The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is under way at Celtic Park in Glasgow.
A man filmed swallowing two goldfish in a pint glass as part of a dare, admits it was a "stupid prank" after he was fined £200 by magistrates.
The finance minister has circulated a paper which will result in millions of pounds in cuts across departments, except health and education, according to Stormont sources.
A six year-old girl who died in a road accident in Wiltshire is formally identified as Jess Marie Wright-Roberts.
A man is arrested as part of the investigation into the murder of missing chef Claudia Lawrence, while forensic teams search a pub in York.
Danny MacAskill rides on Glasgow landmarks, including a breathtaking stunt on the iconic Finnieston Crane.
The former head of Haringey children's services Sharon Shoesmith is awarded almost £680,000 following her unfair dismissal claim.
Judges throw out an appeal by paedophile rock star Ian Watkins to reduce the length of his jail term for child sex offences.
A Welsh boxer refused a Commonwealth Games place over her involvement in kick boxing says she is disappointed in the sport's authorities.
A ban preventing a golfer from returning to his home town after a car crash which killed a lecturer has been ruled unlawful.
Swansea full-back Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm join Tottenham as Gylfi Sigurdsson makes Liberty Stadium switch.
The Tory Party is discussing the future of MP David Ruffley, who was cautioned by police for assaulting his ex-partner.
Whitehall sources say information has emerged that MH17 crash evidence was deliberately tampered with, as the plane's black boxes arrive in the UK.
David Cameron rejects calls to pay back a donation to the Conservatives by the wife of a former Putin minister, insisting she was not a "crony" of the Russian president.
A couple and their two young children die after crash between a car and a lorry on the A801 near Polmont.
A woman calling for an inquiry into her son's death in 1997 says she has been told she was spied on by undercover police officers.
The family of an Asian student who went missing 17 years ago, and was eventually found dead, say they have been told they were spied on by undercover police officers.
Dora Bryan, the actress whose career encompassed theatre, film and TV's Last of the Summer Wine, has died near Brighton at the age of 91.
David Cameron says the government will look at all outstanding arms export licences to Russia, and has rejected calls to pay back a donation to the Conservatives by the wife of a former Putin minister.
A man is found guilty of murdering a pizza delivery worker who was stabbed to death on his last day in the job in Sheffield.
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David Cameron vows to examine outstanding licences for the sale of arms to Russia after claims by MPs that they could breach the terms of an embargo.
Police release the name of a 10-year-old boy who died after getting into difficulties in a river in Argyll.
Former West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire is charged with money laundering and misconduct but dismisses the charges as "ludicrous".
An appeal by paedophile rock star Ian Watkins to reduce the length of his jail term for child sex offences has been rejected by judges.
Two women who were sexually assaulted by taxi driver John Worboys have been awarded compensation from the Met police.
Four members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team are stopped by police for cycling down a Glasgow motorway.
A pair of Amur leopards, which are said to be the rarest big cats in the world, have been born in Leicestershire.
Scotland Correspondent Lorna Gordon bumps into some of the team from Swaziland on the streets of Glasgow.
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The Lib Dems say MP David Ward has given a "categorical apology" over his widely criticised comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A man who was injured in a gun attack in Londonderry was "shot by appointment", says a DUP MLA.
The media played a part in wicketkeeper Matt Prior's decision to stand down from England duty, says Sussex boss Mark Robinson.
Local government and school support workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to mount a second day of strike action.
TV presenter Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after relapsing from a period of abstinence, a coroner rules.
Commonwealth writers are sidelined from the Man Booker Prize longlist with US authors, including Joshua Ferris and Richard Powers, included for the first time.
A man who was given electric shocks on the NHS in the 1970's to 'cure' his homosexuality says he 'deeply regrets' it.
The vast majority of new broadband customers are declining to sign up to "child friendly" filters when prompted to do so by UK service providers.
Parts of the disability benefits system require a "fundamental redesign" because flaws in the process are so "grave", a group of MPs says.
Press examines claims of UK hypocrisy over Russia
Pre-school graduation ceremonies are a growing phenomenon in UK nurseries.
The curious world of England's street furniture
After 13 years, Nato troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan - thousands of soldiers have died but the experiences of their widows differ dramatically.
