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Ethnic minority students are less likely to receive offers from UK universities than their white British peers, research suggests.
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.
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 England's street furniture
Former Labour cabinet member Frank Dobson announces he will stand down as an MP at the general election next year.
Will MH17 disaster tarnish Putin's reputation?
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.
Academics at the University of Stirling call on the Health and Safety Executive to tighten workplace exposure limits on harmful silica dust.
The Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond have been focusing on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
As the Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow, the BBC explains the background to the action - in 60 seconds.
The deaths that unite women across the world
Google's search page artwork by a Scottish illustrator is marking the opening of the Commonwealth Games.
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.
How to make a documentary in the social media age
How spartan were Spartans? Did the Trojans have a horse?
Athletes from 71 nations will compete in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which get under way with the opening ceremony on Wednesday.
Colombian football star James Rodriguez hugged a fan who invaded the pitch as he was presented as a new player for Real Madrid.
A suicide car bomb has killed at least 21 people at a police checkpoint in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, Iraqi police say.
Manchester City Under-21s walk off in a pre-season friendly in Croatia after an alleged incident of racial abuse.
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.