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The six people who died when an out-of-control bin lorry crashed through the centre of Glasgow on Monday have been named by police.
Northampton's Dylan Hartley is suspended for three weeks for elbowing Leicester's Matt Smith on Saturday.
An 86-year-old woman decides to treat dozens of strangers to Christmas dinner in a pub in Devon.
In the midst of Russia's current currency crisis, a government senator has been advising the country's women to use beetroot instead of imported lipstick.
Gay and bisexual men should no longer be banned from donating blood in the US, a key health body recommends.
The Russian government instructs five firms to limit foreign currency reserves as part of its efforts to stabilise the rouble.
The army chiefs of Afghanistan and Pakistan agree to co-ordinate operations along their border, a week after Taliban fighters attacked a school in Peshawar.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli admits he was "naive" over a social media post that brought him a one-match ban.
A woman is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, say police.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson's "belief" in him has made his job easier.
Matthew Sanders, a driver who wrongly parked in a disabled bay in Birmingham, refuses to leave his car in an attempt to stop it being towed away.
Kenya's opposition mounts a legal challenge against a controversial new anti-terrorism law which gives security agencies sweeping powers to detain suspects.
Tributes are paid to a man shot dead as he sat in a car in Sheffield in what police believe was a targeted attack.
A number of cinemas in the US have said they will screen Sony film The Interview on Christmas Day.
A Red Cross doctor who returned to help treat victims of the Aleppo siege in Syria gives a gloomy assessment of the almost complete breakdown of medical treatment in the city.
The Stormont House negotiations tackled a number of contentious issues, although there is less progress on some others.
Writer Francis Wheen tells the BBC that paedophile Charles Napier used fizzy drinks and biscuits to groom schoolchildren.
A Canadian porn actor is found guilty of first-degree murder in the dismemberment of his lover in 2012.
Our brains are adapting to touch screen smartphone technology say researchers who have carried out a study on human volunteers.
The death of a nine-year-old boy in Lincolnshire is being treated as suspicious by police.