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The number of pupils missing secondary school is at the lowest level ever recorded, but figures remain highest in the most deprived areas, the latest figures show.
Tata's head of strategy says it would be better for our business if the UK stayed in the European Union.
Prime Minister David Cameron is "punishing businesses" by trying to fulfil promises to cut immigration, the Institute of Directors says.
Nicola Sturgeon will call for the BBC in Scotland to have more power, more money and its own TV channel, when she addresses the Edinburgh TV Festival.
The Labour hopeful on splits, Corbyn and that welfare row
Can Iran and the UK really bury the hatchet?
In the latest BBC profile of the candidates, Vicky Young has been to find out more about Labour leader hopeful, Jeremy Corbyn.
The Ulster Unionist Party intends to leave the Northern Ireland Executive in a row over the existence of the Provisional IRA
A Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn could struggle to keep key marginal seats in the 2016 assembly election, senior Welsh Labour figures warn.
How UK had women-only train compartments but ditched them
UKIP Wales suspends its candidate for a council by-election after he wrote on social media that immigrants should be gassed.
Six councils in the north east and north of Scotland unite in a bid to tackle teacher shortages in schools.
The Welsh Ambulance Service again misses its response time target for life-threatening calls.
Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt will later make what is being called "a significant announcement".
Sir John Chilcot's much-delayed Iraq war report will criticise senior figures beyond Tony Blair and his inner circle, says the Guardian.
Mark Serwotka, the leader of one of the UK's biggest trade unions, has his vote in the Labour leadership election rejected.
An aerospace company in Wrexham is investing £65m in a new manufacturing facility, creating up to 50 jobs.
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says he would consider women-only rail carriages to help solve a rise in assaults on public transport.
Alcohol sales in Scotland increased in 2014 in contrast to a trend for declining sales seen in recent years.
Evidence of a postcode lottery in benefit sanctions is uncovered by a new analysis of the latest figures.