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The UK economy grew by 3.2% in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, slightly higher than the original 3.1% estimate.
Leading members of the Church of Scotland are urging the Westminster parliament to be recalled so MPs can debate the deepening crisis in Iraq.
Scottish prisoners filed almost 9,000 complaints over the last 18 months, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.
UK Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss promises her full support for Scotland's fishing industry in response to Russia's food export ban.
Scotland's energy minister opposes plans to make it easier for fracking companies to drill beneath residential areas.
Britain would "favourably consider" any request for arms from the Kurds in their battle with extremists in Iraq, the BBC understands.
Calls are made for private healthcare patients in Wales to have the same rights as those on the NHS.
There is "nothing to stop" an independent Scotland using sterling with or without a currency union, economist Sir Donald Mackay says.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the UK's plans for delivering aid to displaced Iraqis must be "flexible enough to respond" to what is a developing situation.
Some Stormont departments have been running up a hospitality bill of £50,000 per week, TUV leader Jim Allister says.
A mission to rescue people trapped by Islamist fighters on Mount Sinjar in Iraq is now "less likely", the international development secretary says.
Pupils receiving A-level results will have more university places to choose from than ever before.
A rise in the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 during the next Parliament is proposed by the Liberal Democrats.
Councils should be able to raise most of the money they spend from local taxes, according to a new report.
Thousands of students in Wales are anxiously waiting for their A-level results, with hopes of an improvement in the very top grades.
Campaigners have criticised a senior UK politician for comments he is reported to have made praising development while visiting Tibet, John Sudworth reports.
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Moving Trident nuclear submarines out of an independent Scotland would be "very difficult but not impossible", according to a study.
There has been a "shocking" rise in the number of sanctions for those who receive a key sickness benefit, according to homeless charity Crisis.