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Singer-songwriter Sam Smith wins the Brits Critics' Choice award, which will be presented during next year's nominations.
A cave on the northwestern coast of Sumatra holds a remarkable record of big tsunamis in the Indian Ocean stretching back thousands of years.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls rushes from a children's Christmas party to vote in the House of Commons, dressed as Father Christmas, according to MPs.
The grief and realisation of seeing Mandela in coffin
The Dancing Grannies who love loud music
Politicians, musicians and artists are to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela at a special event in Westminster.
At the height of the Cold War, HMS Ocelot would stay submerged for weeks at a time. Five members of her crew recall their life below the waves.
A new review of "legal highs" could lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office says.
A serious case review into the death of an Oxfordshire toddler reveals a "missed chance" to address his circumstances.
Mental health trusts in England have had their funding cut by more than 2% in real terms over the past two years, figures show.
All patients in a coma or vegetative state should have access to specialist care, according to new guidelines.
The Earth could have been struck by many more huge earthquakes in its recent history than was previously thought, scientists say.
Genetic influence explains almost 60% of the variation in GCSE exam results, twin studies suggest.
New tech to help buses avoid collisions
Two people from London are charged over the suspected theft of £1m from two banks.
A top Republican senator's chief of staff is arrested on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography, the US authorities say.
Are UK energy bills really that high?
A motorbike ambulance and pop-up clinic that can be used to reach remote villages in developing countries have been on show at the World Innovation Summit for Health.
How Cirque du Soleil won fans around the world
The UN is "extremely concerned" for Syrian refugees in Lebanon as a winter storm brings snow, high winds and freezing temperatures to the country.