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The do-it-yourself electronics maker littleBits has released a "smart home" automation kit.
The BBC's Andrew Walker considers how big a problem global debt really is.
Did Vladimir Putin gamble on high oil prices lasting for ever?
Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.
The underground escape games taking Hungary by storm
The bus that deals with drunk people on the worst days of the year
Why are people flocking to Hungary in order to try and escape from locked rooms?
There may have been a partial breakthrough in the cross-party talks at Stormont, a source suggests to the BBC.
Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick".
Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth atmosphere.
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.
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.
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.
Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the US Supreme Court to nullify a 2012 law that made marijuana legal in the US state of Colorado.
Both girls accused of stabbing a Wisconsin classmate in order to please an online fictional character are competent to stand trial, a judge says.
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.
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.
Alastair Cook should be relieved of the one-day captaincy if England are to prosper at the ICC World Cup, says Simon Hughes.
Pictures have emerged of a brawl at at Lancashire parish council committee meeting over a waiting list for grazing land.
Fifa's reputation has been hurt by the resignation of ethics investigator Michael Garcia, says vice president Jim Boyce.