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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. 
Nigeria 'outraged' by mass kidnap  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:46:48 GMT
Nigeria's government said it is "outraged and deeply saddened" after militants attacked a remote village and reportedly kidnapped about 200 people. 
Appeal against Mumbai suspect bail  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:21:41 GMT
A Pakistani government prosecutor says he is challenging the bail granted to a man accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. 
EU needs 'long-term' Russia strategy  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:36:30 GMT
The European Union needs a "plan for years" towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president. 
US Congress threat to Cuba thaw  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:31 GMT
Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility. 
Israel brands peace plan 'gimmick'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:14:29 GMT
Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick". 
US Secret Service is too 'insular'  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:49:11 GMT
The agency guarding the US president is too insular and must recruit its next head externally, a review prompted by a White House security breach says. 
Toddler's parents cleared of murder  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:01:57 GMT
The parents of Levi-Blu Cassin are cleared of his murder at Birmingham Crown Court - but convicted of causing or allowing his death. 
Off-duty policeman killed in assault  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:15:45 GMT
An off-duty police officer dies and two of his colleagues are injured in an assault in Liverpool city centre. 
Dalglish recalls Hillsborough mayhem  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:57:58 GMT
Former Liverpool player Kenny Dalglish has been describing the "mayhem" at Hillsborough during the disaster. 
Parties agree welfare proposals  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:08:26 GMT
The five executive parties at Stormont reach agreement on proposals to break the deadlock over welfare reform, the BBC learns. 
Day in pictures: 18 December 2014  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:31:09 GMT
Images from around the world: 18 December 
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