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PM: I won't meet £1.7bn EU demand

David Cameron insists the UK will not pay £1.7bn demanded by the EU - but Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso says the bill should not have come as a surprise.

Asda faces mass action on equal pay
Asda, the UK's second largest retailer, is facing a mass legal action over equal pay by women who work in their stores.

'Millions of Ebola vaccines' in 2015
Millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced.

Russia 'helped Yanukovych to flee'
Vladimir Putin says for the first time that Russia helped Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych to flee after he was ousted in February.

Egypt: Sinai 'bomb' kills 26 troops
A suspected jihadist car bomb attack kills at least 26 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai, Egyptian officials say, in one of deadliest incidents there.

NY axe attack: Islamist link probed
Police in New York investigate whether a man who attacked two officers with an axe before being shot dead was linked to Islamist extremism.

Jade coroner calls for dog licences
A coroner criticises dangerous dog laws and calls for dog licences to be reintroduced after 14-year-old Jade Anderson was savaged to death.

GDP rises by 0.7% in third quarter
The economy expanded at a slower pace in in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.

Briton in Thai cosmetic surgery death
A British woman understood to have gone to Thailand for cosmetic surgery has died in an operation, Thai officials say.

Ashya's family 'unsafe for UK return'
The family of Ashya King say they will not yet return to the UK following his treatment in Prague as they do not feel safe to do so.

Plaid 'could hold balance of power'
Plaid Cymru MPs could help decide who takes power after next year's general election, party leader Leanne Wood tells its conference.

PC jailed for partner's stab death
A "paranoid and controlling" former policeman is jailed for at least 28 years for killing his partner, who was stabbed 81 times.

VIDEO: Speed racing on city ring-road
Coventry is to become the first city in the UK to stage competitive motor-sport on public roads.

VIDEO: Gorilla gets 'Bake Off' birthday cake
A gorilla with a fondness for pink celebrated her 40th birthday at London Zoo on Thursday with a colourful gourmet parsnip, potato and carrot cake.

VIDEO: Police spy 'was paid to love me'
The Metropolitan Police is to pay more than £400,000 to a woman whose child was fathered by a man who she did not know was an undercover police officer.

VIDEO: 'Do you think I lack imagination?'
Russell Brand speaks to Newsnight about his "alternative to corporate hegemony".

VIDEO: Phones off to mark Jewish Sabbath
The global Jewish community is being encouraged to observe the Sabbath a little more strictly from sunset on Friday.

VIDEO: The Queen sends her first tweet
The Queen's has sent her first tweet - sent through the @BritishMonarchy account - heralding the launch of a major new exhibition at London's Science Museum.

VIDEO: Scientists create real hoverboard
BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights.

VIDEO: 'Religion made me a better player'
England's newest cricket star Moeen Ali speaks to the BBC about his sport and his religion.

The Queen sends her first tweet
The Queen sends her first tweet to launch the London Science Museum's ambitious new Information Age gallery.

VIDEO: Spider photobombs Ed Balls interview
A spider has unexpectedly appeared on camera as Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls was being interviewed about the latest GDP figures.

Suarez gets help for impulse to bite
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says he is getting professional help as he seeks to overcome an "impulse" to bite opponents.

Caterham 'allowed' to miss two GPs
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will allow Caterham to miss the next two Formula 1 grands prix to focus on finding a buyer.

Predictions: Lawro v Mark Wright
BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Towie star Mark Wright and his Strictly Come Dancing partner Karen Hauer.

Murray fights back to reach semis
Andy Murray boosts his hopes of qualifying for the ATP Finals with a hard-fought win over Kevin Anderson at the Valencia Open.

Costa has 'chance' of facing Man Utd
Chelsea's Diego Costa could start against Manchester United, despite an illness that required a stay in hospital.

UK anger at £1.7bn EU cash demand
UK politicians react angrily to demands for an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) contribution towards the European Union's budget due to the country's better economic performance.

VIDEO: The Indian coal mines in Australia
Several large Indian companies are developing their own mines in Australia, but environmentalists are concerned for the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

Military rents to rise, says minister
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announces that "major reforms" to funding for military accommodation will increase rents.

VIDEO: Wood: Time for Wales to step up
The majority of people in Wales want to see their assembly take on more powers, says the leader of Plaid Cymru.

First transplant of 'dead' heart
Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a "dead heart".

VIDEO: Could amputees re-grow lost limbs?
Amputees could one day re-grow their missing limbs, according to researchers at Imperial College London.

Norfolk schools inquiry faces review
The investigation into alleged inspection irregularities at three Norfolk schools will be reviewed by an "independent figure", says Ofsted.

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

Hailo says Uber blocked investors
After pulling out of the US, taxi app Hailo complains that rival Uber is blocking potential investors from offering funding.

VIDEO: Information Age exhibition opens
One of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken by the Science Museum has been opened by the Queen in London.

Science chief warns on acid oceans
The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.

VIDEO: Chimps carry out night time raids
Wild chimps carry out night time crop raids, footage reveals, suggesting the animals are being pushed into more risky behaviour.

Alvin Stardust album gets early release
The release of Alvin Stardust's final album, his first in 30 years, is brought forward following his death.

VIDEO: Jessie J: I owe a lot to the MOBOs
Singer Jessie J tells BBC News she owes a lot of her early exposure to the MOBO awards. The 26 year-old won best female singer at the award ceremony in London

10 things we didn't know last week
Walk on the Wild Side's bass line cost £17, and other nuggets

Go Figure: The week in numbers
The week in numbers with our Go Figure images.

