BBC News - UK
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site. GCSE grades rise, but fall in EnglishThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:45:12 GMT
Hundreds of thousands of pupils are receiving their GCSE grades, with an overall rise in results despite changes to the exam system
UK hunts 'British' beheading suspectThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:02:57 GMT
Police and security services attempt to identify a jihadist - who is thought to be British - in connection with the beheading of US journalist James Foley.
21% rise in sex offences on railwaysThu, 21 Aug 2014 00:59:07 GMT
The number of sexual offences reported on Britain's railways has risen by a fifth in a year, say British Transport Police.
Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds diesThu, 21 Aug 2014 06:25:04 GMT
Ireland's former prime minister Albert Reynolds, who played a key role in advancing the Northern Ireland peace process, dies aged 81.
Labour to 'remove' bad energy firmsThu, 21 Aug 2014 07:35:09 GMT
Labour pledges to give a new regulator the power to remove energy firms' licences, if it wins the next election.
Number of same-sex weddings revealedThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:26:48 GMT
More than 1,400 same-sex marriages have take place since the new law was introduced three months ago, official figures show.
UKIP outlines strategy on taxationThu, 21 Aug 2014 03:15:37 GMT
UKIP sets out details of the taxation strategy that will be part of its manifesto in next year's general election.
Funeral for MH17 air disaster victimThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:46:03 GMT
The funeral of MH17 air disaster victim Liam Sweeney takes place in Newcastle.
One Briton a fortnight helped to dieThu, 21 Aug 2014 06:47:26 GMT
An average of around one person per fortnight travels from the UK to Switzerland to receive help to take their own life, a new study suggests.
One dead in light aircraft crashThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:18:52 GMT
A man has been killed in a light aircraft crash near Buckingham, Thames Valley Police say.
Radio host Gerry Anderson dies at 69Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:18:47 GMT
Gerry Anderson, one of Northern Ireland's best known presenters, dies after a long illness.
Women charged over toddler's deathThu, 21 Aug 2014 07:13:59 GMT
Two women, aged 30 and 27, are charged in connection with the death of two-year-old Liam Fee in Fife.
Rescued dinghy sailor, 63, diesThu, 21 Aug 2014 06:46:05 GMT
A sailor dies after getting into difficulty in his dinghy off the Pembrokeshire coast.
People hurt in Longleat train crashWed, 20 Aug 2014 19:50:14 GMT
Two carriages overturn at Longleat Adventure Park, leaving six people injured.
Lineker hits out at Twitter trollsThu, 21 Aug 2014 04:34:04 GMT
MOTD's Gary Lineker has criticised Twitter trolls who are abusing him about about an infamous on-field accident at the 1990 World Cup.
UK's 'most generous town' revealedWed, 20 Aug 2014 23:03:11 GMT
Data gathered by donation site JustGiving has revealed what it says is the UK's most generous town, based on donations to its website.
Ten days left to hoover up a cleanerThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:51:56 GMT
Anyone wanting to buy a powerful vacuum cleaner has only ten days left to buy one - following new EU rules that come in next month.
Gascoigne joins Sunday League sideThu, 21 Aug 2014 07:57:08 GMT
Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne is set to play again after joining a Sunday League Division Four team in Bournemouth.
NI cuts would risk 'patient safety'Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:00:12 GMT
Northern Ireland's health minister says he will not implement "damaging" financial cuts that would "destroy our health service" and "compromise "patient safety".
No sentence review in cruelty casesThu, 21 Aug 2014 05:13:07 GMT
The Director of Public Prosecutions says he is powerless to refer sentences handed down in an animal cruelty case for review to the Court of Appeal.
Wales' GCSE pupils close UK gapThu, 21 Aug 2014 08:30:06 GMT
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.
Mackay not in line for Palace jobThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:41:20 GMT
Malky Mackay will not succeed Tony Pulis as Crystal Palace boss as former club Cardiff complain about him to the FA.
Think tank recommends keeping poundWed, 20 Aug 2014 23:07:32 GMT
An independent Scotland should use the pound without a formal currency union, says a report from the Adam Smith Institute.
Man and woman die in A980 crashThu, 21 Aug 2014 05:48:46 GMT
A man and a woman die in a crash involving a Land Rover and a van on the Torphins to Banchory road in Aberdeenshire.
Murder witness recalls nose slicingThu, 21 Aug 2014 08:58:16 GMT
A man had part of his nose sliced off by a meat cleaver during a fight in which his rapper friend was stabbed to death, a court hears.
