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Rory McIlroy is named BBC NI's Sport Personality of 2014 after a year which saw him win both the Open and US PGA title.
The defence secretary insists UK combat troops are not returning to Iraq although more military personnel may be sent.
Two men who faced health and safety charges over the death of a factory worker in an industrial oven have their case dropped.
Do new targets for reducing the deficit and debt as a share of national income in the next Parliament put Labour on the spot, or has the government done the main opposition party a favour?
A toddler narrowly escapes injuries after a stolen car crashes into her Salford home.
Scotland's first minister says if there is a hung parliament at the next general election, the SNP will not back any party that supports Trident renewal.
The death toll from a devastating landslide in Indonesia rises to at least 51, with dozens still missing.
History came back to haunt Europe in 2014, not least with Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the BBC's Europe editor Gavin Hewitt writes.
A theatre manager has described the moment she opened an unmarked balcony door and fell almost 10ft (3m) on to the stage floor, leaving her paralysed.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismisses EU criticism of recent mass arrests of journalists, urging the EU to "mind its own business".
A London theatre where a stage manager was paralysed in a fall through an unmarked balcony door is fined £20,000.
A toddler is left pinned between a table and a wall when a stolen car crashes into her Salford home.
Angelina Jolie says the US must "lead the way" against torture in its policies, following a report revealing the CIA's "brutal" treatment of terror suspects.
Armed police storm a cafe in Sydney, Australia, ending a siege by a gunman identified as an Iranian refugee who took dozens of hostages.
Charley Hull has enjoyed a stellar 2014 and handles the spotlight like the teenage Rory McIlroy, writes Iain Carter.
More hostages are seen fleeing a cafe in Sydney, Australia which a gunman had earlier taken control of.
Northern Soul collectors dig deep into their pockets as the 'rarest record in the world', Darrell Banks' classic Open The Door To Your Heart, is auctioned online.
A male northern white rhinoceros named Angalifu has died at the San Diego Zoo in California, leaving only five of the species in the entire world.
The Russian rouble drops to a new low against the US dollar, as falling oil prices and Western sanctions continue to weigh on the country.
A social supermarket is selling food that would have been junked to those struggling to afford to feed their families.