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Hart: US 'wants to help' in NI talks

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:55
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.

UKIP MEP slams 'equality Nazis'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:43
The gay UKIP MEP David Coburn has said supporters of same-sex marriage are "equality Nazis".

New strike by NHS staff announced

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:05
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.

NI budget deal agreed by two parties

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:38
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.

AUDIO: Punk poet's praise for Michael Gove

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:20
John Cooper Clarke says Michael Gove was "right" to support the learning of poetry by rote.

VIDEO: Tory: Home secretary view 'particularly silly'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:34
Jacob Rees-Mogg says Theresa May's claim the UK may become a honey pot for criminals is a particularly silly to say.

VIDEO: Westminster and Whitehall ghost tales

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:24
Giles Dilnot guides viewers towards some Westminster spirits they may want to investigate, or avoid, over Halloween.

VIDEO: You behind the pillar, you're on camera!

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:11
Do not adjust your set, as the BBC fails to adjust a camera in the Edinburgh newsroom which has a mind of its own.

UK migrant rescue stance criticised

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:52
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".

Postal votes 'arrived too late'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:13
More than 50,000 postal votes arrived too late to count in this year's European Parliamentary elections, it emerges.

UK can be sued over rendition case

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:45
A Libyan man can sue the UK government over claims he was illegally sent back to Libya and tortured, the Court of Appeal rules.

VIDEO: Brits love Borgen, but cannot pronounce it

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:41
How the Borgen legacy of Birgitte Nyborg, Kasper Juul and others live on for some in Danish circles.

VIDEO: Murphy: 'I'll bring Labour together'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:07
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".

VIDEO: European Scrutiny Committee

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:03
The committee questions the UK Commissioner-designate Lord Hill

NHS finding it 'difficult to cope'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:25
The NHS in Scotland is finding it "increasingly difficult to cope", according to the public spending watchdog.

MPs set to debate UK drugs policy

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:38
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.

US envoy to meet with First Minister

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:25
The American envoy to inter-party talks, Gary Hart, is to have another round of talks in Belfast later.

Legal challenge to probation reforms

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:00
A legal challenge to government plans to privatise some probation services in England and Wales is launched by the probation officers' union Napo.

Wait for train seats 'unacceptable'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 03:01
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".

Miliband due at Scots Labour dinner

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:09
Labour's UK leader Ed Miliband will attend a gala dinner in Glasgow as the process of finding a new Scottish leader continues.