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Portugal ex-PM held over tax fraud  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:24:13 GMT
The former prime minister of Portugal, Jose Socrates, has been arrested in Lisbon as part of an investigation into money-laundering and bribery. 
Colombia general 'free next week'  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:21:47 GMT
Colombia's Farc rebels will release five captives, including Gen Ruben Dario Alzate, next week, President Juan Manuel Santos says. 
Bahrain holds disputed election  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:20:19 GMT
Voters have taken part in Bahrain's first parliamentary elections since Arab Spring protests in 2011, but many Shias had urged a boycott. 
Obama defends immigration reform  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:22:14 GMT
US President Barack Obama vows to press for further immigration reform, as Republicans condemn his use of executive powers on the issue. 
Mental health nursing cuts warning  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:08:02 GMT
Staff cuts and bed shortages are leaving mental health services "under unprecedented strain", says the nurses' union. 
May 'bruised' over EU arrest warrant  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:46:54 GMT
Home Secretary Theresa May says she was left "battered and bruised" after denying MPs a vote on the European Arrest Warrant. 
Call to sanction failing universities  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:07:53 GMT
It should be easier to remove the degree-awarding powers of universities that fail to meet academic and consumer standards, a report by Which? says. 
Foreign Office 'fails bereaved Britons'  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:05:44 GMT
The consular service provided by the UK Foreign Office sometimes falls short of what the public "can legitimately expect", a report by MPs says. 
Week in pictures: 15-21 November 2014  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:43:22 GMT
The best news photos from around the world 
Day in pictures: 21 November 2014  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:31:30 GMT
24 hours of news images: 21 November 
In pictures: Snow chaos in north-eastern US  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:54:20 GMT
Snowstorm hits north-east of the United States 
Picture power: Bird flu  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:38:24 GMT
The story behind the picture 
In pictures: Mike Nichols films  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:34:30 GMT
A glimpse at the work of film director Mike Nichols 
Day in pictures: 20 November 2014  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:08:45 GMT
24 hours of news images: 20 November 
In pictures: Scarcity and Waste  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:11:28 GMT
Finalists of Syngenta Photography Award