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The Catholic Church in Scotland reveals details of abuse allegations made in 2013, of which seven were made against members of the clergy.
Championship side Reading are set to appoint former West Brom boss Steve Clarke as their new manager.
Children from Roma backgrounds in England's schools must be better supported to learn and achieve, a report by the watchdog Ofsted says.
The head of finance at a homeless charity in Swansea is arrested on suspicion of fraud understood to be £800,000.
Google has been threatened with a fine of up to 15m euros (£12m) if it does not do a better job of protecting the privacy of Dutch citizens
Fast food company McDonald's is rationing fries in Japan as it struggles to cope with a chip shortage.
The Scottish independence referendum was "well run" with high levels of voter satisfaction and is an example to be followed, according to the election watchdog.
A nursing assistant at Muckamore Abbey Hospital near Antrim is given a suspended prison sentence for assaulting a mentally-disabled woman she was meant to be caring for.
Design and technology is being marginalised by curriculum changes, the subject's teachers say.
Ex-teacher Simon Harris is found guilty of sexually abusing children in Kenya after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
Apple and eBay are among those supporting Microsoft's stand against handing over data stored in Ireland to the US government.
What exactly are the options for votes on English laws?
Taliban gunmen open fire on school in Peshawar
A man accused of murdering a pub landlord on Anglesey appears at Mold Crown Court.
A teenager who raped and assaulted a woman outside a nightclub where he was celebrating turning 18 is jailed for five years.
South of Scotland Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume formally launches a bill at Holyrood to prevent smoking in cars with children in them.
Continuing revelations about government-backed surveillance have prompted millions of people to do more to keep their data private, suggests a survey.
Seven people are detained in a series of raids by Spain and Morocco on a suspected network recruiting women to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Four renovated halls in the Tutankhamun gallery in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo have been unveiled.