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Israeli forces in Hebron   Straw defends arms sales change
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw defends changes to UK arms sales rules to allow the export of parts for US-built fighter planes destined for Israel.
Prisoner behind bars Judge urges life sentence shake-up
England and Wales' top judge calls for changes in the way murderers are sentenced - including possible ending of automatic life terms.
A nurse helps an elderly woman in a care home Care home red-tape 'wrecking lives'
The lives of old and frail people are being "destroyed" by the burden of bureaucracy loaded on care homes by the government, Tories claim.
EU must expand, Straw warns
Debate on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy must not dilute support for EU enlargement, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw will warn.
Hain turns fire on Greens
Members of the Green movement are stuck in a "timewarp" over the EU and the single currency, Europe Minister Peter Hain will allege.
Blair's right-hand men under the spotlight
Tony Blair is being urged to make his top political aides give evidence before an inquiry into government special advisers.
Schools' budgets may be frozen
Some schools in England can expect to have no extra money for a time under new government proposals to reform the funding system.
Margaret Cook blasts 'NHS meddling'
Margaret Cook, ex-wife of Labour's Robin Cook, quits as a hospital consultant, blaming the government's handling of NHS reform.
Political donation rules 'being broken'
The Liberal Democrats call for tougher measures to prevent companies profiting out of sponsoring government departments.
Blunkett to review police reforms
Reforms which would give ministers the power to take action against failing police forces are set to be reviewed by the Home Secretary.
Church debates links with state
The Queen and the prime minister's right to appoint bishops is being challenged by the Church of England's governing body.
Comic defends euro Hitler spoof
Comedian Rik Mayall defends his decision to play the part of Hitler in an anti-euro advert - and gives his reasons for opposing the single currency.
UK backs hardline approach on fraud
Fining or imprisoning company executives who commit fraud is "the right approach", says the UK's Trade & Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt.
NORTHERN IRELAND POLITICS
Dissidents 'threaten assassinations'
Leading Northern Ireland politicians are being warned that dissident republicans are planning killings and bombings.
First NI transport strategy unveiled
The transport system in Northern Ireland is to receive an investment of £3.5billion over the next decade.
'No half-way house' for paramilitaries
A UUP delegation presses the prime minister to take action against paramilitary activity at a meeting in London.
SCOTTISH POLITICS
National park 'goes live'
The first national park in Scotland is set to be legally "born" - less than two weeks before it becomes fully operational.
Fresh bid to combat bigotry
A Scottish politician launches a fresh attempt to tackle sectarianism north of the border after losing patience with the parliamentary process.
Judge rejects hunt argument
Lord Nimmo Smith says he will hear a petition which claims the law to ban foxhunting in Scotland breaches human rights.
WELSH POLITICS
Study says voting 'should change'
An inquiry into how council elections are run concludes that the current first-past-the-post system should be ditched in favour of PR.
Valleys 'vision' could save communities
A major study of the future of valleys communities in Wales is being launched in Westminster.
Hannan's Call to Order
Spin may be a thing of the past but Patrick Hannan has another bone to pick with politicians - too many clichés.
NEWS IN BRIEF
North 'will benefit from funding shake-up'
A number of north of England authorities will benefit from proposed changes to the grant allocation system, it is claimed.
Misconduct inquiries 'should be independent'
New cabinet secretary Sir Andrew Turnbull has indicated backing for independent investigations of ministerial misconduct in future.
Independent peers demand greater say
Cross-benchers demand a greater presence on the committee that will help decide the future shape and composition of the House of Lords.
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