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Alex Salmond says there is 'no doubt' Nicola Sturgeon broke ministerial code

The former first minister makes the claim during his long-awaited appearance at a Holyrood inquiry.

Covid: Vaccinating by age not job 'will save the most lives' - Hancock

Putting over-40s ahead of teachers or police officers is "the moral thing to do", Matt Hancock says.

Coronavirus levels 'burning quite hot' in some of UK

Infection rates are declining overall, but some regions are seeing a rise in cases.

Mother drops children from window to escape Istanbul apartment fire

The four children were all caught by volunteers holding a blanket on the street in Istanbul.

Shamima Begum cannot return to UK, Supreme Court rules

The ruling means she will not be able to come back to fight the decision to remove her British citizenship.

Lockdown bomb hoaxer targeted NHS, MPs and BLM protests

A German court imprisons a Berlin-based Italian for extortion threats made against UK targets.

Jamal Khashoggi: US says Saudi prince approved Khashoggi killing

An official report says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the journalist's murder.

London-sized iceberg breaks near UK base

The berg covers 1,270 sq km - nearly 490 square miles - but its break-off was expected.

Rohingya refugees adrift at sea

A boat full of dozens of Rohingya refugees attempting to reach South East Asia is adrift in the Indian Ocean.

Couple cannot have a Cornish language wedding

Steph Norman and Aaron Willoughby are told their ceremony must be in English and Cornish.

Jack Barnes: 'I can't breathe' death ruled unlawful killing

Jack Barnes suffered a cardiac arrest after being restrained by public transport workers.

Brexit: DUP agriculture minister orders Brexit check construction halt

Gordon Lyons says he is responding to "practical difficulties" caused by the NI Protocol.

Ryan Giggs bailed again after denying assault

Several newspapers had reported the Wales manager was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend.

Covid-19: Tennis gives children 'a bit of normal life back'

Outdoor sport for people with disabilities is allowed in lockdown and is a lifeline for families.

Texas sea turtles released back into sea after cold front eases

Thousands of "cold-stunned" turtles were rescued as temperatures dropped to record lows this month.

Why 'lookalikes' Jessie Ware and Gemma Arterton teamed up

The pop star and the award-winning actress discuss their haunting video for Ware's new single.

Your pictures on the theme of 'the beauty of trees'

A selection of striking images from our readers on this week's theme.

NHS nurse who inspired four of her children to be nurses

A nurse who died with Covid-19 inspired nearly her entire family to join the NHS.

Covid-19: What have lockdowns and restrictions meant for musicians?

Music in a pandemic: Guerrilla gigs, song-writing compulsions and learning an Elizabethan guitar.

Click News: Robo-cat companion breaks wind

BBC Click’s Paul Carter looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

MyHeritage offers 'creepy' deepfake tool to reanimate dead

Genealogy firm admits some might find the controversial technology "uncanny or creepy".

Cairngorms recreated in video game Minecraft

The initiative is designed to help young people find out how the Cairngorms national park is managed.

Mr Potato Head to lose "Mr" title in gender-neutral rebrand

The toy's maker, Hasbro, says it will drop the "Mr" to "promote gender equality and inclusion".

Salmond and Sturgeon: How the best of political double acts fell apart

The enviable political duo who ran Scotland together is now long gone. So, what went wrong?

LGBT in the forces: 'It was a very scary time'

More than 20 years on, how has military culture changed after allowing the LGBT community to serve?

Dog theft: 'I can't give up looking for her'

After Lady Gaga's bulldogs were stolen, victims in the UK share their stories with BBC Radio 5 Live.

Amazon rainforest plots sold via Facebook Marketplace ads

Protected land reserved for Brazil's indigenous communities is being traded on the social network.

Who is Shamima Begum and how do you lose your UK citizenship?

Ms Begum travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group in 2015.

'We couldn’t afford fertility treatment so we risked finding a sperm donor on Facebook'

The high cost of fertility treatment leads some to find donors on social media, even though it's risky and could be illegal.

MLM schemes in the UK: The 'cult-like' beauty businesses in your DMs

Newsbeat hears from young women about their experiences working for multi-level marketing companies.

Budget 2021: 'My benefits top-up is a lifeline - don't take it away'

A benefits top-up to help the poor survive lockdown is due to end - unless it is extended at the Budget.

Maximo Park on Grenfell, the Bataclan and fatherhood

The North East indie-pop band say music can both "celebrate life" and ask "difficult questions".

Vintage technology: 'It sounds so much cleaner'

Why do people like to use ancient personal organisers and music players?

Analysis: Can Asia help Myanmar find a way out of coup crisis?

While Western sanctions may not help, China and South East Asia's influence may hold some sway.

'Life was a party before Aids arrived in London'

Gay life in London was vibrant as the 1980s began, but a mysterious illness was soon to change that.

