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Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014

Fri, 2014-12-19 19:42
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Categories: International News

LA River's flood role is 'paramount'

Fri, 2014-12-19 19:27
Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.
Categories: International News

Plea by parents of Aurora accused

Fri, 2014-12-19 19:19
The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.
Categories: International News

Kenya leader signs tough security law

Fri, 2014-12-19 18:40
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.
Categories: International News

Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'

Fri, 2014-12-19 17:37
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.
Categories: International News

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story

Fri, 2014-12-19 17:05
Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
Categories: International News

A classic Westminster scandal

Fri, 2014-12-19 16:39
Mandy Rice-Davies and a classic Westminster scandal that mortally wounded a prime minister.
Categories: International News

VIDEO: Arora: 'I took my culture with me'

Fri, 2014-12-19 16:32
Speaking from his shop and studio in Paris, Indian fashion designer Manish Arora talks about his success.
Categories: International News

VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar

Fri, 2014-12-19 16:16
The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.
Categories: International News

Mayor approves £175m garden bridge

Fri, 2014-12-19 15:24
A controversial garden bridge is to be built across the River Thames as the Mayor of London approves the scheme.
Categories: International News

Record 500,000 started university

Fri, 2014-12-19 15:17
Record numbers of students entered university this year, but the gender gap has never been wider, according to annual admission figures.
Categories: International News

Fifa 'votes for full Garcia report'

Fri, 2014-12-19 14:49
Fifa votes unanimously for the full publication of Michael Garcia's report into World Cup corruption, according to sources.
Categories: International News

Christmas getaway to start

Fri, 2014-12-19 14:48
Millions of people are expected to use the UK's transport networks on Friday as schools break up and the Christmas getaway begins.
Categories: International News

Women could join British infantry

Fri, 2014-12-19 14:41
Women could be allowed to serve in British infantry units for the first time by 2016, subject to a review into female soldiers.
Categories: International News

Teenager arrested over Crolla attack

Fri, 2014-12-19 14:39
A 17-year-old is arrested after a boxing world title contender suffered a fractured skull tackling two alleged burglars at a neighbour's home.
Categories: International News

A&E has 'worst week' in England

Fri, 2014-12-19 14:32
Pressures in A&E units in England have hit record levels while Wales and Northern Ireland also perform poorly, figures show.
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NHS staff to strike in new year

Fri, 2014-12-19 14:31
There will be a fresh wave of strikes across the NHS in England in new year, it has been announced.
Categories: International News

Millions deleted in Instagram purge

Fri, 2014-12-19 14:30
Photo-sharing app Instagram has removed millions of accounts believed to be posting spam, angering many legitimate users.
Categories: International News

Man, 51, rescued from river dies

Fri, 2014-12-19 14:25
A man who was rescued from a river in Cardiff died shortly after he was pulled from the water, police confirm.
Categories: International News

'God message' hammer killer jailed

Fri, 2014-12-19 14:18
A killer who bludgeoned and stabbed a woman to death, then kept the location of her remains secret for 14 years, is jailed.
Categories: International News