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UK economic growth hits 2.6% in 2014  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:20:02 GMT
The UK's economy grew by 2.6% last year, the fastest pace since 2007, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. 
China blocks virtual network use  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:15:34 GMT
China has blocked several popular services that let citizens skirt state censorship systems and reach banned sites. 
Facebook complies with Turkey block  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:42:24 GMT
Facebook has blocked a page which a Turkish court claimed was offensive to the Prophet Muhammad. 
Greek singer Demis Roussos dies  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:11:21 GMT
Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 68, an Athens hospital confirms to the BBC. 
Cumberbatch sorry for 'coloured' comment  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:37:32 GMT
Benedict Cumberbatch says "I'm an idiot" after talking about "coloured actors" on a US talk show. 
Metal explosions 'driven by charge'  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:11:38 GMT
New high-speed video footage suggests that the classic chemistry explosion of an alkali metal in water is driven by positive charges repelling each other. 
Risk of extreme weather 'doubles'  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:11:59 GMT
Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to climate modelling. 
WHO vows reform after Ebola 'shocks'  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:01:32 GMT
The World Health Organization sets out plans for reform, admitting it was too slow to respond to the "horrific" Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 
Dementia 'link' to common drugs  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:22:52 GMT
A study links commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia. 
Astana should be banned - Armstrong  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:55 GMT
Lance Armstrong is unimpressed with Brian Cookson's start as UCI boss but is sorry today's riders must keep answering drugs questions. 
I'd probably cheat again - Armstrong  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:58:23 GMT
Lance Armstrong says the time is coming when he should be forgiven, and tells the BBC he would do it again under the same circumstances. 
The camera that captured readers' lives  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:36:10 GMT
Readers from around the world share their photographs, old and new, taken with Brownie cameras. 
Five ways an American changed how Sherlock Holmes looks and talks  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:30:43 GMT
A 1916 silent movie featuring Sherlock Holmes - long presumed lost - is due to have its premiere in Paris. It stars a man who changed the way we see Conan Doyle's famous sleuth forever. 
India PM dons pinstripe 'name suit'  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:06:21 GMT
Pinstripes on Narendra Modi's traditional bandhgala suit were actually tiny letters spelling out his name 
Tax break for Italy dog adoptions  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:25:51 GMT
A Sicilian town is offering reductions in rubbish-disposal fees if people give a dog a home.