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UN seeks North Korea ICC charges  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:59:59 GMT
The UN General Assembly calls for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity. 
Putin seeks to ease economic fears  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:32:43 GMT
President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise. 
Troops sent to Mexico vigilante town  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:13:14 GMT
Hundreds of federal security forces are on patrol in the western Mexican town of La Ruana after a deadly shootout between rival vigilante groups. 
Tests claim Ebosse died from beating  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:51:12 GMT
New tests claim Cameroon player Albert Ebosse died in Algeria after a beating and not from an object thrown by fans. 
'Slenderman' accused to stand trial  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:46:27 GMT
Both girls accused of stabbing a Wisconsin classmate in order to please an online fictional character are competent to stand trial, a judge says. 
Three 'murders' part of abuse inquiry  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:10:29 GMT
Detectives are investigating three alleged murders as part of an inquiry into historical child abuse involving politicians and establishment figures, as they appeal for information about an apartment block in London. 
Record 500,000 started university  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:47:55 GMT
Record numbers of students entered university this year, but the gender gap has never been wider, according to annual admission figures. 
Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:04:28 GMT
Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade. 
Staff 'bussed in to plug jail gaps'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:34:37 GMT
Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents. 
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 
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