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Australia's first same sex wedding takes place

Earlier this month Australia's marriage equality law came into effect.<p>The first weddings were expected in the new year to allow for a 30 day notice period, but this couple was given an exemption allowing them to legally wed.

Weddings

Austria far right: 'Nobody has anything to fear' says new minister

<b>Austria's next interior minister has said "nobody has anything to fear" from the new coalition government.</b><p>Far-right politician Herbert Kickl, a senior figure in the Freedom Party, said he had "a very, very good feeling" about the new coalition with the conservative People's Party.<p>Austria's …

Sebastian Kurz

Scores, Results & Fixtures

TEAM NEWS<p><b>Leicester remain without Robert Huth and Matty James, who continue their recovery from respective ankle and Achilles problems.</b><p>Vicente Iborra and Marc Albrighton will hope to earn recalls after being rested in midweek.<p>Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic serves a one-game …

Soccer

Swati Maliwal: Call to speed up child rape executions in India

<b>Rapists of children should be executed within six months of their crime, a leading advocate for women's rights in India has demanded.</b><p>Swati Maliwal made the appeal in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.<p>It was timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the brutal gang rape and murder of …

India

Cross Country World Cup: Britain's Andrew Musgrave wins bronze in Italy

<b>British skier Andrew Musgrave won bronze in the men's 15km freestyle at the Cross Country World Cup in Italy.</b><p>The 27-year-old was 11.5 seconds behind winner Simen Hegstad Krueger from Norway with France's Maurice Manificat second in Toblach.<p>His previous best World Cup placing this season was 13th in …

Olympics

Scores, Results & Fixtures

BBC coverage<p><b>Frank Ross will be assessed ahead of Aberdeen's Scottish Premiership meeting with Hibernian at Pittodrie.</b><p>Ross is battling to overcome an ankle injury, while fellow midfielder Greg Tansey remains out with a groin problem.<p>Hibs captain David Gray is nearing a return but is unlikely to …

English Premier League

Heinz Wolff, Great Egg Race presenter and scientist, dies

<b>Renowned scientist and television presenter Heinz Wolff has died, aged 89.</b><p>The German-born inventor, famed for hosting The Great Egg Race, died of heart failure on December 15, his family said in a statement.<p>A former advisor to the European Space Agency, he later moved to London's Brunel …

Science

North Korea 'hacked crypto-currency exchange in South'

<b>South Korea's spy agency believes that North Korea is behind hacking attacks on a crypto-currency exchange in the South, sources say.</b><p>At least $7m (£5.25m) in digital money was stolen in the hacks - although the money is now said to have ballooned in value to $82.7m.<p>The thieves also stole the …

South Korea

Pint-sized Ashes: Australia pile on the punishment on day three

Australia captain Steve Smith hits a magnificent double century and Mitchell Marsh a huge hundred to demoralise England on the third day of the third Ashes Test in Perth.<p><b>MATCH REPORT:</b> Smith humiliates England at the Waca<p>Download the latest TMS podcast here

Travel

King Michael: Romania bids farewell to former monarch

A state funeral has being held for King Michael, who helped end fascist rule during World War II.<p>More than 20,000 Romanians lined the streets of Bucharest to pay their respects.

Romania

Sharon Laws: Former cyclist dies after being diagnosed with cervical cancer

<b>Former Team GB cyclist Sharon Laws has died at the age of 43.</b><p>Laws started six months of chemotherapy in October 2016 shortly after learning she had cervical cancer.<p>The Kenya-born cyclist, a former British champion in time trial, road racing and mountain biking, retired in August 2016.<p>Laws won the …

Cancer

San Francisco Aquatic Park shut over 'aggressive' sea lions

<b>Part of San Francisco bay has been shut to swimmers following two rare attacks by sea lions.</b><p>A man was bitten in the groin area on Friday, a day after another man suffered a serious arm injury.<p>San Francisco's Aquatic Park will be closed until Monday, the authorities said, suggesting that just one …

San Francisco

King Michael: Romania bids farewell to former monarch

<b>A state funeral is under way in Romania for its former monarch, King Michael, who died aged 96 on 5 December.</b><p>More than 20,000 Romanians queued in the capital Bucharest to pay their respects to his body, lying in state.<p>Royalty from across Europe are attending, including Spain's former King, Juan …

Royal Family

Jacob Zuma and the ANC: Are South Africa's dreams of freedom dead?

