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BBC News: Alps co-pilot 'predicted notoriety'
Saturday 28th March 2015
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BBC news for Wiltshire

Man charged over attack on twins

A man is charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent after a teenager was stabbed "millimetres from his heart" in Wiltshire.

VIDEO: Knifeman threatened officers in shop

A 22-year-old man is jailed for three years after threatening a police officer with a knife in a village supermarket.

Dr Crippen letters sold for £11,000

Prison letters written by one of the 20th Century's most notorious murderers are sold for £11,000 at auction.

FOI refused over metal theft fears

A councillor is refused a request for information about vacant properties over fears it could encourage metal theft.

'Unhealthiest High Streets' revealed

Salisbury is rated as the third "healthiest" high street in Britain according to the Royal Society for Public Health.

Skaters take over historic church

Malmesbury Abbey turned into a skate park

Thompson targets Swindon swansong

Norwich-bound Louis Thompson is determined to recover from a shoulder injury in time to make a final appearance for Swindon.

Live BBC World News

Nigeria voting extended to Sunday

Elections in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, are extended to Sunday in parts of the country after delays and a number of attacks.

Alps co-pilot 'predicted notoriety'

The co-pilot of the Germanwings Airbus which crashed in the French Alps predicted "one day everyone will know my name", his ex-girlfriend says.

Jihadists in Syria 'capture Idlib'

Islamist militants capture the north-western Syrian city of Idlib for the first time, monitoring groups and jihadists say.

Yemen leader accuses 'Iran stooges'

Yemen's president accuses Iran of destabilising his country, as Saudi Arabia vows to continue air strikes until Yemen is "stable and safe".

Iran nuclear talks 'enter endgame'

Talks aimed at restricting Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief enter their final days, ahead of an end of March deadline.

Knox and Sollecito cleared of murder

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are acquitted by Italy's top appeals court of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 - the final ruling in the case.

Somalia ends al-Shabab hotel siege

At least 14 are killed as Somali special forces end the siege of a Mogadishu hotel by the Islamist militant group al-Shabab

Duo begin year-long space trip

US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko arrive for a 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station.

BBC Sports News

Hamilton on pole in torrential rain

Lewis Hamilton on pole despite appearing to be blocked by Nico Rosberg after spectacular thunderstorms delay qualifying.

New Zealand 'start as underdogs'

Before Sunday's Cricket World Cup final, BBC Sport rounds up the best quotes, stats and video to preview the MCG showcase.

Wales players 'used to pressure'

Wales boss Chris Coleman says his players' experience of large crowds will help them cope against Israel on Saturday.

Wambach desperate for World Cup win

Abby Wambach says she would swap all her individual accolades to win a World Cup with the USA in Canada this summer.

'Final may be last match I watch'

New Zealand legend Martin Crowe, who has cancer, says the Cricket World Cup final could be the last game he watches.

Wrong to restart game - Capello

Fabio Capello does not think Russia's qualifier in Montenegro should have restarted after Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare.

Four miss England's trip to Italy

Danny Welbeck, Raheem Sterling, Leighton Baines and James Milner have been ruled out of England's friendly with Italy on Tuesday.

Olympic 400m runner Barnaby dies

Canadian Olympic 400m runner Daundre Barnaby dies in a swimming accident on the Caribbean island of St Kitts, aged 24.

Man charged over attack on twins

A man is charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent after a teenager was stabbed "millimetres from his heart" in Wiltshire.

VIDEO: Knifeman threatened officers in shop

A 22-year-old man is jailed for three years after threatening a police officer with a knife in a village supermarket.

Dr Crippen letters sold for £11,000

Prison letters written by one of the 20th Century's most notorious murderers are sold for £11,000 at auction.

FOI refused over metal theft fears

A councillor is refused a request for information about vacant properties over fears it could encourage metal theft.

'Unhealthiest High Streets' revealed

Salisbury is rated as the third "healthiest" high street in Britain according to the Royal Society for Public Health.

