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Russians 'will not cave in' to West  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:22:59 GMT
Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. 
Cuba 'will stay on' communist path  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:23:11 GMT
Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system. 
Israel launches Gaza air strike  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:37:58 GMT
Israel launches an air strike on an alleged Hamas site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August. 
Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:46:45 GMT
Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says. 
Ambulance wait times 'may increase'  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:45:11 GMT
Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows. 
Ken Clarke attacks 'silly' EU debate  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:57:23 GMT
Pro-Europeans have got to "organise themselves properly" to defeat the "silly" arguments for leaving the EU, former Tory Chancellor Ken Clarke says. 
Ben Haenow nabs Christmas number one  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:49:42 GMT
X Factor winner Ben Haenow wins the race for the Christmas number one single, with his song Something I Need. 
Be honest on cuts, says Mandelson  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:21:24 GMT
Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says Labour's shadow cabinet has to "play as a team" and be up front about public spending cuts. 
Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:43 GMT
News photo from around the world 
Picture power: Doused with milk  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:12:51 GMT
Treated for the effects of pepper spray 
Day in pictures: 18 December 2014  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:31:09 GMT
Images from around the world: 18 December 
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 
Picture power: A scar on the landscape  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:56:57 GMT
Brazil's worst drought in 80 years