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Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT
Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars. 
US probes $2m Uganda 'currency scam'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:42:50 GMT
US authorities have arrested an American in Uganda for allegedly leading a large international counterfeiting ring. 
Japan 'could preserve tsunami sites'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:11:21 GMT
A panel in Japan puts forward a plan to protect four buildings damaged by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake, including a former elementary school. 
EU leaders focus on investment boost  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:47:46 GMT
EU leaders begin a Brussels summit focusing on an ambitious investment plan for Europe and the bloc's strained ties with Russia. 
Troops sent to Mexico vigilante town  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:13:14 GMT
Hundreds of federal security forces are on patrol in the western Mexican town of La Ruana after a deadly shootout between rival vigilante groups. 
Palestinian peace plan put before UN  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:35:02 GMT
A draft resolution setting out a Palestinian timetable for a peace deal with Israel is submitted to the UN Security Council by Jordan. 
Boston bombing suspect in court  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:51:13 GMT
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in a US court for the first time since July 2013, ahead of his trial in January. 
Three 'murders' part of abuse inquiry  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:10:29 GMT
Detectives are investigating three alleged murders as part of an inquiry into historical child abuse involving politicians and establishment figures, as they appeal for information about an apartment block in London. 
Fugitive in light aircraft arrest  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:52:30 GMT
One of the UK's most wanted fugitives is arrested while attempting to return to Britain in a light aircraft. 
Boris flight passenger admits assault  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:59:06 GMT
An airline passenger who was calmed down by Boris Johnson on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Heathrow admits assault and being drunk on an aircraft. 
English council funds 'cut by 1.8%'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:50:24 GMT
English councils will face an average cut of 1.8% in their overall spending power, the government says. 
Your pictures of the year 2014  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:52:07 GMT
A selection of the best readers' photos 
In pictures: US-Cuban relations  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:53:41 GMT
Story of Cuba's relationship with the US 
Picture power: Under the dress  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:55:37 GMT
Actress America Ferrera red-faced 
In pictures: Pakistan school attack aftermath  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:20:29 GMT
Families have begun burying their dead