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BBC News: PM warns net firms after Rigby murder
Tuesday 25th November 2014
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BBC news for Staffordshire

Funerals for firework blaze victims

The funerals take place of two men killed in a fireworks warehouse blaze in Stafford.

Sit-in protesters 'told to go'

Campaigners who have been occupying a former town hall and court in Stoke-on-Trent for the past 16 days are served an eviction notice.

Sports Personality shortlist named

Adam Peaty, from Uttoxeter, is among 10 people shortlisted for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on 14 December.

Homeless charity seeks new home

A homelessness charity in Stafford is in need of a new base following the end of an agreement with a local church.

NHS staff fly out to fight Ebola

A nurse from Staffordshire is among the first NHS staff to fly to Sierra Leone to help the fight against the Ebola virus.

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.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

The political headlines from the West Midlands

Live BBC World News

Ferguson jury process is 'broken'

Lawyers for Michael Brown's family say the process that cleared a police officer who shot dead the teenager in Ferguson is "broken" and "unfair".

S Leone Ebola workers dump bodies

Burial workers in the Sierra Leonean city of Kenema dump bodies in public in protest at non-payment of allowances for handling Ebola victims.

Pope complains of 'haggard' Europe

Pope Francis warns that Europe appears "somewhat elderly" and less and less a protagonist, in a speech to EU politicians in Strasbourg.

'Many dead' in twin Nigeria blasts

Two female suicide bombers blow themselves up at a crowded market in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people, witnesses say.

Raqqa air strikes 'kill dozens'

At least 36 civilians have been killed in air strikes by Syrian government warplanes on the Islamic State-held northern city of Raqqa, activists say.

Colombia rebels release two soldiers

Colombia's Farc rebels release two soldiers taken hostage earlier this month, a first step towards resuming peace talks.

Hungary police 'blame rape victims'

Police in Hungary are accused of blaming victims of sexual assault after releasing advice that warns young women of the risks of flirting.

Eight Yemen hostages freed in raid

A group of seven Yemenis and a US military expert kidnapped by al-Qaeda-linked militants are freed by Yemeni forces, an official tells the BBC.

BBC Sports News

Hamilton's 48 hours as a champion

Late nights, tikka masalas and flying around - Lewis Hamilton guides BBC Sport through his first days as a world champion.

England's Finn a doubt for first ODI

England bowler Steven Finn could miss England's first one-day international against Sri Lanka with a groin injury.

Wilshere to see ankle specialist

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will see a specialist about an ankle injury suffered in the defeat by Manchester United.

Ali daughters play down health fears

Muhammad Ali's daughters say their father laughs at the constant speculation his health is deteriorating.

Hughes left critical by blow to head

International cricketer Phillip Hughes is in intensive care in hospital after being knocked unconscious by a short delivery in Sydney.

Funerals for firework blaze victims

The funerals take place of two men killed in a fireworks warehouse blaze in Stafford.

Sit-in protesters 'told to go'

Campaigners who have been occupying a former town hall and court in Stoke-on-Trent for the past 16 days are served an eviction notice.

Sports Personality shortlist named

Adam Peaty, from Uttoxeter, is among 10 people shortlisted for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on 14 December.

Homeless charity seeks new home

A homelessness charity in Stafford is in need of a new base following the end of an agreement with a local church.

NHS staff fly out to fight Ebola

A nurse from Staffordshire is among the first NHS staff to fly to Sierra Leone to help the fight against the Ebola virus.