Skaters take over historic church

Malmesbury Abbey turned into a skate park

Thompson targets Swindon swansong

Norwich-bound Louis Thompson is determined to recover from a shoulder injury in time to make a final appearance for Swindon.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Bill Gates has been named the richest man in the world for the 16th time. In the annual ranking of global billionaires, the Microsoft founder beat Mexican businessman Carlos Slim to the top spot. Gates’ net worth rose by just over $3bn (£1.94bn) in the year to 13 February, to $79bn. There are now a record 1,826 billionaires in the world - an increase of 181 in the past 12 months. Forbes Magazine

2. British Airways has retained its title as the UK’s leading consumer ‘superbrand’. In an eye-catching installment of the annual ranking, several household names including Cadbury, Heinz and Marks & Spencer dropped out of the list of favourite brands. Meanwhile, the likes of John Lewis, Lego and Häagen-Dazs featured in the upper reaches of the grouping. The Guardian

3. The number of zero-hours contracts has increased from 1.4 million to 1.8 million, new figures have revealed. The new total for last August is 400,000 more than a previously published estimate in January 2014. The number of people saying they were employed on zero-hours contracts in their main job was 697,000 in the quarter to December, up from 586,000 in the same period in 2013. The figures mean some people are on more than one contract with no guarantee of a minimum number of hours. Office for National Statistics
4. Drinking up to five cups of coffee a day could help prevent heart disease, new research has found. A team of experts studied a group of more than 25,000 Korean men and women with an average age of 41. They had no previous signs of heart disease. Their coffee consumption was listed as none, less than one cup a day, one to three cups a day, three to five cups a day and five or more every day. The researchers discovered those who drank between three and five cups were less likely to show signs of heart disease. Daily Express

5. Drivers are to get ten minutes’ grace before being given a ticket if they stay too long on council parking spots. The changes in the law in England are expected to come in within weeks and will apply to all on-street and off-street council parking spots. Other measures in the Deregulation Bill include a right for residents and local firms to demand their council reviews parking in their area. CCTV camera cars that automatically issue parking fines are to be made illegal - apart from in areas near schools and in bus lanes. New York Times

6. More than half a million people are believed to have come to England from abroad over the past three years, according to Oxford University research. And two-thirds of the 565,000 migrants believed to have arrived between 2011 and 2014 are EU citizens, the study by the university’s Migration Observatory said. The estimated numbers were put together to provide an up-to-date idea of the migrant populations across England. They come in advance of official estimates from the Office for National Statistics, due in June. Daily Mail

7. Large firms will be forced to reveal details of the gap between how much they pay male and female employees after the government agreed to implement the measure. The Liberal Democrats had been pushing for the policy in the face of Tory opposition, and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said it was “fantastic news” that her party had won the “argument in government”. The measure will be added to legislation currently going through Parliament and will come into force within the next 12 months. Financial Times

8. Apple, Sony and HTC are among the most female-friendly employers in the technology industry, a report on gender equality has found. The study, published on the eve of International Women’s Day, saw Apple come out on top, with 28% of female staff holding senior positions. Among them are former Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts and Sue Wagner, founding partner and director of asset manager BlackRock. Daily Mail

9. As The U.S. puts its clocks forward - two weeks ahead of the UK - potentially dangerous consequences have been revealed by scientists. Sleep scientists say effects of the time shift can include a pernicious phenomenon known as “microsleeps,” or momentary losses of concentration at critical times. Susceptibility to “microsleeps” increases after the clocks change, resulting in a spike in car crashes, including fatal ones where alcohol is involved, as well an increase in workplace injuries. The Guardian

10. The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting under a tree, with an apple about to hit his head. It was ditched as its high level of detail didn't really show up when shrunk down on products. Metro

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Sick boy's online campaign takes off

People from all around the world wore yellow to support a sick boy from Corby in central England.

VIDEO: Kate at last events before baby due

The Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Prince William, has attended her final official events before the birth of her second child, as Nicholas Witchell reports.

VIDEO: Push to promote UK ice hockey

Ice hockey is seeing a push to get more people involved, the BBC's Mike Bushell reports.

VIDEO: 'Super councils' seek public money

In the wake of greater powers being devolved to Scotland, councils in England have been banding together to demand extra power for their local areas.

VIDEO: 1980s games reviewed by six-year-olds

Children try out some 1980s games at the new National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham and see how they compare to their modern equivalents.

VIDEO: Chocolatier creates giant Easter egg

A chocolatier in Lincolnshire has created a seven-foot (2.1-metre) Easter egg, which he will sell in pieces to raise money for charity, the BBC's Jill Archbold reports.

VIDEO: Conservative welfare cut options seen

The BBC has seen documents, commissioned by Conservative officials, examining the options for billions of pounds of welfare cuts if they win the election.

VIDEO: Paedophile John Rudd jailed

John Rudd thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl, but he was being tricked by a group of internet paedophile hunters and has been jailed for a year.