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US tax bill: Republicans agree sweeping changes · Friday 15th December at 23:40
Senate and House lawmakers reveal final details of the biggest change to the US tax code in 30 years.

North Korea must earn right to talks, says US Secretary of State Tillerson · Friday 15th December at 22:02
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson toughens his stance after earlier offering talks with no preconditions.

Matthew Petersen: Trump's nominee for judge flubs law test · Friday 15th December at 21:53
Matthew Petersen's hearing goes wrong quickly when a Republican senator poses basic legal questions.

Austrian far right to return to coalition under conservative Sebastian Kurz · Friday 15th December at 21:02
Centre-right leader Sebastian Kurz is set to become Europe's youngest prime minister under the deal.

Peru Odebrecht scandal: President Kuczynski faces impeachment · Friday 15th December at 20:22
Parties file a motion to have Pedro Pablo Kuczynski removed after he rejects resignation calls.

Nigerian law graduate denied call to bar for wearing hijab · Friday 15th December at 19:51
Amasa Firdaus was refused entry in Nigeria after insisting on wearing a headscarf under her wig.

Brexit: EU leaders agree to move talks to next stage · Friday 15th December at 19:15
Theresa May welcomes "important step" and calls for "rapid progress" on transition discussions.

Trump tells FBI: 'I have your back 100%' · Friday 15th December at 18:18
Mr Trump praises the FBI after previously calling the agency "disgraceful" and "in tatters".

Australia abuse: Archbishop rejects call to report confessions · Friday 15th December at 17:53
A top Catholic cleric in Australia says breaking the seal of confession would undermine doctrine.

Jerusalem: Palestinians killed in fresh clashes with Israel · Friday 15th December at 17:45
Fresh violence erupts between Palestinians and Israeli troops over the US shift on Jerusalem.

Brexit pressure · Friday 15th December at 17:22
It looks like 2018 will be as tough for talks as 2017, writes Kevin Connolly.

Trump addresses anti-police sentiment at FBI graduation · Friday 15th December at 17:10
"We believe criminals who kill police officers should get the death penalty," President Trump says.

Holy cow! 'Stormy' the cow makes a break from live nativity · Friday 15th December at 16:58
A live nativity scene led to a police chase when one participant managed to break out twice in a day.

China investigates attack on South Korea photographer · Friday 15th December at 15:52
He reportedly suffered fractures and eye damage after being kicked by Chinese security guards.

Japan court rules father legally responsible for secret IVF child · Friday 15th December at 15:19
The Japan court ruling comes after a woman used a frozen embryo without the father's knowledge.

Russia a 'risk' to undersea cables, defence chief warns · Friday 15th December at 15:12
Chief of the defence staff Sir Stuart Peach warns disruption to undersea cables could be "catastrophic".

Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal · Friday 15th December at 14:48
BT will supply its sports channels to Sky, while selling Sky's Now TV service to its customers.

Paternoster: The rare lift that went over the top · Friday 15th December at 14:40
As one of the last examples of a unique lift closes in Leicester, is it hasta la vista Paternoster?

Million Britons miss out on 'decent' broadband speeds · Friday 15th December at 13:54
Many Britons still struggle with slow broadband, finds report from communications regulator Ofcom

'Catastrophic blow' · Friday 15th December at 13:39
As the UK's top military officer raises fears, what would happen if Russia cut undersea cables?

How a threatened island is attracting tourists · Friday 15th December at 13:05
The Solomon Islands want to grow their economy, and they see tourism as a key.

Vodafone offers thousands early contract exit · Friday 15th December at 12:36
The mobile network was not clear enough about new fees, telecoms regulator Ofcom says.

Hugh Jackman's novelty top hat trick · Friday 15th December at 12:03
The Australian actor performed the trick for the "6,000th" time and described how he'd be spending Christmas.

South Africa's Jacob Zuma: Scandals and successes · Friday 15th December at 11:51
Jacob Zuma has faced some controversies during his time as ANC leader.

Indian carol singers arrested after 'conversion' complaint · Friday 15th December at 11:45
The incident occurred in Madhya Pradesh state, which is known for its strict anti-conversion laws.

Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat · Friday 15th December at 11:42
The online retailer puts streaming gadgets from Google back on sale, ending a two-year hiatus.

AI helps write Harry Potter fanfiction and other news · Friday 15th December at 10:41
BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

Chinese man jailed for stamping on Genghis Khan portrait · Friday 15th December at 09:25
A man is convicted of inciting ethnic hatred after trampling on the Mongol ruler's portrait.

US woman used bitcoin to move cash to Islamic State, police say · Friday 15th December at 04:16
She is accused of taking out fraudulent bank loans and buying bitcoin to funnel cash to IS.

Africa's week in pictures · Friday 15th December at 00:33
A selection of the best photos from across and about Africa this week.

Locked out · Friday 15th December at 00:12
The internet of things poses new threats to our security, so how should we be fighting back?

