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Poorly performing teachers in Wales can take too long to sack, a BBC investigation finds.
With 100 days to go before the World Cup begins in Brazil and the clock ticking, Tim Vickery looks at issues affecting the hosts.
As people in Scotland prepare to decide whether or not they want independence by leaving the United Kingdom, Julie Peacock reports on some of the issues concerning Scots - including the status of their country on the sporting field.
Mother-of-three Lynne Keeble describes how she was forced to give up her job because of the cost of childcare.
Construction begins on Tuesday at the site of a performing arts training centre in Bangor.
Three universities which research brain tumours are named as centres of excellence and will each receive £1m a year.
The crisis in Ukraine continues to dominate the front pages, as some papers report that Russia is threatening "all-out war" and others examine the economic fallout.
Fraudsters are stealing as much as £7m a year from people in the UK booking holidays, a report by police suggests.
A US federal court rejects BP's efforts to halt payments to businesses relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, leaving the firm with potentially billions more in liabilities.
A UN court bans Australia from using documents that it seized from a lawyer representing East Timor in a commercial spying case.
The story of Ted Heath and Jeremy Thorpe's doomed deal
Dr Who director and Top of the Pops disc spinner
The people who are desperate to switch their postcode
Rubbish collectors in Rio de Janeiro reach an agreement to end to a three-day strike that has disrupted the world-famous carnival celebrations.
Council tax in England will be increased by an average 0.6% this year, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy says.
Anger may trigger a heart attack or stroke, with a "danger window" of about two hours following an outburst, say researchers.
Nearly one in five patients in England admits they have misused A&E at some point, a survey suggests.
Scientists say it is unlikely that any fish can survive in the oceans deeper than about 8,200m.
An ancient virus has been brought back to life after lying dormant for 30,000 years in the Siberian permafrost, scientists say.
Jamaican capital 'no safer' after drug don's arrest