One of the most important elections in South Africa’s modern history takes place this weekend when the ruling African National Congress meets to pick a new leader.<p>Billions of pounds have been lost in corruption scandals under the rule of the incumbent Jacob Zuma.<p>The leading challengers for the …

South Africa

Hart in Hampshire 'best place to live in UK'

<b>Hart in Hampshire is the best place to live in the UK, a study has found.</b><p>Scotland's Orkney Islands retained its second place position for a second year, while Rutland in the East Midlands came third.<p>The annual Halifax quality of life study looked at a range of factors including health, earnings, …

North Yorkshire

Weinstein 'derailed my career' Sorvino says after Peter Jackson claim

<b>Actress Mira Sorvino said she is "heartsick" after learning she may have lost out on major roles because of Harvey Weinstein.</b><p>Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson said both Sorvino and Ashley Judd were "blacklisted" following conversations with Weinstein's company.<p>Both actresses have claimed the …

Mira Sorvino

Salford fire deaths: Siblings 'will be buried side-by-side'

<b>The uncle of four children who died in a house fire wants them to be "buried together side-by-side" and hopes they get the "funeral they deserve".</b><p>Demi Pearson, 14, Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven, and three-year-old Lia died following the blaze in Walkden, Salford on Monday.<p>Their mother Michelle …

Crime

Ashes: Steve Smith double century puts Australia in control

<b>Australia captain Steve Smith struck a magnificent double century and Mitchell Marsh a huge hundred of his own to demoralise England on the third day of the third Ashes Test in Perth.</b><p>The fifth-wicket pair shared a stand of 301 as Australia racked up 549-4 at the Waca, a lead of 146.<p>Smith - who made …

Peter Handscomb

The house that Edek built - and the secret suitcase kept inside

<b>When Edward "Edek" Hartry and his wife Teresa designed and built their family home near Woking, they created a daringly modern building full of light.</b><p>Their glass and timber home stood out among the red-brick Tudorbethan of stockbroker Surrey - simple, open-plan and translucent.<p>It was the 1950s. …

European History

Iain Lee addresses I'm a Celeb bullying claims

<b>Iain Lee says the word bullying is "a bit strong" to describe what happened to him in the jungle.</b><p>Many fans complained about the way the radio host was treated by his fellow contestants on this year's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.<p>But now, in a series of tweets and an interview on spin-off show …

Iain Lee

Brexit: UK must not be EU 'colony' after Brexit

<b>A leading Brexiteer has said the UK cannot become a "colony" of the EU during the two year transition period after Britain's withdrawal in 2019.</b><p>EU leaders have agreed Brexit talks can move on, with the UK staying in the customs union, single market and under the European Court of Justice's …

Brexit

Royal Court U-turn over play axed amid harassment claims

<b>London's Royal Court theatre has reversed its decision to cancel a production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too.</b><p>The theatre had said it was axing the play after allegations that its co-director Max Stafford-Clark made inappropriate sexual comments to staff.<p>But artistic director Vicky Featherstone said she …

Censorship

Former PM takes on UK-China investment role

<b>David Cameron is to take on a new official role leading a UK government investment initiative between Britain and China.</b><p>The former prime minister will take charge of a £750m ($1bn) fund to improve ports, roads and rail networks between China and its trading partners.<p>The government said the …

China

Advent calendar: Matic thunderbolt sends Chelsea to final

Day 16 of BBC Sport's advent calendar. Nemanja Matic, then a Chelsea player, scores a thunderbolt from outside the box to give Chelsea a 4-2 lead against Tottenham the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.<p>The goal was voted the best goal of this season's competition by BBC viewers.<p><b>MATCH REPORT:</b> Chelsea 4-2 …

Nemanja Matic

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017: How do you win the main award?

<b>The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 will be crowned on Sunday but what are they key factors in the make-up of previous winners? From birthplace to facial attributes, we've been analysing the ideal candidate...</b><p>Meet the contenders<br>• How to vote online<p>Which are the most successful sports?<p>Where …

Andy Murray

ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

<b>South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) is preparing to choose a new party leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma.</b><p>The main candidates are the current deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Zuma's ex-wife.<p>The tense leadership …

South Africa

One Culture: two generations

In this series BBC Stories will be talking to British families and exploring the differences between first and second generation immigrants. It will delve into the cultural nuances that shape their relationships.<p>In the first episode we meet a Ghanaian Father who has only recently come to terms with …

Government (UK)

Australian citizenship row: By-election threatens PM's majority

<b>Australians in a suburb of Sydney are voting in a by-election that could cost the governing conservative coalition its slim majority in parliament.</b><p>The poll was called after Bennelong MP John Alexander stepped down in a row over dual citizenship.<p>The citizenship crisis has forced nine Australian MPs …

Malcolm Turnbull

Deaths of Canada billionaire Barry Sherman and wife 'suspicious'

<b>A Canadian billionaire and his wife have been dead at their home in Toronto in circumstances that police described as "suspicious".</b><p>The bodies of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found in the basement, reports said.<p>Mr Sherman was the founder and chairman of pharmaceutical giant Apotex, which …

Crime

'Selfieccino' - Putting your face on a coffee

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