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BBC News: Soldier killed in Canada shootings
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
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BBC news for Wiltshire

Man charged over M4 collision deaths

A man is charged with causing death by careless driving following a collision on the M4 between a van and a lorry in which three men died.

Head teacher absent during probe

The head teacher of a school in Wiltshire will be absent for the "foreseeable future" while an investigation takes place.

Salisbury in 'top 10 world cities'

Salisbury is named as a "must-see" and one of the best cities in the world to visit next year by travel guide Lonely Planet.

Fire £5m merger grant pledges made

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue has said a £5.5m government grant will offer financial stability if it merges with Dorset's fire service.

Ancient poem may mention Stonehenge

An 8th Century poem, thought to have been written about Bath, may be the oldest surviving text to describe Stonehenge.

What's so great about Salisbury?

Bishop says it is one of the world's best cities

Titanic items fetch six-figure sum

Rare artefacts sell for a "substantial" amount

Live BBC World News

Soldier killed in Canada shootings

A huge security operation is under way in Canada's capital Ottawa after a gunman killed a soldier at a war memorial and shots were fired in the parliament building.

Four guilty of Blackwater killings

A US federal jury finds four Blackwater security guards guilty of killing 14 Iraqis in a square in Baghdad in 2007.

WHO crisis team holds Ebola talks

The World Health Organization's emergency committee holds talks on travel restrictions and screening measures on the Ebola outbreak.

Syria air force 'steps up strikes'

The Syrian military has stepped up its air strikes on rebel-held areas dramatically, carrying out more than 200 in recent days, activists say.

Jerusalem car 'attack' kills baby

A baby girl is killed and eight others injured after a car hits pedestrians in Jerusalem in what police are suggesting was a "terrorist attack".

Sweden could use force in sub hunt

Sweden could use weapons in the search for a suspected foreign submarine near the capital Stockholm, a senior naval official tells the BBC.

Total plane crash driver 'got lost'

A snowplough driver at a Moscow airport says he lost his bearings before a collision with a plane that killed Total oil boss Christophe de Margerie.

BBC Sports News

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid score three goals in the first half to secure a comfortable 3-0 win at Liverpool in the Champions League.

Caterham F1 future in fresh doubt

New owners threaten to quit team.

Evans 'hopes' for football return

Ex-Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans wants a return to football after serving a rape sentence.

'No rules broken over fans ban'

Uefa says no rules were broken despite fans being present at CSKA Moscow's "behind closed doors" Champions League tie with Man City.

Man charged over M4 collision deaths

A man is charged with causing death by careless driving following a collision on the M4 between a van and a lorry in which three men died.

Head teacher absent during probe

The head teacher of a school in Wiltshire will be absent for the "foreseeable future" while an investigation takes place.

Salisbury in 'top 10 world cities'

Salisbury is named as a "must-see" and one of the best cities in the world to visit next year by travel guide Lonely Planet.

Fire £5m merger grant pledges made

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue has said a £5.5m government grant will offer financial stability if it merges with Dorset's fire service.

Ancient poem may mention Stonehenge

An 8th Century poem, thought to have been written about Bath, may be the oldest surviving text to describe Stonehenge.

What's so great about Salisbury?

Bishop says it is one of the world's best cities

Titanic items fetch six-figure sum

Rare artefacts sell for a "substantial" amount

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


1. As increasing numbers of women delay having families while they build careers, figures revealed that one in five new mothers is aged 35 or older. The statistics for 2013 showed that 51 per cent of all live births were to mothers in their 30s. The average age of first-time mothers is now at a record high of 28.3 years. Nearly two-thirds of births were to fathers aged 30 and over. Office for National Statistics

2. FTSE 100 bosses earn 120 times more than the average worker. The average total earnings were £2.4m, rising to £3.3m for chief executives. According to research from Incomes Data Services, wage growth for the overall workforce trails well behind inflation, rising by 0.6% in the three months to July compared with the same period a year earlier. The Times.

3. High property costs mean that small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of the UK economy, are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living in London. A study puts London 18th of 24 in its Small Business Cities Burden Index, below cities including New York, Dublin and Tokyo. Commercial rents in central London have increased by about 13.5% this year. Financial Times

4. Michael Jackson has topped Forbes’ list of high-earning dead celebrities. Over the last year the deceased pop legend generated a haul of $140m, almost three times as much as second-placed Elvis Presley, who made a comparatively poor $55m over the same period. Jacko's estate made a fortune on the back of his second posthumous album release Xscape. Daily Mail

5. British MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to recognise the state of Palestine. The motion was passed 274-12 after the first full debate on the issue since 2012. The result is not binding on the UK government and David Cameron has said the official non-recognition will not change. The Observer

6. Unruly dogs could be placed under ‘dogbos’ that come into force next week. The owners of dogs that aggressively chase cats, run wild in parks or “alarm” postmen could face criminal prosecution, fines of up to £20,000 or the prospect of theirs pets being seized. They could also be forced to neuter their pet and attend training classes. Daily Telegraph

7. The chief executive of the NHS is urging staff to take a lead in the anti-obesity fight by joining gyms. Simon Stevens says the NHS should become an agent for social change and lead by example as it is revealed that one in five young people and one in four adults in the UK now suffer from obesity, which each year causes 34,000 deaths and costs the NHS more than £1bn. Daily Express

8. The asking price for a forecourt in Mayfair with parking space for eight cars is an astonishing £2.25m. It is thought to be the most expensive London car park on record. The buyer will also need to pay a service charge and ground rent. The same sum would buy a 16th-century castle in Scotland or a six-bedroom villa in Ealing. Daily Mail

9. Apple, the inventor of the iPad and the iPhone, had the most valuable brand in the world for the second year running. The value of its fruity logo – created in 1977 by Rob Janoff, with a bite out of it to avoid confusion with a cherry, grew by 21% over the past year. New York Times

10. It costs $2bn per annum to launch water into space to sustain the astronauts on the International Space Station. The requirement is six tonnes per person. Daily Mail

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Rapist Evans in video statement

Footballer Ched Evans has released a video statement in which he says he is "determined to continue the fight" to clear his name.

VIDEO: Taxi boss: 'Users want white drivers'

The manager of a cab firm in Rochdale has said that a small number of the company's customers are requesting white drivers, following the rise of the so-called Islamic State in the Middle East.

VIDEO: MP duped by Swansea conman

An MP has admitted being duped by a conman who pretended to be quadriplegic and claimed police were abusing him.

VIDEO: Lions picture wins photography prize

Michael Nichols wins Wildlife photographer of the year for his photograph of a pride of snoozing lions

VIDEO: 'Dean abused me in childhood'

A man who was abused by the late Dean of Manchester speaks about his childhood ordeal, as an inquiry criticises the Church of England's handling of allegations of sexual abuse.

VIDEO: Call for traffic-free Oxford Street

London's Oxford Street is "doomed to decline" unless it is pedestrianised by 2020, a report suggests.

VIDEO: PM challenged on girl's hospital letter

A letter written by a 10-year-old girl to David Cameron about the West Cumberland Hospital is raised at PMQs.