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During 2014 in business and economics, the shine seemed to come off a multitude of big ideas which had seemed until recently unstoppable.
David Cameron speaks of the UK's "Christian values" as Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg also release Christmas messages.
Boxer Anthony Crolla says he has been amazed by the support from his Manchester United heroes as he recovers from a broken skull.
TV chef Lorraine Pascale is to become the government's first fostering ambassador, the Department for Education says.
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on MOTD commentator Guy Mowbray in his Premier League predictions.
A remote Peruvian community is to be evacuated after members of an Amazon tribe looking for food raided homes and killed domestic animals
A Canadian porn actor is sentenced to 25 years in prison for first-degree murder for killing and dismembering his lover in 2012.
The Dow Jones index closes above 18,000 for the first time, after figures show the US economy growing at its fastest pace for 11 years.
Director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter announce they have "separated amicably" after 13 years together.
A German author given unprecedented access to territory controlled by Islamic State tells the BBC that IS is stronger, more brutal and harder to confront than he had expected.
Matthew Sanders, a driver who wrongly parked in a disabled bay in Birmingham, spends more than seven hours in his car to stop it being towed away.
An 86-year-old woman decides to treat dozens of strangers to Christmas dinner in a pub in Devon.
Gay and bisexual men should no longer be banned from donating blood in the US, a key health body recommends.
A driver who parked in a disabled bay in Birmingham sits in his car for more than seven hours to stop it being towed away in a stand-off with council contractors.
A Red Cross doctor who returned to help treat victims of the Aleppo siege in Syria gives a gloomy assessment of the almost complete breakdown of medical treatment in the city.
The Stormont House negotiations tackled a number of contentious issues, although there is less progress on some others.
Writer Francis Wheen tells the BBC that paedophile Charles Napier used fizzy drinks and biscuits to groom schoolchildren.
Our brains are adapting to touch screen smartphone technology say researchers who have carried out a study on human volunteers.
A Kenyan businessman suspected of being behind an international ivory smuggling ring has been arrested in Tanzania.
This week, the BBC is revisiting some of the areas that saw some of the worst devastation. Yogita Limaye has been to the south of Sri Lanka to see how people are getting on there.