Lawyers for an alleged kidnapper of Chloe Ayling tell a court hearing the case could be a "sham".
Manchester, Bradford and London also feature on the list compiled by the Insurance Fraud Bureau.
A mother who was crossing a road with her newborn son in Great Barr remains critically ill.
Deepak Riat died when his BMW car was in collision with a double-decker bus.
A 21-year-old man has been released on bail and a boy aged 17 has been released without charge.
The route sees 15,000 riders travelling through Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Birmingham.
Some businesses and residents along the route complain as thousands of cyclists enjoy the day.
Toby Liu's Mensa success means his IQ is in the top two percent of the UK population.
A student who spent a year recovering from depression speaks of the "stigma" around mental health.
The Game Of Thrones star has been spotted getting involved in freshers' week activities on the Birmingham campus.
Workers suspend industrial action after the High Court grants an interim injunction against the council.
Preview followed by live coverage of Monday's Premier League game between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion.
The first day of Warwickshire's County Championship fixture with Hampshire is washed out at Edgbaston.
Joe Clarke makes an unbeaten 46 to help Worcestershire rally on a weather-hit first day against Durham at New Road.
West Brom defender Gareth McAuley returns for Northern Ireland's final two World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Norway.
Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's Championship game between Burton Albion and Aston Villa.
Arsenal produce a stunning late fightback to beat Birmingham City, despite having Louise Quinn sent off.
Birmingham earn a point at Derby in caretaker manager Lee Carsley's first game in charge since the sacking of Harry Redknapp.
Alfred N'Diaye scores a stoppage-time winner for Wolves in a dramatic finale to their Championship game against Barnsley.
Conor Hourihane's 50th league goal of his career helps Aston Villa to victory over Nottingham Forest at Villa Park.
Warwickshire captain Jonathan Trott would consider the job of being made skipper on a more permanent basis.
But the White House dismisses the comments by North Korea's foreign minister as "absurd".
The German chancellor is set for a fourth term despite losing a million votes to nationalists.
The US president says his words about protests at sport events had "nothing to do with race".
The UN human rights agency says it has documented arbitrary arrests and torture in the region.
Kurdish areas vote on whether they want to break away from Iraq, despite Baghdad's opposition.
The woman said her visa had been denied after her same-sex relationship was not recognised.
Japan's Shinzo Abe calls an election a year early, as his support rises amid a weak opposition.
A hospital in Abu Dhabi confirms the Egyptian's death despite recent weight-loss surgery.
South Africa's public broadcaster again apologises to ANC politician Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,
Human Rights Watch found dozens of children died when aircraft bombed two IS-held towns in March.
Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, shared a bodybuilding picture of himself with the caption "unrestricted paroxysm".
Myanmar authorities accuse Muslim Rohingya militants of killing 28 Hindus in Rakhine state.
More and more public figures in the US are taking a knee at big events. But why now?
The nationalist right wing party AfD says it will "hunt down" Mrs Merkel, after its election gains.
The Sesame Street character is visiting Singapore with a message about kindness.
Mount Agung on Bali is an active volcano that may be about to erupt for the first time in 54 years.
Voters in Irbil have their say on whether the Kurdistan region should be independent from Iraq.
Dozens of stray dogs live on an uninhabited island off Karachi, where fishermen help keep them alive.
Zannah Mustapha founded a school for children affected by Boko Haram violence in the heartland of the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria.
Mind-reader David Meade receives death threats after being mistaken for a US conspiracy theorist.
The passenger reached the brake moments before the vehicle left the road in the Alps, police say.
Doubts surround a Pacific island campaign for a statue of pilot Amelia Earhart.
Cargo jets are being put up for online auction in China after failing to find buyers.
A Ukrainian TV promotion for a women's football game scores an own goal with many on social media.
What does Germany's controversial third biggest party actually stand for?
The German chancellor may have won the election but the result does not feel like a victory.
How the abandoned bikes of Burning Man are making their way to hurricane victims.
Violent clashes between government and rebel forces has led to huge civilian displacement.
Cheap plastic has become ubiquitous, but we need to get better at recycling it.
In a remote corner of Iceland, the taste of the seabird is a reminder of home.
Thirteen-year-old Lily Rice becomes the first female in Europe to perform a backflip in her wheelchair.
More than 50 people were involved in the six hour rescue near St Just in Cornwall.
The wildlife trust says it is "unlikely" the animal would survive long in the wild.
We follow police officers on a raid.
The fire began in the old cement works and spread to a nearby workshop in West Sussex too.
Brexit Secretary David Davis told the BBC's Andrew Marr that his car only has two seats.
The former Lib Dem leader told Andrew Marr that younger people "want something different".
Kasha lives in the UK but has found some people are hostile because of her Polish accent.
The event is being held in Canada. Athletes from 15 countries compete over eight days.
HMS Ocean arrives in the British Virgin Islands to help those affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria.