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The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.
- RAF jets to monitor Ukraine border
Royal Air Force reconnaissance planes will fly missions to Poland and Romania to monitor the crisis in Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence says.
- Scrap widespread postal voting - MP
Postal voting is marred by "real fraud" and should be drastically scaled back, a Conservative MP says.
- Cheryl Cole confirms X Factor return
Pop star Cheryl Cole confirms she is to rejoin ITV's The X Factor, along with the show's creator Simon Cowell, for a 12th series.
- 'Wide variations' in abuse referrals
There are significant variations across England and Wales in the way police and prosecutors deal with cases of domestic violence, figures show.
- Children's diets 'far too salty'
Children in the UK are eating far too much salt, with much of it coming from breads and cereals, research suggests.
- Lochhead to make Dounreay statement
The Scottish environment secretary is to make a statement to MSPs about a radiation problem at a nuclear test reactor in the Highlands.
- Floods 'give UK jobs market boost'
The UK's winter floods have given the jobs market an 'unexpected boost', says recruitment firm Manpower.
- Naval base workers in pay strike
A mass walkout of workers at the Faslane and Coulport naval bases on the Clyde is expected later in a dispute over pay.
- Fracking camp in eviction appeal
Fracking protesters ordered to move from a camp near a drilling site in Salford are seeking a right to appeal against an eviction hours before they must leave.
- UK joins 'super-microscope' project
The UK government is to allocate up to £185m on three international science projects.
- 'Shortage of senior nurses in NHS'
The NHS has lost nearly 4,000 senior nursing posts since 2010, putting patient care at risk, warns the Royal College of Nursing.
- Faulty implants end women's sex life
Two women who were severely injured by commonly-used surgical implants have revealed their stories ahead of mass legal action against the manufacturer.
- Peers: Make inquiries more efficient
A specialist unit should be set up aiming to make public inquiries more efficient, a Lords committee says.
- Four woodlands created to mark WW1
Four new woodlands are set to be created across the UK as part of a Woodland Trust project to commemorate the centenary of World War One.
- Nation split by 'read and read-nots'
England is a nation divided into readers and watchers, a report on adult literacy says.
- Skull fragments reveal new crocodile
Two fossilised fragments from a crocodile skull found on the Isle of Wight indicate the discovery of a new species, researchers say.
- Man is injured in city gun attack
A man in his 20s has been shot in both legs in an attack at a house in Londonderry.
- Soldier held over barracks murder
A soldier is arrested on suspicion of murder after a corporal is found dead at an army barracks in Shropshire.
- MP 'abused young men in Parliament'
The former deputy speaker of the House of Commons sexually abused young men in Parliament and at the Conservative Party conference, a court hears.
- Junior rugby coach beat up linesman
A rugby coach who attacked a linesman during an under-14 match is sent on an anger management course.
- Child-killer mother found dead
An American woman who killed her three children in Edinburgh is found dead in a secure hospital in Nottinghamshire.
- Brown outlines 'power-sharing' UK
Former prime minister Gordon Brown believes Holyrood should be given more control over tax as part of a power sharing plan between London and Edinburgh.
- Man dies in speedboat accident
A man dies and two others are feared to be missing after a speedboat overturned off the Suffolk coast.
- Mum called 'tramp' for breastfeeding
A Rugeley mum launches a breastfeeding campaign after being labelled a "tramp" for feeding her baby in public.
- Injured Root out of World Twenty20
Joe Root will miss the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh after fracturing his thumb in the last one-day international against West Indies.
- Murray digs deep to beat Vesely
Andy Murray survives a scare to beat Czech youngster Jiri Vesely in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
- Lancaster hints at unchanged England
England coach Stuart Lancaster is likely to name an unchanged team for the decisive Six Nations meeting with Italy on Saturday.
- The people who believe in medical miracles
A group of evangelical Christians claims that sick people can be cured through the power of prayer. Is that possible?
- Do skiing apps encourage dangerous behaviour?
Smartphone apps which measure skiing speed have been criticised for encouraging dangerous behaviour on the slopes. But are they really so bad?
- Diamonds: Natural and unnatural wonders
Diamonds may be the ultimate status symbol, but beautiful specimens no longer come only from deep holes in the ground.
- Labour extends jobs guarantee pledge
Labour commits to fund a "jobs guarantee" for the long-term unemployed for the whole of the next parliament, if it wins power.
- MPs deserve pay rise, says Bob Crow
MPs deserve a pay rise so they are not forced to "scramble around the place", union leader Bob Crow says.
- Cameron to visit Mid-East this week
David Cameron is to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories on a two-day trip postponed from last month.
- VIDEO: House of Commons
David Cameron says there is still an opportunity for Russia to resolve the Crimea crisis.
- VIDEO: MP: More of us should go to the dogs
Young people need to be encouraged to keep greyhound racing going, says a Labour MP who owns seven dogs.
- VIDEO: 'We are worse off as economy recovers'
As the British Chambers of Commerce predicts a growth in the economy this summer, the BBC's George Alagiah reports from West Lothian, Scotland, on the differing fortunes of the local community.
- VIDEO: Cardinal says trafficking 'hidden'
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, says he is hoping a major conference in Rome next month will lift the lid on the ''hidden'' problem of human trafficking.
- VIDEO: Dance theatre explores immigration
Border Tales, written by Luca Silvestrini, uses dance theatre to explore the issues of immigration.
- VIDEO: GB's Gallagher dreamt of topping podium
Paralympic skier Kelly Gallagher says she always dreamt of topping the podium after winning Great Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic gold medal with guide Charlotte Evans.
- AUDIO: Great white shark heading for UK
A great white shark could become the first of its species to cross the Atlantic ocean.
- AUDIO: 'Zero tolerance' for kerb crawlers
Gavin Shuker and Niki Adams discuss calls to reform prostitution laws to make it illegal to pay for sex.
- VIDEO: Could robots help children with autism?
A robotic companion is helping children with autism learn and develop communication skills.
- Who judges the Bank of England?
Is the Bank of England sufficiently held to account?
- Insane fight club: Reinventing wrestling
Is Insane Championship Wrestling 'theatre for the new generation'?
- Cheltenham Festival on track for the future
Cheltenham Festival tracks bright future
- 'Ghost' voters and the perils of postal ballots
Election fraud and questions over the future of postal ballots
- VIDEO: What's it like to study circus?
What's it like to study at the National Centre for Circus Arts?
- MP sex claims and X Factor exclusive - front pages
Cheryl Cole's X Factor 'return' and MP's trial on front pages