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Scottish councils used covert surveillance on hundreds of occasions over the last three years, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.
Scotch whisky contributes almost £5bn to the UK economy and supports more than 40,000 jobs, according to industry research.
Yellow "be aware" warnings are issued by the Met Office for frequent snow showers across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England.
Football clubs spent a record £2.7bn in international transfers in 2014, with English football clubs accounting for £795m of the total
Diego Costa's two 'stamps' in Chelsea's League Cup semi-final win over Liverpool were "accidental" says Jose Mourinho.
Some of those who survived Auschwitz have gathered there for a commemoration 70 years after the camp was liberated by Soviet troops.
How a Nazi doctor experimented on identical siblings
The village that has just got its first fridge
The BBC's Ian Pannell travelled to Libya's capital to discover a country now in the hands of militias.
Shetland's spectacular annual Up Helly Aa fire festival, which celebrates its Viking heritage, is celebrated with the burning of a replica longship.
Mexico's attorney general insists that 43 students who disappeared four months ago were killed and their bodies burnt and disposed of.
Charting snow depth in the US - using six dogs
Golfer Robert Allenby says police are continuing to investigate his claim that he was kidnapped, robbed and beaten in Hawaii.
Chelsea reach the 2015 Capital One Cup final after Branislav Ivanovic's header earns a 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool.
The world's largest museum and research institution could be heading for London as part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Apple reports first quarter earnings of $18bn and record iPhone sales of 74.5 million, beating investor expectations.
A judge in the southern Spanish city of Granada charges 10 Roman Catholic priests and two Catholic lay workers with child sex abuse.
City Link employees will receive overtime payments, according to Jon Moulton, the founder of the company which owns the collapsed parcel delivery firm.
Yahoo has announced a plan to spin-off its 15% stake in China's Alibaba Group and hand the business to its shareholders.
Helen Macdonald wins the Costa Book Awards Book of the Year 2014 for her book H is for Hawk.