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Ben Haenow is heading for Christmas number one as he increases his lead in the midweek charts, just three days after winning the X Factor.
Is it legal to park at a right angle to the kerb?
A man who beat his ex-partner to death with a machete, hammer and screwdriver and slit his baby daughter's throat is convicted of murder.
Toulon's Martin Castrogiovanni is fined and given a suspended ban for his rant to the media.
There have been almost 10,000 attacks on education in recent years
The surprising calm emerging from the rouble crisis
US and Cuba are to start talks to normalise diplomatic ties in a historic shift in relations, US administration officials say.
The Scottish government announces a statutory public inquiry into the historical sex abuse of children in care.
A bill that hands tax-raising powers to the Welsh government has received Royal Assent and become law.
The government announces that it is to sell more of its shares in Lloyds Banking Group
Glitter from Christmas cards is threatening to clog up the Royal Mail's sorting machines on the busiest postal day of the year.
A retired telephone engineer says he has given some festive cheer to shoppers in Norfolk after adding a giant Santa hat to his bright red vintage bubble car.
A north Wales man breaches a court-imposed curfew by going to his front door to collect his shopping.
Why is Hollywood under cyber attack?
How legal worries are impacting decisions on the battlefield
Hundreds of mainly elderly couples have performed a Tango in St Peter's Square in Rome to mark the seventy-eighth birthday of Pope Francis.
Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif vows to rid his country of terrorism after a Taliban attack at a school in Peshawar killed 141 people, mostly children.
Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government.
The rules for creating babies from three people in the UK have been announced.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will spend Christmas with Boston Red Sox in a bid to speed up his return from a thigh injury.