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UK 'not deporting enough criminals'

The UK's spending watchdog criticises ministers for failing to deport more foreign national offenders - saying performance has barely improved over eight years.

Cities need more power, says study
Allowing UK cities to make their own decisions on tax and spending could boost economic growth by £79bn a year by 2030, a year-long study concludes.

US editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93
Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled President Nixon, has died aged 93, the newspaper says.

US probes 'stray Syria air drop'
The US Pentagon says it is examining an Islamic State video appearing to show militants with a weapons bundle intended for Kurdish fighters.

GPs to get £55 for dementia diagnoses
Doctors in England will be paid £55 every time they diagnose dementia, health chiefs say, but the scheme is criticised by a patients' group.

Father of IS hostage John Cantlie dies
Paul Cantlie, the father of Islamic State hostage John Cantlie, has died, less than two weeks after making a plea for his son to be released.

Move to stop charities funding terror
The charities watchdog is to receive an extra £8m and new powers to help it tackle charities being used to fund crime and terrorism, the prime minister says.

UN chief plans Gaza conflict inquiry
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is setting up an inquiry into attacks on UN facilities during Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Ebola serum for Africa 'in weeks'
Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.

Wind farms outstrip nuclear power
The UK's wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says.

Concern raised over UK use of drones
The use of drones in the UK will rise over the next 20 years, raising "significant safety, security, and privacy concerns", a report says.

Clegg targets teachers' workload
Teachers in England are being asked to examine how they spend their working day, as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg vows to cut down on "pointless paperwork".

Schools 'should check kids' teeth'
Schools and nurseries need to step in to tackle the worrying trend of tooth decay in children, says the advisory body, NICE.

VIDEO: A look back at legendary de la Renta
Our Arts Editor Will Gompertz takes a look back at the life of one of the biggest names in fashion, Oscar de la Renta.

VIDEO: Near miss at Donetsk stadium
A young girl has had a lucky escape after part of the glass facade of a stadium in Donetsk crashed to the ground, narrowly missing her.

VIDEO: Making sure war dead live on in memory
How the Commonwealth War Graves Commission continues to keep its promise to remember the dead "in perpetuity".

VIDEO: Swedish bay search for 'foreign sub'
Naval vessels searching Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine are focusing on a bay near the capital Stockholm.

VIDEO: Pregnant Kate appears in public
The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge has made her first public appearance since an announcement that she was suffering from acute morning sickness.

VIDEO: Swedish search for 'foreign sub' in bay
Naval vessels searching Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine are focusing on a bay near the capital, Stockholm.

VIDEO: Paralysed man walks after cell surgery
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

VIDEO: Norton: I wish I was more rebellious
Chat show star Graham Norton joined BBC Breakfast to talk about his career and why he sometimes wishes he was more rebellious.

Magic Faraway Tree set for big screen
Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree books are being adapted for cinema for the first time.

Slumbering lions win top photo prize
A black and white image of lions resting on a rock outcrop in the Serengeti has won the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

Dementia cash row and coma conman - the papers
Several papers report on plans to pay GPs £55 for each diagnosis of dementia they make, while a man who claimed to be in a coma for two years to avoid court also features.

Chelsea 6-0 NK Maribor
Didier Drogba scores his first goal since rejoining Chelsea as they beat Maribor 6-0 - their biggest Champions League win.

CSKA Moscow 2-2 Man City
Manchester City surrender a two-goal lead to draw at CSKA Moscow, leaving their Champions League hopes in the balance.

Rokoduguni set for England call-up
Bath's Fijian-born army soldier Semesa Rokoduguni is set to be named in England's squad for the November internationals.

Pistorius 'unlikely to compete again'
Oscar Pistorius is unlikely to want to compete again after he is jailed for killing his girlfriend, says a psychiatrist.

Rodgers backs 'big-game' Balotelli
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers backs misfiring Mario Balotelli to hit form in Wednesday's meeting with Real Madrid.

