet and an unmanned capsule capable of sending astronauts into space.
The government made £180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says new report.
A draft resolution setting out a Palestinian timetable for a peace deal with Israel is submitted to the UN Security Council by Jordan.