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Máiría Cahill, the Belfast woman who accused an IRA man of raping her and other IRA members of covering up her allegations, is bidding to stand for election to the Irish Senate.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell pays tribute to former Labour chancellor Denis Healey who has died at the age of 98, describing him as 'a towering intellect'.
Denis Healey, one of Labour's most important post-war figures, dies aged 98, prompting tributes from across the political world.
Former Labour chancellor Denis Healey has died at the age of 98, his family has announced.
The long and incredible life of Denis Healey
The government says it will introduce new rules to stop "politically-motivated" boycotts of foreign products and defence companies by local councils.
Russia's military intervention in Syria is helping to support the "butcher" President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister David Cameron says.
Voters are at risk of being left off the electoral register in the run-up to the 2016 assembly election, the Electoral Commission warns.
Measures are being taken to keep the coke ovens at Redcar operating over the weekend, after owner SSI UK went into liquidation.
From David Cameron's long-term vision to tensions over Europe - what to expect from the first Conservative conference as a majority government for 20 years.
The government says it is extending funding for councils to "assist" with the costs of helping Syrian refugees.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell says the government's promise of an aid package to staff at Redcar steelworks is not enough, after the company owners go into liquidation.
The prime minister tells the BBC that Northern Ireland inter-party talks have to lead to agreement by the end of October.
Chancellor George Osborne says ''a huge package of support'' is in place to help staff at Redcar steelworks, after the company owners go into liquidation.
A Conservative politician appears in court to plead not guilty to assaulting a UKIP candidate outside a fire station.
SSI UK, owners of the mothballed Redcar steelworks where 1,700 jobs are at stake, goes into liquidation
An agreement is reached between Cosla and trade unions on a pay deal for Scottish council workers.
The Conservative Party has unveiled Zac Goldsmith as its candidate for the London mayoral election in 2016.
Members of the US-led coalition against Islamic State tell Russia to cease strikes they say have targeted opposition forces in Syria.
The SNP wins five local council by-elections in Aberdeen, Fife, East Ayrshire and Stirling.