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Hundreds of British troops will be sent to Iraq in the New Year, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says.
Alastair Cook says he will still be England captain into next year despite losing a fourth successive one-day series.
A Dutchman's attempt to engineer a romantic marriage proposal ends in chaos as a crane smashes into the roof a house and forces more to be evacuated.
A crane tips over and crashes into the roof of a house in IJsselstein, near Utrecht in the Netherlands, after a marriage proposal went wrong.
Toulouse's second win over Glasgow leaves the Warriors with only a slim chance of reaching the European Cup knock-out phase.
Goals by Patrick Bamford and Grant Leadbitter send Middlesbrough to the top of the Championship with a 2-0 win over Derby.
England's Charley Hull wins the European Order of Merit after finishing tied for fifth at the Dubai Ladies Masters.
BBC Test Match Special commentator Simon Hughes watches the brilliance of Kumar Sangakkara compound problems for Alastair Cook.
Ten contenders are on the shortlist for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday, 14 December.
Widespread disruption at UK airports was caused by a computer system failure "which has not been seen before", National Air Traffic Services says.
Huge numbers of Shia Muslims are in the Iraqi city of Kerbala to mark the death of a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, officials say.
Hearts' Championship visit to Cowdenbeath is one of two matches postponed due to the freezing conditions.
A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman after breaking into her Newtownabbey home has been refused bail at Belfast Magistrates Court.
A landslide on the Indonesian island of Java leaves at least 17 people dead and more than 90 missing.
Memorabilia given to Alex Salmond during his time as first minister are being sold at auction in Glasgow.
Courier firm Yodel has apologised about delivery delays and has promised parcels will get to customers in time for Christmas.
A family, including a three-year-old boy, is forced to jump to safety from a first-floor bedroom after an arson attack on their home.
Kumar Sangakkara leads Sri Lanka to a 4-2 one-day series victory over England on a miserable day for Alastair Cook.
Former Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy is named as the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
A centuries old time capsule thought to have been buried by Samuel Adams and Paul Revere has been discovered in Massachusetts, USA.