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BBC News: Leaders grilled in election special
Friday 27th March 2015


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BBC news for West Midlands

'EDL plot' Tory replacement revealed

The replacement for Conservative election candidate Afzal Amin, who resigned from the party over claims he plotted with the English Defence League, is announced as Les Jones.

Hospital trust 'inadequate on safety'

Safety at a trust running two hospitals is rated as "inadequate" by a health watchdog.

Museum to display Tennis Girl dress

The white summer dress worn in the iconic 1970s Tennis Girl poster, which was photographed in Birmingham, will go on display at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

West Brom to wear Astle tribute kit

West Bromwich Albion will pay tribute to former striker Jeff Astle by wearing a replica 1968 FA Cup final kit against Leicester.

Father-of-two killed in Alps crash

A 50-year-old father-of-two from Wolverhampton is among the British victims of the Alps air crash.

'Trojan' school head is dismissed

The head teacher of a Birmingham school that was named in the so-called Trojan Horse plot is dismissed after a damning Ofsted inspection, the school confirms.

Overnight closure for city tunnels

Road tunnels through Birmingham city centre close overnight for five weeks for remedial works and structural inspections.

'No convincing case' for £50bn HS2

The UK government has not shown why it needs to spend £50bn building the HS2 rail link, says a House of Lords committee.

Live BBC World News

Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane'

The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight, named as Andreas Lubitz, intentionally started the plane's descent before it crashed into the French Alps, officials say.

Yemen leader Hadi gets Saudi refuge

Yemen's President Hadi arrives in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, as a Saudi-led coalition continues air strikes against Shia Houthi rebels.

Buildings collapse in New York blast

At least 19 people are injured after an explosion causes two buildings to collapse in New York's East Village.

Argentine president's case dismissed

A court of appeals in Argentina has upheld a decision to throw out controversial allegations against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Shia militias 'in Tikrit pullback'

A US general says Iranian-backed Shia militias in Iraq are no longer leading the battle to recapture Tikrit from Islamic State.

North Korea 'arrests South spies'

North Korea says it has arrested two South Korean men for spying, amid ongoing tensions between the two Koreas.

US agents 'attended sex parties'

A new report alleges that US drug enforcement agents attended sex parties funded by drug cartels while stationed overseas.

US soldier 'plotted to support IS'

A US soldier and his cousin are arrested and charged with conspiring to support the Islamic State, the Department of Justice says.

BBC Sports News

Rooney wary of building up Kane

Captain Wayne Rooney warns against putting too much pressure on striker Harry Kane ahead of what could be his England debut.

Premier League to share £1bn

Premier League clubs have agreed to share at least £1bn of their record TV rights deal with English football.

Kane is similar to me - Shearer

There is a "bit of everything" to Harry Kane's game and he can be "very, very good", says ex-England striker Alan Shearer.

Bedene to represent Great Britain

Great Britain will have two men in the world's top 100 as Aljaz Bedene's passport application is successful.

Bahrain 0-6 Colombia

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao scores twice as Colombia thrash Bahrain in an international friendly.

England v Lithuania

Preview followed by live coverage of Friday's European Championship Qualifying game between England and Lithuania.

'EDL plot' Tory replacement revealed

The replacement for Conservative election candidate Afzal Amin, who resigned from the party over claims he plotted with the English Defence League, is announced as Les Jones.

Hospital trust 'inadequate on safety'

Safety at a trust running two hospitals is rated as "inadequate" by a health watchdog.

Museum to display Tennis Girl dress

The white summer dress worn in the iconic 1970s Tennis Girl poster, which was photographed in Birmingham, will go on display at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

West Brom to wear Astle tribute kit

West Bromwich Albion will pay tribute to former striker Jeff Astle by wearing a replica 1968 FA Cup final kit against Leicester.

Father-of-two killed in Alps crash

A 50-year-old father-of-two from Wolverhampton is among the British victims of the Alps air crash.

'Trojan' school head is dismissed

The head teacher of a Birmingham school that was named in the so-called Trojan Horse plot is dismissed after a damning Ofsted inspection, the school confirms.

Overnight closure for city tunnels

Road tunnels through Birmingham city centre close overnight for five weeks for remedial works and structural inspections.

