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Voting under way in Irish election
Voters in the Republic of Ireland are going to the polls on Friday to elect 157 new members of parliament.
Assembly to be ‘first UKIP stronghold’
UKIP says it is making preparations for its “first ever UK stronghold of elected politicians” at the assembly election, as the party gathers for its spring conference.
Liverpool draw Man Utd in Europa League
Liverpool will face arch-rivals Manchester United in the Europa League last 16, while Tottenham will play Borussia Dortmund.
Fifa passes package of reforms
Fifa salaries will be disclosed and limits on a president’s term introduced under new reforms passed at its extraordinary congress.
Comic Steve Coogan banned for speeding
Actor and comedian Steve Coogan is disqualified from driving for 28 days after he was clocked doing 54mph in a 30mph zone.
Surge in contactless card payments
Nearly one in eight purchases made on UK cards in December used contactless technology, marking a surge in the use of the alternative to loose change.
Poppi police chief in misconduct probe
A Cumbria police chief criticised over her part in a baby death probe is under a separate investigation after alleged misconduct and corruption in office.
‘Ex-IRA chief’ jailed for tax evasion
Alleged former IRA “chief of staff”, Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy, is sentenced to 18 months in jail for tax evasion.
RBS shares slide as losses continue
Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland fall 7% after it reports a loss of £1.98bn for 2015, its eighth year of annual losses.
Abuse victim ‘attacked by own family’
A victim of one of three brothers who raped and sexually assaulted 15 teenage girls in Rotherham was beaten up by her own family when they learned of the abuse, a court hears.
Carer guilty of murdering MS father
A carer who said she suffocated her 67-year-old father with a plastic bag because of his “intolerable” multiple sclerosis is found guilty of murder.
VIDEO: People-trafficking hits record high
New figures show the number of prosecutions for people-trafficking offences in England and Wales has reached a record level.
VIDEO: Action needed to stop teachers leaving UK
Urgent action is needed to avoid a ‘brain drain’ of teachers from Britain to other countries.
VIDEO: Bill Turnbull says goodbye to BBC Breakfast
BBC Breakfast News presenter, Bill Turnbull, is leaving the programme after 15 years.
VIDEO: Why I moved to Dubai to teach
The chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, says the growing number of teachers heading overseas is worsening teacher shortages in England.
Scotland’s biggest game ever – Nicol
Former Scotland captain Andy Nicol believes the country’s rugby credibility is on the line in the Six Nations game against Italy.
Rashford debut ‘did not worry’ Van Gaal
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he had to start Marcus Rashford against FC Midtjylland but was “confident” in him.
Man murdered in Belfast gun attack
A murder investigation is launched after a 28-year-old man dies following a shooting at a house in south Belfast.
Operation Elveden corruption probe ends
The Metropolitan Police investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials by journalists ends after nearly six years.
Woman charged with kidnapping baby
A woman is charged with kidnap after a nine-week-old boy was reported missing from his home in Telford.
Halfway mark passed in 24-year photo project
Halfway mark passed in 24-year photo project
Is university free speech under threat?
Is free speech at universities under threat?
VIDEO: Behind the seamstress’ scenes on Mad Max
Behind the seamstress’ scenes on Mad Max
Bill Turnbull on leaving BBC Breakfast
Bill Turnbull looks back on 15 years on the sofa
Quiz of the week’s news
Which country splashed out thousands on an unused toilet?
Adele: The full story
How did Adele get to where she is?
Fan to name daughter after striker Vardy
A Leicester City fan convinces his partner to name their unborn daughter after Foxes striker Jamie Vardy.
Australia, UK battle for ‘burping Ashes’
An Australian and an Englishman are literally shaking walls as they vie to produce the world’s loudest burp.
Offer end-of-life choices, report says
An estimated 48,000 people who died last year in England experienced poor care when dying, says a report from seven charities.
Hospitals in East face £441m deficit
The deficit facing hospitals in the east of England has increased by 70% in a year to £441m, the BBC can reveal.
Moira Anderson remains search narrowed
Forensic experts narrow the search area for the remains of schoolgirl Moira Anderson who disappeared in North Lanarkshire nearly 60 years ago
Trafficking prosecutions ‘on the rise’
Prosecutors from across the UK sign up to new commitments to tackle human trafficking as figures suggest prosecutions are rising.
‘Holy Grail’ Beatles record left in loft
An extremely rare and valuable Beatles record that was found languishing in a loft is to be auctioned next month.
Neurological patient care ‘lacking’
An MPs’ report says health services for people with neurological conditions in England are patchy and poorly co-ordinated.
