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EU leaders have to hold a "serious debate with no taboos" on David Cameron's reform demands, European Council president Donald Tusk says.
A Scottish Labour MSP is thrown out of Scottish Parliament chamber in a row over trade union rights.
Experts from international forum the OECD say Scottish schools remain above international averages - but the gap is narrowing.
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Prisoners at risk of becoming homeless on leaving jail are offered more support to find a secure home, amid concern about their rehabilitation and the safety of others.
MEPs reject new EU standards for diesel car emissions, arguing that they are not tough enough.
The UK's inflation rate turned positive in November for the first time in four months, official figures show.
Police Scotland breached a new code of conduct on intercepting communications due to an officer's "misjudgement", MSPs are told.
Nigel Farage and Carwyn Jones will take part in a head-to-head debate on the UK's membership of the EU.
The UK needs to start fracking to establish the economic impact of shale gas, according to an industry-funded body.
Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers extend the appointment of the Attorney General John Larkin for a second time.
Three of Wales' four police forces are told to do more to protect and support vulnerable people and domestic abuse victims.
MSPs express concern that Scottish government plans to provide more information about the lobbying of politicians do not go far enough.
David Cameron will not be able to deliver fundamental reform of the EU without changing its treaties, a cross-party committee of MPs says.
More than 100 outfits and accessories belonging to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher go under the hammer.
Increased spending will result in a "bigger" Royal Navy, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says, as he announces new £13.5m shipbuilding contract.
Engineers aim to have the Forth Road Bridge repaired and open to traffic by 4 January, bridge operator Amey confirms.
People should not be allowed to eat hot food on the London Underground because it is "offensive" and a health hazard, says a Conservative peer.
Victims of the Troubles say they are more optimistic agreement can be reached on new agencies to examine the past.