Suicide mother gave girls acid drink
A mother poisoned herself and her two young daughters by drinking acid after struggling to get on with her in-laws, an inquest hears.

Hen party death lorry driver cleared
A lorry driver is cleared of causing the death by dangerous driving of a woman on a hen party in West Yorkshire.

Scotland to reduce drink-drive limit
The Scottish government announces plans to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas, making the limit lower than in England.

Bird of prey deaths 'not deliberate'
Police say birds of prey found dead in Ross-shire were probably accidentally poisoned as they make a fresh appeal for information.

Man injured in west Belfast shooting
Police are investigating a shooting incident in west Belfast.

Man charged over couple's deaths
A man has been charged in connection with the discovery of the bodies of an elderly couple in County Donegal, police say.

'Slavery' police search for more men
Police who investigated the "modern day slavery" case of a vulnerable man found working unpaid on a farm, say they are looking for other missing men.

Slip road closure 'benefits' traffic
A controversial peak time closure of a slip road to ease congestion on the M4 near Port Talbot is 'a benefit', a review into the trial finds.

Dozens monitored for Ebola in Mali
Dozens of people are being monitored in Mali after the nation confirmed a two-year-old girl as its first Ebola case.

Tunis 'militant hideout' stormed
Tunisian security forces storm a house in a Tunis suburb to end a stand-off with armed militants, killing six people, officials say.

Daniel Pearl murder suspect released
One of the suspects in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, beheaded in 2002, is set free by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan.

Detained Myanmar reporter shot dead
A Burmese journalist taken into detention while covering clashes near the Thai border is shot dead while trying to escape, the army says.

Dolce & Gabbana cleared in tax case
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founders of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house, are cleared by an Italian court of tax evasion.

Yellow powder sparks security alerts
Envelopes containing an unknown yellow powder have been sent to five consulates in the Turkish city of Istanbul, officials say.

Governor quits over Mexico missing
The governor of Mexico's southern Guerrero state - where 43 students went missing after deadly clashes with police last month - stands down.

US returns ancient artefacts to Peru
The US returns about 20 ancient Peruvian artefacts - some more than 1,800 years old - that had been looted from pre-Columbian graves.

US to check IS 'chemical weapon' use
The United States will investigate "extremely serious allegations" that militant group Islamic State used chlorine gas against Iraqi police officers.

Mortar fire on Pakistan-Iran border
Pakistani and Iranian forces have exchanged mortar fire, in the latest incident between the two countries along their porous border.

Two US Ebola nurses free of virus
Two nurses infected with Ebola while treating a patient in Dallas are declared free of the deadly virus, a day after the first infection in New York.

Canada attack 'not linked to IS'
Canada's foreign minister tells the BBC there is no evidence so far that the man behind gun attacks in Ottawa was linked to Middle Eastern jihadists.

EU 'surcharge' and Stardust tributes - paper review
Anger over the EU's demands for an extra £1.7bn from the UK and tributes to the late pop star Alvin Stardust feature in Friday's newspapers.

Day in pictures: 23 October
24 hours of news images: 23 October

Your pictures: Steps
Readers' photos on the theme of "steps"

In pictures: Feline focus
An online exhibition of cats

In pictures: Ottawa shootings
Images from outside the Canadian parliament

In pictures: India celebrates Diwali
Indians celebrate Diwali, the biggest Hindu festival

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

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

VIDEO: Man starts fire at petrol station
CCTV footage showing the moment a man started a fire at a petrol station has been released by police.

VIDEO: Ashya King 'has really come along'
Ashya King's father said his son "has really come along" while under going proton beam therapy in Prague.

VIDEO: US air strike 'hits IS command'
New video footage show a US air strike hitting an Islamic State position on a hill near the embattled Syrian town of Kobane.

VIDEO: CCTV of Ottawa shooting suspect
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) releases video footage of the suspected gunman arriving at the country's parliament building during Wednesday's shooting incident.

VIDEO: Call to scrap term-time holiday ban
The ban on term-time holidays from school should be scrapped so head teachers can take a "common-sense approach", council leaders have suggested.

VIDEO: Wales 'may be independent in 20 years'
Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru, has predicted Wales will be independent within "a generation".

VIDEO: Ebola: Scenes of horror in Liberia
There have now been more than 4,800 reported deaths from Ebola, with Liberia the worst affected country. Around 50 new cases are being reported every day in the capital Monrovia.

VIDEO: Scotland to reduce drink-drive limit
The Scottish government has announced plans to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas.

The undercover cop, his lover, and their son
My agony at discovering father of my child was undercover cop

The day UFOs stopped play
The day UFOs stopped play - and a crowd of 10,000 gasped

Why do professional sportsmen try trick shots?
Why do professional sportsmen try trick shots?

In pictures: Grayson Perry exhibition
Grayson Perry captures the state of the nation

Quiz of the week's news
Why is Florida angry with Breaking Bad?

Islamic State: Diary of life in Mosul
Mosul diary: Inside the city ruled by Islamic State

Digital detox call for the Sabbath
Could you switch off all your devices for 25 hours?

Ukraine: Land of chaos and courage
A journey across a Ukraine wracked by conflict

Why is the UK being asked for more money?
Why is the UK being asked for more money?