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Minister's plea for charity ice

Both sides of the referendum debate have embraced the ice bucket challenge

Supermarkets profiting from increased sales of ice during the ice bucket challenge craze should donate their proceeds to charity, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said.

RBS fined £14m over mortgage advice

State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland was today fined £14.5 million after the City regulator found "serious failings" in its advice to mortgage customers.

Ebola has upper hand says US expert

Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, an American expert has said.

Civil partnership conversion plea

Laws enabling same-sex marriage in England and Wales were passed last year

A couple campaigning for a change to the rules governing the conversion of civil partnerships into full marriages are presenting a petition to the minister responsible for equal marriage today.

Downsized Nato 'can't fight Russia'

General Sir Richard Shirreff says Nato cannot defend itself against Russian adventurism because of military downsizing

Western Europe would not be able to defend itself against Russian intervention because of the progressive dismantling of military capability, one of Britain's most senior generals has warned.

Darling and Brown reunite to say No

Postal votes are starting to arrive in households across Scotland

Alistair Darling will be reunited with former prime minister Gordon Brown today as the two men join forces to campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom.

TNT ad banned over post claims

A TNT Post spokeswoman said the firm will "comply with the request for greater clarity in the future"

An ad in which TNT Post compared itself to Royal Mail has been banned for implying that it offered the same service and similar prices as its competitor.

New kitemark for financial apps

Barclays' Pingit app is among the first to get a new BSI kitemark

A new kitemark to help people identify apps and websites that they can trust with their personal and financial details has been launched.

Green Deal advert 'misleading'

An advertorial included claims regarding the savings that could be made following green home improvements

An advert for the Government's Green Deal misled householders by implying that energy savings were guaranteed under the scheme, the advertising watchdog has ruled.

Fresh search for IRA victim's body

Kieran Megraw is hopeful his brother Brendan's remains will be found

The brother of a newly-wed murdered and secretly buried by the IRA has expressed hope of finally finding his body ahead of fresh searches commencing in remote bogland in the Irish Republic today.

Committee to discuss clerk furore

Committee chairman Bernard Jenkin confirmed a meeting will be held to decide whether to hold a pre-appointment hearing

An influential committee of MPs will meet next week to discuss whether to call in the Speaker's recommended candidate for the post of Commons clerk to answer questions.

PCC urged to quit over abuse report

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright is facing calls to quit

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is facing increasing pressure to resign after a shocking report found 1,400 youngsters in a town suffered sexual exploitation in a 16-year period.

Ebola Briton gets experimental drug

Doctors will continue to monitor the effects of an experimental drug on Britain's first confirmed Ebola patient, with the next few days described as "crucial".

Assessments for overseas nurses

Nurses and midwives who completed their training outside Europe are to face new assessments of their eligibility to work in the UK, it was announced today.

Cash diverted to fund school places

A squeeze on school places has been fuelled in part by a rising birth rate and changes in local populations

Councils have been forced to cut back on school repairs, building projects and to borrow money to plug a £1 billion black hole in funding for school places, it has been claimed.

Warning over child heart defects

Nearly 400 children a year will not get the chance to have their first day at school because they die young from heart defects, a charity has warned.

Blair welcomes Gaza ceasefire

Tony Blair congratulated the Egyptian government on its successful negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian factions

Former prime minister Tony Blair has welcomed the announcement of an open-ended ceasefire in Gaza but expressed regret at the "tragic" loss of so many innocent lives.