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The number of first-time buyers in 2014 rose to its highest level in seven years, according to one of the UK's largest lenders, the Halifax.
Claims Labour's planned mansion tax could help pay for Scottish nurses and Sarah Ferguson's comments on claims against Prince Andrew attract headlines.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says the FA Cup final would be a "wonderful send-off" for the departing Steven Gerrard.
The dramatic moment a fireworks factory exploded in Colombia has been captured on camera.
AFC Wimbledon's Adebayo Akinfenwa shows off his silky skills against Liverpool in the FA Cup third round.
Four men have been arrested over a gun attack on a house in Omagh, County Tyrone, on New Year's night.
The US opposes Israel's freeze on the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority over its bid to join the International Criminal Court.
If you're inclined to park illegally, or jump a red light, or exceed the speed limit, has there ever been a better time to be in New York?
Celtic move to within a point of leaders Aberdeen as Emilo Izaguirre and Stefan Scepovic secure victory at Kilmarnock.
A missionary from County Tyrone, who received an OBE in the New Year Honours List, has been shot and wounded in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Burnley and Tottenham need a replay to decide who hosts Leicester in the FA Cup fourth round after a draw at Turf Moor.
Steven Gerrard scores twice as Liverpool avoid an FA Cup third-round scare at League Two side AFC Wimbledon.
A six-year-old boy whose parents were killed in a light aircraft crash says he will need the support of those close to him, his school says.
Electronics firm LG has shown off a second version of its curved smartphone at CES in Las Vegas
Cologne cathedral goes dark in protest at demonstrations by a group campaigning against the "Islamisation of the West".
Three people are taken to hospital following a two-car crash in Swansea.
Two junior members of the US ski team are killed in an avalanche near the forthcoming World Cup race venue in the Austrian Alps.
Why Australians are using sunblock to protect grape crops
Pakistan's government halts the execution of a man who was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court when he was 14.
CCTV footage of the sudden collapse of a building in Wrexham shows how narrowly a passing driver avoided injury.