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Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is due to be questioned by MPs about why the UK's national air traffic control centre went down last week.
A quarterly survey has found that more than one third of Australians rate the country's economy as "poor", up from 25% in September
The government's cap on benefits is providing an incentive for people who are affected to find work, new research suggests.
The UK has taken new measures to tackle people trafficking, but a global effort is needed, and churches will be key, says Caroline Wyatt.
Should ministers be able to ban British citizens from coming home, asks Dominic Casciani?
Provincial Russians face hardship - but Putin escapes blame
The hidden lives of full-time carers
How the Taliban turns children into suicide bombers
Who's pouring millions of dollars into a failed state?
Who is most at risk of being murdered?
Telling learning-disabled about violence, without words
Bitter regrets in one of the world's cosmetic surgery capitals
Is it possible to improve the umbrella?
People working shifts in England have higher rates of obesity and long-term health problems than those doing normal hours, according to a major study.
Can craft brewers succeed in Seoul?
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.