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A personal gene test that has been banned in the US has been approved for use in the UK by regulators.
The amount of money lost to phone scammers has tripled in a year, prompting a major awareness campaign.
Colombian drug lord’s sister who leaves notes on his victims’ graves
The number of empty shops on Scotland's high streets has fallen in the past year, according to a new report.
The NHS in Scotland spent a record £82m on locum doctors last year, an increase of £18m on the previous year, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.
Over 1,400 flood defence projects protecting 300,000 homes have been agreed as part of the government's National Infrastructure Plan.
The 400-year-old system firms are desperate to reform
The technology helping your presents arrive on time
Sir Ian McKellen has said that he is not sure the final Hobbit film will actually be "the end of the journey".
The winner of 2014's Turner Prize, Duncan Campbell, describes the moment he found out as "surreal".
The FA is investigating an Instagram post by Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli which appeared to contain anti-Semitic language.
North Korea refuses to deny involvement in a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, ahead of the release of a film about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Rochelle Monte, a care worker in the north-east of England, shares what a week in her role is like and the pressure on her time to give quality care to her clients.
US comedian Bill Cosby has resigned from the board of trustees of Temple University in Philadelphia, amid ongoing claims of sexual assault.
Bicester in Oxfordshire has been chosen as the site for the coalition's second new garden city, government sources have confirmed.
Film stars gathered on a green carpet earlier for the world premier of the third and final instalment of Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films.
HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious as it spends more time infecting people, according to a major scientific study.
HIV has repeatedly made the jump from animals to humans, but only once did it spread around the world. Why?
Former Liverpool striker John Barnes believes Steven Gerrard's best form is "still good enough for Liverpool".
Spend, spend, spend. That's what people do who can afford it, at this time of the year. But why are our politicians following suit when the country is still deeply in the red?