Lock out · Friday 15th December at 00:12
The internet of things poses new threats to our security, so how should we be fighting back?

'Bribing the desperate' · Friday 15th December at 00:11
Berlin is offering asylum seekers thousands of euros to retrace their steps - but is it ethical?

Schools warned over hackable heating systems · Friday 15th December at 00:10
A researcher finds dozens of UK schools' smart heating systems are vulnerable to being attacked.

Shroud of doubt · Friday 15th December at 00:03
A journalist looks for the truth of his father's role in one of the largest clandestine missions in US history.

Class of 77 · Thursday 14th December at 23:15
China's 1977 college entrance exams brought in a generation that would change the country forever.

Geminid meteor shower dazzles over northern hemisphere · Thursday 14th December at 19:39
If you missed the annual Geminid meteor shower, cameras captured the celestial display over China.

Fast/slow lanes · Thursday 14th December at 19:12
An introduction to the net neutrality debate after US regulators voted to change the rules.

What is net neutrality and how could it affect you? · Thursday 14th December at 18:54
An Obama-era law that protects "net neutrality" is repealed by a US regulator, so what does it mean?

NatWest bank spat prompts web security changes · Thursday 14th December at 15:27
The bank told a security expert "sorry you feel this way" when a potential vulnerability was found.

'Flirty secretary' smart assistant taken offline in China · Thursday 14th December at 12:31
The avatar, which could be made to flirt and dance, is offline after a suggestion it objectified women.

Star Citizen game makers being sued · Thursday 14th December at 12:17
Crytek alleges Roberts Space Industries (RSI) and Cloud Imperium Games "have caused substantial harm".

Computers write new Harry Potter chapter · Thursday 14th December at 10:41
Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash is the title of a new story created by computer wizards.

Ukraine to broadcast to Crimean Tatars · Thursday 14th December at 09:30
Ukraine to broadcast news to Crimean Tatars under Russian annexation.

What do you know about net neutrality? · Thursday 14th December at 01:52
The FCC is expected to vote to overturn Obama-era laws relating to net neutrality. We asked people in Washington what they thought about that.

Origami robot muscles lift 1,000 times its own weight · Thursday 14th December at 00:18
The artificial muscles can be programmed with a range of motions including twisting and rotation.

Mirai botnet: Three admit creating and running attack tool · Wednesday 13th December at 18:07
Three men admit creating and running Mirai, a botnet used to block access to much of the web.

Starbucks cafe's wi-fi made computers mine crypto-currency · Wednesday 13th December at 14:45
Visitors to an Argentine branch of the coffee chain are targeted with crypto-currency malware.

Twitter 'baby poop' video launches spam · Wednesday 13th December at 12:35
The video also gains permission to access Twitter account and can spy on private communications.

Broadband over 'wet string' tested for fun · Wednesday 13th December at 12:29
A small, independent ISPs manages to get speeds of 3.5 megabits from broadband over wet string.

LinkedIn hosted jihadist lectures, Blair institute reveals · Wednesday 13th December at 12:29
Lectures and essays by Islamist extremists have been shared on the Microsoft-owned social network.

GTA Online: Frank Ocean has a new radio station in the game · Wednesday 13th December at 11:12
In the GTA Online's latest update, Frank brings his Beats 1 Blonded radio show to Los Santos.

Google to open artificial intelligence centre in China · Wednesday 13th December at 08:33
Silicon Valley giants are focusing heavily on artificial intelligence and its future applications.

'Meghan Markle' and 'fidget spinners' top UK Google search · Wednesday 13th December at 08:00
Other most searched topics included the UK general election and the crypto-currency Bitcoin.

The apps helping keep Rio safe · Wednesday 13th December at 00:10
How data is being used to help monitor crime in Rio de Janeiro.

Deliveroo and UberEats restaurant clients face new rules · Tuesday 12th December at 18:30
Restaurants face having to seek planning permission if they heavily use food delivery apps.

Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock · Tuesday 12th December at 17:22
Matt Hancock calls it "something of a disappointment" that he has to state it publicly.

MoneyTaker hackers reportedly steal £7.5m from ATMs · Tuesday 12th December at 16:35
The MoneyTaker group has also stolen banking documents that may be used in future attacks.

Skin betting: 'Children as young as 11 introduced to gambling' · Tuesday 12th December at 15:55
Gamers as young as 11 bet using virtual weapons within video games which are then exchanged for cash.

Facebook to overhaul Irish tax scheme · Tuesday 12th December at 15:54
The advertising giant is to change its tax arrangements in about 30 countries after a similar move in the UK.

Tech firms could be held liable for extremism and abuse · Tuesday 12th December at 13:30
The BBC understands that an independent ethics watchdog will recommend new laws on online content.

US regulator halts Munchee digital-token sale · Tuesday 12th December at 13:06
The SEC halts an initial coin offering and warns consumers of the dangers of crypto-currency investment.

'You are being programmed,' former Facebook executive warns · Tuesday 12th December at 12:59
A former executive for the social network has blasted social media for "ripping society apart".

