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Monday 4th May 2015


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Girl, 4, seriously hurt in car crash

A girl suffers a serious head injury and a woman suffers a leg fracture when a car hits four pedestrians.

Heads warn of Trojan Horse threats

Head teachers warn intimidation is still continuing after the so-called Trojan Horse scandal, including dead animals being left in playgrounds.

Thousands run Birmingham 10K race

Some 6,500 people take part in a new 10km race through Birmingham, with thousands more lining the route.

Woman rescued from flooded ford

A woman is rescued after her car became stuck in a flooded ford near Wolverhampton.

CCTV of fan-attack suspect released

Police investigating an attack on a Watford football fan in Wolverhampton release a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to.

Waste targeted in arson attack

Firefighters tackle a suspected arson attack at a disused factory on the Staffordshire / West Midlands border.

150-mile walk in partner's memory

A Birmingham man raises £7,000 after completing a 150-mile (240km) walk in memory of his partner.

Men bailed over derby disorder

Seven men arrested in connection with disorder at a Birmingham City match against local rivals Wolves are released on bail.

Live BBC World News

Two die at US Prophet cartoon contest

Two gunmen are shot dead in a Dallas suburb after they opened fire outside a contest for cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, US police say.

Taiwan and China in high-level talks

The head of Taiwan's ruling party meets Chinese President Xi Jinping, the highest level-talks between the two sides in six years.

Freed women tell of Boko Haram horror

Former hostages held by Boko Haram in Nigeria say some fellow captives were stoned to death by the militants, as the army arrived to rescue them.

Clashes in Tel Aviv 'racism' protest

Dozens of police and protesters are injured in clashes as a protest by Ethiopian Israelis against alleged police brutality turns violent in Tel Aviv.

Police defend Bali Nine actions

Australian police defend their 2005 decision to report the Bali Nine drug gang to Indonesia, after the two ringleaders were executed.

Facebook opens Internet.org amid row

Facebook is to allow more organisations to join its free mobile data scheme, but net neutrality campaigners remain opposed.

Baltimore lifts post-riot curfew

National Guard troops begin leaving Baltimore and a curfew is lifted, as tension subsides following rioting over the custody death of a black man.

Le Pen's party to decide his fate

France's former National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen will hear if he is to lose his post of honorary president after a series of inflammatory remarks.

BBC Sports News

Graves 'gave West Indies team talk'

ECB chairman-elect Colin Graves calling West Indies mediocre before the Test series was "not ideal", says England captain Alastair Cook.

Why Chelsea won the league - Shearer

MOTD2 pundit Alan Shearer looks at the reasons why Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side won the title race by such a large margin.

'England punished for playing safe'

Peter Moores' selection errors are partly to blame for England's failure to beat West Indies, says Jonathan Agnew.

Man City 'must forget Wembley final'

Manchester City Women face Chelsea in Monday's FA Women's Cup semi-final with the winners playing Notts County in the first Wembley final.

Strauss set for ECB director role

Andrew Strauss looks set to be confirmed as the new director of English cricket with Michael Vaughan out of the running.

Buffon savours 'extraordinary' year

Juventus have had an "extraordinary" season, says captain Gianluigi Buffon in a wide-ranging BBC Sport interview.

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1. Heading off on holiday? Don't mention it on Facebook, or you risk having your insurance claims rejected. People who post news or photos of their holiday on social media could have their claims thrown out if they are burgled. The Financial Ombudsman is warning that the public may be unaware that insurers may check their social media account. Daily Mail

2. Ukrainian-born Len Blavatnik, owner of Warner Music Group, has topped the Sunday Times Rich List with a £13.17bn fortune. Jumping from fourth last year, Mr Blavatnik is now estimated to be the richest person in the UK – despite being an American citizen.

3. Porsches and Bentleys, which – despite their hefty price tags – are the world’s least reliable cars, according to What Car? magazine’s annual survey. They’re also among the most expensive to fix. Japanese manufacturers dominate the top of the list for reliability chart. Hondas retained their title as the cars least likely to break down. Daily Telegraph

4. More women became nuns last year in the UK than in any year since 1990, the Catholic Church in England and Wales says. In 2009, just 15 women took the holy vows – but last year there were 45. A majority of 27 chose to become ‘active’ religious sisters, taking up a ministry outside of their convent. Daily Mail

5. Exercise is not the key to tackling the obesity epidemic say scientists, who have accused food companies of implying that physical activity can counteract an unhealthy diet. Writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine the experts said exercise was beneficial to health but the only way to lose weight was to "eat less". Daily Express

6. Three members of the same Norwegian family all separately won the country's national lottery. Leif Oksnes won £900,000 in 2006, his daughter Hege Jeanette won £880,000 in 2009 and in 2012 his son Tord scooped £1.3m. Metro

7. Short-sightedness has doubled in half a century with experts blaming children’s increasingly indoor lifestyles and use of computers. New research shows that 23% of British 12 and 13-year-olds have myopia, compared to just 10% in the 1960s. The Times

8. Controversial payday lender Wonga made a loss of £37.3m in 2014, down from a £39.7m profit the previous year. New regulations have led to falling loans, rising costs and a cap on interest rates for payday lenders. The Guardian

9. Singer Ed Sheeran has hit a new record on Spotify - becoming the first British artist to reach two billion streams in the site’s history. Only one other artist - U.S. rapper Eminem - has previously achieved the feat. The star, 24, who is currently on a world tour, already claimed the record as the most-streamed Spotify artist of 2014. He has notched up a new milestone after the release of just two albums. Daily Mail

10. Alastair Cook is England's second highest Test runs scorer with 8494, closing in on Graham Gooch's 8900. Current England player Ian Bell has 7310 runs. BBC

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Tax disc confusion 'costs millions'

The AA estimates motorists are losing out to the tune of almost £40m because of the way the new tax disc system works, although the DVLA disputes the figures.

VIDEO: When is a late train really late?

Tony Miles from Modern Railway Magazine explains how train companies decide when a train is late and why some trains cannot run on time.

VIDEO: 'No such thing as a healthy tan'

Doctors warn that Britain's unpredictable weather could mean people are not protecting themselves against the sun and should regularly check for signs of skin cancer.

VIDEO: The candidates who know they will win

A shortage in councillors means there will be an increase in the number of candidates elected without competition in local elections on 7 May.

VIDEO: Baltacha's legacy thrives in Ipswich

Nearly a year on from former British number one Elena Baltacha's death, BBC Look East's James Burridge visits her tennis academy in Ipswich.

VIDEO: Adding drama to election night

Playwright James Graham talks about The Vote, a real-time play for theatre and TV that takes place in the last 90 minutes before polls close on election night.

VIDEO: What a parent-carer feels about voting

Warrington resident Moira Cash cares for her son Fraser, who has cerebral palsy. She explains how little support she receives from the NHS in providing him with 24-hour care.

VIDEO: Drone detector to safeguard planes

New radar technology will enable drones to be detected more easily

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