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AUDIO: Academic: Phonics is 'almost abuse'

Tue, 2014-01-28 05:09
Teaching children to read using phonics has been described by an academic as "almost a form of abuse".

Winter weather claims 'reach £426m'

Tue, 2014-01-28 05:06
Insurance claims following storms and flooding over Christmas and New Year have hit £426m with more expected, an insurers' group says.

Why Wales will win the Six Nations - Guscott

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:51
Stability and style will outweigh domestic strife but it won't be a Grand Slam, argues BBC Sport's rugby expert

Why has Google bought an AI company?

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:39
What Google plans to do with its new British AI recruits

VIDEO: House of Commons

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:37
George Osborne welcomes the latest economic figures but cautions that the job is not done.

Rape case Lib Dem suspension 'delay'

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:30
A Lib Dem councillor accused of raping a child was not suspended from the party when he was charged four months ago because of a "communication failure", it emerges.

HMRC awaits 2.5m more tax returns

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:28
Some 2.5 million tax returns are yet to be submitted to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) with the final deadline looming.

French police raid comic's property

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:27
Police in France raid properties linked to controversial comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala as part of a fraud inquiry, French media report.

Able readers 'damaged by phonics'

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:23
An academic says the government's insistence that even able readers learn using phonics is not in their interests.

Five interpretations of the new Doctor Who costume

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:20
Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who outfit has been unveiled. What messages does it convey about the Time Lord's 12th incarnation?

Mladic blocks Karadzic questions

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:20
Ex-Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic refuses to testify after Radovan Karadzic calls him as a defence witness at a Hague war crimes trial.

Agency 'worked socks off' for floods

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:19
The head of the Environment Agency defends its handling of flooding, saying its staff have "worked their socks off" over the past two months.

Bahrain urged to investigate death

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:13
Amnesty International is calling on the Bahraini authorities to investigate the death in custody of a 19-year-old man earlier this month.

Bhutto's son urges war on militants

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:12
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of assassinated ex-PM Benazir Bhutto, urges Pakistan to take military action against militants, in an exclusive BBC interview.

Man 'stitches leg' after shark bite

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:12
A doctor in New Zealand tells the BBC how he fought off a shark attack with a knife, stitched up his wounds with a first aid kit, then went to the pub for a beer.

VIDEO: Inside factory as production grows

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:11
The BBC visits a factory in Cheltenham after the latest GDP figures suggested that manufacturing grew by about 0.9% in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Finance tech firm promises 100 jobs

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:09
A hi-tech firm promises 100 new jobs in Bridgend developing specialist web services for the financial sector.

Hamilton upbeat despite Jerez crash

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:03
Lewis Hamilton insists he had a "positive day" despite crashing his new Mercedes on day one of pre-season testing in Spain.

'Loss of control' caused plane crash

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:00
A "loss of control" during an aborted landing was what probably caused a plane travelling from Belfast to Cork to crash with the loss of six lives, a report finds.

Council 'failings' in coal clear-up

Tue, 2014-01-28 03:59
East Ayrshire Council is discussing a damning report on its handling of local mining projects amid a £132m shortfall to restore opencast sites.

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