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Tuesday 22nd July 2014
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BBC news for Staffordshire

'Knock-out' threat officer suspended

A Staffordshire police officer is suspended after a video posted online appeared to show him threatening to "knock out" a woman in Stoke-on-Trent.

Point-blank Taser use questioned

A report reveals Staffordshire Police officers used tasers almost three times more than officers in the West Midlands.

'Six week stay' for hospital camp

A protest camp set up outside Stafford Hospital is to stay there for the next six weeks, campaigners say.

Sainsbury's harnesses waste power

A Sainsbury's superstore in Staffordshire comes off the National Grid, to be powered directly by electricity generated from its own food waste.

Row over ambulance chief's pay rise

The chief executive of the West Midlands and East of England ambulance services is criticised after seeing his annual pay rise by £50,000.

Service remembers police officers

The families of more than 500 police officers who died on duty gather for a special service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

Headlines from the West Midlands political week

Live BBC World News

MH17 bodies out of rebel area

A train carrying the remains of most of the victims of the MH17 plane crash arrives in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, out of rebel-held territory.

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".

Joko Widodo wins Indonesia poll

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

'Foreigners' killed in Kabul attack

A suicide bomber outside Kabul airport kills at least one Afghan and at least three foreign security guards, officials say.

Iraq conflict breeds cyber-civil war

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

Human body parts dumped in Tanzania

Eight people from a Tanzanian medical institute are arrested after 85 bags containing human body parts are found in the city of Dar es Salaam.

Attack on Congo barracks 'repulsed'

An attack on the military barracks of the presidential guards in Kinshasa has been repulsed, the DR Congo government says.

BBC Sports News

Chambers pulls out of Commonwealths

British 100m champion Dwain Chambers withdraws from Glasgow 2014 to focus on next month's European Championships.

Jacket blunder ruins Malaysian dream

Defending champion Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim cannot compete at Glasgow 2014 after her competition jacket goes missing.

VIDEO: C'wealth moments: Peters collapses

Marathon runner Jim Peters enters the stadium leading by 17 minutes at the 1954 Games but collapses before the end.

Real Madrid seal Rodriguez signing

Real Madrid sign World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from Monaco for a reported £63m.

Gymnast to carry Wales flag at Games

Rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones will be the flag bearer for Team Wales at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Matthew to carry flag for England

Squash player Nick Matthew will carry the England flag at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

'Knock-out' threat officer suspended

A Staffordshire police officer is suspended after a video posted online appeared to show him threatening to "knock out" a woman in Stoke-on-Trent.

Point-blank Taser use questioned

A report reveals Staffordshire Police officers used tasers almost three times more than officers in the West Midlands.

'Six week stay' for hospital camp

A protest camp set up outside Stafford Hospital is to stay there for the next six weeks, campaigners say.

Sainsbury's harnesses waste power

A Sainsbury's superstore in Staffordshire comes off the National Grid, to be powered directly by electricity generated from its own food waste.

Row over ambulance chief's pay rise

The chief executive of the West Midlands and East of England ambulance services is criticised after seeing his annual pay rise by £50,000.

Service remembers police officers

The families of more than 500 police officers who died on duty gather for a special service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

Headlines from the West Midlands political week

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: 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: 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.

AUDIO: Growing up with parents in prison

Teenagers 'Bethany' and 'Jack' describe growing up with parents in prison, as a charity calls for more support.

AUDIO: Warm weather boosts slug numbers

There has been an increase in the number of slugs in Britain's gardens due to the warm and damp weather.

AUDIO: Girl refused school trip after mum's death

A school has apologised after an 11-year-old was left out of a reward for 100% attendance because she had a day off for her mother's funeral.

VIDEO: Shock over ill son's holiday refusal

A mother has said she was shocked to be told she was not authorised to take her terminally ill son out of school to go on holiday.