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VIDEO: How hens help beat social isolation

Tue, 2014-07-08 00:50
As an official report prepares to highlight the impact of loneliness, the BBC's Tim Muffett has been to see one project in Gateshead which uses chickens to help ease social isolation.

Gandhi statue set for Westminster

Tue, 2014-07-08 00:48
A statue of the Indian political leader Mahatma Gandhi is to be erected opposite the Houses of Parliament.

Madonna excused from jury service

Tue, 2014-07-08 00:46
Madonna appears for jury service at a New York court but is excused to avoid "creating a distraction".

VIDEO: Whales left to die on Donegal beach

Tue, 2014-07-08 00:44
Efforts to save a pod of 13 whales stranded on a beach in the Republic of Ireland fail.

Sniffer dog finds child abuse images

Tue, 2014-07-08 00:36
A suspect is arrested after a dog trained to detect electronic circuitry found a memory stick containing images of child sexual abuse hidden in a tin box inside a metal cabinet.

Girl killed by falling fireplace

Tue, 2014-07-08 00:07
A toddler dies as a fireplace at her family home falls on top of her.

Festival moving 'in right direction'

Mon, 2014-07-07 23:57
Organisers of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod say they hope the festival's fortunes are heading in the right financial direction, as the event opens.

'Extensive' search for missing man

Mon, 2014-07-07 23:41
A North Wales Police officer says an extensive search has been carried out by local forces for a Denbigh pensioner missing in Crete.

UK doctor death not suicide - inmates

Mon, 2014-07-07 23:31
A UK doctor who was found dead in prison in Syria did not not kill himself as Syrian officials claim, two of his former inmates say.

Police attacked at bomb alert scene

Mon, 2014-07-07 23:21
A bomb alert in County Tyrone which forced a number of families to leave their homes overnight ends.

'Corruption sank' South Korea ferry

Mon, 2014-07-07 22:26
An interim report says the 16 April sinking of South Korea ferry Sewol was partly due to government negligence and corruption.

Welfare reform 'takes toll on poor'

Mon, 2014-07-07 22:06
Vulnerable people are being forced into hardship due to welfare reform, Citizens Advice Cymru claims, with a big impact on their mental and physical health.

VIDEO: Japan braced for 'huge' Typhoon

Mon, 2014-07-07 22:06
Typhoon Neoguri is approaching Japan's Okinawa island chain, packing strong winds and torrential rain.

'Biggest ever' child sex inquiry - papers

Mon, 2014-07-07 20:48
Most of Tuesday's papers focus on the home secretary's launch of inquiries into the way historical child sex abuse claims were handled by public bodies.

VIDEO: Germany's World Cup semi-final record

Mon, 2014-07-07 20:37
BBC Sport takes a look at Germany's impressive record at World Cup semi-finals, featuring goals from all their last-four games since 1966.

In Pictures: Ryan Gander in Manchester

Mon, 2014-07-07 19:57
Artist Ryan Gander on why painting is "an illogical act"

What is 'raw' chocolate?

Mon, 2014-07-07 19:46
Chocolate claimed to be a "superfood" is hitting shops and cafes.

The Jehovah's Witnesses' new tactic

Mon, 2014-07-07 19:44
Why are the Jehovah's Witnesses targeting train stations?

India to unveil new railway budget

Mon, 2014-07-07 19:39
India's new government is expected to recommend a bigger role for the private sector as it prepares to present its first railway budget.

VIDEO: Samsung faces smartphone challenge

Mon, 2014-07-07 17:26
As Samsung forecasts a 25% drop in profit, the BBC's Puneet Pal Singh looks at the challenges facing the company.
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