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UK energy supplier E.On announces average dual fuel bill increase of 3.7% from January 2014
BBC Sport will give readers the chance to have their say on the 2014 Fifa World Cup in a series of online votes.
The Environment Agency urges people to "remain vigilant" after a tidal surge hit the east coast of Britain.
An MP who had pressed the prime minister at PMQs for action over fixed-odd betting machines managed to vote the wrong way in Parliament.
A special ceremony for people whose lives have been influenced by Nelson Mandela is to be held at Westminster, sources say, as David Cameron signs a book of condolences.
MOTD's Gary Lineker takes a look at the eight seeded teams England could face in the group stage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.
Chancellor George Osborne rejects claims the UK's economic recovery is based solely on a boom in consumer spending and house prices.
Think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that the increased growth announced in the Autumn Statement is just expected growth arriving early.
Modern technology is too reliant on rare materials whose scarcity could drastically set back innovation, a report warns.
A minute's applause in tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela will be held at weekend football matches.
Nelson Mandela's journey in video and pictures
A man has been sentenced to at least 20 years for the "appalling" murder of a police reservist in a hospital car park in Northern Ireland in 1981.
24 hours of news photos: 6 December
'Military grade Kalashnikov-type rifles' are used in an attack on police officers in a built-up area of north Belfast, the police say.
Egyptian Muslim cleric Abu Omar, abducted by the CIA in Italy in 2003, is given a six-year jail term in absentia in Milan for terror offences.
The Prince of Wales is preparing to meet some of the emergency workers who were involved in the Glasgow helicopter crash operation.
A County Londonderry man is jailed for at least 20 years for the murder of his former partner's sister in what a judge called an "act of extraordinary wickedness".
Images from South Africa and around the world
Nelson Mandela was often seen with stars from the world of entertainment and sport.
Bristol Academy boss Mark Sampson is appointed new England women head coach by the Football Association.