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A pub owner believes he has the most Christmassy pub in England after spending four days festooning it with thousands of pounds of decorations.
A loyalist protest to mark the second anniversary of Belfast City Council's decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag from City Hall passes off peacefully.
Fighting intensifies in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane, as Islamic State launches at least four suicide attacks against Kurdish defenders.
A court in Egypt has dropped charges against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of 239 protesters during the 2011 uprising against him.
Black Friday was the busiest ever day for online retailer Amazon UK, with sales that "surpassed all expectations", according to the company.
Danny Welbeck scores early in the second half as Arsenal avoid a third straight league loss with victory at West Brom.
David Clarkson scores a dramatic late goal against Aberdeen to propel Dundee into the Scottish Cup fifth round at Dens Park.
Carol Kirkwood's guide to successful weather presenting
Kevin Pietersen again calls for Alastair Cook to resign as England one-day captain following the defeat by Sri Lanka.
Black Friday was the busiest ever day for online retailer Amazon UK, with sales that "surpassed all expectations", the company says.
Behind the scenes as Frankel foals go on offer
Mark Lowen reports from Istanbul in Turkey on a visit by Pope Francis to the historic city.
The Prime Minister of Taiwan, Jiang Yi-huah, quits after candidates for his ruling pro-China party suffer stiff defeats in local elections.
Police uncover a huge cannabis factory - next to its main custody suite in Bridgend.
At least 15 people are killed and 14 others injured during an attack in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang, state media has reported.
A country touched by tragedy. How a sports mad Australia is dealing with the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes.
In this week's Meet the Author, the BBC's Nick Higham meets Mal Peet.
Real Sociedad manager David Moyes is happy with a first win in Spain but wants to create a side which fills stadiums.
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown says politicians in Scotland must stop obsessing about constitutional change and focus on improving people's lives.
The Christmas spending spree is under way, but it is not just shopping for presents that can put a strain on budgets during the festive season.