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Former heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson has said he was "greatly disappointed" when he learned he could not enter the UK and would "continue taking the proper steps for re-entry".
British scientist Peter Higgs received his Nobel Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf in a pompous ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
The Edinburgh University emeritus professor collected the prestigious award with Francois Englert for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson.
The BBCand ITV have revealed which channel will show what World Cup matches in Brazil next year - including England's group games.
ITV will show the opening match of the tournament between hosts Brazil and Croatia on 12th June.
The BBC will show England’s first group match against Italy, which kicks off at 11pm in the UK.
ITV will then show England's next two games against Uruguay and Costa Rica.
The BBC will have first pick of the second round and the semi finals, while ITV has first pick of the quarter finals.
Both ITV and the BBC will show the final.
While thousands of opposition demonstrators are camping out in freezing temperatures on Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich insisted again his government needs to deepen trade ties with Russia.
In his first public appearance since the demonstrations last week, Mr Yanukovich ignored the demands of pro-Europe protesters.
"We cannot talk about the future without talking about restoring trade relations with Russia," Mr Yanukovich said in televised comments.
The opposition is furious about his decision to ditch a landmark pact with the European Union in favour of closer ties with Russia and called for the government to resign.
In response to the historic handshake between Barack Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro, the US National Security Council has said: "This wasn't a pre-planned encounter. Above all else, today is about honouring Nelson Mandela and that was the President's singular focus at the memorial service.
"We appreciate that people from all over the world are participating in this ceremony."
The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall have helped to decorate a Christmas tree with a pair of specially-made royal baubles, to mark the opening of Barnardo's new headquarters.
The Queen's decoration was made of red velvet, covered with gold coloured thread and featured her cypher below a crown and a floral pattern around its edge.
Her daughter-in-law's had a similar design, but was made from blue velvet and featured her cypher surrounded by a ring of white beads.
The Queen made sure she reached up to find a good spot for her festive decoration on the tree at the leading children's charity's new multi-million pound purpose-built building headquarters in Barkingside, East London.
Siblings Skye, aged eight, and seven-year-old Summer, who are supported by a Barnardo's children's centre in Essex, presented the baubles to the royal pair and also gave them Christmas stockings filled with tree decorations from the Barnardo's shop.
Two personal assistants to Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi wrote to the couple begging for forgiveness, a court has heard.
Elisabetta Grillo, 41, and Francesca Grillo, 35, who deny spending almost £700,000 on credit cards belonging to Ms Lawson and Mr Saatchi, said in an email that "all we want to do is put this right and make amends".
– Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo
We are at our utmost despair and we are reaching out to you in the sincere hope that somewhere in your hearts you will find a way to forgive us and believe that we never meant in any way to seem to be disloyal or to seem like we took advantage of our positions.
The duo are accused of fraud. They deny the charge.
British terror suspect Babar Ahmad pleaded guilty to two counts of providing support to terrorists, in US District Court in New Haven, Connecticut.
He did not plead guilty to two additional charges that also included conspiracy to injure the property of a foreign government and money laundering.
US prosecutors said that Ahmad and another man, Syed Talha Ahsan, ran a website that raised funds for Muslim militants in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
The two were extradited to the US from Britain last year.
Ahmad faces the possibility of up to 25 years in prison and two to five years' probation.
British terror suspect Babar Ahmad has pleaded guilty in the US to two offences relating to supporting terrorism.
The computer expert from Tooting, south London, admitted operating a website that promoted jihad and supported al Qaeda. But he denied two other charges.
He was extradited from the UK last year.