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Thursday 28th May 2015

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Two arrested after terror raids

A 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman are questioned at a West Midlands police station on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism in the UK.

Fall-from-flats case accused remanded

A man charged with attempted murder after a woman fell from the third floor of a block of flats appears in court.

GP surgery put in special measures

A Wolverhampton GP surgery is put into special measures after being rated inadequate by a health watchdog.

Charges over cities' 'drugs ring'

Four people are charged by police investigating an alleged drugs ring in Liverpool and Birmingham.

Workshops target forced marriage

Forced marriage is now a criminal offence in the UK but a Birmingham-based charity has started a series of workshops amid concerns the message is still not getting through.

Speed limit project closes motorway

A section of the M6 motorway closes overnight for a week as part of a project to introduce variable speed limits.

'More needed' to find missing father

The family of a Wolverhampton business owner missing in India say police need to do more to find him.

Man hurt as home collapses on cars

A man is injured when part of a house collapses on to several cars in the West Midlands.

Live BBC World News

Blatter denies scandal responsibility

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he cannot be held responsible for the current corruption scandal but vows to work to earn back trust.

Syria Islamists 'seize Idlib city'

An Islamist rebel coalition has seized one of the last cities in western Idlib province held by the Syrian government, activists say.

US charges Chinese in testing scam

The US Department of Justice has charged 15 Chinese nationals with developing a scheme to have imposters take university entrance exams.

Most-wanted Nazi 'unfit for trial'

Former SS lieutenant Gerhard Sommer, at the top of a most-wanted list of Nazis, has been declared unfit for trial by prosecutors in Germany.

Tajik special ops chief 'joins IS'

Tajikistan's special forces chief appears in a video claiming to have joined Islamic State forces in Syria.

EU withdraws Burundi poll observers

The European Union suspends its election monitoring mission in Burundi amid political unrest over the president's third-term bid.

IS 'kills 20 men at Palmyra site'

Islamic State militants killed 20 men at the ancient theatre at the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra, central Syria, a monitoring group says.

Putin makes troop deaths state secret

President Vladimir Putin declares Russian troop losses in peacetime a state secret as the Kremlin continues to deny sending troops to Ukraine.

BBC Sports News

Blatter wants to stay as Fifa boss

Sepp Blatter refuses to resign as Fifa president and vows to stay to "restore trust" in the scandal-hit organisation.

Rangers 1-3 Motherwell

Motherwell hold a two-goal advantage in the Scottish Premiership play-offs after they beat Rangers at Ibrox.

McIlroy posts nightmare opening 80

Rory McIlroy faces a battle to make the cut at the Irish Open after slumping to a first-round nine-over-par 80 at Royal County Down.

'I didn't come back to be second'

Four-time Olympic medallist Katherine Grainger has one thing in mind before her European Rowing Championships return.

Managerial sackings at 13-year high

Managerial sackings in the top four divisions are at the highest level in 13 years, says the League Managers' Association.

Cook wants win to welcome Bayliss

Alastair Cook wants a second-Test win over New Zealand to mark the appointment of "outstanding" new England coach Trevor Bayliss.

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

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: Prince explains why he's a Villa fan

Prince William tells BBC Sport's Gary Lineker why he decided to support Aston Villa, who face Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

VIDEO: Transforming Hull, Turner Prize host city

Hull is to host the Turner Prize, one of the biggest events in British art, when it is UK City of Culture in 2017.

VIDEO: NI 'collusion' claims investigated

A BBC Panorama investigation has revealed claims that thousands of UK agents worked with paramilitaries during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

VIDEO: 'Surge' in women joining IS

New research suggests young women travelling to Syria sometimes become involved in IS propaganda and recruitment, but often end up "domestically isolated in severe conditions".

AUDIO: 'Chicken bacteria left me paralysed'

Ann Edwards says she was completely paralysed when she fell victim to campylobacter bacteria, and that she still has some paralysis in her feet and low stamina more than 17 years later.

VIDEO: Meeting the Mayfair squatters

A group squatting in a building in London's Mayfair have been ordered to leave the property following a ruling by the High Court.

VIDEO: Dyke: Blatter 'must take responsibility'

The chairman of England's Football Association Greg Dyke says Fifa president Sepp Blatter ''must take responsibility'' following the arrests of several senior officials on corruption charges.

VIDEO: Why the Common Dolphin is becoming more common

The BBC's John Maguire joins a scientific expedition that is studying the Common Dolphin population off the west coast of Scotland, and trying to find out why, until recently, it was quite a rare sight.

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