A judge says he is satisfied the MP called police officers "plebs" as he rules against Andrew Mitchell in a High Court libel action.
Scotland's income tax rates and bands should be set by its parliament, commission on devolving power recommends.
The American wife of London financier Sir Chris Hohn, Jamie Cooper-Hohn, is awarded £337m by a High Court judge in a divorce case.
The government is set to miss its immigration targets as net migration to the UK reaches its highest level since the 2010 general election.
Two gangs of men are convicted of a string of child sex crimes in Bristol involving the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls.
More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in the UK are contaminated with the Campylobacter bug, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reveals.
Best-selling novelist PD James, who created crime-fighting sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, dies at the age of 94.
A manhunt is under way after a husband and wife in their 50s were found stabbed to death in their home in Surrey.
A suicide bomber strikes a UK embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul, with a British worker and an Afghan staff member among those killed.
Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes dies in hospital, two days after being hit on the neck by a ball during a match in Sydney.
Brazil legend Pele is transferred to a special care unit in Sao Paulo following treatment for a urinary infection.
Mobile devices using biometric data should be better designed to protect security and privacy, according to the former head of GCHQ, Sir John Adye.
It started out with an impromptu gig performance and led to a UK tour that sold out within minutes - it's been a busy year for McBusted.
Adult colouring-in books are outselling cookery books in France. But will it catch on in the UK too?
The computer project which can change what you look like in real-time
Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, is notorious for its crime and pollution, but it also, somewhat strangely for a city, has a thriving population of macaws.
Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.
It has been almost a year since restrictions were lifted on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants, leaving them free to come and work in the UK.
Barack Obama carries out the annual White House tradition of pardoning two turkeys, preventing them from becoming Thanksgiving dinner.
A magazine which allows drug users to make money to fund their habit has gone on sale in east London.
Will be £1.5bn or could it be £2bn? That's the debate around the higher echelons of the NHS in England as they await Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement next week.
The first fighters to operate from the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier could be American, BBC Newsnight has learned. Mark Urban explores the sensitive nature of the aircraft carrier issue for the UK.
Flags can convey powerful - and often very unpalatable - messages, says Mark Mardell,
Possibly the most important economic decisions relating to Scotland's new powers, on the size of the grant Scotland will receive in future and how much it can borrow, are yet to be taken.
The Holyrood parliament in Edinburgh is on course to receiving new powers, including on income tax, VAT and airport duty - but what will this mean for Scotland and the rest of the UK. Follow this explainer to find out more....
Press Association photographer David Davies looks back at the race that clinched the Formula 1 title for Lewis Hamilton.
BBC News looks at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and its challenges, amid a slump in global crude oil prices.
More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK so far this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996.
A 10-hour production of Tolstoy's epic novel War and Peace, featuring John Hurt, will dominate BBC Radio 4's output on New Year's Day.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is charged by the Football Association over comments he made about Jewish and Chinese people.