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Twenty secondary schools achieve the highest band rating - eight less than last year according to performance rankings.
Bond Air Services suspends flights of its EC 135 helicopter, the same model which crashed in Glasgow, killing nine people.
BBC political editor Nick Robinson and his colleagues in print and broadcast journalism explain why certain phrases crop up over and over again - and what they might really mean.
The jury in a fraud trial of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi's former PAs are told to ignore comments made by the prime minister.
A study suggests bots - automated software tools - now account for nearly double the amount of traffic generated by humans actively using the net.
A care worker at a home for the elderly in Chambery in the French Alps is arrested on suspicion of poisoning six pensioners to death.
Hundreds of primary schools in England fail to hit tougher literacy and numeracy targets brought in this year.
A "landmark study" shows a drug can more than halve the development of breast cancer in high-risk women.
The owners of the firm which supplied a "fake" sign language interpreter to the Mandela memorial event have vanished, a South African minister says.
The number of people participating in sport has rise by 1.5m since London won the 2012 Olympics, according to Sport England.
Colwyn Bay pier is to be demolished following a five-year saga over its future.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's office hits back at ex-leader Olusegun Obasanjo for a "provocative" letter condemning his leadership and telling him not to seek re-election.
The US space agency is assessing a problem with one of two cooling systems aboard the International Space Station.
The most vulnerable students will be hit hardest by plans to cut funding for 18-year-olds in full time education, say school and college leaders.
The body which sets MPs' salaries defends its plan to give them an 11% pay rise, claiming this will not cost the taxpayer "a penny more" once other changes are taken into account.
The Great British Bake off's Mary Berry judges the baking abilities of BBC Breakfast's Charlie Stayt and Louise Minchin
A specialist food crime unit should be set up in the UK in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, a government-commissioned review has recommended.
Former astronaut Chris Hadfield describes how seeing the earth from space changed his view on the world.
Rwanda refused a formal request to help a British police investigation into genocide suspects living in the UK, the BBC has learned.
Average earnings in the UK have risen by less than the rate of inflation for the fifth year running, according to the Office for National Statistics.