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.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

The political headlines from the West Midlands

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. The Oxford English Dictionary editors have chosen vape - to smoke an e-cigarette - as its 2014 word of the year. The rise of e-cigarettes was cited as the reason for the skyrocketing use of the word - along with countless debates over the safety of using them long term. The 2013 word of the year was “selfie,” describing the decidedly less controversial self-portrait taken with a smartphone. Daily Mail

2. Australian actor and “Thor” avenger Chris Hemsworth is the world’s sexiest man, according to the U.S. magazine People. Past choices of the magazine, which began handing out the accolade in a 1985 cover story on fellow Australian Mel Gibson, have ranged in age from 27, with John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1988, to 59, with Sean Connery a year later. Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Richard Gere have each been chosen twice. Metro

3. Seven of the 30 largest U.S. corporations paid more money to their chief executive officers last year than they paid in federal income taxes, according to a new study. The seven companies cited were Boeing Co, Ford Motor Co, Chevron Corp, Citigroup Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co and General Motors Co. CBC News

4. If you owned Apple and sold it, you could purchase the entire stock market of Russia, and still have enough change to buy every Russian an iPhone 6 Plus. The value of Russian equities has slumped $234 billion to $531 billion this year, while Apple gained $147 billion to $652 billion. Bloomberg
5. More than half of British parents would rather not brave the outdoors with their children, preferring to hang out with them at home. According to a recent survey. 18% find it stressful to be outside with their families, while 41% fear for their children’s safety when they go for a walk. Daily Telegraph

6. Scientists have found that a 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million different types of bacteria. It was already known the mouth is home to 700 million different types of bug. Now, the new report by Dutch researchers reveals how some are more easily exchanged than others. The Times

7. UK inflation rose to 1.3% in October, up from its five-year low of 1.2% last month. The slight increase is down to a relative increase in transport costs compared to the same period last year. Computer games and toy prices also prompted the jump in the CPI index. However, food and non-alcoholic beverages are 1.4% cheaper than they were a year ago. Financial Times

8. The government has been criticised for its handling of obesity after a report by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) found the crisis in people’s weight costs the UK more than it spends on armed violence, war and terrorism combined. It accuses the government of a “fragmented” and ineffective response. Daily Express

9. Police are failing to officially record one in five of the crimes reported to them, a damning report has revealed. An inspection of all 43 forces showed that 800,000 offences a year were not logged as crimes. Over a quarter of sexual offences were not recorded, while the figure for crimes of violence against the person was even higher at a third. The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) posed the question: “To what extent can police-recorded crime information be trusted?” The Observer

10. Frank Sinatra’s My Way has been replaced by Monty Python’s Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life as the most popular song played at funerals, new research has found. A study by The Co-operative Funeralcare showed that traditional hymns, football anthems and classic pop songs top the list of the funeral music chart. The top 10 included Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, The Lord Is My Shepherd, Abide With Me, Match Of The Day theme, My Way, All Things Bright And Beautiful and Angels by Robbie Williams. The Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

AUDIO: Tesco writes apology poem to students

Two students who wrote a poem complaining to Tesco say they were "very impressed" to receive a reply - in verse.

VIDEO: David Mellor recorded in taxi row

Former cabinet minister David Mellor is secretly recorded having a heated row and swearing at a taxi driver, a tabloid newspaper reports.

VIDEO: Pro-independence paper goes on sale

A new newspaper, claiming to represent those who voted for independence from Britain in last September's referendum, has been launched in Scotland.

VIDEO: 'Rosberg battle psychological warfare'

World champion Lewis Hamilton tells BBC Breakfast that his title battle with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg became "psychological warfare".

VIDEO: Murder of Lee Rigby 'not preventable'

The murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby could not have been prevented by the intelligence agencies, according to a parliamentary inquiry.

VIDEO: Has Farage got what it takes to be PM?

UKIP now has two MPs and has been rising in the polls, but do people see the party as a serious political force or just a protest vote?

VIDEO: 'Tense' in Dewani trial courtroom

Jon Kay reports from the courtroom in Cape Town, as South African prosecutors try to persuade a judge not to drop the murder case against British businessman Shrien Dewani.

AUDIO: Songwriters' bad science lyrics

Blue Peter Scientist Steve Mould is given the task of looking at some of the worst offenders.