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Sunday 5th July 2015

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BBC news for West Midlands

Memorials plan for UK terror victims

The government is to fund a memorial to victims of the beach attacks in Tunisia, who include three members of the same Black Country family. A second memorial will honour Britons killed in other terror attacks overseas.

Factory gutted in late-night blaze

More than 30 firefighters tackle a "severe fire" which has destroyed most of a factory at an industrial estate in West Bromwich.

Two police officers hurt in crash

A police officer is freed by fire crews and taken to hospital and another officer is also hurt when their marked car is in collision with another car during a call out.

Trains resume after line fault

Rail services between Birmingham New Street and Lichfield resume after being cancelled for most of Saturday because of a fault with an overhead power line.

Errol Flynn love letters auctioned

Love letters written by 1930s Hollywood actor Errol Flynn to a woman in Herefordshire are sold for £1,000 at an auction in Stourbridge.

Bears open up four-point gap at top

Birmingham Bears win for the second time in 24 hours to open up a four-point lead at the top of T20 Blast North Group.

Woffinden extends Championship lead

Tai Woffinden stretches his World Championship lead to 12 points despite finishing fourth at the British Grand Prix.

McCullum's 158 sets T20 Blast record

Brendon McCullum hits 158 not out off 64 balls for Birmingham Bears against Derbyshire, the highest ever score in the T20 Blast.

Live BBC World News

Polls close in Greek bailout vote

Polls close in a Greek referendum on the terms of an international bailout, a vote that may decide the country's future in Europe.

Blatter blames politics for Qatar vote

French and German presidents applied pressure prior to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, says Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Boko Haram attack caps bloody week

Boko Haram militants are blamed for a suicide bomb attack in a Nigerian church at the end of a week in which more than 200 people were killed.

Iran deal 'possible this week'

A deal with Iran on its contentious nuclear programme is possible this week, US Secretary of State John Kerry says at talks in Vienna.

Clinton accuses China of hacking US

US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking US computers and stealing commercial secrets and government information.

Pope starts Latin American visit

Pope Francis is travelling to Ecuador as part of his second trip to South America since becoming pontiff in 2013.

Fidel Castro makes rare appearance

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro makes a rare public appearance at a meeting with cheese experts near Havana.

US actress Diana Douglas dies at 92

US actress and model Diana Douglas, the first wife of actor Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, has died aged 92, her family says.

BBC Sports News

Hamilton wins thrilling British GP

Lewis Hamilton battled through a bad start and late-race rain to win an action-packed British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Murray Q&A - Karlovic & lookalikes

In his latest BBC Sport column, Andy Murray answers questions on Wimbledon, cats versus dogs and his film star lookalikes.

GB eight beat Germany at Henley

Great Britain's men's eight beat Germany in the final of the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

GB secure third place in Belgium

Great Britain secured a third-place finish in the World League tournament in Belgium with a 5-1 win over Asian champions India.

Castleford 34-20 Widnes

Denny Solomona scores a hat-trick as Castleford boost their top-four bid and dent Widnes' top-eight hopes.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week

1. The value of the world's top 100 firms has been placed at a colossal $16.2tn. The world's biggest companies have gone from strength to strength since the financial crisis, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Global Top 100 study. They were valued at an already impressive $8.4tn in 2009 but they have almost doubled in value in the last six years. International Business Times

2. The UK can afford to live with high debt forever, says the IMF. Economists from the organisation say high debt may be the "optimal policy" for countries such as the UK, Germany and the US. Britain's debt share currently stands at 80.4% of gross domestic product. The Times

3. Homework could be abolished at a leading independent school to save pupils from depression. As part of a bid to stem an “epidemic” of teenage mental illness, Cheltenham Ladies’ College is considering getting rid of the “Victorian” practice of homework. From September, pupils will attend weekly meditation classes and be given twice as long to walk between lessons. Daily Mail

4. In 2012, prior to the Olympics, athlete Mo Farah became the first person to win the TV gameshow The Cube. He donated the £250,000 prize to his charity - the Mo Farah Foundation. Evening Standard

5. UK acts account for one in seven of all albums sold around the world, according to new figures.
The success of the likes of Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran saw British albums and singles generate around £1.8bn in sales last year. UK music accounted for 12% of album sales in the U.S., 15% in Canada and around 20% in Australia and Italy. Daily Telegraph

6. Consumers across the UK collectively spent more than £19,000 every second using their cards last year. A record £600.3 billion was spent domestically and overseas using UK-issued debit, credit and charge cards, marking an 8.2% increase on the previous year, the UK Cards Association said. The Guardian

7. On average three people die in the UK each year from lightning strikes. Up to 60 more get struck and survive, but it's estimated that more than three-quarters of them suffer some form of permanent disability. BBC

8. Facebook is the second most visited site in the world after Google. It boasts 1.23 billion active members every month – roughly one sixth of the human population. Metro

9. Shop prices fell for the 25th month in a row in May, new figures have revealed. The BRC-Nielsen shop price index showed year-on-year deflation at 1.9%, the same as in April, meaning the run of falling prices has now lasted more than two years. Food prices were 0.9% down while in non-food the fall was 2.5%, both the same rate as in the previous month. Daily Mail

10. In the Large Hadron Collider, protons travel at 671 million mph - 99.99% the speed of light - and complete 11,245 laps of the 17-mile circular tunnel every second. Huffington Post

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Royal family arrives for christening

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham for the christening of their daughter, Princess Charlotte.

VIDEO: Forth Bridge is World Heritage Site

One of Scotland's most famous landmarks, the Forth Bridge, has been given World Heritage Site status by Unesco.

VIDEO: Syria family urged to come home

A relative of a family from Luton who are believed to have joined militants known as Islamic State in Syria urges them to return home.

VIDEO: 999 crews 'feared further blasts'

Dr Gareth Davies helped co-ordinate the 7/7 response at Aldgate and says emergency crews feared further explosions as they helped the injured

VIDEO: The science behind the pollen count

The pollen count is an important part of the weather forecast for the estimated 31 million people who suffer from hayfever.

VIDEO: Families' upset as Syria girls 'marry'

Two of the three east London school girls who disappeared to Syria are said to have married two men in their 20s.

VIDEO: Sea horses: Household Cavalry at beach

Every year the soldiers and horses of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment leave London for summer training in Norfolk.

VIDEO: Electrical storms wake up UK

Fierce electrical storms hit much of the UK overnight with many witnessing spectacular lightning displays.

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