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BBC News: Farage predicts more UKIP victories
Saturday 22nd November 2014
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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

Health group told to stay out of HS2

A major health promotion body is told not to interfere in a tussle between Stoke-on-Trent and Cheshire East councils about which should get an HS2 link.

'World War One trench' built in city

A replica World War One trench is built in a city centre to give people an insight into the conflict.

Delay-hit A&E department gets £5.5m

The government is to spend an extra £5.5m supporting a delay-hit A&E department in Stoke-on-Trent.

More police cleared over murder probe

Nine police officers, including two chief constables, will face no criminal charges over the investigation into the death of a man shot in an "execution-style" killing.

Woman killed in collision with car

A woman is hit and killed by a car in Staffordshire.

Arboretum tops 'lottery' place poll

Arboretum tops National Lottery poll

Stoke City v Burnley

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Stoke City and Burnley.

Milton Keynes Dons v Port Vale

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's League One game between Milton Keynes Dons and Port Vale.

Live BBC World News

Obama defends immigration reform

US President Barack Obama vows to press for further immigration reform, as Republicans condemn his use of executive powers on the issue.

We can end Ebola in 2015, says Ban

The deadly Ebola outbreak can be ended "by mid-2015" if the world speeds up its response, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

'No new ideas at talks' - Iran

Iran's foreign minister says he has heard "no new ideas" as talks with world powers on Tehran's nuclear programme stretch into the evening.

Chilean colonels jailed for torture

Two retired Chilean colonels - Ramon Caceres and Edgar Ceballos - are jailed for torturing the father of President Michelle Bachelet in 1973.

Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40

An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people and infected dozens of others, the World Health Organization says.

Biden warns Russia faces 'isolation'

US Vice-President Joe Biden, on a visit to Kiev, warns Russia of "greater isolation" as Ukraine marks a year since the start of its revolution.

Floods fear as US snowfall eases

Snowfall in the north-east of the US is subsiding, forecasters say, but there is now a threat of flooding from rain at the weekend as it melts.

Dutch 'Syria bride' custody extended

A judge in the Netherlands agrees to extend the period police can hold a Dutch teenager who travelled to Syria to marry an Islamist fighter.

BBC Sports News

Hamilton 'like a kid at Christmas'

Lewis Hamilton says his "spectacular" Mercedes is the best F1 car he has driven as he builds up to the title-deciding Abu Dhabi GP.

Selling Welbeck a mistake - Ince

Former Manchester United captain Paul Ince believes his ex-club should not have let Danny Welbeck join Arsenal.

The psychology of a title showdown

As Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg prepare for one final battle, Andrew Benson finds out how each driver may be feeling.

England must end suffering - Rowntree

England must end a "horrible" week and a winless run of five games when they face Samoa, says coach Graham Rowntree.

Sheff Utd 'angry' over Evans U-turn

Sheffield United co-chairman Jim Phipps is "angry" they have had to deny convicted rapist Ched Evans the chance to train.

Tan says Wigan's Whelan is a racist

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan accuses Wigan counterpart Dave Whelan of being a racist following several controversial comments.

Health group told to stay out of HS2

A major health promotion body is told not to interfere in a tussle between Stoke-on-Trent and Cheshire East councils about which should get an HS2 link.

'World War One trench' built in city

A replica World War One trench is built in a city centre to give people an insight into the conflict.

Delay-hit A&E department gets £5.5m

The government is to spend an extra £5.5m supporting a delay-hit A&E department in Stoke-on-Trent.

More police cleared over murder probe

Nine police officers, including two chief constables, will face no criminal charges over the investigation into the death of a man shot in an "execution-style" killing.

Woman killed in collision with car

A woman is hit and killed by a car in Staffordshire.

Arboretum tops 'lottery' place poll

Arboretum tops National Lottery poll

Stoke City v Burnley

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Stoke City and Burnley.

Milton Keynes Dons v Port Vale

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's League One game between Milton Keynes Dons and Port Vale.