'No convincing case' for £50bn HS2

The UK government has not shown why it needs to spend £50bn building the HS2 rail link, says a House of Lords committee.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Bill Gates has been named the richest man in the world for the 16th time. In the annual ranking of global billionaires, the Microsoft founder beat Mexican businessman Carlos Slim to the top spot. Gates’ net worth rose by just over $3bn (£1.94bn) in the year to 13 February, to $79bn. There are now a record 1,826 billionaires in the world - an increase of 181 in the past 12 months. Forbes Magazine

2. British Airways has retained its title as the UK’s leading consumer ‘superbrand’. In an eye-catching installment of the annual ranking, several household names including Cadbury, Heinz and Marks & Spencer dropped out of the list of favourite brands. Meanwhile, the likes of John Lewis, Lego and Häagen-Dazs featured in the upper reaches of the grouping. The Guardian

3. The number of zero-hours contracts has increased from 1.4 million to 1.8 million, new figures have revealed. The new total for last August is 400,000 more than a previously published estimate in January 2014. The number of people saying they were employed on zero-hours contracts in their main job was 697,000 in the quarter to December, up from 586,000 in the same period in 2013. The figures mean some people are on more than one contract with no guarantee of a minimum number of hours. Office for National Statistics
4. Drinking up to five cups of coffee a day could help prevent heart disease, new research has found. A team of experts studied a group of more than 25,000 Korean men and women with an average age of 41. They had no previous signs of heart disease. Their coffee consumption was listed as none, less than one cup a day, one to three cups a day, three to five cups a day and five or more every day. The researchers discovered those who drank between three and five cups were less likely to show signs of heart disease. Daily Express

5. Drivers are to get ten minutes’ grace before being given a ticket if they stay too long on council parking spots. The changes in the law in England are expected to come in within weeks and will apply to all on-street and off-street council parking spots. Other measures in the Deregulation Bill include a right for residents and local firms to demand their council reviews parking in their area. CCTV camera cars that automatically issue parking fines are to be made illegal - apart from in areas near schools and in bus lanes. New York Times

6. More than half a million people are believed to have come to England from abroad over the past three years, according to Oxford University research. And two-thirds of the 565,000 migrants believed to have arrived between 2011 and 2014 are EU citizens, the study by the university’s Migration Observatory said. The estimated numbers were put together to provide an up-to-date idea of the migrant populations across England. They come in advance of official estimates from the Office for National Statistics, due in June. Daily Mail

7. Large firms will be forced to reveal details of the gap between how much they pay male and female employees after the government agreed to implement the measure. The Liberal Democrats had been pushing for the policy in the face of Tory opposition, and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said it was “fantastic news” that her party had won the “argument in government”. The measure will be added to legislation currently going through Parliament and will come into force within the next 12 months. Financial Times

8. Apple, Sony and HTC are among the most female-friendly employers in the technology industry, a report on gender equality has found. The study, published on the eve of International Women’s Day, saw Apple come out on top, with 28% of female staff holding senior positions. Among them are former Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts and Sue Wagner, founding partner and director of asset manager BlackRock. Daily Mail

9. As The U.S. puts its clocks forward - two weeks ahead of the UK - potentially dangerous consequences have been revealed by scientists. Sleep scientists say effects of the time shift can include a pernicious phenomenon known as “microsleeps,” or momentary losses of concentration at critical times. Susceptibility to “microsleeps” increases after the clocks change, resulting in a spike in car crashes, including fatal ones where alcohol is involved, as well an increase in workplace injuries. The Guardian

10. The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting under a tree, with an apple about to hit his head. It was ditched as its high level of detail didn't really show up when shrunk down on products. Metro

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Clarkson: 'Leave the producer alone'

Jeremy Clarkson has said that he wants people to stop blaming the producer he hit for his departure from Top Gear.

VIDEO: Europe's first non-beating heart swap

Surgeons in Cambridgeshire perform the first heart transplant in Europe using a non-beating heart.

VIDEO: 'Out of control' Dartmoor gorse fire

Firefighters spend more than six hours dealing with a large gorse fire which was burning out of control on Dartmoor.

VIDEO: Quad bike teen 'lucky to be alive'

A teenage boy who rode a quad bike the wrong way into oncoming traffic in Liverpool is "lucky to be alive", police say.

VIDEO: How do you track UK jihadists?

BBC launches a database tracking British jihadists in Syria and Iraq, showing that hundreds have followed the UK jihadist trail, as Gordon Corera reports.

VIDEO: King Richard III laid to rest

King Richard III's body is laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral, marked by a service presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

VIDEO: Bradford vote's 'cult of personality'

The BBC's Matthew Price visited Bradford to see whether local issues were being obscured by the cult of personality.

VIDEO: Party leaders' TV slots explained

Ross Hawkins explains the formats of the leaders' joint television appearances before the general election.

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