Yahoo profits surge on Alibaba sale
Technology giant Yahoo reports profits of $6.8bn for the third-quarter, buoyed mostly by earnings from the firm's stake in Chinese firm Alibaba.

VIDEO: Diwali sees Asia retail sales spike
The Hindu festival of Diwali has a big impact on the economies of India and other Asian countries. Sharanjit Leyl reports from Singapore.

Whitehall in confusion, MPs warn
Taxpayers are getting poorer value for money from government projects because of "confusion" over decisions, MPs warn.

VIDEO: Polish MEP on joining UKIP group
The BBC's Damian Grammaticas speaks to Robert Iwaszkiewicz about joining the UKIP grouping in the European Parliament

NICE conflicts of interests claim
A group of leading doctors and researchers has called on MPs to investigate potential conflicts of interest at the medicines watchdog, NICE.

VIDEO: Can pioneering paralysis therapy help others?
The BBC's David Shukman asks whether a pioneering treatment - which has helped a paralysed man walk using a frame - could help other people with spinal injuries.

Exam appeals change 45,500 grades
The number of complaints about GCSE and A-level marking rose sharply this year, with a fifth of challenges leading to grade changes, says Ofqual.

VIDEO: Child poverty 'will divide UK'
A new report claims that the government will fail to meet its child poverty reduction targets by 2020.

Audi claims self-drive speed record
Audi says one of its self-drive test cars topped 149mph (240km/h) at a race track in Germany, beating a human-driven version.

VIDEO: New smart glasses 'look to rival Google'
BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at the smart glasses on show at the annual Ceatec electronics exhibition in Japan.

Physics reveals how nature sparkles
Researchers reveal that the same physical mechanism is behind many of nature's most dazzling shines.

AUDIO: Are we alone in the Milky Way?
Prof Brian Cox muses on whether life here on Earth is unique within the Milky Way and what this might mean.

Lynda Bellingham on Christmas hopes
Late actress Lynda Bellingham had shared her hopes for a final Christmas in a special edition of Loose Women being broadcast today.

VIDEO: A look back at legendary de la Renta
Our Arts Editor Will Gompertz takes a look back at the life of one of the biggest names in fashion, Oscar de la Renta.

Freezer is not easier, say younger cooks
Young shoppers do not like eating food that is stored in the freezer, a survey has found. Why is it so unpopular, asks Luke Jones.

What laws currently cover trolling?
The government is planning to crack down on internet abuse. What laws are currently in place?

Jerome accuses opponent of racism
Norwich striker Cameron Jerome claims he was racially abused by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci, says boss Neil Adams.

'Ghost bike' memorial to be removed
A special 'ghost bike' tribute left at the scene of a fatal accident is to be removed as it distracts motorists.

Smith Commission to hold first talks
A commission to consider more powers for the Scottish Parliament is to hold its first full meeting later.

Plans for 'revenge porn' legislation
Plans for a new law to tackle "revenge pornography" in Scotland are being considered by the Scottish government, the BBC learns.

US appoints Gary Hart as NI envoy
US Secretary of State John Kerry sends former senator Gary Hart to act as his envoy at the multi-party political talks at Stormont.

Arrest over girl missing since 1977
A man is arrested by police investigating the disappearance of a six-year-old girl in County Donegal 37 years ago.

'Tissue of lies' over health service
Health Minister Mark Drakeford launches a stinging attack on the Conservatives for telling a "tissue of lies" about the state of the Welsh NHS.

Conman pretended to be quadriplegic
A fraudster admits conning a neighbour out of £40,000 by pretending to be a quadriplegic and in a coma for two years.

Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius begins serving time in jail, after being sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

DR Congo doctor wins Sakharov prize
A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo wins Europe's Sakharov human rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims.

North Korea frees detained US man
Jeffrey Fowle, one of three US citizens held in North Korea, has been released and is on his way home, US officials say.

