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Every school in the Western Isles and Shetland will be closed to pupils on Friday because of the expected arrival of Storm Abigail.
The Bronte Society has won a lottery grant to purchase an unpublished works by Charlotte Bronte, which were discovered inside a rare book belonging to her mother.
Shares in Apple rise following reports the tech company will release a payment app allowing users to send each other money over their phones.
Global investment portfolios could be hit hard amid changes in short-term market sentiments, triggered by climate impact concerns.
Facebook releases an app for iPhone owners called Notify that gathers news and entertainment stories into one regularly updated feed.
Kurdish forces have launched what they say is a major offensive to drive militants of so-called Islamic State out of the town of Sinjar, in the north-west of Iraq.
Russia's athletics federation plans to admit to some of the charges made against it by the World Anti-Doping Agency commission.
The Football League is to be renamed the "English Football League" from the end of the 2015-16 season.
The government refuses to confirm or deny reports that George Osborne wants the Treasury, not the Ministry of Defence, to oversee Trident renewal.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is asked to explain his recent comments on doping to the Football Association.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started a three-day visit to the UK.
Catalan pro-independence leaders are on a collision course with Madrid amid political uncertainty, the BBC's Tom Burridge reports.
Aravindan Balakrishnan, the leader of a communist cult has gone on trial.
England coach Steve McNamara believes a series win over New Zealand could inspire his side to 2016 Four Nations success.
Protests against racial injustice spread beyond the University of Missouri as students at least two other US campuses have walked out of classes.