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A regular survey of Scotland's construction industry by the Scottish Building Federation finds confidence at a record high.
What are the possible scenarios if no one party gets a majority in May? Ross Hawkins has a look at the options.
A flood alert is issued in Indian-administered Kashmir following torrential rain and a surge in the water level of the Jhelum river.
An appeal for information about an unsolved murder of a mother-of-four at her home in Oxford 20 years ago has been renewed by police.
The Conservatives will defend their record in power as the party launches its Welsh campaign for the general election.
Labour says it will end the cuts and conflict of the current government as it launches its Welsh campaign for the general election.
BBC political editor Nick Robinson gives an update on his progress - and sets out his view on the election campaign which formally begins today.
Italian luxury goods retailer Prada sees its net profit fall 28% last year as sales slumped in major markets of China and Europe.
Australia orders two people to remain in the cockpit at all times during commercial flights, after last week's Germanwings crash.
Asian shares got off to a positive start in a holiday-shortened week as investors awaited economic data from the region to boost market momentum.
The information watchdog launches an investigation into claims that details of millions of people's pensions are being sold to fraudsters and cold-calling firms.
How one Newcastle's arts venues found new ways to survive
Critics of cuts to legal aid say they will inevitably lead to more miscarriages of justice, says Raphael Rowe.
Schools must ensure blameless members of staff do not have their careers wrecked by false allegations, a union's annual conference will hear.
The independence of chief inspectors in areas like prisons and the border force could be threatened by the way they are selected and budgets are set, MPs say.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is fined £180,000 after thousands of confidential documents from a high-profile investigation were sent to the wrong person.
David Cameron is to tell voters they face a "stark choice" between him and Labour's Ed Miliband as the election campaign officially gets under way.
Dozens of people had to be rescued from a rollercoaster in Coney Island after one of the cars became stuck near the summit of the ride.
Ministers from six world powers are to hold their first full session with Iran's foreign minister over its nuclear programme, as a deadline looms.
Porpoises finely adjust the size of the beams of sound they use to hunt - using sound like a searchlight to trap their prey, a study finds.