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The director of Premier Oil says no new North Sea projects are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel and the industry is "close to collapse".
The Press Association's chief political photographer on the stories behind some of his memorable images.
Advice for potential candidates to be the next mayor of London from previous Tory candidate Stephen Norris.
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams says last week's intervention in the Stormont talks by the British and Irish Prime Ministers was not "a serious effort".
A temporary change to the way the 26 "spiritual" seats in the Lords are allocated will allow women bishops to be represented as soon as possible, the government says.
The 2015 general election campaign officially begins on Friday, meaning candidates' spending will be subject to strict rules and limits.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt defends the government's plans to cope with winter pressures on emergency healthcare.
MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.
Traditional medicines could be used instead of drugs to save money, says Conservative MP David Tredinnick MP.
New probation contracts worth £450m will be signed off by the government as 21 private companies take over the management of low and medium-risk offenders.
The time people can be put on police bail could be limited to 28 days, the Home Secretary Theresa May announces.
As councils learn how much money they will have next year to spend on local services, Patrick Burns looks at the situation in the West Midlands.
A new offence of emotional abuse and controlling behaviour is announced by the government to be introduced in late 2015.
Public libraries in England need to become more like coffee shops if they are to survive, a government-commissioned report concludes.
Why are the EU-US trade talks proving to be so controversial?
Cross-party talks are due to resume at Stormont on Thursday, with few signs of the parties resolving their differences over budget and welfare reform.
Centres which provide out-of-school childcare for families across Wales are to share £400,000 from the Welsh government.
The government made £180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says a new report.
The Scottish Conservatives say the "eye-watering" new tax rate for people buying homes between £250,000 and £500,000 should be halved.
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.