Man arrested over dogs row deathThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:51:37 GMT
A man is arrested on suspicion of killing a dog walker during a row over their pets.
Liverpool in talks to sign BalotelliThu, 21 Aug 2014 10:03:34 GMT
Liverpool are in talks with Italian club AC Milan to sign former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.
Ward wins in US Open qualifyingThu, 21 Aug 2014 06:54:51 GMT
James Ward is the sole British survivor in US Open qualifying after a straight sets first-round win in New York.
Moody to resign over text claimsThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:59:25 GMT
Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody is to resign following allegations over racist, sexist and homophobic texts.
The man who helped bring yoga to the WestThu, 21 Aug 2014 08:42:17 GMT
BKS Iyengar, widely credited with popularising yoga in the West, has died.
Is anti-Semitism rising?Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:18:37 GMT
Does the evidence support claims that anti-Semitism has risen since the recent conflict between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza?
The puzzle of uncollected ashesWed, 20 Aug 2014 09:07:14 GMT
Around the country many urns of loved ones lie uncollected at funeral directors. Why do people leave them?
Osborne under fire over Co-op dealThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:29:43 GMT
MPs demand details from Chancellor about possible political pressure over failed Co-op plan to buy 623 Lloyds branches.
PM condemns journalist's beheadingWed, 20 Aug 2014 15:57:51 GMT
The beheading of a US journalist by Islamic State militants was "shocking and depraved", says Prime Minister David Cameron.
Lib Dems 'changed' since Rennard rowWed, 20 Aug 2014 16:05:56 GMT
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg says the "party has changed" after Lord Rennard has his membership restored and disciplinary measures are dropped.
VIDEO: House of CommonsTue, 22 Jul 2014 16:41:42 GMT
Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister.
VIDEO: Radio host Gerry Anderson dies at 69Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:59:38 GMT
Gerry Anderson, one of Northern Ireland's best-known presenters, dies after a long illness.
VIDEO: Funeral 'to celebrate' MH17 victimThu, 21 Aug 2014 04:59:27 GMT
The father of Liam Sweeney, who was killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane disaster in Ukraine, says his son's funeral will be a celebration of his life.
VIDEO: How Scotsman pub became St GeorgeWed, 20 Aug 2014 20:27:54 GMT
Has the Scottish referendum debate led England to consider its position within the Union?
VIDEO: Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds diesThu, 21 Aug 2014 08:28:14 GMT
Ireland's former prime minister Albert Reynolds has died at the age of 81. BBC News NI takes a look back at his life.
VIDEO: One Briton a fortnight helped to dieThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:01:29 GMT
A study in Switzerland says that on average, one British person a fortnight travels to the city of Zurich for help to end their lives.
VIDEO: WW1 soldier died fighting aged 67Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:14:58 GMT
At 67, Henry Webber was one of the oldest known British men to die in active service.
VIDEO: 'Our friend has given us a son'Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:09:55 GMT
BBC News met new parents Nick and Michael Scott-Kline with 18-month-old Elliot and surrogate mother Sarah Jones.
VIDEO: Hijacked lorry sparks security alertWed, 20 Aug 2014 17:39:40 GMT
A security alert is under way in Londonderry following the hijacking of a lorry in the city.
Why Wales will make its own mind up on independenceThu, 21 Aug 2014 08:12:33 GMT
Why Wales will make its own mind up on independence
What shapes the UK response to IS?Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:06:26 GMT
Ben Wright on why UK response to Syria is influenced by Iraq war
The fraught world of UK surrogacyThu, 21 Aug 2014 02:55:14 GMT
The legal confusion over UK surrogate births
Best and worst excuses for GCSE painWed, 20 Aug 2014 23:38:10 GMT
The best excuses to use when exam results don't make the grade
VIDEO: Going Gaga for Scottish independenceWed, 20 Aug 2014 11:10:37 GMT
Social media's use ahead of the independence referendum
The ways people are deliberately kept waitingWed, 20 Aug 2014 10:36:16 GMT
The times people are deliberately kept waiting
How would 'Yes' vote affect Northern Ireland?Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:17:16 GMT
How would Scotland 'Yes' vote affect Northern Ireland?
HS2 and the new North-South divideWed, 20 Aug 2014 03:09:25 GMT
Is HS2 actually driving the North and South further apart?
Jihadist 'manhunt' on front pagesThu, 21 Aug 2014 04:44:27 GMT
Hunt for jihadist who beheaded reporter dominates front pages