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The number of constabularies in England and Wales should be cut to save money, one of the country's most senior police leaders says.
The town that survived a siege - aided by children with AK-47s
Business activity in Scotland's private sector rose solidly in August although the rate of growth slowed, according to the Bank of Scotland.
The Canadian province of Quebec has held referenda about independence, so what can Scotland learn from them?
Voting on independence, Quebec-style
A second man is arrested on suspicion of murder by police investigating the disappearance of west London schoolgirl Alice Gross.
Thousands of Britons could be inadvertently sharing their digital secrets with anyone that knows where to click, suggests a BBC investigation.
Cities in the UK should have the power to levy their own taxes and have greater control over how public money is spent, a report by the City Growth Commission says.
Britain's big six energy companies are continuing to lose market share to smaller independent suppliers, new figures show.
The other side of major football tournaments
Timelapse footage of a large dust storm in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday.
UK Chancellor George Osborne promises a timetable for further Scottish devolution on the day a poll suggests a narrow lead for the pro-independence side.
France's far-right National Front party is dangerously close to winning power in the country, Prime Minister Manuel Valls warns.
Serena Williams beats Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to win her sixth US Open and 18th Grand Slam title.
Protests have taken place at the French port of Calais over the continuing influx of migrants trying to reach the UK.
US President Barack Obama is to set out his "game plan" against Islamic State militants this week, saying "we will defeat them".
Why India's Asiatic lions are dying in dozens
Seven Afghan men are sentenced to death following a gang rape case that has sparked national outrage.
Ashley Giles says it is "too late" to sack Alastair Cook as England one-day captain with the World Cup five months away.
Fergal Keane reports from Mariupol where shelling has shaken the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as tanks are deployed.