BBC News 18 December 2014 Last updated at 09:52

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Putin insists rouble will stabilise

President Vladimir Putin insists Russia's under-fire currency will stabilise, but warns the country's economic crisis could last two years.

Waste collectionCouncils braced for funding cuts

Councils in England are to learn later how much money they will have to spend on local services such as waste collection and road maintenance in 2015-16.

Posters for The Interview at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles. 17 Dec 2014Dismay at Sony film cancellation

Hollywood stars react with dismay after Sony Pictures cancelled the release of The Interview, a comedy film about a plot to kill North Korea's leader, after threats against cinemas.

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