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Actor and comedian Marcus Brigstocke asks why we need to wait until January to "get up off our lazy bums" and change our ways.
The roads, parks, bus stops and bars named after the late leader
Dr James Farrell from the University of Utah discusses the supervolcano that lies beneath Yellowstone National Park in the US.
While some politicians play it safe with their Christmas cards, Godfrey Bloom nods to his notorious 'slut' comment about women cleaning behind the fridge for his festive greeting.
The assembly's health committee will hear evidence from those leading inquiries into the abuse of young people in Northern Ireland.
The percentage taken in taxes for airline flights has steadily increased - some hailing it as a useful environmental measure to deter unnecessary travel, others claiming it stifles the economy and prevents businesses from growing.
A Dutch couple freed after six months in captivity in Yemen say they were "treated very well" by their kidnappers, a day after being released.
Alan Bennett's play The History Boys has been named the nation's favourite, in a poll commissioned by the English Touring Theatre.
West Antarctica continues to lose ice to the ocean and this loss appears to be accelerating, according to new data from Europe's Cryosat spacecraft.
A comedy sketch called How Animals Eat Their Food is the UK's most popular YouTube video of the year, while spoof pop song The Fox tops the global list.
US car giant General Motors says Mary Barra, its product development chief, will become the next chief executive.
Wicketkeeper Matt Prior says England must "come out fighting" and not "sulk" if they are to turn around the Ashes series.
Health chiefs suspend a specialist liver surgeon linked to the "avoidable deaths" of eight patients he operated on in Cardiff.
The late Victorians and the Edwardians lived through a bold age of innovation which altered life at home in profound ways - sometimes not for the best.
Holden, a subsidiary of General Motors, says it will stop making cars in Australia by the end of 2017, with almost 2,900 jobs to go.
The minister for education is challenged to produce survey of pupils who cross the border to go to school.
An aerial view of Norfolk coast
Google opens its first ever data centres in Asia as it looks to boost its growth further in the region.
A fire in a farmers' market in south China's Shenzhen kills 16 people and injures at least three, officials say.
A soldier injured in battle says he is determined to make a success of his new life with a bionic arm.