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BBC News: US strikes Islamic State in Syria
Tuesday 23rd September 2014
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BBC news for Staffordshire

Phones 4U to shed almost 1,700 jobs

Almost 1,700 jobs are to go at the failed Staffordshire-based mobile phone retailer Phones 4U, after the firm's administrators confirmed that 362 stores will close.

Doctor 'unaware of spleen rupture'

A patient with a ruptured spleen was discharged from the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital despite a paramedic saying he had a "life-threatening condition", an inquest hears.

Work begins on water pipes scheme

Work is starting on a £15m project to upgrade water and sewer pipes in Stafford.

Fans arrested after match disorder

Five men from Yorkshire are arrested after clashes between a "significant number" of Port Vale and Barnsley fans, police say.

Save Wedgwood appeal hits £2m mark

A public appeal launched to save the Wedgwood Museum pottery collection hits £2m after a "tide" of support.

Queen of Scots letter sells for £17k

A letter penned by Mary, Queen of Scots while she was being held in a Staffordshire manor sells for £17,472 at auction.

Local hospitals "can be gold standard"

Hospitals issue could play key role in elections

Live BBC World News

US strikes Islamic State in Syria

The US and other nations, including Arab states, begin air strikes against Islamic State militant targets in Syria, the Pentagon says.

Rockefellers to divest fossil fuels

The Rockefeller family, which made its fortune from oil, is to sell its investments in fossil fuels and put money into clean energy.

Algeria militants seize French man

Militants linked to Islamic State have seized a French man in Algeria and demanded an end to French air strikes in Iraq, France confirms.

UN plea over Turkey refugee crisis

The UN says Turkey urgently needs help to care for 130,000 Syrian refugees who have crossed the border fleeing Islamist militants.

White House intruder had ammo in car

The man who broke into the White House on Friday had 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in his car, officials say.

Arab Bank liable in terror attacks

A US jury finds Jordan-based Arab Bank liable for providing material support to Hamas and orders it to pay compensation to victims of terror attacks.

Top Israeli spy Harari dies

Mike Harari, the Mossad agent who oversaw a string of Israeli operations involving the assassination of Palestinian militants abroad, has died, aged 87.

BBC Sports News

Watson targets Europe's key players

US captain Tom Watson says his team will be targeting Europe's best player and talisman in this week's Ryder Cup.

Debuchy sidelined for three months

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy will be out for about three months after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.

McIlroy happy to be in USA's sights

Rory McIlroy says he will relish being the European player that America will target in this week's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

VIDEO: 83-metre goal sets Bundesliga record

Paderborn midfielder Moritz Stoppelkamp scores a wonder goal from 83 metres - the edge of his own box - against Hannover.

Tuesday's gossip column

Manchester City keen on Everton youngster Ross Barkley, Man Utd want Ron Vlaar and Fulham move for Gianfranco Zola.

Phones 4U to shed almost 1,700 jobs

Almost 1,700 jobs are to go at the failed Staffordshire-based mobile phone retailer Phones 4U, after the firm's administrators confirmed that 362 stores will close.

Doctor 'unaware of spleen rupture'

A patient with a ruptured spleen was discharged from the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital despite a paramedic saying he had a "life-threatening condition", an inquest hears.

Work begins on water pipes scheme

Work is starting on a £15m project to upgrade water and sewer pipes in Stafford.

Fans arrested after match disorder

Five men from Yorkshire are arrested after clashes between a "significant number" of Port Vale and Barnsley fans, police say.

Save Wedgwood appeal hits £2m mark

A public appeal launched to save the Wedgwood Museum pottery collection hits £2m after a "tide" of support.

Queen of Scots letter sells for £17k

A letter penned by Mary, Queen of Scots while she was being held in a Staffordshire manor sells for £17,472 at auction.

Local hospitals "can be gold standard"

Hospitals issue could play key role in elections

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Barnardo’s calculated that one in five families in England would not have been able to afford a trip to the seaside on bank holiday Monday last week. Looking at the cost of train tickets, fish and chips and sun cream, the charity estimated that a day trip could cost as much as £172.20 and blames welfare cuts for poverty. Metro

2. Networking, risk-taking and ruthlessness are the keys to running your own business, as well as being aged 31, a survey has found. Only six per cent of entrepreneurs feel academic qualifications were vital to success, with eight per cent saying their good looks had helped their chances. However, a third of those polled make less money and work longer hours than they had expected. BBC

3. There was a "statistically significant" rise in immigration in the year to March according to new figures. Net migration into the UK totalled 243,000 in the 12-month period, up almost 40% on the previous year. Some 560,000 people, most from the EU, entered the country and 316,000 left. David Cameron has pledged to reduce annual net migration to 100,000. The Times

4. The latest figures, from the 2012 Health Survey for England, show that 14% of children aged two to 15 were obese and 28% were classed as overweight or obese. Those aged 11 to 15 were more likely to be obese with one in five children placed in that category. In children aged two to 10, 10% of both boys and girls were obese. Daily Mail

5. The World Health Organization has called for a ban on the use of electronc cigarettes indoors and says age restrictions should be introduced to stop children using them. A new report says e-cigarettes are likely to be less harmful than traditional ones but says they should not be promoted as devices that can help people quit. Daily Express

6. The UK is deeply elitist according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission study found that 71% of senior judges, 62% of senior armed forces officers, 55% of top civil servants, 43% of newspaper columnists and 36% of the Cabinet were educated at independent schools and Oxbridge. BBC

7. Darts is being given a middle-class makeover. The game, once synonymous with the working-class, is now drawing a wealthier crowd who are paying £600 for tickets. Prince Harry and Zara Phillips have both been to world darts championships. Stephen Fry has dipped his toe in darts commentary. The Sunday Times

8. Salaries offered in job advertisements have witnessed their first annual rise since the recession. A study found that the average annual wage offered in the UK was £33,873 in July, up 0.9% on the same period a year ago. The rise bucked this month’s official jobs data which showed an unexpected 0.2% drop in earnings growth in the three months to July. Daily Telegraph

9. House prices in Britain will be more than 25% higher in five years, with London finally being overtaken by other parts of the country. Property firm Savills predicts that house prices will jump by 9.5% this year across the UK, up from its original estimate of 6.5%, with the property market having “exceeded all expectations”. The Times

10. A slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981 has sold at auction for $1,375 (£820). The cake, in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold to a mystery online bidder in Los Angeles. Fans of royal food have previously purchased cakes dating back to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840. The Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Paralysed father 'walks' at wedding

A wheelchair-bound father was able to stand up to deliver his speech at his daughter's wedding celebration thanks to a special robotic suit.

VIDEO: Dog burned after acid attack

A dog has been treated by a vet after what police have described as "a noxious liquid" was poured over him in County Down.

VIDEO: Henning speaks during aid convoy

Footage has emerged of Alan Henning in a aid convoy on the way to Syria, filmed on Christmas Day 2013.

VIDEO: Tippers left cows buried in rubbish

The number of illegal tips being closed down in the North East has doubled in the last two years, as Chris Jackson reports

VIDEO: The 'centre of Britain' retains name

The 'centre of Britain' known as the village of Haltwhistle, can retain its nickname after the vote on Scottish independence.

VIDEO: Edinburgh Zoo panda no longer pregnant

Edinburgh Zoo confirms that giant panda Tian Tian is not pregnant after earlier indicators that she was expecting.

AUDIO: 'I played for England while homeless'

Fara Williams, the most capped England footballer of all time, says she was homeless for six years of her career.