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The UK Council for Child Internet Safety will draw up a list of approved sites offering advice about topics such as sex and drugs

Yellowstone supervolcano a ‘much larger system’ than scientists had thought

Experts say new findings don’t necessarily increase the ‘Yellowstone hazard’ – despite claims it could be due a catastrophic eruption

A view of the World Cup trophy

World Cup 2014: ITV showing England games against Uruguay and Costa Rica, with BBC to air opener between versus Italy

ITV will show the opening game of the tournament between Brazil and Croatia

Graham Norton was issued with a warning from the BBC after he wore a red World AIDS Day charity ribbon on his chat show on 29 November.

Graham Norton blasted by BBC for wearing red World AIDS Day charity ribbon

According to BBC guidelines, staff are to stay 'independent and distanced from charities and their agendas'

'Ethnicity is a factor' in grooming, says Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk

Ethnicity is a factor in on-street grooming cases, a Labour MP representing the town at the centre of a major child exploitation case has said.

Mandela’s statue in London’s Parliament Square, adorned with flowers, messages and a flag

BBC receives 1,350 complaints for 'excessive' Mandela coverage, including some viewers angry at interruption of 'Mrs Brown's Boys'

Complaints of insufficient coverage of storm surge battering Britain

Patients forced to wait in ambulances outside hospital ‘for up to six hours’ as A&E departments are too busy to take them

NHS guidance recommends that patients should wait in ambulances for no longer than 15 minutes

Lord Kinnock says rich should pay more tax

The rich should pay more tax and 50p is the correct rate for the highest level of income tax, Lord Kinnock has said.

The Griffins' much-loved pet dog was hit by a car and killed in November

Back from the dead? Family Guy's Brian Griffin 'to make a comeback' after fan petition

Creators rumoured to have written the dog into the Christmas episode

Roy Hodgson at the World Cup draw

World Cup 2014 draw: England have got 'two number one seeds' says Roy Hodgson, after drawing Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica

The England manager tries to find the positives from today's draw

Gary Barlow Day has been met with disapproval by critics

Gary Barlow day scaled back by BBC after impartiality criticism

A radio interview and online Q&A have been cut from the schedule

The controversial comedian said during a link:  “What is going on? We're next to 1Xtra, it's so white in here. Mandela would not approve of the situation at the BBC.”

Simon Amstell apologises for Nelson Mandela comment on Radio One

Simon Amstell has apologised for suggesting there was racial segregation between Radio 1 and its sister station BBC Radio 1Xtra in reference to Nelson Mandela.

Rod Liddle has received criticism for describing the passing of Nelson Mandela as ‘famous nice black man dies’

Rod Liddle criticised for describing death of Nelson Mandela as ‘famous nice black man dies’

The Spectator columnist made the comments in an attack on the BBC’s extensive coverage of Mr Mandela’s death

Twenty Twelve team returns to satirise life inside BBC Broadcasting House

It’s a challenge as great as delivering the London Olympics, in a very real sense. The team behind the award-winning satire Twenty Twelve is to aim its sights at life inside the BBC. But can the comedy series ever match the absurd reality of life within Broadcasting House?

Adam Rothenberg, Matthew MacFayden and Jerome Flynn star in Ripper Street

BBC axes Ripper Street due to low ratings

The drama will not return for a third series

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