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On the day he steps down as First Minister, BBC archives re-trace Alex Salmond's career in UK and Scottish politics.
Voters go to the polls in the Rochester and Strood by-election on Thursday, prompted by the defection of its MP.
The daughter of a French hostage being held by jihadists in Mali has spoken of her shock after he appeared in a video clip pleading for his release.
A mother who admitted killing her three young disabled children has been sentenced.
A 60-year-old man dies following a crash between a car and a van on the M74 in Lanarkshire.
A special tapestry is being created to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.
The poorest people in society have eight fewer teeth by the time they reach their 70s than the richest, a study suggests.
Two men are ordered to keep away from young girls after a council became the first to use civil injunctions to block child sexual exploitation.
Tania Clarence, mother who killed her three disabled children in London, sentenced at Old Bailey to hospital order
Anti-mafia police in northern Italy arrest 40 people after an inquiry in which mafia initiation rites were reportedly filmed for the first time.
Leigh Halfpenny takes over at full-back with Liam Williams on the bench against NZ while Jonathan Davies and Dan Biggar return.
Four people are stabbed to death by rampaging youths in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, police say, hours after raids on two mosques accused of militant links.
An inquest into the death of two men who died after having a kidney transplant allegedly infected with a parasitic worm begins in Cardiff.
More English patients are registered with GPs in Wales than vice versa, a top NHS official tells MPs.
The campaign for the by-election in Rochester enters its last 48 hours, as the BBC's Norman Smith talks to all candidates for the seat.
A woman, who ambulance crews had difficulty reaching in a locked high-rise building, wakes up from a coma 19 days after prematurely giving birth to twin girls who later died.
Thousands of supporters of a controversial Hindu guru clash with police outside his ashram in the northern Indian state of Haryana.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a parliamentary election two years ahead of schedule. The BBC's explains why he chose to do this and what it might mean.
Champion jockey AP McCoy admits his quest for a record 300 season winners is likely to have been ended by injury.