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The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.
- UK told to pay £1.7bn extra to EU
The UK has been told it must pay an extra £1.7bn (â‚¬2.1bn) towards the European Union's budget because the economy has performed better than expected in recent years.
- Payout to mother of secret PC's child
The Metropolitan Police is to pay £425,000 to a woman whose child was fathered by a man she did not know was an undercover police officer.
- UK gives extra £80m for Ebola fight
Prime Minister David Cameron pledges an extra £80m of aid for the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
- Scotland to reduce drink-drive limit
The Scottish government announces plans to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas, making the limit lower than in England.
- Cliff Richard police raid 'inept'
The handling of a police raid at the home of veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard is described as inept by the Commons Home Affairs Committee.
- Star MI5 wartime agent was bank clerk
A wartime MI5 agent who secretly penetrated the ranks of the UK's Nazi sympathisers has been identified as an unassuming suburban bank clerk, new files show.
- Call to scrap term-time holiday ban
Council leaders call for a more "common-sense approach" to term-time holidays.
- Ashya King due to finish treatment
Brain tumour patient Ashya King will receive his final dose of proton beam therapy later, the clinic treating him says.
- Salmond considers Westminster return
Alex Salmond says he has not made up his mind whether or not to stand for a Westminster seat at the next general election.
- Briton dies after 'Brazil robbery'
A man, understood to be Scottish, dies in Brazil, reportedly after being shot during a robbery at a bar.
- Piracy row Scot 'struggles' in India
A Scottish man trapped in India by a dispute over anti-piracy operations says he is struggling to support himself.
- Job centres to get digital makeover
Computer workstations, electronic signature pads and free wi-fi are rolling out across UK job centres.
- Standalone TSB picks up customers
Newly independent bank TSB says it is attracting more new customers than it had expected.
- More charges over New Forest killing
Two more people are charged over the death of a mother-of-five in the New Forest.
- Art forger collection fetches £50,000
A collection of art by a master forger whose work fooled dealers and galleries around the world sells at auction for more than £50,000.
- Roman gums 'healthier than ours'
People living in Roman Britain had healthier gums than their modern-day descendants, a feat of archaeological dentistry shows.
- 'Sunshine can slow weight gain'
Exposure to sunshine could slow down weight gain and the development of diabetes, research on mice suggests.
- Spanish art gems head for UK town
A new art gallery showing major works of art from Spain's "golden age" is to open in a former bank in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
- SF: Cahill 'should meet Gerry Adams'
A Sinn FÃ©in minister says MaÃria Cahill, the woman who claims she was raped as a teenager and later interrogated by the IRA, should meet with the party's leader Gerry Adams.
- Son is held over couple's deaths
It is understood the man being questioned about the deaths of an elderly couple in County Donegal is their son Julian Cuddihy.
- GP shortage could shut practice
Health officials are due to make a decision on whether to close a doctors' surgery in Gwynedd amid concern over recruiting GPs.
- Hope for son who vanished in 2004
The mother of a man who went missing on a golfing trip exactly 10 years ago says she has not given up hope of seeing him again.
- Public service worker attacks rise
Violence against public service workers in Scotland rose again last year to 37,052, more than 100 attacks every day.
- Design inspires new V&A video game
A new video game based on the designs of William Morris is launched by Sophia George, the V&A museum's games designer in residence.
- 'Execute travellers' Tory suspended
A Tory councillor from Maidenhead who joked that travellers refusing eviction should be "executed" is suspended by his party.
- Vicar sham weddings trial collapses
The trial collapses of a vicar accused of carrying out hundreds of sham weddings - after the judge says immigration officers lied on oath.
- 'Hold Qatar World Cup in May'
Europe's biggest football clubs consider asking Fifa to hold the 2022 World Cup in May to avoid the intense summer heat.
- VIDEO: Five of Luis Suarez's best goals
With Luis Suarez in line to make his Barcelona debut in El Clasico against Real Madrid on Saturday, BBC Sport looks back at five of his best Premier League goals for Liverpool.
- Spurs boss hails Lamela wonder goal
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Erik Lamela's Europa League wonder-strike was the best goal scored by one of his players.
- Do people know where their chicken comes from?
Campaigners say chicken meat needs better labelling. How much do people know about the life of a chicken before it reaches their plate?
- Tales from the India Office
Millions of documents recording Britain's 350-year presence in the sub-continent reveal some exotic stories.
- How safe is mouldy food to eat?
British families throw away millions of tonnes of food every year, enough to fill Wembley stadium, to the brim. How much could be safely eaten?
- NHS funds rise 'tough but possible'
Increasing NHS spending in England by the £8bn health bosses warn will be needed by 2020 will be tough but possible, the health secretary says.
- Labour promises new immigration laws
Ed Miliband promises to bring in an immigration bill creating "clear, credible and concrete changes" within months if Labour wins next year's general election.
- Tories choose by-election candidate
The Conservative Party chooses Kelly Tolhurst as its candidate for the Rochester and Strood by-election.
- VIDEO: Intelligence and Security Committee
Former GCHQ chief gives evidence on privacy and security.
- VIDEO: 'Great opportunity to rebalance power'
Wales now has a "great opportunity" to rebalance "powers and finance" in the UK, Plaid Cymru's leader has said, ahead of her party's conference later.
- VIDEO: Exhibition on a changing Afghanistan
The Imperial War Museum's latest exhibition focuses on Afghanistan as British troops prepare to leave.
- VIDEO: 'Religion made me a better player'
England's newest cricket star Moeen Ali speaks to the BBC about his sport and his religion.
- VIDEO: Farmland birds show rapid decline
Farmland birds are at their lowest levels since records began, according to government figures.
- VIDEO: Who is the top dog at Westminster?
The Daily Politics meets some of the contestants, and their political owners, in the Westminster dog of the year contest.
- VIDEO: Can technology plug NHS funding gap?
The NHS is under pressure to close a huge projected funding gap - Dominic Hughes reports on how the NHS has addressed this in West Yorkshire.
- AUDIO: Brian O'Driscoll: A life in rugby
Brian O'Driscoll is the most capped player in rugby union history. He spoke to the Today programme's James Naughtie about his illustrious career.
- VIDEO: Will EU back UK's immigration plans?
As European leaders gather for a summit in Brussels, Ben Wright asks if David Cameron use the opportunity to push for limits on the freedom of movement within the Union.
- The undercover cop, his lover, and their son
The undercover cop, his lover, and their son
- Quiz of the week's news
Why is Florida angry with Breaking Bad?
- Alvin Stardust: Life and career in pictures
The life and career of Alvin Stardust
- Disabled graduates: Life after university
Life after university for disabled graduates
- Does Sabbath still exist on Lewis?
Does the Sabbath still exist on the isle of Lewis?
- EU 'surcharge' and Stardust tributes - paper review
EU's £1.7bn demand of the UK leads many of Friday's papers