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The Department for Regional Development confirms that almost 17,000 street lights in Northern Ireland do not work.
A gala in New York to mark the 600th anniversary of the Scottish university where they first met, has drawn a close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to the United States.
Auto-photography breakout trend of 2014
The Ebola virus that has killed thousands in West Africa is still “running ahead” of efforts to contain it, says the World Health Organization head.
The UN and rights groups call for US officials involved in what a Senate report calls brutal CIA interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects to be prosecuted.
Tweets by members of pop group One Direction - and about the World Cup - preoccupied UK Twitter users in 2014, statistics from the social media company show.
A "weather bomb" bringing severe gales and "exceptionally high" waves is due to hit the northern UK on Wednesday, causing travel disruption.
Richard Fenning tells the BBC what risks Asian firms should be looking out for in the year ahead.
Liu Tienan, a former top economic official, is jailed for life in China for taking bribes, in a case which exposed high-level corruption.
Rolls-Royce could create hundreds of new jobs in its marine engine division just weeks after announcing massive aerospace cuts.
Is implantable technology the next step for wearables?
New Zealand's parliament approves new anti-terrorism laws aimed at countering the domestic threat posed by overseas Islamic extremist groups.
As she prepares to receive her Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai tells the BBC of her political ambitions - and her hopes to be Pakistan PM.
Pupils at a County Durham are re-enacting a football game said to have taken place during the 1914 Christmas ceasefire of World War One.
The government is too dependent on a handful of "quasi-monopoly" private companies to provide public services, MPs warn.
The government is defeated for the 100th time in the House of Lords since it came to power in 2010.
Conservative groups in India have long pushed for an outright ban on sex education in schools and they were emboldened when the country's new health minister recently came out in support of the move.
Basel celebrate their Champions League win at Anfield with a witty social media post mocking the Reds, Chelsea and Spurs.
Segregated housing is rising in India despite increasing urbanisation, writes the BBC's Soutik Biswas.
Can Iran control its cohabiting couples?