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What baffles foreigners about the American way
South Korea's Samsung Electronics has forecast a 37.4% fall in quarterly operating profit from a year earlier.
West Dunbartonshire Council is to consider a proposal to scrap hot school dinners on Fridays to help save money.
One in five UK parents with childcare costs will reduce the hours they work or consider giving up work altogether in 2015, a survey suggests.
A Polish film, Ida, is among the pictures favoured to earn a best foreign language film Oscar nomination when the shortlist of films in the running for an Academy Award is announced next week.
How a dog helped an autistic boy open up
Tesco cuts prices on some big-brand products on the day that new Tesco boss Dave Lewis is due to set out options for reviving the troubled supermarket.
Oldham Athletic are hoping to finalise a deal to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans on Thursday despite a 60,000-strong petition.
The first editions of the British papers cover the murders at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris with graphic pictures of the attack, tributes to the dead and calls for solidarity against terrorism.
Reports from Syria say some members of the religious police force set up by the militant group Islamic State have been kidnapped.
Three more women come forward to accuse comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them years ago.
England's Martin Adams, Brian Dawson and Scott Mitchell seal quarter-final spots at the BDO World Championships with second-round wins.
Inflation in the eurozone turns negative, official figures show, with prices in December 0.2% lower than the same month a year earlier.
The BBC's Hugh Pym reports on the political rows which have erupted around the latest problems facing A&E departments
Fernando Torres's Atletico Madrid beat city rivals Real in the first leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie.
James Corden and Emily Blunt talk to Lizo Mzimba about the film version of Into the Woods.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says his summer move to LA Galaxy comes at the "right time for a new challenge".
A trip to south-east Asia highlights why the 21st century is an Asian one, Katty Kay says.
The animals killed and maimed in Australia's bushfires
The leader of Paraguay's ACA rebel group, Albino Jara, is killed in a clash with special security forces in the north, the authorities say.