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Live Reporting

By Matthew Davis and Gerry Holt

All times stated are UK

That concludes our live coverage for this afternoon.

Clubcard revolution

Edwina Dunn and her husband Clive Humby

"What scares me about this is that you know more about my customers after three months than I know after 30 years."

So said Tesco chairman Lord MacLaurin after Edwina Dunn and her husband Clive Humby (pictured) gave a presentation to the supermarket chain's boardroom in 1994.

What the couple had to say would change the way many of us shop forever.

Find out how here...

Rajini Vaidyanathan

BBC News, Washington


tweets: Crews gathering outside justice centre where #grandjury meets. Waiting game continues. #Ferguson

The community of Ferguson is waiting to hear whether a US grand jury will indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot dead Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August. The jury is set to meet at 17:00 GMT.

BT in talks on O2

BT shares

BT's shares have gone up by 11.40p - or 3% - at 391.40 pence this afternoon.

It comes after the telecoms giant announced it was

in talks with Telefonica about buying the O2 mobile network from the Spanish firm.

Red letter day

Manuel Parisseaux

More than 30,000 birthday cards have been sent to a man in France after his mother posted a request on Facebook which went viral.

Manuel Parisseaux, who turned 30 on Saturday, has got Down's syndrome.

"We got cards from everywhere: Sri Lanka, Chicago, Hong Kong and sometimes with child's drawings," said his mother Jacqueline Parisseaux.

"I don't understand why it got so big. Manuel is like us, he is moved to tears."

Iran nuclear talks

John Kerry

US Secretary of State

John Kerry is making a statement after talks in Vienna failed to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

Band Aid 30

Bob Geldof
Getty Images

BBC Newsbeat's most read story right now is its discovery that Bob Geldof's plea for people to keep downloading Do They Know It's Christmas? over and over again is easier said than done.

Find out why here...

Jon Sopel

North America editor

tweets: #Hagel elegant, generous speech, but gives NO indication why he has tendered resignation; Perennial political game now set to unfold on #hagel resignation with the question: was he pushed or did he jump?


BBC Sport


With the #SPOTY shortlist announced tonight, who do you think should be on it?

The 10-person shortlist will be announced on The One Show on BBC One from 19:00 GMT.


#bbcsportsday or leave a message on the
BBC Sport Facebook page

BreakingBreaking News

Chuck Hagel has resigned as US defence secretary,

President Barack Obama confirms, saying he was "exemplary" at the role.

But he will stay on until a successor is confirmed, says the president.

Deeply in love

Underwater wedding

A couple in Scotland have held their

wedding at the bottom of a tank of seawater.

Professional diver Dorota Bankowska married James Abbott wearing a dress held down with weights (as was his kilt).

Hagel 'to step down'


Watch live:

Statement from US President Barack Obama, who's expected to confirm the resignation of Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Counter-terror powers

Armed police
Getty Images

Police and security services are to get new powers to tackle the growing threat of terrorism to the UK. Announcing the move, Theresa May said 40 terror plots had been foiled since the 7 July bombings in London in 2005. The threat level has been at "severe" since August.

What measures have been announced?

Stephen Lawrence murder

Stephen Lawrence

One story that's developing is news that the sixth man to be arrested over the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence (pictured)

will not be prosecuted.

The man in his 40s was arrested on 23 December last year. The Crown Prosecution Service said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.

Hong Kong murder victim

Sumarti Ningsih

The most engaged-with article on the BBC's website at the moment is

the moving story of Sumarti Ningsih - found murdered and decomposing in a suitcase on a Hong Kong balcony. BBC Indonesia editor Karishma Vaswani has been to the 23-year-old's home village on the island of Java, and spoken to her distraught family and friends.

'Un-magical' Christmas park

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
Paul currie

TV designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

has apologised after the Christmas attraction he helped to create was forced to close because of complaints.

He said it was "time for sleeves to be rolled up" at The Magical Journey, near Sutton Coldfield, which was branded a "rip-off" by some visitors.

Uganda abuse video

BBC Trending

What's popular and why

A video apparently showing a maid physically abusing a young child in Uganda has been watched

more than 21 million times in just four days on Facebook.

The disturbing video has since been widely shared on the internet, provoking horror and upset from Uganda to California, says


Baby found in drain

Drain baby

The mother of a newborn baby who was abandoned in a drain in Sydney

is to be charged with attempted murder.

Police say the baby boy, who is in a serious but stable condition, may have survived up to five days in the drain.

BBC Magazine has been

looking at how it was possible for the baby to have survived.

'Nintendo' fighter jet

Flight simulator

What is it like to fly a F-35 fighter jet?

One of our most watched videos of the day is BBC Click's Dave Lee

trying out a simulator used to train pilots.

Kim Kardashian pictures

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian's appearance on the cover of Paper magazine certainly set the internet alight.

But could the image be a work of art?

The BBC's Will Gompertz gets to the bottom of the issue...

Top Gear complaint

Top Gear

Argentina has expressed discontent to the BBC over its handling of complaints about a Top Gear special filmed in the country. The show's stars and crew were forced to abandon filming last month amid angry protests over a car number plate that appeared to refer to the Falklands War.

Top Gear

Most shared

Stunning catch

Odell Beckham catch

Watch the New York Giant's Odell Beckham make one of the most stunning touchdown catches in NFL history.

Hagel 'to step down'

Chuck Hagel
Getty Images

US media is reporting that

Chuck Hagel is to stand down as US defence secretary.

President Barack Obama is expected to announce his resignation just after 16:00 GMT (11:00 EST).

It's currently the most read story on BBC News - we'll bring you the very latest as we get it.