The TV team 'spying' on students' social media lives
BBC Click's Spencer Kelly goes behind the scenes of the TV programme The Secret Lives of Students.
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Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister.
Helping children cope with a parent in prison
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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal says there can be no ceasefire in Gaza without an end to Israel's economic blockade, as fighting continues in Gaza.
Social networking firm, Facebook has reported that profits more than doubled in its second quarter on a jump in advertising revenue.
The Netherlands receives the first victims' bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven air base.
The suspension of US and European airline flights to Israel's Ben Gurion airport after a nearby rocket attack has been extended for a second day.
The BBC's Alan Johnston reports on the journey so far of the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia as it is towed to Genoa for scrapping.
A Detroit man feared for his life before he shot an unarmed black woman standing on his porch, his lawyer says at the start of his murder trial.
Arrests are made in the UK, US, Canada and Spain after a scam involving e-tickets for Elton John concerts and other shows sold via Stubhub.
The Colombian armed forces kill eight rebels from the left-wing National Liberation Army in an operation in eastern Arauca province.
Mexico returns to the Formula 1 calendar after a 23-year absence in 2015 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.
Johann Breyer, 89, has died awaiting extradition to Germany amid allegations he committed Nazi war crimes during World War Two.
Shares in snacks and drinks giant Pepsico trade close to record levels after the company reports positive results.
Two blasts targeting an opposition leader and an Islamic cleric have hit the Nigerian city of Kaduna, killing at least 40 people, police say.
Arturo, the polar bear dubbed 'the world's saddest animal', will be staying at his zoo in Argentina, despite a massive petition calling for him to be moved to a colder climate.
More than 1,700 people have reportedly been killed in seven days as fighting in Syria intensifies.
Paul Adams sees a Red Cross evacuation mission come under attack by local people in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood
The embattled Socialist prime minister of Bulgaria resigns after only a year in office to allow for an early election on 5 October.
More than 40 people were killed when a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed after making a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, local officials say.
Popular Somali musician and member of parliament Saado Ali Warsame is shot dead by Islamist militants in the capital, Mogadishu.
Poland's Rafal Majka clinches his second Tour de France stage win as Vincenzo Nibali moves further ahead on stage 17.
Doctors in India extract 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.
US aerospace giant Boeing earnings rise 52%, boosted by a "strong" quarter for commercial aircraft sales.
A South African rhino poacher is sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest sentences aimed at curbing the illegal trade.
The fugitive South Korean tycoon wanted in connection with the Sewol ferry disaster hid in a closet to evade arrest during a police raid, prosecutors say.
The business community in a County Kerry village hits back at a cafe owner who has refused to serve "loud Americans".
Both houses of India's parliament are adjourned in uproar after reports that some Hindu MPs tried to forcibly feed a Muslim man fasting for Ramadan.
The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is being towed away for scrap, in one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever staged.
Refusing to hate each other despite Gaza conflict
The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the deadly virus, a statement from the presidency says.
An elderly, "depressed" polar bear is to stay in Argentina because he is too old, a zoo decides, rejecting a petition to move him to Canada.
Militant Islamists are suspected to have blown up a major bridge in north-eastern Nigeria, disrupting transport links with Cameroon, local residents tell the BBC.
A French court jails three young men for rioting after a pro-Palestinian demonstration in a mixed suburb of Paris degenerated into anti-Semitic violence.
The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.
Several airlines have suspended flights to Israel after a rocket from Gaza landed near Ben Gurion airport, in Tel Aviv
The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, will challenge the result in court, his spokesman says.
China detains five people as part of its probe into a firm that allegedly supplied out of date meat to fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC.
Police in the Indian city of Bangalore arrest a school head for failing to protect children under his care after a six-year-old girl is allegedly raped.
Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.
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Will Libya's militias defeat democracy?
A suicide car bomb has killed at least 21 people at a police checkpoint in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, Iraqi police say.
How Hamas spawned network of 'Viet Cong' tunnels
Living in India during the dying days of the British Raj
A US judge orders Argentina and its creditors to meet "continuously" to avoid the nation defaulting on its debts later this month.
Islamist militants who control the Iraqi city of Mosul are reported to have seized a nearby ancient monastery and ordered the monks to leave.
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