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10 things we didn't know last week

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:33
Tom Hanks uses the alias Harry Lauder, and more nuggets.

Dennis wants control of McLaren

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:33
Ron Dennis agrees with his fellow shareholders a price at which he can take a majority shareholding of the McLaren Group.

Toulon pair face misconduct charges

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:29
Toulon's Martin Castrogiovanni and Delon Armitage face misconduct charges after incidents in a European match at Leicester.

Mali confirms militant-hostage swap

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:21
Mali confirms that four Islamist militants were freed in exchange for the release of French hostage Serge Lazarevic this week.

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:14
A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week.

Free buses 'only for nearest school'

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:13
A review of home to school transport recommends that free buses or taxis should only be provided to pupils' nearest school.

FBI probe into black teenager's death

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:12
The FBI is investigating the death by hanging of a black teenager in North Carolina, previously ruled a suicide, a local prosecutor says.

Rodgers 'more determined than ever'

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:06
Manager Brendan Rodgers is focused on improving Liverpool's performances - and is confident he will be able to do so.

The strangely enduring power of kitsch

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:04
Why kitsch is impossible to escape

Go Figure: The week in numbers

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:02
The week in numbers with our Go Figure images.

Pope declines Dalai Lama meeting

Fri, 2014-12-12 07:57
Pope Francis declines to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Rome, as the Vatican seeks to improve ties with China.

China bans anthem from weddings

Fri, 2014-12-12 07:36
China is banning the national anthem from being performed at weddings, funerals, commercial and other non-political events, state media reports.

Ebola-hit Leone bans Christmas events

Fri, 2014-12-12 07:32
Sierra Leone announces it is banning public Christmas and New Year celebrations in order to contain the spread of the Ebola virus.

Computer glitch hits Scots flights

Fri, 2014-12-12 07:32
Flights to and from Scottish airports are hit by a computer failure at the UK's air traffic control centre.

Labour reveals 'English laws' plans

Fri, 2014-12-12 07:21
Labour proposes what it calls a "sensible" solution to the question of MPs voting on matters that only affect England.

Premier League opens TV rights sale

Fri, 2014-12-12 07:21
The Premier League has opened bidding for the next tranche of television rights, for live games and highlights, for three seasons from 2016.

Week in pictures: 6-12 December 2014

Fri, 2014-12-12 07:05
News photos from around the world

Pensioner bonds to pay 2.8% and 4%

Fri, 2014-12-12 06:55
New pensioner bonds are to carry market-leading interest rates, the government announces, with the products due to be launched in January.

VIDEO: 'Cat burglar' caught in the act

Fri, 2014-12-12 06:49
A cat from Vladivostok sneaked into a display of fish at a shop in Vladivostok International Airport.

IT failure closes London airspace

Fri, 2014-12-12 06:41
All London airspace has been closed until 19:00 GMT after a computer failure, European flight safety body Eurocontrol says.