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Wednesday 23rd July 2014
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BBC news for Wiltshire

Recycling fire may 'burn for days'

A fire at a waste recycling site could continue burning for several days, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service says.

Road closure 'causing traffic woes'

A survey is to take place following concerns traffic levels through nearby villages have increased since part of the A344 was shut.

'Severe delays' as bypass closes

A major bypass will close for seven weeks with diversions in place for all traffic travelling between Oxford and Swindon.

New legal minister in conduct row

The new Solicitor General was censured for breaching the legal profession's code of conduct three years ago, the government confirms.

Broadcaster's life is celebrated

Hundreds of people pack Clifton Cathedral to celebrate the life of BBC Radio Wiltshire presenter Trevor Fry, who died aged 68.

VIDEO: 'Shock' at friend's polar bear death

Nick Hampson on Horatio Chapple's death

Svalbard's polar bear risk 'serious'

Safety expert outlines the equipment he uses

Live BBC World News

MH17 remains 'still at crash site'

The search for victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine must go on as only some 200 bodies have been recovered so far, Dutch officials say.

UN chief: 'Start talking' over Gaza

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushes for an end to the Gaza conflict with a call in Israel for both sides to "start talking".

Airlines halt flights into Israel

US and European airlines suspend flights into Israel's Ben Gurion airport after Israeli police confirmed that a rocket landed one mile away.

Suicide car bomb kills 21 in Iraq

A suicide car bomb has killed at least 21 people at a police checkpoint in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, Iraqi police say.

Joko Widodo wins Indonesia poll

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo has been declared the winner of Indonesia's hotly-contested presidential election.

Iraq conflict breeds cyber-civil war

A cyber-war is being waged alongside the conflict involving Isis in Iraq, suggests research by security firms.

Nigerian leader vows to free girls

Nigeria's president tells parents of the girls abducted by militant Islamists that the government is doing everything to secure their release.

BBC Sports News

Boxer Evans out of Glasgow Games

Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans is out of Glasgow 2014 after being refused accreditation in another major setback for Team Wales.

Which sport are you made for? Take our test

Take our sports quiz and we'll have our best stab at suggesting which events from the Commonwealth Games could match your physical and mental abilities.

Celtic 4-0 KR Reykjavik (agg 5-0)

Virgil van Dijk and Teemu Pukki both hit doubles as Celtic outclass KR Reykjavik at Murrayfield in the Champions League.

Buttler replaces Prior for England

Jos Buttler replaces Matt Prior as wicketkeeper in the England squad for the third Test against India at the Rose Bowl.

Glasgow set for opening ceremony

Athletes from 71 nations will compete in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which get under way with the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

Recycling fire may 'burn for days'

A fire at a waste recycling site could continue burning for several days, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service says.

Road closure 'causing traffic woes'

A survey is to take place following concerns traffic levels through nearby villages have increased since part of the A344 was shut.

'Severe delays' as bypass closes

A major bypass will close for seven weeks with diversions in place for all traffic travelling between Oxford and Swindon.

New legal minister in conduct row

The new Solicitor General was censured for breaching the legal profession's code of conduct three years ago, the government confirms.

Broadcaster's life is celebrated

Hundreds of people pack Clifton Cathedral to celebrate the life of BBC Radio Wiltshire presenter Trevor Fry, who died aged 68.

VIDEO: 'Shock' at friend's polar bear death

Nick Hampson on Horatio Chapple's death

Svalbard's polar bear risk 'serious'

Safety expert outlines the equipment he uses

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. What Wonga would owe if it applied its own annual 5,853% interest rate to the £2.6m in compensation it now has to pay 45,000 customers. The payday lender had sent threatening letters from fake law firms, and charged a fee for sending them out. Financial Times

2. Before you go on a summer shopping spree, this may make you put the plastic back in your wallet. One in five people will take 17 years to pay off credit card debts, a study suggests. The figure is based on those paying off the minimum each month towards the average debt of £4,500 at 17.9 per cent. Metro

3. Voters will be asked if Britain needs a new Magna Carta, as the constitutional document reaches its 800th anniversary next year. The Commons wants to know if rules of democracy need to be written down, as many of them are based on common law and conventions at present. The consultation runs until January. Daily Express

4. One in four children spends less than half-an-hour outdoors each day, the National Trust says. More than half of youngsters aged seven to 12 spend less than an hour outside, it added. Nine in ten have never taken part in traditional outdoor activities such as playing conkers or building a raft, a poll of parents showed. Daily Mail

5. UK scientists have made a “major step forward” in the race to develop a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Research on more than 1,000 subjects has identified a set of proteins in the blood whose presence can predict the onset of the dementia condition with 87 per cent accuracy. Daily Telegraph

6. Retail prices are falling at the fastest rate since records began. Ferocious competition on the high street is forcing retailers to offer cut-price food, clothes, footwear and electrical items. The British Retail Council says typical prices in the shops were down by 1.8% in June year-on-year. Food prices mildly bucked the trend with a marginal inflation of 0.6%, but the cost of non-edible items dropped by 3.4%. The Times

7. Think fondly of your boss – he or she might work a day more than you each week. According to a study from the Institute of Leadership and Management, almost half of UK managers work an extra day of unpaid overtime per week. The pressures of work and remote access to email through smartphones and tablets leave over 90% of managers working outside contracted and paid hours, the study found. The Times

8. All passengers flying into and out of the UK have been told that mobile devices in their hand luggage must have enough charge to be switched on. The new guidelines come after the US announced extra security checks last week. The rules cover phones, tablets and other gadgets including razors and cameras. Uncharged devices will not be allowed on board planes. Metro

9. In 2045 the world population will reach 10.4bn with more than 70% of people living in crowded urban areas, predicts a new study. In Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045, a Ministry of Defence think tank also forecasts that 3.6bn people will suffer water shortages and terrorists will have access to cheap, unmanned drones and space satellites. The Observer

10. Richard Linklater's new drama Boyhood, opens in UK cinemas last week. Filmed over 12 years, it tells the story of a boy's life from age six to 18, as he becomes man and faces life's challenges. With Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. "An astonishing achievement," says The Guardian.

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: The Commonwealth Games in 60 seconds

As the Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow, the BBC explains the background to the action - in 60 seconds.

VIDEO: Birthday celebrations for Prince George

Prince George celebrates his first birthday on Tuesday and to mark the occasion two new pictures have been released by Kensington Palace.

VIDEO: Thousands camping for Glasgow Games

Thousands of people are staying in the tents at specially designated sites across Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

VIDEO: Crowds welcome 'Lusty' for last time

The Royal Navy's helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious has returned to Portsmouth for the final time.

VIDEO: Litvinenko death inquiry announced

The government announces a public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB officer poisoned with radioactive polonium in London.

VIDEO: Albarn praises 'brave' Latitude

Blur front man Damon Albarn praises the Latitude Festival for giving him a headline slot off the back of his "slow" album.

VIDEO: Beauty queen becomes weightlifter

Sarah Davies says "strong is the new sexy" and is aiming to change the way women view themselves.