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David Cameron is to turn his fire on Labour's economic plans, saying they would permanently add to the UK's debt.
A gunman takes several people hostage at a chocolate shop in the Australian city of Sydney.
Ben Haenow is crowned the winner of the X Factor, beating Fleur East in the televised final.
The BBC's Paul Wood returns to Jalawla, in Iraq, where Kurdish forces have retaken territory taken by the so-called Islamic State in the summer
Croydon boy Ben Haenow has been named this year's X Factor winner after going head to head with Fleur East in the 2014 final at Wembley Arena.
Lewis Hamilton is voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014, after winning his second Formula 1 world title.
US Secretary of State John Kerry meets his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Rome on the eve of talks with the Israeli prime minister.
Kerry Smith resigns as a UKIP parliamentary candidate after apologising for offensive remarks he made in a phone call.
F1 driver Lewis Hamilton is the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014, with golfer Rory McIlroy second and athlete Jo Pavey third.
Amid pessimism over the outcome of UN climate talks in Peru, some see signs of hope for the next negotiations in Paris, the BBC's Matt McGrath reports.
Prince Harry presents Invictus Games competitors with the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality show.
Police in Turkey arrest over 20 employees of a media organisation that has close ties to a cleric who opposes President Erdogan.
Top European Union officials sharply criticise the mass arrest of Turkish media representatives linked to opposition political movements.
Sir Ridley Scott's latest film Exodus: Gods and Kings has topped the US box office, but takings are less than epic.
Tens of thousands of penguin couples gather in Antarctica for their nesting season.
Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk, which was rush-released after an X Factor cover topped iTunes, leads the UK singles chart.
Christian Eriksen scores a late winner as Tottenham move seventh in the Premier League with victory at Swansea.
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad close in on a hill controlling a vital rebel supply line into the divided city of Aleppo.
A wingsuit pilot has completed what is being claimed as the world's first air-to-ground "high five" in Chamonix, in France.