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Members of the Scottish parliament debate the country's future, ahead of the referendum on independence.
Northern Ireland's health minister says he will not implement "damaging" financial cuts that would "destroy our health service" and "compromise "patient safety".
Former British premier John Major pays tribute to the role in the Northern Ireland peace process of the Republic of Ireland's former prime minister Albert Reynolds, who has died at the age of 81.
Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, has defended the Scottish government's estimates of oil reserves, after a warning yesterday from a leading industry figure.
Government finances show an unexpected deficit in July for the second year running, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
MPs demand details from Chancellor about possible political pressure over failed Co-op plan to buy 623 Lloyds branches.
Tens of thousands of pupils receive their GCSE results with Wales continuing to close the gap with the rest of the UK in achieving top grades.
Hundreds of thousands of pupils are receiving their GCSE grades, with an overall rise in results despite changes to exams
Ireland's former prime minister Albert Reynolds has died at the age of 81. BBC News NI takes a look back at his life.
Why Wales will make its own mind up on independence
Labour pledges to give a new regulator the power to remove energy firms' licences, if it wins the next election.
Ireland's former prime minister Albert Reynolds, who played a key role in advancing the Northern Ireland peace process, dies aged 81.
Self-made businessman who became Ireland's prime minister
Voting in the by-election for a new West Midlands police and crime commissioner is under way.
UKIP sets out details of the taxation strategy that will be part of its manifesto in next year's general election.
Ben Wright on why UK response to Syria is influenced by Iraq war
The Scottish parliament's Justice Committee is to look at the routine arming of specialist police officers.
An independent Scotland should use the pound without the UK's permission, says a report from the Adam Smith Institute.
Has the Scottish referendum debate led England to consider its position within the Union?
David Cameron discusses his next moves on Iraq