US Marine held for Philippine murder
A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman in the Philippines is moved to a Philippine army base, but fails to attend an initial hearing.

Swedish bay search for 'foreign sub'
Naval vessels scouring Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine focus on a bay near Stockholm on the fifth day of their search.

'Negligence' behind Total boss death
Russian investigators say "criminal negligence" caused the crash that killed the boss of oil firm Total and the three crew members of his private jet.

Rewards for Mexico missing students
The Mexican government offers rewards for information leading to the whereabouts of 43 missing students from Guerrero state.

Press freedom in Americas 'worsens'
Press freedom in the Americas has seen a "marked deterioration" in the past six months, according to the Inter American Press Association.

Egypt 'sets appeal' for journalists
An appeal against the sentences of three jailed al-Jazeera journalists will be heard by an Egyptian court on 1 January, relatives say.

Four held 'over Iran acid attacks'
Iranian police arrest four men following a string of acid attacks against women allegedly for not following the country's strict dress code.

Infant bodies found in Canada locker
The bodies of up to four infants "of a very young age" have been found in a storage locker in Winnipeg, say police.

Sam released by Dallas Cowboys
Michael Sam, who hopes to be the first openly gay athlete to play in an NFL game, is released by the Dallas Cowboys.

Day in pictures: 21 October
24 hours of news images: 21 October

What the floods did to Kashmir's grand heritage
What floods did to Kashmir's most treasured historic sites

In pictures: Derry in 1969
Battle of the Bogside in 1969 by Gilles Caron

Lynda Bellingham: Career in pictures
Actress Lynda Bellingham's career on screen

Day in pictures: 20 October
24 hours of news images: 20 October

In pictures: Kashmir floods aftermath
Aftermath of worst flooding in Indian-administered Kashmir

Week in pictures: 11-17 October 2014
News photos from around the world

From silver mine to wet plate
From silver mine to wet plate in Peru

VIDEO: European Parliament
The Foreign Affairs Committee approves the EU trade deal with Moldova

VIDEO: Planes wobble as they land in storm
Planes wobble at they come in to land at Manchester Airport, during stormy weather on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Obama responds to jealous boyfriend
President Barack Obama found himself in an awkward situation at the voting booth in Chicago on Monday, when a man walked past and told him not to touch his girlfriend.

VIDEO: Doctor on sister's Ebola death
Dr Olivet Buck died after contracting Ebola while treating patients in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

VIDEO: Bondi Beach surfers fight depression
Grant Trebilco started Fluro Fridays on Australia's Bondi Beach to help fight his own bipolar disorder - now more than 100 surfers join him each week.

VIDEO: Storm leaves one dead and four hurt
A woman dies after being hit by a falling tree in high winds in London, while three people are injured in a separate incident in West Sussex.

VIDEO: Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence
Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison after he was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp.

VIDEO: Man guilty of fake-girl webcam sex
An Australian man is convicted of performing a sex act in front of a webcam "watched by" a computer-generated child he believed was real.

AUDIO: Pooley's parents support his return
The parents of William Pooley, the British nurse who contracted Ebola while volunteering in West Africa, support his return to Sierra Leone to resume his work.

Tales from the India Office
Tales from the days when British diplomats ran the Gulf

How safe is mouldy food to eat?
How safe is it to eat mouldy food?

Can data predict the perfect entrepreneur?
Why being over 40 makes you the perfect entrepreneur

Debt campaigners tear up student loans
The people who buy and then cancel student debt

VIDEO: The famine report that shocked the world
How a government minister sought relief for a country in crisis

Organic genderless gingerbread debated
How organic, vegan gingerbread 'people' divided online opinion

Spy chief's parting warning on online privacy
Spy chief's parting warning on online privacy

Activists talk Hong Kong over canapés
Activists discuss Hong Kong protests over champagne

Hobbit find rewriting human history
The discovery that transformed theories of human evolution

The UK's current-account Achilles' heel
The UK's current-account Achilles' heel