BBC News - UK
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site. PM to discuss hostage death threatWed, 03 Sep 2014 06:36:01 GMT
David Cameron will chair a Cobra meeting after a threat by Islamic militants to kill a UK man in a video purporting to show the beheading of a second US journalist.
UK in £3.5bn armoured vehicle dealWed, 03 Sep 2014 01:39:20 GMT
The Ministry of Defence is set to sign a £3.5bn deal for nearly 600 new armoured vehicles ahead of the Nato summit in Wales, which starts on Thursday.
Wormwood Scrubs 'filthy and unsafe'Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:05:13 GMT
Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London is described as "filthy" and unsafe in a report by inspectors.
Ashya's parents freed from prisonTue, 02 Sep 2014 20:54:01 GMT
The parents of Ashya King are released from prison in Spain after UK prosecutors withdrew a European arrest warrant.
UK moves up global economic rankingTue, 02 Sep 2014 23:01:17 GMT
The UK edges up the World Economic Forum's worldwide rankings, but the group warns that the health of the global economy is at risk.
Lib Dems pledge more free childcareTue, 02 Sep 2014 23:33:28 GMT
The Liberal Democrats pledge 15 hours of free childcare for all two-year-olds in England, as they begin to set out pre-election policies.
Villiers to give On the Run evidenceWed, 03 Sep 2014 05:12:31 GMT
Secretary of State Theresa Villiers will give evidence later in front of MPs investigating the issuing of letters to "on the run" paramilitaries.
PM urges UK Kurds not to fight ISWed, 03 Sep 2014 06:52:02 GMT
David Cameron urges people not to travel to Iraq and Syria - amid claims Britons are joining the fight against Islamic State militants.
Meadow protection plan 'backfires'Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:09:52 GMT
A bid to safeguard endangered wildflower meadows has backfired, according to an unpublished report by the watchdog English Nature.
Calais mayor threatens to block portWed, 03 Sep 2014 04:16:37 GMT
The mayor of the French city of Calais threatens to block the port unless Britain does more to control the rising number of illegal migrants.
House the elderly on NHS land - MPWed, 03 Sep 2014 00:17:33 GMT
Surplus NHS land should be used to build dedicated housing for older people, a former care minister says.
Allergy mistakes 'risking lives'Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:01:08 GMT
Thousands of lives are put at risk each year by doctors prescribing drugs that patients are known to be allergic to, the medicines watchdog says.
Moderator calls for 'Yes-No' respectWed, 03 Sep 2014 00:56:05 GMT
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has urged both sides in the referendum debate to show respect.
Man escapes injury as shots firedWed, 03 Sep 2014 05:43:40 GMT
A man is left badly shaken after a shooting incident at a house in Ballymoney in County Antrim on Tuesday evening.
Gary Barlow 'settling tax affairs'Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:36:02 GMT
Singer Gary Barlow has said he is working with new accountants following controversy over his tax dealings.
Radar pioneer statue to be unveiledWed, 03 Sep 2014 01:10:02 GMT
A statue of Sir Robert Watson-Watt, the pioneer of radar, is set to be unveiled in Brechin by Princess Anne.
'Hastings sword' to go under hammerWed, 03 Sep 2014 03:29:02 GMT
A medieval sword that was possibly taken as a trophy during the Battle of Hastings is due to go on sale at auction later.
Emergency health meeting being heldWed, 03 Sep 2014 05:08:23 GMT
Northern Ireland's health minister and the chief medical officer are expected to appear before an emergency meeting of the health committee later.
No prosecution over Druids' commentsTue, 02 Sep 2014 21:42:01 GMT
There will be no prosecutions over complaints about comments made by a folk band at the Ardoyne Fleadh in north Belfast last month.
Obama set to fly in for Nato summitWed, 03 Sep 2014 05:53:10 GMT
Barack Obama will become the first serving US president to visit Wales when he arrives in Newport for the Nato summit later.
A55 section shut after van crashWed, 03 Sep 2014 06:05:38 GMT
One person is airlifted to hospital after a crash which has closed the A55 westbound in Conwy county.
1 in 5 'does not need heart bypass'Wed, 03 Sep 2014 01:05:36 GMT
A fifth of heart attack victims who have a bypass or a stent fitted do not need it, research carried out in Glasgow shows.
FM: Independence 'closer than ever'Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:37:16 GMT
Independence is "closer than it's ever been" claims First Minister Alex Salmond, as an opinion polling suggests gains for the "Yes" campaign.
Dog lead mother jailed after appealTue, 02 Sep 2014 23:26:55 GMT
A mother who walked her daughter to school on a dog lead during a "campaign of cruelty" is jailed at the second time of asking.
