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Wednesday 7th October 2015

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Goodyear to definitely shut factory

Tyre company Goodyear will definitely close its only UK manufacturing plant in Wolverhampton.

PC helps suspected lead thief after fall

A policeman carried out first aid on a suspected lead thief who fell after an incident at a historic building in Birmingham.

Police on Magaluf trip help catch killer

Two West Midlands Police officers sent to patrol the Spanish resort of Magaluf during the summer help catch an escaped killer.

Vast retail resort confirms opening day

Another huge shopping and leisure complex is to open in Birmingham later this month, just weeks after New Street Station's Grand Central.

Kitten lives in car engine for a week

A kitten survives being driven around in a car engine for a week.

Arrest over 'removal man' van theft

A "removal man" is arrested on suspicion of the theft of a van full of furniture and belongings.

Fans given chance to buy Archers farm

Fans of long-running radio soap opera The Archers can buy a stake in the farm that inspired the BBC Radio 4 drama which is recorded in Birmingham.

'Global treasure' Koran on display

Fragments of a Koran believed to be one of the oldest ever found go on public display in Birmingham.

Live BBC World News

VW expects recall to start in January

VW expects to start a recall of cars affected by its emissions scandal in January, the car giant's new chief executive, Matthias Mueller, has said.

Former UN head charged with corruption

US authorities charge a former UN General Assembly president with taking bribes from a Chinese billionaire in return for help gaining contracts.

Five held over Sydney police shooting

Five people are arrested in dawn raids in Sydney over the fatal shooting last week of police worker Curtis Cheng.

Russia airspace incursion 'no accident'

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Russia's violation of Turkish airspace over the weekend "does not look like an accident".

Afghan hospital strike 'a mistake'

The US commander of international forces in Afghanistan says an air strike on a hospital in the city of Kunduz that killed 22 people was a mistake.

Ukraine rebels 'delay disputed poll'

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine say they have agreed to postpone disputed elections until February - a key issue that has hindered the peace process.

EU offers Turkey aid in migrant plan

The EU is offering new incentives to Turkey - including financial aid and easing of visa restrictions - for help to solve the migrant crisis.

Burkina Faso coup leader charged

The general who led last month's short-lived coup in Burkina Faso is charged with crimes including threatening state security and murder.

BBC Sports News

Liverpool close to appointing Klopp

Liverpool are close to appointing former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp as their manager on a three-year deal.

Injured Stones to miss England games

John Stones will miss England's final two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania with a knee injury.

VIDEO: Giggs will be Man Utd boss - Beckham

Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham believes that assistant manager Ryan Giggs has what it takes to become Manchester United manager one day.

McIlroy considered European Tour exit

Rory McIlroy tells BBC Sport's Iain Carter he considered resigning from the European Tour to ease his busy schedule.

West Ham Ladies captain 'quits'

West Ham captain Stacey Little says she was "treated disgustingly" before quitting, but the club claim she was released.

Lancaster rues lack of experience

Coach Stuart Lancaster says England's inexperience was a factor in their early exit from the World Cup.

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

1. Hundreds of thousands of smokers across the country have signed up to 'Stoptober' in a bid to kick the habit. According to the latest research, those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free for good and going a month without lighting-up can even extend your life by up to a week. The Times

2. Parisians enjoy the shortest working week of any city-dwellers in the world at around 35 hours, according to a new study. This is the partly the result of laws brought in across France to encourage hiring that imposed this as the upper limit - and helps explain why fellow French city Lyon came in second in the list. Nine of the top ten are situated in the European Union, with Moscow the only exception in third place. People in Hong Kong work the most hours. The Guardian

3. More than half of teachers in England are thinking of quitting in the next two years, new research has suggested. The survey, conducted by the National Union of Teachers, found that 53% want to quit, and that 61% of those blamed workload, with 57% desiring a better work/life balance. Schools minister Nick Gibb has pledged to tackle excessive workloads. Daily Telegraph

4. If you want to have children, better check with the bank manager first – the average cost of raising a child to the age of 11 has jumped almost £3,500 in the past 12 months. It means parents spend about £87,000 – more than £650 a month – bringing up each child. Perhaps unsurprisingly, parents in London face far higher bills at £122,500, while Wales and West England enjoy the lowest costs at £76,600, according to research by Halifax. The Observer

5. Pensions are being increasingly targeted by fraudsters, in the wake of the new rules allowing people greater access to their retirement savings. The most common scams are: being contacted out of the blue with an offer of a free pension review, being pitched an investment with incredible returns, being presented with paperwork requiring an immediate signature, being advised to invest overseas, being advised to put all your money in one investment, and being approached by someone saying you can access your pension before the age of 55. All of these may be scams, The Pension Advisory Service warns. Daily Mail

6. The first UK womb transplants have been approved. In a landmark move, medics have been granted approval to carry out the UK's first 10 womb transplants, following the success of the procedure in Sweden. Statistics show that around one in 5,000 women are born without a womb, while others lose their womb to cancer. The Lancet

7. A tape of the Beatles performing in Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club in 1962 is to be auctioned for charity after a TV producer found it overlooked in a desk drawer. Johnnie Hamp sent a sound engineer to the club to record the track to dub onto a TV show which was never screened. The auction will be in Liverpool on 4 November. Metro

8. The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. The first untethered manned hot air balloon flight was performed by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozierand and François Laurent d'Arlandes on 21 November 1783 in Paris in a balloon created by the Montgolfier brothers. QI

9. The 5,000 ‘long-drop’ toilets, each costing £20,000, have been made deeper and wider at Glastonbury. Compost from one festival’s waste can be used to fertilise Worthy Farm for two years. Metro

10. Spectre, the title of the new James Bond film, stands for the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. TIME

The latest BBC Video News clips

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Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler tells Caroline Wyatt that the review will assess if there was a cover up by the Church.

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Take an aerial tour of Britain's canals by drone starting at the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and flying over the Grand Union, Kennet and Avon, and Llangollen canals.

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A British inventor has created a life-saving device to be used on water after seeing images of drowning migrants in the Mediterranean.

VIDEO: Air pollution - the 'invisible hazard'

Fergus Walsh examines the threat of air pollution to public health.

VIDEO: Changing the face of Harry Potter

Harry Potter's new illustrator Jim Kay explains how he came up with his versions of the world famous magical characters.

VIDEO: Boris's 'hooker' joke draws laughs

London Mayor Boris Johnson makes a joke comparing his policies to a rugby scrum, during his speech at the Conservative Party conference.

VIDEO: PM wants new crack down on truancy

Prime Minister David Cameron wants to crack down on truancy saying school attendance is "absolutely essential".

VIDEO: 'Lad culture: it stops here'

Student unions and a London campus rugby team are using social media to tackle 'lad culture'

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