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Moscow's ambassador to the UK is summoned by the Foreign Office to "clarify" reports of a Russian military incursion into Ukraine.
The UK government sets out its plans to increase representation for Scotland's islands if there is a "No" vote in the referendum.
The NHS in Wales is the first in the UK to fund a cannabis-based medicine for people with multiple sclerosis.
There are calls for the government to look again at the prospect of introducing directly elected mayors to more English cities.
The government should change the "prejudiced and illogical rules" which stop sexually-active gay men from giving blood, a Conservative MP says.
Labour voters should "beware Nationalists bearing gifts" ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, Lord Reid claims.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage confirms he is seeking selection as the party's candidate for the Kent seat of South Thanet at the next general election.
The chief of Pembrokeshire council is to stand aside with immediate effect amid a row into unlawful payments he received.
Daily Telegraph chess correspondent Malcolm Pein and Labour MP Maria Eagle discuss the link between chess and politics.
Three former senior police officers claim independence would protect the Scottish force from what they say is the "slashing" of police numbers in England.
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.