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The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site. Police make Syria plea to UK womenThu, 24 Apr 2014 14:08:04 GMT
British counter-terrorism police chiefs make an unprecedented appeal to Muslim women to persuade their relatives against travelling to Syria to fight in the civil war.
Crime falls 15% in England and WalesThu, 24 Apr 2014 16:30:39 GMT
Overall crime in England and Wales falls by 15% in 2013, an official survey shows - but there are signs, according to police figures, of rises in certain categories.
Court 'failed' killed baby boyThu, 24 Apr 2014 13:08:02 GMT
A decision taken by magistrates "disempowered" care workers trying to protect a baby boy from his father who later inflicted fatal brain injuries, a serious case review in Derby reveals.
Post Office staff agree pay dealThu, 24 Apr 2014 13:57:13 GMT
The postal union, the CWU, says it's secured a pay deal covering more than 3,000 staff at Crown Post Offices worth up to 7.3% over 3 years.
PM right on Christianity, says WelbyThu, 24 Apr 2014 13:55:52 GMT
The Archbishop of Canterbury backs David Cameron for stating that the UK is a "Christian country", calling criticism of his remarks "baffling".
DJ Travis denies indecent assaultThu, 24 Apr 2014 10:35:38 GMT
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis pleads not guilty to a single charge of indecent assault against a woman in January 1995.
Coulson 'regrets' exposing BlunkettThu, 24 Apr 2014 14:46:35 GMT
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson tells the phone-hacking trial he regrets his decision to expose ex-home secretary David Blunkett's affair in the paper.
Labour to cut ties with Co-op BankThu, 24 Apr 2014 12:43:40 GMT
The Labour Party is looking to sever its links with the troubled Co-op Bank, bringing to an end one of the oldest political partnerships in the UK.
Seven injured in silo explosionThu, 24 Apr 2014 14:57:11 GMT
Seven people - including firefighters - are injured after a fire and explosion at an industrial estate in Moray.
Firefighters to stage fresh strikesThu, 24 Apr 2014 15:24:43 GMT
Firefighters in England and Wales are to stage strikes on 2, 3 and 4 May over a long-running pensions row, the Fire Brigades Union says.
Woman held over children's deathsThu, 24 Apr 2014 13:59:34 GMT
The father of three children found dead in south-west London has returned from South Africa where he was on holiday.
Cornish granted UK minority statusThu, 24 Apr 2014 12:16:40 GMT
Cornish people are granted minority status under European rules for the protection of national minorities.
Corrie star denies drink-drivingThu, 24 Apr 2014 13:26:45 GMT
Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox, who plays Rita Tanner in the ITV soap opera, denies a drinking and driving charge in court.
Hillsborough 'failures' took dreamsThu, 24 Apr 2014 15:52:24 GMT
A father whose son's life "ended abruptly" at Hillsborough had his dreams cut short because of the "failures of others", an inquest hears.
Buddha tattoo woman offered holidayThu, 24 Apr 2014 14:09:17 GMT
A British tourist arrested in Sri Lanka because she had a Buddha tattoo says she has been given a free holiday as "an apology".
Deaths in custody reach record highThu, 24 Apr 2014 15:29:01 GMT
There were 215 deaths in prison custody in England and Wales last year - the highest number per year on record, new data shows.
Treats in moderation make kids happyThu, 24 Apr 2014 12:44:57 GMT
Seven-year-olds are happier when they are allowed sweets, snacks and television in moderation, suggests a study of children's well-being.
Pet Shop Boys premiere at BBC PromsThu, 24 Apr 2014 13:56:19 GMT
An orchestral work by the Pet Shop Boys about the life of wartime codebreaker Alan Turing is to have its world premiere at this year's BBC Proms.
Gun attack on house 'was hate crime'Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:35:07 GMT
A family of seven escape injury in a gun attack on a house in west Belfast in an incident being treated as a hate crime by police.
Further IT problems for Ulster BankThu, 24 Apr 2014 14:16:24 GMT
Ulster Bank, a subsidiary of RBS, reports problems with its computer systems, as some customers are debited twice for cash machine withdrawals.
Miner ran for his life from pitThu, 24 Apr 2014 13:33:03 GMT
A miner working in a Swansea Valley mine on the day four men died when it flooded tells how he ran for his life.
Pupil school rape 'never happened'Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:37:22 GMT
A boy accused of raping a fellow pupil at a north Wales primary school tells a jury the alleged attack never happened.
BBC under pressure over CBI stanceThu, 24 Apr 2014 15:35:39 GMT
Supporters of Scottish independence question why the BBC has not resigned from the CBI over the business group's referendum stance.
Murder confession 'bullying' claimThu, 24 Apr 2014 15:17:04 GMT
The Elaine Doyle murder trial hears that a man who admitted killing the teenager was "bullied" into confessing.