Man Utd face AC Milan, Rangers take on Slavia Prague in Europa League last 16

Manchester United face AC Milan in the Europa League while Rangers draw Slavia Prague, Arsenal play Olympiakos and Tottenham get Dinamo Zagreb.

England wary of Wales captain Jones 'targeting' players

England coach Eddie Jones tells his players to be wary of being "targeted" by Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones in the Six Nations on Saturday.

Premiership 'does not care enough' about racism, says Monye

Former England wing Ugo Monye says Premiership Rugby "does not care enough" about racism in the sport.

England in New Zealand: Tourists secure series with another assured victory

England secure a series victory over New Zealand with an assured seven-wicket win in the second one-day international in Dunedin.

Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in your area?

Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.

Coronavirus: What is the R number and how is it calculated?

The R number is a simple but crucial figure at the heart of lockdown decisions across the UK.

Covid: When will I get the vaccine?

Two approved Covid vaccines are being rolled out across the UK. So when might you get one?

Covid: How to get a test for coronavirus

What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for, and how do they work?

Nightclubs eye June reopening but can they survive?

Clubs have been closed for almost a year but what will the clubbing experience be like when they reopen?

Unemployment rate: How many people are out of work?

The unemployment rate is rising as Covid hits different parts of the economy.

'Vaccine passports': Will I need one for going out, work and travel?

The government is reviewing whether venues can ask for proof of vaccination or a negative test.

What's the roadmap for lifting lockdown?

The prime minister has announced a plan for how the lockdown will be lifted in England.

Covid: When will schools reopen?

All students in England can return to classrooms from 8 March as part of the plans to ease lockdown.

Coronavirus: How are weddings working around the UK?

Wedding ceremonies are still restricted across the UK, but there are plans to ease the rules.

Covid: When can pubs and restaurants reopen?

Hospitality venues are set to gradually open up in the Spring under lockdown easing plans.

Covid: How are European countries tackling the pandemic?

Are European countries relaxing restrictions put in place to control a new wave of infections?

Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country

Key maps and charts explaining how the virus has spread around the world.

Covid: When can I go on holiday in the UK or travel abroad?

The government has unveiled its plans for unlocking UK restrictions, including holiday travel.

My daughter's shielding - should she return to school? And other questions

We answer some of your questions about England's roadmap out of lockdown, and other Covid-related issues.

Lockdown rules: What are the restrictions in your area?

Use our search tool to find out about coronavirus rules and restrictions where you live.

Coronavirus: What are the rules for face masks or face coverings?

As the UK cautiously unlocks, experts will review the evidence on when and where masks are needed.

Coronavirus: When will pubs, hairdressers and gyms open?

Lockdown is being eased in England. When will services like hairdressers, pubs and gyms open?

Schools reopening: How at risk are children?

BBC's Health reporter Laura Foster explains what we know currently about how children are affected by the virus.

How could children make up for lost school time?

A massive task lies ahead for schools as they try to make up for teaching time lost during the pandemic.

Support bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours?

Some people across the UK have been able to form "support bubbles" or "extended households".

Have lockdowns affected my child's physical and mental health?

Should parents of under-fives worry about Covid restrictions harming their child's development?

Coronavirus: Who should be shielding and why?

More people have been added to the clinically extremely vulnerable list in England. Why?

Coronavirus: Has the NHS got enough of the right PPE?

Who needs it - and does the UK health service have the right kit?

Covid vaccine: How many people in the UK have been vaccinated so far?

The logistics of vaccinating millions of people across the country, as more than 19 million people receive at least one dose.

Is the Covid vaccine safe?

Busting myths and explaining the facts around vaccines.

Covid: Can you catch the virus outside?

The risks of catching Covid indoors are well-known, but what are the chances of being infected outdoors?

Coronavirus: Where does the government borrow billions from?

How does it work when a government wants to borrow money, and when does it have to pay it back?

Covax: How will Covid vaccines be shared around the world?

A scheme to distribute Covid-19 vaccines globally is under way. Here's what you need to know.

Covid: Which areas are being mass tested for new variants?

The government hopes "surge" testing will reduce transmission of a new variant of Covid-19.

What is a challenge trial and why do we need them?

Some volunteers in the UK will be deliberately infected with coronavirus in a "challenge trial".

Covid: Claims vaccinations harm fertility unfounded

Social-media posts - some described as "scare stories" - are based on misunderstandings, experts say.

Fake Covid videos 'will cost lives'

Sima Kotecha follows the origins of a "dangerous" viral video about a false Covid-19 treatment.

Covid: How will we know if the vaccine is working?

Deaths are falling faster for the over-80s - but does that mean the vaccine is working?

North Korea enslaved South Korean prisoners of war in coal mines

A report describes how prisoners of war are used as slave labour to generate money for the regime.