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Chancellor George Osborne rejects claims the UK's economic recovery is based solely on a boom in consumer spending and house prices.
Think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that the increased growth announced in the Autumn Statement is just expected growth arriving early.
Modern technology is too reliant on rare materials whose scarcity could drastically set back innovation, a report warns.
A minute's applause in tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela will be held at weekend football matches.
Nelson Mandela's journey in video and pictures
A man has been sentenced to at least 20 years for the "appalling" murder of a police reservist in a hospital car park in Northern Ireland in 1981.
24 hours of news photos: 6 December
'Military grade Kalashnikov-type rifles' are used in an attack on police officers in a built-up area of north Belfast, the police say.
Egyptian Muslim cleric Abu Omar, abducted by the CIA in Italy in 2003, is given a six-year jail term in absentia in Milan for terror offences.
The Prince of Wales is preparing to meet some of the emergency workers who were involved in the Glasgow helicopter crash operation.
A County Londonderry man is jailed for at least 20 years for the murder of his former partner's sister in what a judge called an "act of extraordinary wickedness".
Images from South Africa and around the world
Nelson Mandela was often seen with stars from the world of entertainment and sport.
Bristol Academy boss Mark Sampson is appointed new England women head coach by the Football Association.
House prices rose by 1.1% in November compared with the previous month and were up 7.7% from a year earlier, the Halifax says.
Michael Clarke's latest Ashes ton underlines his status as the world's best, says Australia team-mate Brad Haddin.
Researchers find direct evidence that female lemon sharks go back to their own birthplace to reproduce.
Though at first muted in his approach to HIV/Aids, Nelson Mandela became a dedicated advocate for a more vigorous approach to the disease.
Residents in the Lincolnshire town of Boston are clearing up after a huge tidal surge caused flooding and destruction in coastal towns in the east of the UK.
A bungalow fell 20 feet down a cliff after a tidal surge hit Hemsby in Norfolk. Steven Connelly said he was in the pub at a fundraiser when he was told to rush home and salvage what he could.