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Saturday 1st August 2015


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BBC news for West Midlands

Silence for Tunisia death footballer

A minute's silence is held for a former Birmingham City footballer killed in the Tunisia terror attack.

Charity award for former Asbo man

One of the first people to be given a life ban from Birmingham city centre for anti-social behaviour is given an award for his charity work.

What to do now the cricket is over

England have stormed to victory in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston, but with play having finished in just three days, where can cricket fans in Birmingham go now?

Driver admits 42-mile crash car ride

A man who drove a severely damaged car for 42 miles at speeds of up to 90 mph (145 km/h) pleads guilty to dangerous driving.

Charity investigated over accounts

A trust which runs a school, library, mosque and community centre in Birmingham is being investigated by the Charity Commission.

Owl collection moves to Midlands

A conservation charity, which says it has the world's largest collection of owls, is moving to the Midlands.

Officer fired over 'cannabis use'

A Birmingham police officer is dismissed without notice after a public misconduct hearing found it "probable" he smoked cannabis on duty.

Ill man photos 'robbery bid men'

A man manages to take pictures of two suspects who allegedly tried to steal his camera, despite suffering a heart attack.

Live BBC World News

Iraqi Kurds issue warning to PKK

Iraqi Kurdish authorities urge Turkish Kurd separatist forces to leave civilian areas, as Turkey continues its air strikes.

IAAF files show 'extent of cheating'

Anti-doping data, leaked to the Sunday Times and seen by the BBC, shows an "extraordinary extent of cheating" in elite athletics.

Outburst mars Bobbi Brown memorial

The Georgia memorial service for Bobbi Kristina Brown, only child of late singer Whitney Houston, is marred by an outburst from her aunt.

New Taliban leader calls for unity

The new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, calls for unity and says the group will continue fighting.

New US rights march starts in Selma

Civil rights campaigners in the US begin a 40-day march to highlight what they say is a fresh attack on equal rights for African Americans.

Snoop Dogg cash seized in Italy

Rap star Snoop Dogg is stopped by police at an Italian airport for carrying more cash than allowed, with half of his $422,000 seized.

Dozens die as rains lash SE Asia

As torrential rain continues, dozens die in eastern India and neighbouring Myanmar, where disaster zones have been declared.

Bitcoin chief arrested in Japan

The founder of MtGox - once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange - is arrested by Japanese police investigating losses of nearly $400m.

BBC Sports News

IAAF files show 'extent of cheating'

Anti-doping data, leaked to the Sunday Times and seen by the BBC, shows an "extraordinary extent of cheating" in elite athletics.

Chelsea Ladies 1-0 Notts County

Ji So-Yun scores the winner as Chelsea beat Notts County in the first Women's FA Cup final to be played at Wembley.

Storey wins Para-cycling road gold

Britain's Dame Sarah Storey wins her second gold at the Para-cycling Road World Championships after triumphing in the road race.

Daley reaches 10m platform final

Tom Daley qualifies for the 10m platform final at the World Aquatics Championships to secure a quota place for the Rio Olympics.

Adam Yates claims impressive win

Britain's Adam Yates claims the biggest win of his career at the Clasica San Sebastian one-day race.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week http://askten.co.uk


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: 'We saw massive ball of black smoke'

An eyewitness has described the moment a plane "disappeared" from view before crashing at CarFest in Cheshire.

VIDEO: Where is the wettest place in Scotland?

Some parts of Scotland have seen more rainfall this July than since records began.

VIDEO: Festival of Ian celebrates mischief

A new festival is under way in Glasgow celebrating the life of Ian Smith, who with his company Mischief La Bas, spent two decades gently poking fun at the public.

VIDEO: Southern Fried takes Perth to its roots

Perth is the unlikely destination for Southern Fried, a festival of American Roots music -- the sounds of the US southern states.

VIDEO: Cyclist who dragged toddler pleads guilty

A cyclist who knocked down a toddler and dragged her along a pavement has pleaded guilty to dangerous cycling.

VIDEO: Spectacular Wookey nooks revealed

A new cave which lies more than 80 metres beneath the Mendip Hills in Somerset has been opened up to the public for the first time.

VIDEO: 'I want to win it for the girls'

Kayaker Kathryn Smith has been competing for Team GB in the Special Olympics currently being held in Los Angeles.

VIDEO: 'Blue moon' as seen around the world

There has been a rare opportunity to witness a unique lunar event in the night sky; a so-called "blue moon".

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