Hospital transport 'must improve'Wed, 03 Sep 2014 05:00:18 GMT
Health watchdogs demand urgent action from the firm that runs non-emergency hospital transport in the South West after a critical report.
Cook will not quit as ODI skipperTue, 02 Sep 2014 17:28:28 GMT
Alastair Cook says he will not stand down as England one-day captain despite the series defeat by India.
England v NorwayTue, 02 Sep 2014 22:29:00 GMT
Everton defender John Stones will make his first start for England in Wednesday's friendly against Norway at Wembley.
Murray ready for Djokovic challengeTue, 02 Sep 2014 22:19:39 GMT
Britain's Andy Murray is relishing the prospect of facing world number one Novak Djokovic in a US Open night session.
How much has the ice bucket challenge achieved?Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:31:21 GMT
The media is reaching saturation point in its coverage of the ice bucket challenge. But what has actually been achieved?
Why Paris is forgetting Ernest HemingwayTue, 02 Sep 2014 00:04:29 GMT
Memories of Ernest Hemingway are starting to fade in Paris, despite the American author's celebrated connection with the city.
How Britain and Poland came to be intertwinedSun, 31 Aug 2014 23:13:31 GMT
The story of how the Polish became one of the UK's biggest ethnic minorities is one of war, exile and economic opportunity.
Officials begin arriving for NatoTue, 02 Sep 2014 15:28:30 GMT
Officials from around the world start arriving in Wales later for the Nato summit which starts in Newport on Thursday.
Abuse case council faces inspectionTue, 02 Sep 2014 15:00:15 GMT
The government is considering conducting an inspection of Rotherham Council in the wake of the child abuse scandal in the town, Home Secretary Theresa May says.
Police 'incompetence' over Sir CliffTue, 02 Sep 2014 17:42:06 GMT
South Yorkshire Police are accused of "sheer incompetence" by MPs in the way they dealt with the BBC over a search of Sir Cliff Richard's home.
VIDEO: House of CommonsTue, 02 Sep 2014 13:01:36 GMT
The government is urged to expedite its child abuse inquiry following the Rotherham scandal.
VIDEO: Care homes: Views from the insideTue, 02 Sep 2014 23:00:36 GMT
Inhabitants of a care home for the elderly in Kent talk about their experience of living and ageing there.
AUDIO: Tornado sweeps children away in tentTue, 02 Sep 2014 19:40:38 GMT
A father of three describes how his children were swept away in a tent when a mini-tornado struck their campsite.
VIDEO: BBC 'acted properly' over CliffTue, 02 Sep 2014 21:41:03 GMT
A group of MPs has said that the BBC "acted properly" in their reporting of a story about a police raid on the house of singer Cliff Richard.
VIDEO: Moment Ashya's parents releasedTue, 02 Sep 2014 21:19:52 GMT
Ashya King's parents have been freed from a Spanish jail, following their arrest on Saturday.
VIDEO: No more Latinate plant descriptionsWed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:08 GMT
The International Botany Congress decides that Latin will no longer be the primary language for formally describing new species of plants.
VIDEO: 'Boris Island' airport plan rejectedTue, 02 Sep 2014 19:13:40 GMT
A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island" after London's mayor Boris Johnson, is rejected by the commission looking into the UK's airport needs.
VIDEO: Met Police sells London HQ for £250mTue, 02 Sep 2014 13:45:05 GMT
The Metropolitan Police has put a £250m price tag on its famous London headquarters, New Scotland Yard.
VIDEO: Independence 'closer than ever'Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:47:13 GMT
Scottish independence is closer than it has ever been, the country's first minister has told the BBC.
My father, the zoo builderWed, 03 Sep 2014 00:58:33 GMT
An extraordinary childhood growing up in a zoo
Reaction to Boris Island groundingTue, 02 Sep 2014 15:19:20 GMT
Reaction to the ditching of a planned super-airport in the Thames Estuary
Referendum race 'may have got tighter'Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:09:49 GMT
Referendum race 'may just have got tighter'
Is the UK unusually fond of lamb and potatoes?Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:27:27 GMT
Is the UK unusually fond of lamb and potatoes?
Estuary airport rejection no surpriseTue, 02 Sep 2014 12:23:17 GMT
Assessing the fallout after a Thames estuary airport is rejected
Have some football clubs overpaid for players?Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:31:52 GMT
Have some football clubs overpaid for their new players?
Singing Kettle served unique blendTue, 02 Sep 2014 11:32:12 GMT
Laura Pettigrew remembers the Singing Kettle's unique blend
Jihadist video 'horror' - the front pagesWed, 03 Sep 2014 04:53:35 GMT
Papers react to second Islamic State killing