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Provincial Russians face hardship - but Putin escapes blame
The hidden lives of full-time carers
How the Taliban turns children into suicide bombers
Who's pouring millions of dollars into a failed state?
Telling learning-disabled about violence, without words
Bitter regrets in one of the world's cosmetic surgery capitals
Seven ways people have tried to reinvent the umbrella
Why is the popularity of space-based video games rocketing?
People working shifts in England have higher rates of obesity and long-term health problems than those doing normal hours, according to a major study.
The BBC's Paul Wood returns to Jalawla, in Iraq, where Kurdish forces have retaken territory taken by the so-called Islamic State in the summer
Lewis Hamilton is voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014, after winning his second Formula 1 world title.
US Secretary of State John Kerry meets his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Rome on the eve of talks with the Israeli prime minister.
Amid pessimism over the outcome of UN climate talks in Peru, some see signs of hope for the next negotiations in Paris, the BBC's Matt McGrath reports.
UN member states reach agreement on how countries should tackle climate change, after differences cause talks to overrun by two days.
Tens of thousands of penguin couples gather in Antarctica for their nesting season.
Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk, which was rush-released after an X Factor cover topped iTunes, leads the UK singles chart.
UKIP MEP Patrick O'Flynn defends Kerry Smith, who was heard making offensive remarks in a phone recording obtained by the Mail on Sunday.
Christmas photographs of Prince George