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Mayor of London Boris Johnson calls for tougher powers to deal with British extremists who leave the UK to fight in Iraq and Syria.
Foreign students should be excluded from government plans to cut net immigration to the UK, former cabinet minister Lord Heseltine tells the BBC.
The University of Edinburgh is offering a six-week open course on the constitutional future of Scotland and the UK.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and pro-Union campaign chief Alistair Darling are due to go head-to-head in a second live TV debate on Scottish independence.
The authorities are "close" to identifying a suspected British jihadist from the footage of the killing of a journalist, the British ambassador to America says.
Alex Salmond takes the ice bucket challenge, along with his deputy Nicola Sturgeon, after being nominated by actor James McAvoy.
Stronger border checks are needed to prevent radicalised Muslims leaving the UK, says an MP with three constituents believed to be fighting in Syria.
More than 30 ministers sign a declaration backing Scottish independence, saying it is the only way to abolish nuclear weapons in Scotland.
The apparent murder of a US journalist by an Islamic militant with an English accent is "an utter betrayal" of what British people stand for", the foreign secretary says.
Both sides in the independence referendum campaign are getting ready for the second televised debate.
The "Yes" and "No" campaigns in the independence referendum set out rival visions of the NHS in Scotland.
Student leaders say they are "shocked" the Welsh government is cutting funding for students who find themselves in financial difficulty.
Home Secretary Theresa May confirms she is pressing ahead with new powers to tackle extremist groups, while defending current counter-terrorism strategy.
BBC and South Yorkshire Police chiefs are summoned before MPs after a claim of a "cover-up" over the raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home.
Alistair Darling takes the ice bucket challenge after being nominated by actor James McAvoy.
Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State extremists, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.
Labour's David Jamieson is elected as the new West Midlands police and crime commissioner as it emerges the turnout was 10.4%.
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More than a million people have signed a declaration that they are in favour of Scottish independence, campaigners say.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says he is seeking an urgent meeting with the chief medical officer about problems faced by the health service.