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Dublin's High Court said keeping the young mother alive against the wishes of her family would deprive her of dignity in death

Dublin court rules brain-dead pregnant mother's life support can be switched off

A Dublin court has ruled a clinically brain dead pregnant woman’s life support machine should be switched off in a landmark ruling.

A boy carries bread as he walks past buildings in Raqqa destroyed by an air strike. Residents say water and electricity supplies are intermittent and food is running short

Islam's Dysfunctional State: In Isis-controlled Syria and Iraq everyday life is falling apart

Isis’s vaunted exercise in state-building appears to be crumbling, as living conditions deteriorate across the territories under its control, exposing the shortcomings of a group that devotes most of its energies to fighting battles and enforcing strict rules.

The glossy ibis had a better year than seals

UK wildlife endures roller-coaster year of extreme weather

Wildlife is in store for a bumpy ride in the coming years, one of the country’s leading naturalists warns today, as a double-whammy of extreme weather and accelerating habitat loss straps nature into a roller-coaster ride.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow

Rouble trouble: Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed-out bank gets more funds

Russia looks set for a steep recession in 2015, its finance minister has admitted, as he stepped up the bailout of the first bank to teeter in the face of the collapsing rouble.

A reduced service to and from the station will go ahead as planned on Sunday

Kings Cross trains to be cancelled because of over-running Network Rail engineering works

Train services in and out of London Kings Cross, one of the country's busiest terminals, have been cancelled tomorrow because of overrunning Network Rail engineering works.

Sean Paul jihadi death threat: Jamaican singer told to stay away from Maldives New Year's Eve concert

A death threat has been posted online warning Sean Paul, the Jamaican singer and reggae star, that he should not perform at a New Year’s Eve concert in the Maldives. The video message carries the logo of a group which claims to consist of Maldivian jihadis with links to Syria.

Sports Quiz of the Year 2014: The Questions

Paul Newman asks the questions that will reveal how closely you were paying attention as the big stories of the year unfolded. Answers at the bottom.

The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)

Who: Viktor Yanukovych's chandelier maker

Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings banned in Egypt for 'historical inaccuracies'

Egypt has banned Christian Bale movie Exodus: Gods and Kings on the grounds of "historical inaccuracies".

Brendan O'Carroll as Agnes Brown in the 2014 Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas special

Mrs Brown's Boys wins Christmas Day TV ratings war for second year running

Brendan O'Carroll's comedy hit Mrs Brown's Boys has triumphed in the annual Christmas Day TV ratings war

i100: Meet the scientist who wants to teach you how to 'hack' your home

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