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US envoy says America remains "disproportionately interested" in Northern Ireland and compares the complexity of the Belfast talks to previous nuclear negotiations with the Soviet Union.
The gay UKIP MEP David Coburn has said supporters of same-sex marriage are "equality Nazis".
NHS workers, including nurses and midwives, are to stage a new four-hour strike in England on 24 November as part of an ongoing pay dispute.
The Northern Ireland Executive agrees next year's draft budget but of the five parties, only the DUP and Sinn Féin voted to support the deal.
John Cooper Clarke says Michael Gove was "right" to support the learning of poetry by rote.
Jacob Rees-Mogg says Theresa May's claim the UK may become a honey pot for criminals is a particularly silly to say.
Giles Dilnot guides viewers towards some Westminster spirits they may want to investigate, or avoid, over Halloween.
Do not adjust your set, as the BBC fails to adjust a camera in the Edinburgh newsroom which has a mind of its own.
A Home Office minister insists a change of policy on Mediterranean search-and-rescue operations would save lives - after MPs call it "shameful" and "a new low".
More than 50,000 postal votes arrived too late to count in this year's European Parliamentary elections, it emerges.
A Libyan man can sue the UK government over claims he was illegally sent back to Libya and tortured, the Court of Appeal rules.
How the Borgen legacy of Birgitte Nyborg, Kasper Juul and others live on for some in Danish circles.
Jim Murphy MP says he is running to be Scottish Labour leader and first minister of Scotland to end the party's period of "self-harm".
The committee questions the UK Commissioner-designate Lord Hill
The NHS in Scotland is finding it "increasingly difficult to cope", according to the public spending watchdog.
The House of Commons is to debate government policy on drugs, with MPs from all parties calling for a review of 40-year old legislation on drug misuse.
The American envoy to inter-party talks, Gary Hart, is to have another round of talks in Belfast later.
A legal challenge to government plans to privatise some probation services in England and Wales is launched by the probation officers' union Napo.
Passengers should not have to stand for more than 20 minutes during a journey says rail minister Clare Perry, but admits this is "not always achieved".
Labour's UK leader Ed Miliband will attend a gala dinner in Glasgow as the process of finding a new Scottish leader continues.