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BBC News: Reporter Peter Greste freed by Egypt
Monday 2nd February 2015
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Welcome to the Walsall Portal - with in-depth local information, news, sport, everything on around WS2 and Staffordshire!

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BBC news for Staffordshire

Road shut due to struck bridge work

A road will be shut for more than five weeks due to work to protect a railway bridge that has been struck by vehicles.

Matthews' birth marked 100 years on

Events are held at Stoke City to mark the 100th anniversary of football legend Sir Stanley Matthews' birth.

Campaigners leave hospital campsite

Protesters who have spent six months camping outside County Hospital in Stafford leave the site.

Councillor charged with assault

A Stoke-on-Trent city councillor is charged with three counts of assault, police say.

Heavy snow closes roads and schools

Heavy snow causes road and school closures in the Staffordshire Moorlands and parts of Cheshire, for a second day.

'Winston Churchill' wins horse race

A horse named after Sir Winston wins

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

The political headlines from the West Midlands

Stoke City 3-1 Queens Park Rangers

Jonathan Walters scores a hat-trick for Stoke as QPR lose their 11th straight away game in the Premier League.

Live BBC World News

Greste to pursue colleagues' release

Australian journalist Peter Greste, freed from prison in Egypt on Sunday, will not rest until two colleagues are also released, his family says.

Greece debt talks 'must help Europe'

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says his priority is European well-being, after talks in France on the debt issue.

S Sudan foes agree to end conflict

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar sign a deal, committing to end the conflict that has devastated the country.

Nigeria 'repels' Boko Haram attack

The Nigerian army says it has repelled a new assault by Boko Haram Islamist militants on the strategic north-eastern city of Maiduguri.

Kidnapped Libya Opec official found

One of Libya's most senior energy officials, Opec representative Samir Salem Kamal, is released more than two weeks after being kidnapped.

Jordan vow after hostage beheading

Jordan vows to do all it can to secure the release of a pilot captured by IS, after a video appears to show the beheading of a Japanese hostage.

Obama plans tax on overseas profits

US President Barack Obama plans to tax US firms on profits made and cash held overseas, raising funds for a major road-improvement plan in the US.

Protesters back on Hong Kong streets

Pro-democracy protesters return to Hong Kong's streets for the first time since mass demonstrations last year, but their numbers are far lower.

BBC Sports News

Freedman replaces Pearce at Forest

Dougie Freedman is named Nottingham Forest manager after the club sack Stuart Pearce following a run of six defeats in seven games.

Deadline-day gossip column

Adnan Januzaj tipped for Everton loan, Man Utd planning Mats Hummels deal, Stoke in for Emmanuel Adebayor, plus more.

'Arsenal do not need new midfielder'

Former Arsenal defender and MOTD2 pundit Martin Keown on why the Gunners do not need a new signing in midfield.

Murray - leaner, quicker & positive

Andy Murray may have lost a fourth Australian Open final but there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic, says Piers Newbery.

Murray 'melted down' in final - Cash

Andy Murray needs "a good, hard look in the mirror" after his Australian Open final defeat, says former finalist Pat Cash.

Koeman targets deadline-day deals

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman wants "at least one" deadline-day signing, with Tonny Vilhena and Filip Djuricic targets.

We are to blame for loss - Morgan

England's Eoin Morgan blames poor batting for the tri-series loss to Australia rather than Mitchell Johnson's brilliance.

Road shut due to struck bridge work

A road will be shut for more than five weeks due to work to protect a railway bridge that has been struck by vehicles.

Matthews' birth marked 100 years on

Events are held at Stoke City to mark the 100th anniversary of football legend Sir Stanley Matthews' birth.

Campaigners leave hospital campsite

Protesters who have spent six months camping outside County Hospital in Stafford leave the site.

Councillor charged with assault

A Stoke-on-Trent city councillor is charged with three counts of assault, police say.

Heavy snow closes roads and schools

Heavy snow causes road and school closures in the Staffordshire Moorlands and parts of Cheshire, for a second day.

