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'Teen terror' and 'Xmas costs less' - the papers

Thu, 2014-12-18 15:11
The West's struggle to deal with the threat posed by Islamic State militants features in some papers, while others are gearing up for Christmas festivities.

VIDEO: DIY electronics making home 'smart'

Thu, 2014-12-18 15:11
The do-it-yourself electronics maker littleBits has released a "smart home" automation kit.

Global debt: How worried should we be?

Thu, 2014-12-18 15:10
The BBC's Andrew Walker considers how big a problem global debt really is.

Is Putin to blame for the plunging rouble?

Thu, 2014-12-18 15:09
Did Vladimir Putin gamble on high oil prices lasting for ever?

Budapest's underground escape craze

Thu, 2014-12-18 15:01
The underground escape games taking Hungary by storm

VIDEO: A night on the SOS bus

Thu, 2014-12-18 15:00
The bus that deals with drunk people on the worst days of the year

VIDEO: Escape games boom in Budapest

Thu, 2014-12-18 15:00
Why are people flocking to Hungary in order to try and escape from locked rooms?

EU 'needs united strategy' on Russia

Thu, 2014-12-18 14:59
The European Union needs a "united strategy" towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president.

Hint of breakthrough in NI talks

Thu, 2014-12-18 14:57
There may have been a partial breakthrough in the cross-party talks at Stormont, a source suggests to the BBC.

Israel brands peace plan 'gimmick'

Thu, 2014-12-18 14:14
Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick".

Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice

Thu, 2014-12-18 13:58
Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

Carbon mission returns global maps

Thu, 2014-12-18 13:36
Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.

Staff 'bussed in to plug jail gaps'

Thu, 2014-12-18 13:34
Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.

Putin's news conference: Five things we learned

Thu, 2014-12-18 13:11
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the economy, Ukraine and his love life over the course of a three-hour news conference. Here are five things we learnt this year.

Two US states sue over marijuana

Thu, 2014-12-18 12:53
Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the US Supreme Court to nullify a 2012 law that made marijuana legal in the US state of Colorado.

'Slenderman' accused to stand trial

Thu, 2014-12-18 12:46
Both girls accused of stabbing a Wisconsin classmate in order to please an online fictional character are competent to stand trial, a judge says.

Man held over armed police stand-off

Thu, 2014-12-18 12:39
A 43-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was injured during a five-hour stand-off with police at a flat in Lancashire.

IS leaders 'killed by US strikes'

Thu, 2014-12-18 12:37
US air strikes have killed several high-ranking military leaders of Islamic State in Iraq, the Pentagon's top uniformed officer says.

Part of Volcker rule delayed by Fed

Thu, 2014-12-18 12:18
The US Federal Reserve gives Wall Street banks even more time to comply with parts of the Volcker Rule, the reforms introduced following the financial crisis.

Cook not the way forward - Hughes

Thu, 2014-12-18 12:05
Alastair Cook should be relieved of the one-day captaincy if England are to prosper at the ICC World Cup, says Simon Hughes.

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