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'Fewer degree offers' for minorities

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:16
Ethnic minority students are less likely to receive offers from UK universities than their white British peers, research suggests.

Paedophile singer seeks sentence cut

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:08
Judges will decide whether paedophile rock star Ian Watkins can appeal against the length of his jail term for child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.

Glasgow ready for 2014 Games opening

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:55
The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.

The curious world of street furniture

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:21
The curious world of England's street furniture

Labour's Frank Dobson to quit as MP

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:16
Former Labour cabinet member Frank Dobson announces he will stand down as an MP at the general election next year.

Will MH17 air disaster damage Putin?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:16
Will MH17 disaster tarnish Putin's reputation?

Figures reveal rape report locations

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:15
More rapes were reported in West Fife than any other area in Scotland over a 14-month period, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.

Call for greater silica safeguards

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:13
Academics at the University of Stirling call on the Health and Safety Executive to tighten workplace exposure limits on harmful silica dust.

Leaders hail Glasgow 2014 legacy

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:12
The Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond have been focusing on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

VIDEO: The Commonwealth Games in 60 seconds

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:12
As the Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow, the BBC explains the background to the action - in 60 seconds.

The deaths uniting women across the world

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:10
The deaths that unite women across the world

Google Doodle marks Games start

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:05
Google's search page artwork by a Scottish illustrator is marking the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

VIDEO: Heroin antidote offers cities hope

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:02
As the US grapples with a resurgence of heroin addiction, emergency workers and addicts' families are turning to an "antidote" called Naloxone to prevent overdose.

Fly on the Facebook wall documentary

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:01
How to make a documentary in the social media age

How many Greek legends were really true?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:00
How spartan were Spartans? Did the Trojans have a horse?

Glasgow set for opening ceremony

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:00
Athletes from 71 nations will compete in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which get under way with the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

VIDEO: Rodriguez hugs fan who invades pitch

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:59
Colombian football star James Rodriguez hugged a fan who invaded the pitch as he was presented as a new player for Real Madrid.

Suicide car bomb kills 21 in Iraq

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:36
A suicide car bomb has killed at least 21 people at a police checkpoint in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, Iraqi police say.

Man City U21s walk off in racism row

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:29
Manchester City Under-21s walk off in a pre-season friendly in Croatia after an alleged incident of racial abuse.

Microsoft profit falls on Nokia loss

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:00
Technology giant Microsoft reports a 7% fall in profits to $4.6bn in the second quarter, hit by a $692m loss at its newly-acquired Nokia handset division.