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


1. Trick-or-treating is believed to have stemmed from the superstition that ghosts could disguise themselves in human form and knock on doors to ask for money or food. If they were denied, the spirit could then curse or haunt the person who refused. New York Times

2. British workers are the worst savers in Europe, according to data from the European Commission. Brits save just 9.9% of everything they earn – less than half the proportion in France and below the levels in economically troubled nations such as Spain and Portugal. Experts say the news is evidence of a "dramatic" change in culture in Britain. Daily Mail

3. Argentina has called on Britain to close its military base in the Falklands, insisting that there is “absolutely no chance of another invasion from the mainland”. The Buenos Aires special secretary for the Falklands said Britain should follow its withdrawal from Afghanistan by leaving the South Atlantic territory. The Times

4. Facebook now has as many users as there are people in China. The social network giant announced the statistic as it revealed that profits nearly doubled to more than $1bn. The number of users checking into Facebook at least once a month has risen by 14% to 1.35bn in the third quarter. However, it warned that spending will increase sharply next year and its revenue growth will slow in the fourth quarter. The Guardian

5. According to British Geological Survey, the largest known British earthquake happened near the Dogger Bank in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1. Fortunately, it was 60 miles offshore but was still powerful enough to cause damage to buildings on the east coast of England. The Times

6. Contrary to myth, Michelangelo did not spend four years lying on his back painting the ceiling of the Sisteen Chapel, but was stood up on a platform he designed himself. He initially did not want to take on the project as he considered himself to be a sculptor and not a painter. Daily Telegraph

7. Victoria Beckham has been named Britain’s entrepreneur of the year, reports the BBC. The former Spice Girl topped a list of the UK’s top 100 entrepreneurs compiled by Management Today magazine. The journal heaped praise on Beckham for her "finely tuned business acumen" for expanding her fashion empire into a business with a £30m turnover and a staff of 100. Daily Telegraph

8. A global top 50 of the world’s most innovative companies features just one UK firm, reports the Daily Telegraph. Unilever, which spends almost £1bn a year on new inventions and employs 6,000 people in R&D, squeezed into the list at 49. Virgin and BP, which made the cut last year, had dropped out. Tech firms dominated the top 10 of the chart, which was put together by US-based Boston Consulting Group. Financial Times

9. More than two thirds of Britons do not believe military intervention in Afghanistan was worthwhile and 42% say the UK is less safe as a result of the 13-year operation. The BBC survey comes as the last British troops leave Helmand province and after Camp Bastion was handed over to Afghan forces. Daily Mail

10. More than 700 passengers from 58 countries have already booked a flight on Virgin Galactic at a cost of £150,000 per ticket. Top Gear

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Stray firework hurts eight in Salisbury

Eight people have been injured by a stray firework that fell in to the crowd during a display to switch on the Christmas lights in Salisbury.

VIDEO: UK joins Poland in Nato drill

UK troops take part in the largest British armoured exercise in Europe since 2008.

VIDEO: Two dead in London balcony incident

Two men die and six other people are injured in an incident in Cadogan Square, Knightsbridge where a sofa was being moved through a balcony window.

VIDEO: Bike prototype with global interest

A four-wheeled bike being showcased at the UK Investment Summit is being developed in Swansea with the inventor hoping it will be a "global force"

VIDEO: "They've taken us for granted"

With turnout just over 50 per cent at the Rochester and Strood by-election, Carole Walker reports on the growing disaffection among voters.

VIDEO: Parked car brings tram to standstill

A group of bystanders lifts a car out of the way after it blocks the way of a tram.

VIDEO: Dyson: 'Keep engineers in Britain'

James Dyson tells the BBC it is important to keep engineers in Britain to produce hi-tech exports, as he announces a £1bn investment in research and development.

VIDEO: 'Extremist risk' at Muslim schools

Pupils at six east London schools are "vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation", Ofsted's Sir Michael Wilshaw says after snap inspections.