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Scientists attack student exit plan

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 20:44
Home Secretary Theresa May's plan to expel foreign graduates draws criticism from the scientific community.

Parties say progress made in talks

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 16:41
First Minister Peter Robinson says he believes that there is "real money on the table" from Westminster as cross-party talks continue at Stormont.

Ex-Swansea MP Alan Williams dies

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 16:10
The former Swansea Labour MP Alan Williams has died at the age of 84.

Police probe call over abuse inquiry

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 15:02
Police investigations into claims of historical child abuse should "take precedence" over a UK government-ordered inquiry, a Welsh MP says.

UKIP expels councillor after remarks

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 13:51
The UK Independence Party says it has expelled one of its councillors, Rozanne Duncan, "for bringing the party into disrepute".

VIDEO: Labour: 'Keep the street lights on'

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:44
Labour's Hilary Benn says councils should invest in low-energy lighting rather than switching off street lights.

AUDIO: BBC editors take Mastermind challenge

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:15
BBC editors are known for their extensive knowledge of specialist subjects, but can they handle the pressure and maintain their reputations when in the spotlight?

Higher pay awards 'on the way'

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:29
Bigger pay rises may be on offer in the coming year, according to Martin Weale, a member of the Bank of England's interest rate setting committee.

Survivors urge abuse inquiry overhaul

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 04:16
Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.

Labour attacks street light cuts

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 00:44
Street lights are being switched off or dimmed to save money in three quarters of England's council areas, according to Labour Party research.

'Real change' in Scots NHS urged

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 00:04
The chairman of the BMA in Scotland calls for "real change" to ensure the NHS in Scotland is sustainable for future generations.

Villiers' rallying call on NI talks

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 18:31
Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says it is "make your mind up time" for Northern Ireland's political leaders ahead of cross-party talks.

May targets student visa 'abuse'

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 17:37
Home Secretary Theresa May backs a plan that would force foreign students to leave the UK after their university courses, in a bid to curb illegal immigration.

May 'could disband child abuse panel'

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 13:39
The independent panel set up to support the planned public inquiry into historical child abuse could be disbanded, the BBC understands.

VIDEO: Mandelson: We must be clear on cuts

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 12:35
Former cabinet minister Lord Mandelson says Labour must make the implications of spending cuts clear.

Be honest on cuts, says Mandelson

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 12:21
Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says Labour's shadow cabinet has to "play as a team" and be up front about public spending cuts.

Jones confident over independence

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 11:01
The Welsh public have the right to decide what powers they want and what powers the UK should have, Carwyn Jones says.

Relatives mark Lockerbie anniversary

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:59
Relatives of the 270 people who died in the Lockerbie bombing are to attend a memorial service in Washington to mark the 26th anniversary.

Ken Clarke attacks 'silly' EU debate

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:57
Pro-Europeans have got to "organise themselves properly" to defeat the "silly" arguments for leaving the EU, former Tory Chancellor Ken Clarke says.

VIDEO: Clarke: Stop this 'silly' EU debate

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:53
Former Conservative Cabinet minister Ken Clarke talks to the BBC's Andrew Marr about UK membership of the EU.