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The Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams says the Northern Ireland political process is in trouble and faces its greatest challenge since the Good Friday negotiations.
Football boss Karren Brady and former Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose are among 22 new life peers.
Labour leader Ed Miliband calls on the Scottish government to spell out alternatives to currency union.
The Lib Dems will vow to stop sending people to jail for drug possession in their 2015 election manifesto.
The UK will not be involved in the latest military action in northern Iraq, No 10 says, after the US authorised air strikes against Islamic militants.
Scottish banks might not be bailed out in a financial crisis if an independent Scotland had no formal currency union with the rest of the UK, a report says.
More than 12,000 babies and toddlers are on waiting lists for local authority nursery places, according to figures obtained by the BBC.
At least 30 consultants worked in government departments last year on day rates of £1,000 to £2,000, figures obtained by Newsnight reveal.
The UK is to contribute more funds to help countries affected by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the Foreign Office says.
The Welsh Conservatives say First Minister Carwyn Jones should distance himself from 'distasteful' comments over the Falkland Islands' sovereignty.
Forget the sun and sangria - politicians keep up their profile with visits and announcements in what is traditionally the summer break.
The British government will match the first £2m of public donations to an emergency appeal for people affected by the conflict in Gaza.
Calls by George Galloway for Bradford to be "declared an Israel-free zone" are being investigated by West Yorkshire Police.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond insists Scotland will retain Sterling under independence, in the face of continued opposition criticism.
The transport minister says she will not reverse her decision on an M4 relief road around Newport in the face of a legal challenge.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg urges mental health research to be given the same attention as physical health, and makes a manifesto pledge to pour £50m into research.
When German and British politicians united in song
UK Ministers are discussing whether to suspend arms export licences to Israel if the ceasefire in Gaza ends.
Public figures including Sir Mick Jagger and Dame Judi Dench urge Scotland to say "No" to independence, despite not being able to vote in the referendum.
Justice Minister David Ford says his department is facing a budget cut of at least £47m, once further cuts are brought in in October.