National & Local News
Live national & local news feeds courtesy of the BBC
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.
- PM's Christianity remarks 'divisive'
Leading public figures claim David Cameron risks causing division in society with his recent comments that the UK is a Christian country.
- Huge fire on Leeds industrial estate
A huge fire on an industrial estate in Leeds sends flames and a large plume of smoke up over the city.
- Skin cancer rates 'surge since 70s'
The incidence of the most serious skin cancer is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show.
- Flood defences mended for thousands
Flood defences and other protections are restored for more than 100,000 properties left at risk after this winter's severe weather.
- Hidden company owners to be revealed
Companies will be forced to declare their true owners on a public register in a move to tackle corruption, Business Secretary Vince Cable says.
- Teachers angry at online insults
Online social media is being misused to insult, intimidate and smear staff in schools, says a teachers' union.
- Briton killed in Malaysia crash
A British man described as an "extremely capable young engineer" dies after a double-decker bus reportedly crashed into a ravine in the east of the country.
- Gibraltar fire hits online gambling
An explosion and fire on Gibraltar cuts power to much of the British territory and disrupts a number of online betting operations around the world.
- Boycott call for early years tests
The NUT conference will hear calls for a boycott of assessment checks for four year olds.
- Wilshaw takes charge of Trojan Horse
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw is to take personal charge of the watchdog's investigation into claims that a number of schools in Birmingham have been taken over by Muslim hardliners.
- Paolo Nutini sets 2014 sales record
Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini tops the charts with Caustic Love, which becomes the fastest-selling album of the year.
- Queen portrait released for birthday
A portrait of the Queen by celebrated British photographer David Bailey is released to mark the monarch's 88th birthday.
- Bottle kicking 'attracts thousands'
A traditional "bottle kicking" event that involves a "ferocious" rugby scrum is expected to attract thousands to Leicestershire on Easter Monday.
- Man arrested after woman found dead
A 36-year-old man is arrested in connection with the discovery of a woman's body in west Belfast.
- US law firm to launch in Londonderry
A United States-based entertainment law company opens offices in Londonderry.
- Crews tackle hundreds of grass fires
Fire crews have tackled at least 484 grass fires in Wales since the start of April, the latest figures show.
- Crash victim was 'brilliant student'
The father of a 21-year-old Chinese woman killed in a car crash in Swansea says his daughter was a brilliant student whose death leaves behind a huge void.
- Jobs market still growing, says bank
The job market continued to grow last month, although at a slower rate than the previous month, according to the Bank of Scotland.
- Skin cancer rates 'soar' since 1970s
The advent of the package holiday and the fashion for tans has seen skin cancer rates soar in Scotland since the 1970s, according to a charity.
- Four hurt in pub garden tree fall
Four people, including two children, are taken to hospital after a large tree falls in a pub beer garden in Greater Manchester.
- Escaped rhea 'death threat issued'
People trying to find an escaped 2m-tall bird capable of running at 40mph say they have received a threat to kill it.
- Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool
Liverpool open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after a hard-fought 3-2 win over relegation-battling Norwich.
- Everton 2-0 Manchester United
Goals from Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas keep Everton's hopes of a top-four finish alive as they beat Manchester United.
- Hamilton eases to victory in China
Lewis Hamilton takes a dominant victory in the Chinese GP to win three consecutive races for the first time in his career.
- Remembering Peter and Paddy
William Dalrymple pays tribute to his fellow travel writers Peter Matthiessen, who died last week, and Patrick Leigh Fermor.
- Shannon Airport: A curious history of celebrity visitors
Shannon Airport in the Irish Republic has long been the unlikely host to celebrities and US presidents making the transatlantic crossing, writes Christine Finn.
- The eight tribes of vinyl collector
As the seventh annual Record Store Day approaches, here are eight different groups of vinyl collectors.
- Quango chair resigns over bankruptcy
A businessman appointed by the prime minister to head a multibillion-pound quango steps down after it was revealed that he was bankrupt.
- Archbishop highlights suffering
The Archbishop of Canterbury highlights the suffering of people in conflicts around the world during his Easter Sunday sermon.
- Charities chief warns of extremism
Islamic extremism is the "most deadly" threat to charities in England and Wales, says William Shawcross, chairman of the Charity Commission.
- VIDEO: House of Commons
The PM is challenged over his support for Maria Miller following a row over her expenses.
- VIDEO: Archbishop highlights global suffering
The Archbishop of Canterbury has highlighted the suffering of people facing conflict around the world during his Easter sermon.
- VIDEO: Hospital's special egg delivery
Young patients at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth have received a special delivery of Easter eggs - from a recently treated teenager.
- VIDEO: 'Luckily we couldn't see the lions'
A driver has been talking about the moment her car caught fire - while in the middle of the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park.
- VIDEO: Baby prince meets a Bilby at the zoo
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their royal tour of Australia with a tour of Taronga Zoo accompanied by their son Prince George.
- VIDEO: Phillips completes BMX World Cup double
Great Britain's Liam Phillips wins the Supercross title at the first round of the BMX World Cup series in Manchester, adding to his time-trial victory.
- VIDEO: Rural poverty aid 'reluctance'
The UK's largest operator of food banks, the Trussell Trust, revealed this week that it handed out nearly a million food parcels in the past year, but in rural Scotland there is reluctance amongst some people to seek help with poverty.
- VIDEO: Call for garden centre hours change
The government has been urged to end restrictions that mean many garden centres in England and Wales are forced to close on Easter Sunday.
- VIDEO: Archbishop holds outdoor baptisms
The Archbishop of York has baptised 16 people by immersing them in a large tank of water outside York Minster.
- Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
- Essays: In Praise of the Midlands
The Cotswolds, football, regional TV, and the Bull Ring - what makes one a Midlander?
- Rare airing for Heller's Catch-22 staging
The story of Joseph Heller's 'forgotten' Catch-22 theatre script
- What hours do teachers really work?
What hours do teachers really work?
- Liverpool closer to Premier League heaven
Can Liverpool win their first league title for 24 years?
- It's tough luck to lose to your team-mate
Lewis Hamilton builds edge in F1 championship
- Smiling Queen and two takes on skin cancer - papers
Two newspapers' differing takes among Monday's front pages