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Making people in Scotland pay 5p for carrier bags reduces their use by 147 million in the first year.
The energy and climate change secretary is accused of "grotesque hypocrisy" ahead of a speech she will deliver about the government's plan to tackle climate change.
The UK must stay in the European Union to continue to have influence on the world stage, US President Barack Obama tells the BBC.
Jeremy Corbyn has responded to his critics in the Labour leadership contest by calling for an end to "silly remarks".
The government announces it is to cease funding for the Green Deal, spelling the end for its flagship energy household efficiency programme.
MP Richard Graham has been banned from driving for six months, after admitting to a speeding offence in the Cotswolds.
Proposed UK budget cuts do not mean "the world will come to an end" for Wales, insists the prime minister.
Green party politician Jenny Jones explains why she is challenging the lawfulness of bulk interception of MPs' electronic data.
A charity defends its decision to invite Scotland's only Conservative MP to open a new foodbank in Dumfries
Blair's 1980s warning evokes memories of Foot
Prime Minister David Cameron appeals for Aston Martin to open new plant in Wales.
Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall insists she will not pull out of the race and will be "fighting for what I believe in till the very end".
Labour former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott criticises Tony Blair's intervention in the Labour leadership contest, telling him to "calm down".
Labour contender Liz Kendall dismisses calls for her to pull out of the race and back another candidate to stop Jeremy Corbyn winning.
Post-election angst or a deeper malaise?
A new batch of files referring to allegations of abuse at Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast is released by the government.
A Cabinet Office search unearths a letter from MI5 about historical child sexual abuse claims which says the risk of "political embarrassment" was "greater than the security danger".
The prime minister announces a £390m contract to service armoured fighting vehicles in Merthyr Tydfil, bringing 250 highly-skilled jobs, ahead of a visit to Wales.
Three politicians will challenge the lawfulness of the intelligence services' bulk interception of electronic data at a hearing later.
Council-funded museums and galleries across the UK are considering scrapping free entry as cuts bite, the head of the Museums Association says.