FBI probe teacher 'abused boys in UK'Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:32:55 GMT
A convicted paedophile abused children at a private school in London where he taught, its chair of governors confirms.
Boy, 13, repeatedly raped sister, 9Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:48:47 GMT
A teenage boy who carried out a "campaign of rape" against his younger sister is given a 10-year custodial sentence.
Martinez tips Moyes for rapid returnThu, 24 Apr 2014 10:48:35 GMT
Everton boss Roberto Martinez backs predecessor David Moyes to make a quick return to management.
Mercedes may rethink team order planThu, 24 Apr 2014 09:22:22 GMT
Mercedes say they may be forced to rethink their policy of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg racing without team orders.
How Mexican mothers identify sons lost on the trek to the USThu, 24 Apr 2014 00:11:23 GMT
Every year hundreds of Mexican men die as they attempt to cross into the US, leaving their families with a terrible uncertainty
Shakespeare's birds cause US troubleThu, 24 Apr 2014 09:11:43 GMT
Shakespeare mentions the European Starling once, in Henry IV Part I. That moved a 19th Century Shakespeare enthusiast to introduce the bird into America.
Eight arguments about whether the UK is a Christian countryWed, 23 Apr 2014 10:14:31 GMT
David Cameron's remarks that the UK is a "Christian country" were criticised by a group of public figures. What are the arguments for and against?
Clegg: Lib Dems must fight EU mythsThu, 24 Apr 2014 13:16:12 GMT
Nick Clegg pits his party's "optimism and openness" against the "fears and falsehoods" of isolationists at the launch of the Lib Dem campaign for the European elections.
Tories would end wind farm subsidiesThu, 24 Apr 2014 10:42:36 GMT
The Conservatives say they will not subsidise new onshore wind farms if they win the 2015 general election.
Asylum housing badly managed - MPsWed, 23 Apr 2014 23:59:22 GMT
A Home Office scheme resulted in asylum seekers being placed in "unacceptably poor" housing, the Commons Public Accounts Committee says.
VIDEO: House of CommonsWed, 09 Apr 2014 11:55:29 GMT
The PM is challenged over his support for Maria Miller following a row over her expenses.
VIDEO: Tattoo woman 'treated like criminal'Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:25:29 GMT
A British tourist arrested in Sri Lanka because she had a Buddha tattoo on her arm says she was treated "like a criminal" when she was held by the authorities.
VIDEO: One man's bid to make kindness coolWed, 23 Apr 2014 18:01:38 GMT
BBC News hears from a man carrying out a daily random act of kindness or 'RAK Nomination'.
AUDIO: The effects of Spinal Muscular AtrophyThu, 24 Apr 2014 11:36:16 GMT
Kelly Fletcher explains the serious genetic condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
AUDIO: British Jihadists 'are very naive'Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:48:08 GMT
A former British radical, Usama Hasan, warns that young people are 'noble' but 'naive' by becoming Jihadists.
AUDIO: Recognition that 'Cornwall is not England'Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:20:40 GMT
Cornish people will be granted minority status under European rules for the protection of national minorities.
VIDEO: Elderly demands exceed family helpThu, 24 Apr 2014 12:46:20 GMT
The number of older people in England needing care at home will soon outstrip the number of family members able to provide it, according to an influential think tank.
AUDIO: Cannabis 'increasingly grown in homes'Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:29:41 GMT
The BBC's Sima Kotecha reports on the changing practice of cannabis growing and the challenges this presents police.
VIDEO: Education warnings 'six years ago'Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:03:45 GMT
Concerns raised earlier this month about a lack of long-term vision for education in Wales were highlighted over six years ago according to a confidential document.
Will minority status help Cornwall?Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:00:03 GMT
What does minority status mean for Cornwall?
Food Photographer of the Year 2014Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:45:02 GMT
Are these the best food photographs of the past year?
The unlikely debt capital of BritainWed, 23 Apr 2014 23:09:32 GMT
The unlikely debt capital of Britain
How is the Co-operative Group run?Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:27:25 GMT
Why both Labour and Co-op Bank would be happy with a divorce
A change of tack on Syrian terrorismThu, 24 Apr 2014 16:46:32 GMT
A change of tack on Syrian terrorism
The real story of Frank SidebottomThu, 24 Apr 2014 00:22:04 GMT
How a cult comic character inspired a major new film
Sign language dialects 'in decline'Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:39:06 GMT
The decline of regional dialects for the deaf
Afghanistan: Protecting the withdrawalThu, 24 Apr 2014 10:04:43 GMT
How do you train to protect UK troops leaving Afghanistan?
Are gardeners wrong to put 'crocks' in plant pots?Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:42:23 GMT
Is it wrong to put 'crocks' in plant pots?
Madeleine 'clues' and Mark Shand death - papersThu, 24 Apr 2014 05:02:43 GMT
Madeleine 'clues' and Mark Shand death in papers