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The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.
- Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow
The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony takes place at Celtic Park in Glasgow.
- Warning over NHS trust finances
Nineteen NHS trusts have been referred to ministers after auditors raised concerns about their financial health.
- 'Risk of debt peril' when rates rise
A "relatively benign" rise in interest rates still has the potential to double the number of households facing debt problems, a think tank has said.
- Paracetamol for back pain questioned
Taking paracetamol for lower back pain does not improve recovery time or provide any greater pain relief than using a placebo, scientists say.
- MH17 evidence 'was tampered with'
Whitehall sources say information has emerged that MH17 crash evidence was deliberately tampered with, as the plane's black boxes arrive in the UK.
- 'Casual attitude' to vCJD warning
The government has a "casual attitude" to the human form of "mad cow disease", MPs warn, while ministers say the issue is treated "extremely seriously".
- Baby P boss awarded £680,000 payout
The former head of Haringey children's services Sharon Shoesmith is awarded almost £680,000 following her unfair dismissal claim.
- Police 'spied on dead man's family'
A woman calling for an inquiry into her son's death in 1997 says she has been told she was spied on by undercover police officers.
- Ex-MEP on money laundering charge
Former West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire is charged with money laundering and misconduct but dismisses the charges as "ludicrous".
- Character actress Dora Bryan dies
Dora Bryan, the actress whose career encompassed theatre, film and TV's Last of the Summer Wine, has died near Brighton at the age of 91.
- Man arrested in missing Claudia case
A man is arrested as part of the investigation into the murder of missing chef Claudia Lawrence, while forensic teams search a pub in her home city of York.
- Geldof died of heroin overdose
TV presenter Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after relapsing from a period of abstinence, a coroner rules.
- Man guilty of pizza driver murder
A man is found guilty of murdering a pizza delivery worker who was stabbed to death on his last day in the job in Sheffield.
- PM to check arms export licences
David Cameron vows to examine outstanding licences for the sale of arms to Russia after claims by MPs that they could breach the terms of an embargo.
- Porn filter shunned by UK net users
The vast majority of new broadband customers are declining to sign up to "child friendly" filters when prompted to do so by UK service providers.
- Assault MP speaks of 'deep regret'
The Tory Party is discussing the future of MP David Ruffley, who was cautioned by police for assaulting his ex-partner.
- Worboys victims granted compensation
Two women who were sexually assaulted by taxi driver John Worboys have been awarded compensation from the Met police.
- Sri Lanka cyclists spotted on motorway
Four members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team are stopped by police for cycling down a Glasgow motorway.
- Commonwealth edged out of Booker
Commonwealth writers are sidelined from the Man Booker Prize longlist with US authors, including Joshua Ferris and Richard Powers, included for the first time.
- Stormont paper sets out budget cuts
The finance minister has circulated a paper which will result in millions of pounds in cuts across departments, except health and education, according to Stormont sources.
- Man shot in legs 'by appointment'
A man who was injured in a gun attack in Londonderry was "shot by appointment", says a DUP MLA.
- Boxer 'let down' over Games ruling
A Welsh boxer refused a Commonwealth Games place over her involvement in kick boxing says she is disappointed in the sport's authorities.
- Town ban 'violates golfer's rights'
A ban preventing a golfer from returning to his home town after a car crash which killed a lecturer has been ruled unlawful.
- Four die as lorry and car crash
A couple and their two young children die after crash between a car and a lorry on the A801 near Polmont.
- Killers seek to overturn voting ban
The UK Supreme Court is to be asked to overturn the ban on convicted prisoners being able to vote in the Scottish independence referendum.
- Death crash girl, 6, identified
A six year-old girl who died in a road accident in Wiltshire is formally identified as Jess Marie Wright-Roberts.
- Man fined for downing goldfish drink
A man filmed swallowing two goldfish in a pint glass as part of a dare, admits it was a "stupid prank" after he was fined £200 by magistrates.
- Davies completes Tottenham switch
Swansea full-back Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm join Tottenham as Gylfi Sigurdsson makes Liberty Stadium switch.
- Man City racism claim 'baseless'
- Prior 'hunted mercilessly' by media
The media played a part in wicketkeeper Matt Prior's decision to stand down from England duty, says Sussex boss Mark Robinson.
- Do four-year-olds need a graduation ceremony?
Pre-school graduation ceremonies are a growing phenomenon in UK nurseries.
- The deaths uniting women across the world
After 13 years, Nato troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan - thousands of soldiers have died but the experiences of their widows differ dramatically.
- The children left behind in hot cars
Every few days in the US, there are reports of young children dying from heatstroke after being left in parked cars. Why so often?
- PM won't pay back tennis donation
David Cameron rejects calls to pay back a donation to the Conservatives by the wife of a former Putin minister, insisting she was not a "crony" of the Russian president.
- Lib Dem MP apology over Gaza tweet
The Lib Dems say MP David Ward has given a "categorical apology" over his widely criticised comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
- Disability benefits flaws 'grave'
Parts of the disability benefits system require a "fundamental redesign" because flaws in the process are so "grave", a group of MPs says.
- VIDEO: House of Commons
Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister.
- VIDEO: Susan Boyle sings as Queen arrives
Susan Boyle treats the crowd at Celtic Park to rousing version of Mull of Kintyre as part of the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, shortly before the arrival of The Queen.
- VIDEO: PM faces Russia links questions
David Cameron says the government will look at all outstanding arms export licences to Russia, and has rejected calls to pay back a donation to the Conservatives by the wife of a former Putin minister.
- VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo
A pair of Amur leopards, which are said to be the rarest big cats in the world, have been born in Leicestershire.
- VIDEO: Games cyclists find Glasgow bearings
Scotland Correspondent Lorna Gordon bumps into some of the team from Swaziland on the streets of Glasgow.
- VIDEO: Ian Watkins jail term appeal rejected
An appeal by paedophile rock star Ian Watkins to reduce the length of his jail term for child sex offences has been rejected by judges.
- VIDEO: Police spied on Ricky Reel's family
The family of an Asian student who went missing 17 years ago, and was eventually found dead, say they have been told they were spied on by undercover police officers.
- VIDEO: My Glasgow
Danny MacAskill rides on Glasgow landmarks, including a breathtaking stunt on the iconic Finnieston Crane.
- AUDIO: Gay man had shocks on NHS as 'cure'
A man who was given electric shocks on the NHS in the 1970's to 'cure' his homosexuality says he 'deeply regrets' it.
- Which sport are you made for? Take our test
Take our test to see which Commonwealth Games events match your abilities.
- Obituary: Dora Bryan
Remembering the talented character actress
- Highlights from the Queen's Baton Relay
Highlights from the Queen's Baton Relay
- The curious world of street furniture
The curious world of England's street furniture
- Help to cope with a parent in prison
Helping children cope with a parent in prison
- Who was Alexander Litvinenko?
Why is the death of Alexander Litvinenko so notorious?
- When will we take honey seriously?
Should we go back to using honey as a medicine?
- Fly on the Facebook wall documentary
The TV team 'spying' on students' social media lives
- Peaches' drug 'secrets' and Games pictures - papers
Tabloids focus on the inquest of Peaches Geldof