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The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.
- Ebola fight hit by aid cuts, MPs warn
Cuts in the amount of health aid the UK provides to Liberia and Sierra Leone have "compromised the fight" to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, MPs warn.
- RAF Tornados bomb IS pickup truck
RAF jets conduct fresh strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, carrying out a precision bombing attack on an armed pickup truck.
- Wonga to write off £220m in debts
Payday lender Wonga says it is writing off £220m of debts for 330,000 customers after putting in place new affordability checks.
- Alice Gross post-mortem to resume
A post-mortem examination on the body of murdered 14-year-old Alice Gross will resume later.
- Hundreds of GP practices risk closure
Hundreds of GP practices are at risk of closure because of the number of doctors reaching retirement age, GP leaders say.
- Virgin Money announces float plan
Virgin Money, the UK challenger bank partly owned by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, announces plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange.
- Fry: Drugs different to abuse cases
Actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry says there is a "huge moral difference" between historical drug use and cases of sexual abuse.
- UK universities slip down rankings
Three UK universities lose their place in the top 200 of a global higher education league table while elite universities hold their ground.
- Singer Lynsey de Paul dies aged 64
Singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul has died at the age of 64, following a suspected brain haemmorhage.
- Young people 'lack workplace skills'
Young people lack workplace skills such as communication and team working, a study among employers suggests.
- Thousands of under-18s drink-driving
Police records show 6,558 under-18s were caught drink-driving between 2008 and 2013, according to figures from 43 police forces across the UK.
- Universal credit delay call rejected
The UK government rejects a call by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to halt the introduction of universal credit in Scotland.
- Dowager Duchess funeral to be held
The funeral of Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, the last surviving Mitford sister, is to be held on the Chatsworth estate later.
- BBC launches dance contest
Dance stars of the future are being sought in a UK competition backed by Sadler's Wells and the BBC to be shown on BBC Four and BBC Two.
- Mini Sherlock Holmes book published
A book written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for Queen Mary's dolls house is published for the first time in its original format.
- Executive 'to go into red' warning
The Treasury is formally warned that the Northern Ireland Executive is on track to go into the red by the end of this financial year.
- Disappeared search body to be moved
Human remains thought to belong to Brendan Megraw, one of the Disappeared, are expected to be removed from a bog in County Meath later.
- Care home diets malnourish residents
Some care home residents are becoming malnourished because not enough thought is going into the food they are given, says Wales' older people's commissioner.
- Pupils to be 'qualified for life'
Children in Wales should be "qualified for life", under a new plan aimed at boosting the performance of schools.
- Arrest made over Bishopbriggs death
Police arrest a 29-year-old man over the death last week of John McFarlane who was attacked near his home in Bishopbriggs.
- Universities hold world rankings
Four Scottish universities rise up the Times Higher Education world rankings despite the UK coming under pressure from overseas competition.
- Boy jailed over girlfriend murder
A teenage boy is jailed for 25 years for the murder of his 17-year-old girlfriend, who was found stabbed to death in Surrey.
- Arson charge over nightclub fire
A man is charged with arson following a blaze at the former Majestyk nightclub in Leeds.
- Wenger praises 'electric' Welbeck
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Danny Welbeck is "electric" after his hat-trick in the 4-1 win against Galatasaray.
- Typhoon 'threatens Japanese GP'
The Japanese GP could be called off if Typhoon Phanfone hits Japan on Sunday, says Force India driver Sergio Perez.
- Shaw named in England U21 squad
Manchester United's Luke Shaw is named in the England Under-21 squad to face Croatia in the Euro 2015 play-off.
- Why are chicken, lamb, pork and beef the 'normal' meats?
Why is there so much conservatism when it comes to eating particular meats?
- How Bosnia is helping Cyprus find peace
In the 1960s and 1970s, hundreds of Cypriots disappeared. Now, with the help of a laboratory in Bosnia, there is a renewed effort to find out what happened to them.
- Why Japan's sunny beaches are deserted
For much of September, Tokyo basked in temperatures of 25C or more. In most countries there would be a rush for the beach, but not in Japan.
- Clegg calls May speech 'outrageous'
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg says criticism of his party in Theresa May's speech mark a "low point" in coalition relations.
- Lord Hill faces second 'EU grilling'
The UK's candidate to join the European Commission, Lord Hill, is summoned to a second hearing of MEPs to assess his suitability for the job.
- BNP expels ex-leader Nick Griffin
The British National Party says it has expelled its former leader Nick Griffin, accusing him of trying to "destabilise" the party.
- VIDEO: House of Commons
MPs vote by 524 to 43 in favour of UK military action against Islamic State in Iraq.
- VIDEO: Warning over alcohol 'pre-loading'
A leading accident and emergency doctor, Clifford Mann, has warned there's a "dangerous epidemic" of young people ending up in hospital, after getting drunk on cheap drinks before going out.
- VIDEO: Up for grabs: Who will win Clacton seat?
The BBC's Adam Fleming visits Clacton as the campaigning for the by-election in the town enters its final week.
- VIDEO: 'A new low': Clegg's angry response to Tory claims
The Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, has described a "new low point in coalition relations" after the Conservative Home Secretary, Theresa May, attacked his party for thwarting attempts to introduce new data monitoring powers.
- VIDEO: 'Mr Nobody' ups UKIP offer to £1m
Former Conservative supporter Arron Banks has announced that he will donate £1m to UKIP.
- VIDEO: Missing girl's family make appeal
The family of a 15 year-old girl who has been missing from her home in Bristol for a week have made an emotional appeal for her to come home.
- VIDEO: Body found is Alice Gross, say police
Police investigating the disappearance of missing 14-year-old schoolgirl Alice Gross are now treating it as a murder inquiry after a body was found in a west London river
- VIDEO: HK protest at London Chinese embassy
Demonstrators have gathered outside the Chinese embassy in London to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
- VIDEO: Zookeeper rears leopard in bathroom
A rare clouded leopard has been hand-reared in the bathroom of a zookeeper after she was rejected by her mother.
- The strange world of super-specialist cutlery
The strange world of super-specialist cutlery
- In pictures: A journey through 19th Century Brazil
19th Century Brazil seen through the eyes of an Englishman
- Warsaw Uprising: 'There were flames everywhere'
RAF veterans who risked their lives to help Polish resistance
- Can antidepressants treat cancer?
Can antidepressants treat cancer?
- Laureate role 'rooted' poet in city
Poet Warsan Shire finds her place in the city
- 'Election starts here' - the papers
How the papers view David Cameron's conference speech