'Winston Churchill' wins horse race

A horse named after Sir Winston wins

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

The political headlines from the West Midlands

Stoke City 3-1 Queens Park Rangers

Jonathan Walters scores a hat-trick for Stoke as QPR lose their 11th straight away game in the Premier League.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW LAST WEEK

1. Britons are working an extra 19 days every year because we don’t take our full lunch break. The average ‘hour’ allowed for mealtime now lasts just 26 minutes and 28 seconds, a new study has found. Over the course of a year, we are working 133 hours extra for free. The Times

2. Wealth accumulated by the world’s richest 1% will exceed that of the other 99% in 2016, Oxfam revealed, ahead of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. The richest’s share of global wealth increased from 44% in 2009 to 48 in 2014, the charity said in a report, adding that it will be more than 50 by next year. The Independent

3. Almost 40 employers owing staff £177,000 have been ‘named and shamed’ for failing to pay the national minimum wage. They include a childcare centre in Wolverhampton, a tanning boutique in Glasgow and a building firm in Edinburgh. The 37 offenders face fines totaling more than £51,000. Daily Mail

4. Britain's two largest airports recorded their busiest ever year in 2014. Heathrow passenger numbers last year rose 1.4 per cent to a record 73.4 million, while a total of 38.12 million were handled at Gatwick - a 7.6 per cent increase on 2013 and also an all-time high. Financial Times

5. Shoppers who use the post rather than the internet to settle bills are paying an extra £440 a year for goods and services, a study suggests. The 8million people in Britain – including 5million pensioners – who have no online access are missing out on discounts offered by banks, energy and telecom companies. Metro

6. Milk is now cheaper than bottled water thanks to a fierce supermarket price war, a study suggests. When bought in a four-pint container, the price per litre of milk has dropped to 43p compared with 44p for packs of bottled still water. BBC

7. Seven in ten university students now gain at least a 2:1 – with soaring fees thought to have fuelled a sharp increase in the number getting firsts. Almost 80,000 students – one in five – achieved the highest classification last year, up by 10,000 on 2013. The proportion achieving at least a 2:1 has soared by 163 per cent in a decade. The Times

8. Every year 1,000 people die in the UK waiting for an organ transplant. However, only 4% of people regularly give blood, and only 31% of us have joined the Organ Donor Register Source: NHS Choices

9. Britain’s last Victorian has died. Ethel Lang, who lived to see six British monarchs and 22 prime ministers, passed away at the age of 114. She danced into her late nineties, enjoyed watching snooker and “always liked a cup of tea”. Her daughter said: “Her secret to living so long was living so well,” she said. “She never smoked and rarely had a drink. She was always out and about.” The Observer

10. Last year was officially the hottest on record, say US government scientists. After smashing temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and baking regions in China, South America, and Russia – 2014 has been officially named the hottest on record, with global temperatures 1.24F (0.69C) higher than the 20th-century average. Wall Street Journal

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Mugging victim 'didn't expect generosity'

Alan Barnes, the victim of a mugging outside his home, has met the woman who set up a fundraising page for him.

VIDEO: Morgan gives school budget hint

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan gives a strong indication that a future Conservative government would ring-fence the budget for schools in England.

VIDEO: Man swept out to sea in Cornwall

A 51-year-old man is missing after being swept out to sea while scattering his sister's ashes in North Cornwall.

VIDEO: 'My new life as an Indian wife'

Lauren and Abhiram met on an online forum. Within weeks she had left her life in Britain to become an Indian bride.

VIDEO: Tamsin Greig on 'posh' actors

Actress Tamsin Greig has said people who have money and contacts will have more opportunities in the performing arts than those who do not.

VIDEO: Mosques open doors to 'ease tensions'

More than 20 mosques will be opening their doors to the public on Sunday as part of a campaign organised by the Muslim Council of Britain.

VIDEO: Club's fans call for owner to quit

Blackpool supporters protests against the way their club is run

VIDEO: Music's role in surviving Holocaust

A service at Westminster Abbey on Sunday will honour work written by prisoners during the Holocaust - and the role that music played in helping some survive