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Long-serving Boston mayor dies  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:30:03 GMT
Thomas Menino, who served as mayor of Boston for more than 20 years, has died after a battle with cancer. 
Woolf steps down from abuse inquiry  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:58:06 GMT
Fiona Woolf is to step down as the head of an inquiry into historic child sex abuse, she has told the BBC. 
Labour 'to replace Lords with senate'  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:58:53 GMT
Ed Miliband says that Labour would replace the House of Lords with an elected senate if the party won the general election in May 2015. 
Firefighters strike over pensions  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:17:20 GMT
Firefighters across England begin a four-day strike in a row over pensions during one of the service's busiest weekends of the year. 
Warmest UK Halloween on record  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:28:19 GMT
This year's Halloween is the warmest on record in the UK, with temperatures reaching as high as 23.5C, breaking the previous record of 20C. 
Day in pictures: 30 October  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:25:12 GMT
24 hours of news images: 30 October 
Day in pictures: 29 October  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:07:03 GMT
24 hours of news images: 29 October 
Day in pictures: 28 October  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:03:14 GMT
24 hours of news images: 28 October 
Bolshoi behind bars  Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:44:58 GMT
Costumes on show at a former prison 
Day in pictures: 27 October  Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:59:55 GMT
24 hours of news images: 27 October 
Week in pictures: 18-24 October 2014  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:02:34 GMT
Top news images from 18-24 October 
Day in pictures: 23 October  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:36:21 GMT
24 hours of news images: 23 October 
Your pictures: Steps  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:11:23 GMT
Readers' photos on the theme of "steps" 
The channel that's spiced up French TV  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:06:31 GMT
The TV station that's spiced up the French airwaves 
Quiz of the week's news  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:05:44 GMT
What did Robbie's wife tell him to stop singing during labour?