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Day in pictures: 16 December 2014

Tue, 2014-12-16 03:41
Images from around the world: 16 December

Church reveals abuse allegations

Tue, 2014-12-16 03:40
The Catholic Church in Scotland reveals details of abuse allegations made in 2013, of which seven were made against members of the clergy.

Reading set to appoint Clarke

Tue, 2014-12-16 03:38
Championship side Reading are set to appoint former West Brom boss Steve Clarke as their new manager.

Roma pupils 'need more support'

Tue, 2014-12-16 03:34
Children from Roma backgrounds in England's schools must be better supported to learn and achieve, a report by the watchdog Ofsted says.

Charity boss in '£800k fraud' arrest

Tue, 2014-12-16 03:28
The head of finance at a homeless charity in Swansea is arrested on suspicion of fraud understood to be £800,000.

Google threatened with £12m fine

Tue, 2014-12-16 03:23
Google has been threatened with a fine of up to 15m euros (£12m) if it does not do a better job of protecting the privacy of Dutch citizens

McDonald's rations chips in Japan

Tue, 2014-12-16 03:11
Fast food company McDonald's is rationing fries in Japan as it struggles to cope with a chip shortage.

Referendum vote is deemed a success

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:54
The Scottish independence referendum was "well run" with high levels of voter satisfaction and is an example to be followed, according to the election watchdog.

Nursing assistant suspended sentence

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:54
A nursing assistant at Muckamore Abbey Hospital near Antrim is given a suspended prison sentence for assaulting a mentally-disabled woman she was meant to be caring for.

Design and technology 'marginalised'

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:52
Design and technology is being marginalised by curriculum changes, the subject's teachers say.

Briton guilty of Kenyan child abuse

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:49
Ex-teacher Simon Harris is found guilty of sexually abusing children in Kenya after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Microsoft rivals unite over data row

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:44
Apple and eBay are among those supporting Microsoft's stand against handing over data stored in Ireland to the US government.

England-only votes: the options

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:18
What exactly are the options for votes on English laws?

In pictures: Peshawar school attack

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:10
Taliban gunmen open fire on school in Peshawar

Landlord pub murder accused remanded

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:06
A man accused of murdering a pub landlord on Anglesey appears at Mold Crown Court.

Teen raped woman on his birthday

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:06
A teenager who raped and assaulted a woman outside a nightclub where he was celebrating turning 18 is jailed for five years.

Child car smoking ban bill launched

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:04
South of Scotland Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume formally launches a bill at Holyrood to prevent smoking in cars with children in them.

NSA spying prompts security changes

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:02
Continuing revelations about government-backed surveillance have prompted millions of people to do more to keep their data private, suggests a survey.

Spain targets IS women recruiters

Tue, 2014-12-16 01:58
Seven people are detained in a series of raids by Spain and Morocco on a suspected network recruiting women to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Egypt unveils Tutankhamun gallery

Tue, 2014-12-16 01:58
Four renovated halls in the Tutankhamun gallery in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo have been unveiled.