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Speaking in Beijing, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says China can do more to promote gender equality and women's rights.
A part of Newport which is being earmarked as a designated area for prostitutes should not become like Amsterdam, an MP warns.
Senior peer Lord Sewel is urged to resign from the House of Lords before he is expelled, after he was filmed allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes.
Why South East Asia? Why now?
David Cameron says business deals worth more than £750m will be made during his tour of South East Asia, as the UK seeks to tap into its "dynamic market".
No contingency plans have been made for a further independence referendum after next year's Holyrood elections, says the Scottish secretary.
MI5 has twice been refused warrants for surveillance by the Northern Ireland secretary, the watchdog overseeing the intelligence services says.
The chancellor is making the first of a series of trips to key EU capitals, as the government bids to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the union.
Lord Sewel is facing a police inquiry after quitting as House of Lords deputy speaker over a video allegedly showing him taking drugs with prostitutes.
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn insists the influx of new members to Labour is mainly young people enthused by politics.
Former first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond tells the BBC he thinks a second independence referendum is "inevitable".
Scottish Labour calls on the Scottish government to accept the "mounting crisis" after research suggests a big drop in GP investment.
Jeremy Corbyn says he is in the Labour leadership contest "for real", and calls for the renationalisation of the railways and energy companies.
Alex Salmond has said that he thinks a second independence referendum in Scotland is "inevitable".
Wales' most successful Paralympian says more must be done to shift perceptions towards people with disabilities.
The PM is expected to offer Indonesia and Malaysia support in tackling Islamist extremists - their "common enemy" - during a four-day trade mission.
A small business commissioner will help firms tackle the problem of the billions of pounds in late payments they are owed, under government plans.
Middle-class parents create a "glass floor" to protect less able children from slipping down the social scale in Britain, a study of 17,000 people says.
Some 120,000 children will be "cast adrift" if the UK government changes its definition of child poverty, Scotland's social justice secretary claims.
The Conservative Party shortlists four men to stand in an open primary to become the party's candidate for London mayor to replace Boris Johnson.