| 24/04/2009 2:50 pm

  • First coal mine in decades approved amid climate concerns - Climate experts and Tory MPs argued the Cumbria mine would scupper UK efforts to lower emissions.
  • Border Force staff at airports to strike over Christmas - Passport control officers are to join thousands of public servants in walkouts over pay, the PCS union says.
  • UK weather: Drivers warned of risks as Arctic blast begins - Motorists are being urged to take precautions amid cold weather alerts and warnings across the UK.
  • Putin: Nuclear risk is rising, but we are not mad - The Russian leader insists his country would only use its nuclear arsenal in response to a strike.
  • Turner Prize: Windrush memorial artist Veronica Ryan wins for 'poetic' sculptures - Veronica Ryan's winning works include giant sculptures of Caribbean fruits on a street in Hackney.
  • Oldest DNA reveals two-million-year-old lost world - Genetic material extracted from soil has revealed the ancient plants and animals of North Greenland.
  • Matt Hancock to stand down as MP amid local criticism - It comes as some Tory members in his Suffolk constituency say the MP is "not fit to represent" them.
  • Germany arrests 25 accused of plotting coup - A far-right group is suspected of planning to storm parliament and install an aristocrat as leader.
  • Cost of living: House prices drop by 2.3% in a month - Halifax - The mortgage lender says the annual rate of growth in property prices fell from 8.2% to 4.7%.
  • Strep A: Royal Belfast children's hospital postpones routine procedures - Officials say the postponements are due to pressures caused by a rise in bacterial and viral infections.
  • UUP leader criticised for 'whine like a girl' remarks - The Ulster Unionist leader is called a "disgrace to unionism" by the DUP's Edwin Poots.
  • Pedro Castillo: Peru Congress impeaches president amid battle for control - Soon after Pedro Castillo said he was dissolving Congress, lawmakers vote to impeach him.
  • Murderer publicly executed by his victim's father, Taliban say - The shooting at a stadium is the Taliban's first public execution since their return to power.
  • Winter weather: Keeping costs down when it's cold - As energy bills rise and temperatures fall, there are extra payments available.
  • Can I get a Cold Weather Payment and how much are they? - Cold Weather Payments are available to some if temperatures stay low.
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