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Putin insists rouble will stabilise
President Vladimir Putin insists Russia's under-fire currency will stabilise, but warns the country's economic crisis could last two years.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:24:12 GMT
-North Sea oil sector near 'collapse'
The director of Premier Oil says no new North Sea projects are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel and the industry is "close to collapse".
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:47:45 GMT
-Dismay at Sony film cancellation
Hollywood stars say Sony's cancellation of The Interview, a comedy film about a plot to kill North Korea's leader, is a "victory" for hackers who threatened cinemas.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:49:17 GMT
-Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU
Obesity can constitute a disability, the European Court of Justice has ruled.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:02:01 GMT
-Police missed chances over Savile
Opportunities to prosecute Jimmy Savile and a former mayor of Scarborough for child sex abuse were missed due to police "organisational failure".
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:13:46 GMT
-Councils braced for funding cuts
Councils in England are to learn later how much money they will have to spend on local services such as waste collection and road maintenance in 2015-16.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:49:34 GMT
-Royal Mail sale '£180m underpriced'
The government made £180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says a new report.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:54:30 GMT
-Nations hail US-Cuba breakthrough
World leaders welcome an agreement between the US and Cuba to end more than 50 years of hostility and move towards restoring diplomatic ties.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:11:08 GMT
-UK using less energy, report finds
People in the UK are using less energy, even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:38:26 GMT
-Mobile deal to reduce 'not-spots'
Agreement is reached between the government and the country's biggest mobile networks to improve coverage across the UK.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:47:15 GMT
-Retail sales boosted by Black Friday
UK retail sales rose at their fastest annual rate in more than 10 years in November, thanks to the effects of Black Friday.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:43:09 GMT
-London overtaking Oxbridge domination
A major analysis of research quality, which will decide £2bn annual funding, suggests that London universities could soon "eclipse" Oxford and Cambridge.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:13:09 GMT
-VIDEO: 'Ice pancakes' form on River Dee
Ice pancake formations, more commonly seen in the Antarctic, have been photographed on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:46:17 GMT
-VIDEO: Talking Movies' top 10 films of 2014
As the end of 2014 draws near, Talking Movies' Tom Brook picks his top 10 films that have been released in the past year.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:09:41 GMT
-VIDEO: Glitter woes for Royal Mail sorters
Glitter from Christmas cards is threatening to clog up the Royal Mail's sorting machines on the busiest postal day of the year.
Publ.Date : Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:01:29 GMT
-VIDEO: Chester player takes the biscuit
Chester's Gareth Roberts enjoys a packet of biscuits during his side's FA Cup defeat to Barnsley.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:16:32 GMT
-VIDEO: 'Buddhist bug' art explores difference
Performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali's Buddhist bug series aims to answer questions about religion, identity and difference
Publ.Date : Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:19:02 GMT
-VIDEO: Festive park shuts permanently
A much-criticised Christmas attraction near Sutton Coldfield has closed down permanently.
Publ.Date : Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:32:04 GMT
-Cuba 'in from the cold' - the papers
Moves to normalise diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba lead several papers, which describe the Caribbean island being brought "in from the cold".
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:39:37 GMT
-What did UK know about CIA practices?
Mark Urban explores the question of what the UK knew about rendition and interrogation techniques, in the wake of the US Senate report that criticised the CIA.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:40:23 GMT
-Will Scotland get reheated Blairism?
Those on the left think new Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy could be about to take the party back to the days of Tony Blair, says the BBC's Mark Mardell.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:47:28 GMT
-Whitehall v town hall
David Cameron promised to give local government more power, but local councils continue to shrink, relative to central government.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:29:52 GMT
-TTIP: The EU-US trade deal explained
The EU and US are negotiating a deal which they say will free transatlantic trade and boost growth but critics warn is dangerous.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:09:05 GMT
-Picture power: Under the dress
Benoit Tessier captures a moment that left actress America Ferrera red-faced.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:55:37 GMT
-Headline numbers: Osborne plan makes little difference
The negligible effects of George Osborne's negotiations on the extra payment to the EU.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:55:30 GMT

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