Twenty secondary schools achieve the highest band rating eight less than last year, according to performance rankings.
The owners of the firm which supplied a "fake" sign language interpreter to the Mandela memorial event have vanished, a South African minister says.
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.
The body which sets MPs' salaries has confirmed that it plans to give them an 11% pay rise, from £66,396 now to £74,000 in 2015.
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych still intends to sign an EU deal, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says, as protests continue in Kiev.
Hundreds of primary schools in England fail to hit tougher literacy and numeracy targets brought in this year.
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No Scottish health board has met a new government target for all outpatients to receive their first appointment within 12 weeks of referral.
A drink driver who killed a friend in a fatal crash then tried to blame the victim is jailed for eight years.
The number of people participating in sport has rise by 1.5m since London won the 2012 Olympics, according to Sport England.
A seven-year-old boy from the Walsall area has died after contracting meningitis, the council says.
The BBC's Ben Ando speaks to patients and a pharmacy worker outside a doctor's surgery in Nottingham where maggots were found, as a report by the Care Quality Commission finds that one in three of more than 900 GP surgeries in England is failing to meet basic standards.
Calls to freephone numbers will be free from mobile phones as well as landlines, says the telecoms regulator, Ofcom.
Blockbuster, the DVD and games rental chain that went into administration in January, is to close down completely after failing to attract a buyer.
A grenade was thrown at a van carrying British tourists in Mombasa but failed to explode, Kenyan police say.
Meat meant for dog food is believed to have ended up in the human food chain in an "industrial-scale" fraud carried out in Northern Ireland, a government report has found.
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.
The sign language interpreter accused of using fake hand signals at Nelson Mandela's memorial has apologised if anyone was offended by his performance, saying he saw "angels" in the stadium.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's office hits back at ex-leader Olusegun Obasanjo for a "provocative" letter condemning his leadership.
Former England captain Alan Shearer says his brief spell at Newcastle in 2009 is likely to be his only stint in management.