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'Deadly' floods and 'Thatcher's secrets' in papers

Thu, 2014-01-02 21:59
Some papers are concerned about the prospect of flooding, while others focus on revelations from government files released under the 30-year rule.

Cyber security firms agree $1bn deal

Thu, 2014-01-02 21:34
Cyber security company FireEye acquires Mandiant, a firm known for emergency responses to network breaches, in a deal worth more than $1bn (£608m).

Australia saw hottest year in 2013

Thu, 2014-01-02 20:05
Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013, with temperatures 1.2C above the long term average, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

VIDEO: Is this world's most expensive soap?

Thu, 2014-01-02 19:07
A Lebanese family-run business claims to have produced the world's most expensive soap infused with gold and diamond powder.

What if US authorities take your laptop?

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:51
What happens if your laptop is seized at US border?

Snapchat to update app after hack

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:17
Snapchat will release an updated version of its app after hackers download usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million accounts.

Many Britons 'fear mortgage arrears'

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:13
A survey for homelessness charity Shelter suggests a third of Britons expect to struggle to keep up with their housing payments during this year.

Haim: Sound of 2013 winners look back

Thu, 2014-01-02 17:55
BBC Sound of 2013 winners look back on their year

Benefits overpayments being targeted

Thu, 2014-01-02 17:38
A campaign is being launched to tackle benefit fraud and overpayments in Cardiff and five areas of England.

Facebook sued over message 'scan'

Thu, 2014-01-02 17:29
Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it monitors users' private messages to profile the sender's web activity.

Winter transport must improve - MPs

Thu, 2014-01-02 17:27
Better real-time information should be provided to passengers and drivers when bad weather hits the transport system, MPs say.

Spaceman art wins record cover prize

Thu, 2014-01-02 17:23
A record cover showcasing a painting of an astronaut becomes the second space-based design to win an annual prize for the year's best album artwork.

VIDEO: Obesity in developing world quadruples

Thu, 2014-01-02 17:18
The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has almost quadrupled to around one billion since 1980, a report from a UK think tank says.

Lack of drug data 'extreme concern'

Thu, 2014-01-02 17:16
The lack of data on the effectiveness of medicines available to doctors and researchers is "of extreme concern" say a group of MPs.

VIDEO: Tyre pressure 'read as you drive'

Thu, 2014-01-02 17:13
A device that can read tyre pressure as vehicles pass over it

Quiz of the week's news

Thu, 2014-01-02 16:30
Which anti-obesity scheme made a big impact on the news?

VIDEO: Why is #oomf so popular online?

Thu, 2014-01-02 16:28
Why is this acronym so popular online?

VIDEO: Meet the Somali masters of ice

Thu, 2014-01-02 16:27
Meet the African team taking on a surprising winter sport

What will be the big story of 2014?

Thu, 2014-01-02 16:26
BBC experts on the stories of 2014

How imaginary chess kept one man sane

Thu, 2014-01-02 16:24
Chess kept Russian human rights activist Natan Sharansky sane throughout his imprisonment by the Soviets, writes David Edmonds.

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