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Each use case should provide some observable and valuable result to the actors or other stakeholders of the system. Note, that UML 2.0 to 2.4 specifications also described use case diagram as a specialization of a class diagram, and class diagram is a structure diagram. Use case diagrams are in fact twofold - they are both behavior diagrams, because they describe behavior of the system, and they are also structure diagrams - as a special case of class diagrams where classifiers are restricted to be either actors or use cases related to each other with associations.
[UML 2.5 FTF - Beta 1] moved use cases out of behavior modeling to UML supplementary concepts. So, it is an unfortunate quandary what kind of UML diagrams use case diagrams are.