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VIDEO: DIY electronics making home 'smart'

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 12:11am
The do-it-yourself electronics maker littleBits has released a "smart home" automation kit.

Global debt: How worried should we be?

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 12:10am
The BBC's Andrew Walker considers how big a problem global debt really is.

Is Putin to blame for the plunging rouble?

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 12:09am
Did Vladimir Putin gamble on high oil prices lasting for ever?

Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 12:04am
Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

Budapest's underground escape craze

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 12:01am
The underground escape games taking Hungary by storm

VIDEO: A night on the SOS bus

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 12:00am
The bus that deals with drunk people on the worst days of the year

VIDEO: Escape games boom in Budapest

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 12:00am
Why are people flocking to Hungary in order to try and escape from locked rooms?

Hint of breakthrough in NI talks

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 11:57pm
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, 18/12/2014 - 11:14pm
Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick".

Carbon mission returns global maps

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 10:36pm
Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth atmosphere.

Staff 'bussed in to plug jail gaps'

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 10:34pm
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.

Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 10:32pm
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

Putin's news conference: Five things we learned

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 10:11pm
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, 18/12/2014 - 9:53pm
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, 18/12/2014 - 9:46pm
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, 18/12/2014 - 9:39pm
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.

Part of Volcker rule delayed by Fed

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 9:18pm
The US Federal Reserve gives Wall Street banks even more time to comply with parts of the Volcker Rule, a key part of the reforms introduced by Congress following the financial crisis.

Cook not the way forward - Hughes

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 9:05pm
Alastair Cook should be relieved of the one-day captaincy if England are to prosper at the ICC World Cup, says Simon Hughes.

VIDEO: Punch-up at parish meeting

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 8:24pm
Pictures have emerged of a brawl at at Lancashire parish council committee meeting over a waiting list for grazing land.

Garcia quitting 'new low for Fifa'

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 8:12pm
Fifa's reputation has been hurt by the resignation of ethics investigator Michael Garcia, says vice president Jim Boyce.

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