Netflix defends A Christmas Prince tweet · Tuesday 12th December at 12:58
The platform sent a tweet addressing the "53 people" that have watched the film 18 days in a row.

PubG creator says games need 'better protection' from copycat titles · Tuesday 12th December at 12:46
The man who created Player Unknown's Battlegrounds talks to Radio 1's Gaming Show about the problem of developers copying ideas.

Gambia denies hosting Russian imperial revival bid · Tuesday 12th December at 12:41
Gambia denies reports that it will grant land for a Russian 'Romanov Empire' project.

Does Bitcoin use more electricity than Ireland? · Tuesday 12th December at 00:25
Does the crypto-currency Bitcoin really use more electricity than Ireland?

Care for all · Tuesday 12th December at 00:14
These are the choices faced by many families living in Kenya's slums. Could technology help?

Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app? · Monday 11th December at 17:09
Rivalry against Spotify and augmented reality ambitions are two possible reasons for the takeover.

It's time to 'embrace an android' says Labour's deputy leader · Monday 11th December at 13:59
Robots can "set us free" by taking over routine everyday tasks says Labour's deputy Tom Watson.

Facebook: Jokes 'no excuse' for harassment · Monday 11th December at 13:50
Facebook shares its internal policy for dealing with harassment.

Bitcoin futures trading begins on CBOE exchange in Chicago · Monday 11th December at 11:39
Bitcoin rises 17% to above $18,000 on its futures debut, a move seen as legitimising the currency.

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger · Monday 11th December at 11:27
A researcher finds more than 460 models have the hidden software pre-installed.

German spy agency warns of Chinese LinkedIn espionage · Sunday 10th December at 22:55
Germany's spy agency says China is using the site to gather information on politicians.

Apple 'to buy Shazam for $400m' · Sunday 10th December at 10:07
The music recognition app already makes most of its money by referring music buyers to Apple's iTunes.

Uber settles defamation lawsuit filed by Indian rape victim · Saturday 9th December at 10:11
A woman raped by a driver in Delhi says executives got her medical records after doubting her story.

Calls for Twitch to police 'sexual streaming' · Saturday 9th December at 09:37
The game streaming site has been criticised for tolerating a growing number of 'sexual streamers'

Bitcoin: 'I'm part of a crazy wave' · Friday 8th December at 22:05
Three people share their experiences of buying Bitcoin.

Spotify and Tencent Music buy stake in each other · Friday 8th December at 18:27
Two of the world's most popular online music streaming services are buying shares in one another.

Apple HomeKit flaw left smart gadgets vulnerable · Friday 8th December at 13:18
The company has fixed a flaw in its HomeKit that let unauthorised people control smart home gadgets.

Chat and pay · Friday 8th December at 00:45
People are paying friends, family and firms through their social media apps.

Japan enforces new road rules for 'Mario Kart' drivers · Thursday 7th December at 11:30
New traffic laws to cope with fancy dress go-kart tours in Tokyo.

Disability sport: Prosthetic feet help amputees snowboard · Wednesday 6th December at 00:43
Reporter Kat Hawkins tried out prosthetic feet designed for skiing and snowboarding.

Look at me · Wednesday 6th December at 00:37
Live streaming in Asia has boomed thanks to a massive youth market who spend big through mobile apps.

Hola mundo · Wednesday 6th December at 00:33
Babbel, one of the world's most popular language learning websites, was set up by friends after one of them wanted to learn Spanish.

Dangerous milk · Tuesday 5th December at 00:13
The tech tackling fake baby formula, dodgy drugs, conflict diamonds and fishy fish.

Powering up · Friday 1st December at 00:01
They won't give you superhuman strength, but exoskeletons are making physical tasks easier.

Is Apple getting sloppy? · Wednesday 29th November at 17:12
A security bug in the new Mac operating system has raised concerns that the firm's standards are slipping.

Super vision · Tuesday 28th November at 00:16
Imagine pointing your phone's camera at any object and being given useful information about it.

Tencent: Inside the company's new AI lab · Saturday 25th November at 01:06
China's biggest social media company is developing new apps which use artificial intelligence.

OnePlus: Inside its smartphone factory · Thursday 23rd November at 10:03
Click gets exclusive access to a factory in Shenzhen to see how the new OnePlus 5T phone is made.

Simulator trains teachers to deal with mass shootings · Wednesday 22nd November at 00:35
In the last four years there have been more than 200 school shootings in the United States.

Google Pixel Buds language translation tested · Tuesday 21st November at 15:29
Rory puts Google's language translating headphones through their paces, with varying results.

Baidu's voice-controlled smart speaker and other news · Friday 17th November at 00:20
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

CAST studies how robots could work better with people · Thursday 16th November at 00:45
A new research lab is looking to find the best ways to train robots to work with people.

Xbox One X: Microsoft's new console reviewed · Saturday 4th November at 00:43
The console can display 4K 60 frames-per-second graphics in high dynamic range.

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