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Three years ago retails expert, Mary Portas, carried out a review of the high street for the government and the BBC takes her back to one of those towns, Stockport, to find out if anything has changed.
Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping dozens, a survivor tells the BBC.
President Vladimir Putin is holding his annual end-of-year news conference, amid a growing economic crisis in Russia.
Cross-party talks are due to resume at Stormont on Thursday, with few signs of the parties resolving their differences over budget and welfare reform.
Defying teachers, riding on Christmas Day and learning to bluff - Sir Bradley Wiggins on the psychology of his rise to the top.
An 81-year-old man who is charged with murdering his wife has gone missing, Cumbria Police say.
Nearly a third of the research by Welsh universities is of "world-leading" quality, says the body which compares work by every university in the UK.
The EU and US are negotiating a deal which they say will free transatlantic trade and boost growth but critics warn is dangerous.
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Agreement is reached between the government and the country's biggest mobile networks to improve coverage across the UK.
An extra 1.3 million pupils in England, 85% of infant children, are eating a free school lunch, the government says.
Switzerland's National Bank has brought in a negative interest rate cutting the value of any money left on deposit in the country.
Hollywood stars react to Sony's decision to cancel The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.
World leaders welcome an agreement between the US and Cuba to end more than 50 years of hostility and move towards restoring diplomatic ties.
Teenagers experiencing mental health problems will no longer be detained in police cells as a "place of safety", Home Secretary Theresa May is to announce later.
Opportunities to prosecute Jimmy Savile and a former mayor of Scarborough for child sex abuse were missed due to police "organisational failure".
The government made £180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says a new report.
A Victorian public urinal is listed by English Heritage for its "special historical interest".
Ice pancake formations, more commonly seen in the Antarctic, have been photographed on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.
US Federal Reserve says it will be "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, with most analysts expecting a rise in mid-2015.