VIDEO: ‘No one will believe you – I’m king Jimmy’
Kevin Cook, who says he was sexually abused by Jimmy Savile when he was nine years old, describes his ”awful” encounter with the disgraced BBC presenter.
Blackburn BBC row and migrant ‘con’
The BBC’s decision to “part company” with veteran broadcaster Tony Blackburn, as well as the latest immigration figures, dominate Friday’s newspaper front pages.
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Fiorentina (agg 4-1)
Tottenham reach the Europa League last 16 as they comfortably beat Italian side Fiorentina at White Hart Lane.
Manchester United 5-1 FC Midtjylland (agg 6-3)
Teenager Marcus Rashford scores twice on his debut as Manchester United thrash FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.
Key day for Fifa as election looms
Five candidates will battle to replace Sepp Blatter as president of football’s world governing body Fifa on Friday.
Ex-Tory leader Howard backs EU exit
Former Conservative leader Michael Howard says he is backing a UK exit from the EU, saying David Cameron’s negotiations have “met with failure”.
Runway delay ‘holding up whole country’
Delaying a decision on expanding Heathrow or Gatwick is holding up better road and rail links to airports across the country, MPs have warned.
Australia appeal for UK murder suspect
A British fugitive wanted over two murders in Liverpool may be living in Australia, Federal Police say.
Warning over ‘teacher brain drain’
Ofsted’s chief inspector warns thousands of teachers are being lured to work in schools abroad while England is gripped by a recruitment crisis.
VIDEO: Automatic refunds for c2c train delays
Commuters can now get automatic refunds if their train journeys are delayed by more than two minutes when travelling on c2c trains.
Liverpool 1-0 FC Augsburg (agg. 1-0)
Liverpool warm up for the League Cup final on Sunday by reaching the Europa League last 16 with a tense win over Augsburg.
WW2 grenade found in bag of toys
A World War Two grenade found in a bag of toys leads to the evacuation of a Newport charity shop.
VIDEO: Virgin train photobombs Flying Scotsman
A man who waited hours to see the Flying Scotsman only for it be obscured by a Virgin train travelling in the opposite direction is offered a free flight and an apology from Richard Branson.
Government drops £21m tagging contract
The government terminates a contract to develop a GPS tracking system for offenders, having already spent £21m on the project.
VIDEO: ‘It’s been a traumatic journey’
A woman who was sexually assaulted by Jimmy Savile on BBC premises criticises the long-awaited Dame Janet Smith report “falls short”, saying it has “been a traumatic journey”.
Labour ‘to keep police commissioners’
A Labour government would keep police and crime commissioners and make them “more accountable”, Jeremy Corbyn says.
Rise in number of new homes built
There have been sharp increases in the number of new homes being started and finished in England compared to a year ago, according to new figures.
Frampton and Quigg in dressing room row
A row over who gets the best dressing room threatens to derail Saturday’s fight between Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton.
Sexton fair target for England – Jones
Ireland’s Johnny Sexton will be a legitimate target during Saturday’s Six Nations match, says England coach Eddie Jones.
Reforms trump new Fifa president – Dyke
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says approving Fifa’s reforms package is more important than electing a new leader.
Army sergeant jailed for sex attacks
An army recruitment sergeant is jailed for 11 and a half years for sexually assaulting young female cadets at Mitcham Barracks in south London.
Mansion grounds body identity confirmed
The identity of a body found more than a month ago in the grounds of an Edinburgh mansion is confirmed as a 36-year-old woman from London.
TV probe care home abusers jailed
Three care workers are jailed for “despicably” assaulting an elderly woman in a care home, following an investigation by the BBC’s Panorama programme.
‘No intoxicants’ in Viola Beach driver
There was no trace of alcohol or drugs in the blood of the driver of the car carrying the band Viola Beach and their manager, Swedish police say.
BBC has hung me out to dry – Blackburn
Tony Blackburn claims the BBC “hung me out to dry” over the Savile inquiry, as he prepares to sue the corporation after parting company following nearly 50 years on air.
AUDIO: Girls call 999 as mum unconscious in car
Two sisters have to call 999 after their mother passes out while driving
Rough sleeping up by 30% in a year
The number of people sleeping rough in England increased by 30% in a year, new figures show.
Omagh bomb accused in court in town
A man accused of murdering 29 people in the Real IRA bomb attack in Omagh in 1998 is appearing in court in the County Tyrone town for the first time.
Visser returns for Scotland v Italy
Wing Tim Visser replaces Sean Lamont in the only change to the Scotland team for their Six Nations match in Italy.
Itoje handed first England start
Saracens forward Maro Itoje will play at lock for England in Saturday’s Six Nations game against Ireland at Twickenham.
‘Fake Sheikh’ denies misleading court
An undercover reporter known as the “Fake Sheikh” denies he misled a court during the collapsed drugs trial of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos.
