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A "massive" sinkhole has appeared in the front garden of a house in Berkshire.
The names of the finalists for this year's series of The Apprentice are apparently revealed ahead of time due to a glitch on the show's website.
Chancellor George Osborne is to deliver his last Budget of the Parliament on 18 March 2015, weeks before the election.
Ten people are killed and many more wounded as Taliban militants attack a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials say.
Hundreds of couples dance a mass tango in Rome's St Peter's Square in honour of Pope Francis' 78th birthday.
The prolonged slump in the price of oil forces oil-export dependent Nigeria to revise its budget plans, prompting its currency to fall to a record low.
Fifa's independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest over the handling of his World Cup bidding report.
Ally McCoist remains manager of Rangers after a meeting with board members despite having handed in his notice.
UKIP spent almost as much as the Conservatives at this year's European elections - while the Lib Dems outspent Labour, Electoral Commission figures show.
Ben Haenow is heading for Christmas number one as he increases his lead in the midweek charts, just three days after winning the X Factor.
Is it legal to park at a right angle to the kerb?
A man who beat his ex-partner to death with a machete, hammer and screwdriver and slit his baby daughter's throat is convicted of murder.
Toulon's Martin Castrogiovanni is fined and given a suspended ban for his rant to the media.
There have been almost 10,000 attacks on education in recent years
The surprising calm emerging from the rouble crisis
US and Cuba are to start talks to normalise diplomatic ties in a historic shift in relations, US administration officials say.
The Scottish government announces a statutory public inquiry into the historical sex abuse of children in care.
A bill that hands tax-raising powers to the Welsh government has received Royal Assent and become law.
The government announces that it is to sell more of its shares in Lloyds Banking Group
Glitter from Christmas cards is threatening to clog up the Royal Mail's sorting machines on the busiest postal day of the year.