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BBC News: Greek poll winner vows to end 'pain'
Monday 26th January 2015
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BBC news for Staffordshire

'Winston Churchill' wins horse race

A horse named after Sir Winston Churchill wins a race on the 50th anniversary of the politician's death.

Spleen rupture death answers sought

The family of a man who died when doctors at the troubled Stafford Hospital missed a ruptured spleen say it is "shameful" nobody will be held to account.

Appeal after fans clash on train

Police officers were assaulted and rail staff abused when disorder broke out following a football match between Stoke City and Leicester City.

Station work to start next year

Work to install disabled access at a Staffordshire railway station is set to start next year, according to the Department for Transport.

Schools re-open after snow clears

Two schools re-open in Staffordshire following heavy snow on Wednesday.

Find the top pooch in your postcode

What is the most popular dog in your area?

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

The political headlines from the West Midlands.

Port Vale 0-1 Crewe Alexandra

Nicky Ajose's fifth goal of the season sees Crewe gain their third straight win over local rivals Port Vale.

Live BBC World News

Greek poll winner vows to end 'pain'

Anti-austerity Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras vows to end Greece's "five years of humiliation and pain" after winning the general election.

Obama attends India's Republic Day

President Barack Obama begins the second day of his visit to India by becoming the first US head of state to attend the Republic Day parade.

LRA commander due in Hague court

Top Ugandan rebel commander Dominic Ongwen is due to appear at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to face war crimes charges.

US braced for 'historic blizzard'

Forecasters predict a huge blizzard on the US north-east coast, with New York's mayor warning of a record storm and thousands of flights cancelled.

Malaysia Airlines website hacked

A hacker group attacks the official website of Malaysia Airlines, but the company says bookings and user data are not compromised.

Eighteen killed in Egypt protests

At least 18 people are killed in Egypt during street protests marking the fourth anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising.

Philippine police killed in clashes

At least 30 police are killed as they storm a village controlled by Islamist rebels in Maguindanao province, southern Philippines, say officials.

Boko Haram assaults Nigerian city

Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram fighters have attacked the strategically important north-eastern city of Maiduguri, with dozens reported dead.

BBC Sports News

Brighton & Hove Albion 2-3 Arsenal

Defending champions Arsenal reach the FA Cup fifth round but are forced to hang on for a 3-2 victory at Championship Brighton.

Defour 'Red or Dead' banner explained

How a controversial banner depicting an Anderlecht player's decapitated head came to be unfurled at a game in Belgium.

Uefa lack courage to stand - Blatter

Fifa president Sepp Blatter accuses Uefa of lacking the "courage" to challenge his leadership in May's election.

GB's Inglot into doubles last eight

Britain's Dom Inglot and Romanian Florin Mergea cause a major upset in the Australian Open by beating the Bryan brothers.

Clubs await FA Cup fifth-round draw

Bradford will find out their reward for knocking Chelsea out of the FA Cup when the draw for the fifth round is made on Monday.

'Winston Churchill' wins horse race

A horse named after Sir Winston Churchill wins a race on the 50th anniversary of the politician's death.

Spleen rupture death answers sought

The family of a man who died when doctors at the troubled Stafford Hospital missed a ruptured spleen say it is "shameful" nobody will be held to account.

Appeal after fans clash on train

Police officers were assaulted and rail staff abused when disorder broke out following a football match between Stoke City and Leicester City.

Station work to start next year

Work to install disabled access at a Staffordshire railway station is set to start next year, according to the Department for Transport.

Schools re-open after snow clears

Two schools re-open in Staffordshire following heavy snow on Wednesday.

Find the top pooch in your postcode

What is the most popular dog in your area?

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

The political headlines from the West Midlands.

Port Vale 0-1 Crewe Alexandra

Nicky Ajose's fifth goal of the season sees Crewe gain their third straight win over local rivals Port Vale.

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

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BBC Inside Out reveals a 'lost world' with the discovery of a remarkable submerged forest thousands of years old underneath the sea off eastern England.

VIDEO: TV ad warns of heartburn-cancer sign

Persistent heartburn could be a sign of cancer, doctors warn, as a new campaign is launched to make people more aware of the signs.

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VIDEO: Birmingham rally after Fox comment

A multi-faith rally partly prompted by a US TV pundit who claimed Birmingham was a "no-go zone" for non-Muslims has been held in the city.

VIDEO: Mentally ill girl put in police cell

The mother of a teenage girl who was held in a police cell for 48 hours because there was no hospital bed available has called for more to be done to help young people with mental health problems.

VIDEO: Sturgeon: SNP should vote on some English laws

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says it is 'perfectly legitimate' for SNP MPs to vote on issues such as health service because of their direct impact on Scotland's budget.

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An alcohol-free bar has opened in Gloucester that is designed exclusively young people.

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