Flying Scotsman in London-York run
One of the world’s most famous locomotives, the Flying Scotsman, sets off on its official return to the tracks.
Player’s girlfriend messaged ‘victim’
The girlfriend of England footballer Adam Johnson messaged the 15-year-old girl he kissed to wish her “happy birthday”, a court hears.
Alton Towers owner faces prosecution
The owner of Alton Towers is to be prosecuted over the Smiler rollercoaster crash which left five people seriously injured last year.
BBC staff ‘knew of Savile complaints’
BBC staff knew of complaints of abuse against DJ Jimmy Savile, but senior management were not told because of a culture of fear that still exists, an inquiry says.
Irish election: Will voters ‘keep the recovery going’?
Irish voters hit by austerity face difficult choice
VIDEO: 1D: Brits award ‘like getting back on bike’
Liam Payne from One Direction says that the Brit Awards had brought the group “the best times” over the years.
VIDEO: ‘Finest’ dive bomber pilot turns 100
A World War Two veteran, described by historians as Britain’s finest dive bomber pilot, is celebrating his 100th birthday.
VIDEO: Flying Scotsman races along the tracks
One of the world’s most famous locomotives has set off on a journey from London King’s Cross to York.
EU in crisis talks over migrant limits
Ministers from EU and Balkan nations are meeting to try to heal divisions over a migrant crisis that could threaten the bloc’s survival.
Britain’s Konta beaten in Acapulco
British number one Johanna Konta loses to Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.
‘Nobody comes close to way I live’
Scott Quigg says he owes everything to his parents’ courageous decision to let him drop out of school and follow his dream.
Man City changes justified – Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City’s 3-1 Champions League win at Dynamo Kiev vindicated his decision to rest players in the FA Cup.
Lloyds profits fall on PPI claims
Lloyds Banking Group has reported a 7% fall in annual pre-tax profits to £1.6bn compared with £1.8bn a year earlier.
Annual UK net migration is 323,000
Estimated net migration to the UK was 323,000 in the year to September 2015, figures published by the Office for National Statistics show.
BT told to open cable network to rivals
Communications watchdog Ofcom has said BT must open up its cable network, allowing competition to improve internet connection for homes and businesses.
Nobody knows what the EU will become
Nobody knows what the EU will become
Life after oil: can Aberdeen rise again?
Can Aberdeen rise again?
Is enough being spent on the NHS?
Is enough being spent on the health service?
Tory MSP backs leaving European Union
Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell becomes the first Holyrood politician to speak publicly in favour of the UK leaving the European Union.
Inside the topless sisterhood
An ex-showgirl considers the case for bare breasts on stage
Brits 2016: The real winners and losers
The best and worst of the Brit awards
How to hack the average home
How hackable is an ordinary home with wi-fi?
The man who taught Prince Philip to think
The man who taught Prince Philip to think
Ex-foreign secretary Owen backs EU exit
Former Labour foreign secretary Lord Owen calls for the UK to leave the EU, saying remaining in the union is “the more dangerous option for British security”.
Over 2,000 drivers ‘exceeded 100mph’
More than 2,000 motorists in the UK were caught by police speeding at more than 100mph in the last year, the BBC learns.
London pupils ‘behind global rivals’
London’s schools are falling behind many global competitors, according to an analysis of international tests.
Legal highs ‘could overwhelm prison’
A prison’s problems with new psychoactive substances have led to high levels of debt and violence, a report reveals.
Blackburn ‘sacked’ over Savile review
DJ Tony Blackburn says he has been sacked by the BBC after a disagreement about his evidence to the corporation’s inquiry into Jimmy Savile.
EU battle lines drawn over migration
Disputes over the controls at UK borders make several front pages along with coverage of Adele’s success at the Brit awards.
Changes have little effect – Hamilton
World champion Lewis Hamilton says proposed changes to Formula 1’s qualifying format will not have much effect.
Dynamo Kiev 1-3 Manchester City
Manchester City take command of their Champions League last-16 tie against Dynamo Kiev with a first-leg win in Ukraine.
Arrest after restaurant hostage standoff
A man has been arrested after a woman was taken hostage, apparently at knifepoint, at a restaurant near Leicester Square in London’s West End.
Brits: Adele wins four awards
Adele dominates the 2016 Brit Awards, taking home four trophies including best British female and album of the year.
VIDEO: Rotherham victim: ‘My life starts now’
One of the victims of Rotherham child sex abuser Arshid Hussain has spoken of her relief after he was found guilty.
Tax authority HMRC gets new bosses
John Thompson moves from the Ministry of Defence to become the new HMRC chief executive and Edward Troup becomes its executive chair.