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Is the nation "sick" as it celebrates independence?
Wintery storms have swept across Syria forcing roads and schools to close and blanketing refugee camps with snow.
Bangladesh executes Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah, convicted of atrocities during the country's 1971 war of independence.
Peter Jackson, the director of The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings films, talks to BBC Newsnight about his fears for the film industry.
The death toll in the Glasgow helicopter crash rises to 10 as Bond Air Services, which operated the EC 135 aircraft, grounds its fleet of the model.
The BBC's Daniel Sandford reports form Independence Square in Kiev where protesters show no signs of moving on having established medical facilities, tented accommodation and firewood stores.
Snow has fallen in Bethlehem outside the Church of the Nativity while Jerusalem grinds to a halt.
Giant plumes of water may be spouting from Jupiter's icy moon Europa - one of the likeliest places to find alien life in the Solar System.
Critics say Canada Post's move to phase out home delivery over the next five years could hurt pensioners unable to walk to community post boxes.
Four former bosses from the Icelandic bank Kaupthing have been sentenced to between three and five years in prison.
The Queen marked the level in bowls of nuts left around Buckingham Palace as she was "irritated" by police officers eating them, the Old Bailey hears.
The jury in the fraud trial of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi's former PAs are told to ignore complimentary comments made about her by the prime minister.
Members of the lower house of the Mexican Congress are involved in a heated debate over energy reform, with rivals pushing and shoving each other.
Spanish government vows to block Catalonia's plan to hold referendum on independence.
Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave joins American Hustle as the frontrunner at this year's Golden Globe awards.
The Chinese boy whose eyes were gouged out in August is discharged from hospital after a series of operations to give him prosthetic implants.
Major games publishers offer support to fans who have had gameplay clips removed from YouTube due to "illegitimate" copyright claims.
Scottish driver Paul Di Resta's Formula 1 future is in doubt after Force India announce the signing of Sergio Perez.
The government will have to find billions of pounds of fresh savings from the welfare budget, says the Chancellor, George Osborne.
Bond Air Services suspends flights of its EC 135 helicopter, the same model which crashed in Glasgow, killing nine people.