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BBC News: Ebola: 'Five S Leone cases per hour'
Thursday 2nd October 2014
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BBC news for Staffordshire

HS2 route plans 'changed' in area

Plans for the route of the HS2 rail line around Lichfield have changed, the company responsible for the project says.

Ex-Tory deputy mayor backs UKIP

The son of Conservative MP and veteran eurosceptic Bill Cash announces he is joining UKIP.

Eleven 'Right to Build' areas chosen

A Staffordshire council becomes one of the first to offer help to people wanting to build their own home through the Government's 'Right to Build' scheme.

Stephen Sutton is 'Pride of Britain'

Teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton is to be the first person to be given a Pride of Britain award posthumously.

Work begins on £3.8m fire station

Work begins to build a new £3.8m community fire station, replacing on built in the 1970s.

Protest over golf club closure

Campaigners fighting to keep a golf club open stage a protest, just days before it is due to close.

Midlands news over last 50 years

A look back at some of the stories

Live BBC World News

China warns on 'illegal' HK protests

China issues a warning against "illegal acts" in Hong Kong, as protesters there vow to step up their campaign if the chief executive does not resign.

Ebola: 'Five S Leone cases per hour'

Save the Children says healthcare demands are far outstripping supply in Sierra Leone and warns that the Ebola outbreak there is getting worse.

Head of US Secret Service resigns

The head of the US Secret Service, tasked with guarding US President Barack Obama, resigns following recent high-profile security lapses.

Mexico arrests drug syndicate leader

The Mexican authorities say they have captured the head of a notorious drug crime syndicate, Hector Beltran Leyva.

EU commissioner: Nude celebs 'dumb'

Celebrities who had intimate pictures of themselves leaked onto the internet were "dumb" for taking them, the EU's new digital commissioner says.

Rio 2016 Olympics "are on track"

The International Olympic Committee says it is satisfied with the progress made by Rio de Janeiro in its preparations for the 2016 Olympics.

Deadly attack on Donetsk school

A shell blast kills four people at a school in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk on the first day of classes, delayed because of the conflict.

BBC Sports News

Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray

Danny Welbeck scores his first senior hat-trick as 10-man Arsenal beat Galatasaray 4-1 in the Champions League.

Secrets of Europe's Ryder Cup win

Graeme McDowell outlines in detail how Europe captain Paul McGinley masterminded the Ryder Cup triumph at Gleneagles.

Thursday's gossip column

Arsenal favourites to sign Cavani, Liverpool step up Higuain bid, Zola in contention for Fulham job, plus more.

HS2 route plans 'changed' in area

Plans for the route of the HS2 rail line around Lichfield have changed, the company responsible for the project says.

Ex-Tory deputy mayor backs UKIP

The son of Conservative MP and veteran eurosceptic Bill Cash announces he is joining UKIP.

Eleven 'Right to Build' areas chosen

A Staffordshire council becomes one of the first to offer help to people wanting to build their own home through the Government's 'Right to Build' scheme.

Stephen Sutton is 'Pride of Britain'

Teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton is to be the first person to be given a Pride of Britain award posthumously.

Work begins on £3.8m fire station

Work begins to build a new £3.8m community fire station, replacing on built in the 1970s.

Protest over golf club closure

Campaigners fighting to keep a golf club open stage a protest, just days before it is due to close.

Midlands news over last 50 years

A look back at some of the stories

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: Missing girl's family make appeal

The family of a 15 year-old girl who has been missing from her home in Bristol for a week have made an emotional appeal for her to come home.

VIDEO: 'Mr Nobody' ups UKIP offer to £1m

Former Conservative supporter Arron Banks has announced that he will donate £1m to UKIP.

VIDEO: Body found is Alice Gross, say police

Police investigating the disappearance of missing 14-year-old schoolgirl Alice Gross are now treating it as a murder inquiry after a body was found in a west London river

VIDEO: HK protest at London Chinese embassy

Demonstrators have gathered outside the Chinese embassy in London to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

VIDEO: Zookeeper rears leopard in bathroom

A rare clouded leopard has been hand-reared in the bathroom of a zookeeper after she was rejected by her mother.

VIDEO: How do PM's tax figures weigh up?

David Cameron has pledged to cut taxes for thirty million people if the Conservatives win next year's election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said the combined cost of the tax changes would be £7.2bn by 2020.

VIDEO: Remains found in Disappeared search

Human remains have been found in County Meath by a team searching for an IRA victim missing for almost 40 years.