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Abbott pledges Sydney attacker review

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:45
Australian PM Tony Abbott announces a far-reaching review into how gunman Man Haron Monis claimed asylum, benefits and a gun licence.

Budget does not really balance - PwC

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:14
Stormont's draft budget for 2015/16 "does not really balance" and fails to provide for fundamental reform, a financial consultancy says.

'Slaughter of the innocents' - the papers

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:53
The Taliban attack that killed at least 132 children in the Pakistani city of Peshawar is recorded with powerful images and emotive language in the press.

Turbulence hits US-bound plane

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:40
A US-bound passenger plane is forced to make an emergency landing in Tokyo after several people were injured by severe turbulence.

White heroin victim's girlfriend speaks out

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:04
The girlfriend of Shaun Brotherston - who died after taking white heroin in Amsterdam - speaks exclusively to Newsbeat.

VIDEO: Millionaire sues ski slope chippy

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:04
A former chief executive of one of the world's biggest cosmetics firms is suing a fast food stall near his holiday home in the French Alps.

Vietnam tunnel collapse traps 12 men

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:32
Rescuers in central Vietnam are trying to reach 12 workers trapped underground after a section of a tunnel collapsed.

I may be the last, says Dalai Lama

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:29
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama tells the BBC that he realises he may be the last to hold the title.

VIDEO: Sony hackers threaten cinema attack

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:23
Hackers who targeted Sony Pictures are threatening to attack cinemas showing the studio's latest film.

California's water woes quantified

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:13
Scientists assess the scale of the epic California drought and say it will require more than 40 cubic km of water to return the US state to normal.

VIDEO: Shooting suspect found dead in woods

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:03
Police in Pennsylvania have found the body of a former marine accused of killing his ex-wife and some of her relatives.

'Standards not met' in Duck sinkings

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:42
Recent incidents involving Duck amphibious vehicles highlighted poor maintenance and a failure to meet standards, a report finds.

Auditors question public health spend

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:30
A £2.7bn fund to improve public health in England is not always being spent where most needed, the National Audit Office says.

Q&A: What is the Al-Sweady inquiry?

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:15
A public inquiry has been investigating allegations that UK soldiers mistreated and unlawfully killed Iraqis in 2004. Here is a guide to why it was established and what was investigated.

'Gang murder law' review call by MPs

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:10
A law which allows several people to be prosecuted for murder even though they may have played different roles needs to be reviewed urgently, MPs say.

Violence at fresh Haiti protest

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:07
Hundreds of Haitians take part in a march demanding the resignation of President Martelly two days after Prime Minister Lamothe stepped down.

Picture power: A scar on the landscape

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:56
Brazil's worst drought in 80 years

The persistent appeal of grammar schools

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:54
Why is the appeal of grammar schools so persistent?

Food giant offered 'unreasonable' deal

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:29
UK food manufacturer 2 Sisters is setting "beyond unreasonable" terms in proposed contract agreements, one of its suppliers tells the BBC.

Squirrels are 'climate culprit'

BBC News Feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:22
Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought, research suggests.
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