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BBC News: Deadly attacks hit Egypt's Sinai
Friday 30th January 2015
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BBC news for Wiltshire

'Lost' Constable work fetches £3.4m

A painting of Salisbury Cathedral bought for £3,500 just 18 months ago sells at auction in New York for £3.4m after John Constable was confirmed as its creator.

Teaching ban after pupil affair

A Wiltshire teacher is banned from teaching for life after she had a relationship with a pupil.

VIDEO: Attack on hunt master investigated

An attack on the master of the Tedworth Hunt is investigated by police.

Churchill 'selfies' in charity bid

'Selfies' with Sir Winston Churchill, King Henry VIII and Laurel and Hardy are being offered to raise money for charity.

Overdose soldier had 'psychosis'

A soldier who died from an overdose of painkillers was "suffering some sort of psychosis", an inquest hears..

Respite centre to close in June

A respite centre for families of severely disabled children in Wiltshire is closing in the summer.

Train note stranger tracked down

A "mystery" train passenger from Wiltshire, who gave a note to a young mother calling her a "credit to her generation", says he did it to put a smile on her face.

Funeral held for 1960s pop star Dozy

Trevor Ward-Davies' funeral takes place

Live BBC World News

Deadly attacks hit Egypt's Sinai

At least 26 people, including soldiers, are killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

EU extends sanctions against Russia

Foreign ministers from the EU agree in Brussels to extend existing sanctions against Russia until September but not to impose any new sanctions.

Balloonists set new world record

Two pilots have set a new world distance record for a flight in a helium balloon after crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Philippine mourning for slain police

The Philippines holds a day of mourning for 44 police commandos killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, as police sought terror suspects.

US Congress passes Keystone approval

The US Senate passes a bill to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, sending it to President Barack Obama's desk for a likely veto.

Jordan seeks proof pilot is alive

Jordan seeks proof a pilot held hostage by the Islamic State group is still alive, as efforts to negotiate a prisoner swap continue.

Man with fake gun disrupts Dutch TV

A man wielding a fake gun is arrested in a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS, causing the main evening bulletins to be cancelled.

Bulgaria extradites terror suspect

A French man connected to the gunmen behind the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine is extradited from Bulgaria to France.

BBC Sports News

Murray defends fiancee's outburst

Andy Murray admits he and his entourage were pushed to the limit in his Australian Open semi-final win over Tomas Berdych.

Lynch finally opens up to the media

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch finally opens up to reporters in the build up to the Super Bowl.

Friday's gossip column

Liverpool chase Ings, Chelsea close in on Cuadrado, Anderson could leave Man Utd, Spurs plan Everton exchange, plus more.

MOTD remains on BBC TV until 2019

The BBC renews its deal to show Premier League highlights on Match of the Day for a further three years.

Bristol City 1-1 Gillingham (5-3 agg)

Bristol City will face Walsall at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final after they ease past Gillingham on aggregate.

Burgess to make Saxons debut

Bath inside-centre Sam Burgess will make his England Saxons debut against the Ireland Wolfhounds on Friday.

'Lost' Constable work fetches £3.4m

A painting of Salisbury Cathedral bought for £3,500 just 18 months ago sells at auction in New York for £3.4m after John Constable was confirmed as its creator.

Teaching ban after pupil affair

A Wiltshire teacher is banned from teaching for life after she had a relationship with a pupil.

VIDEO: Attack on hunt master investigated

An attack on the master of the Tedworth Hunt is investigated by police.

Churchill 'selfies' in charity bid

'Selfies' with Sir Winston Churchill, King Henry VIII and Laurel and Hardy are being offered to raise money for charity.

Overdose soldier had 'psychosis'

A soldier who died from an overdose of painkillers was "suffering some sort of psychosis", an inquest hears..

Respite centre to close in June

A respite centre for families of severely disabled children in Wiltshire is closing in the summer.

Train note stranger tracked down

A "mystery" train passenger from Wiltshire, who gave a note to a young mother calling her a "credit to her generation", says he did it to put a smile on her face.

Funeral held for 1960s pop star Dozy

Trevor Ward-Davies' funeral takes place

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW LAST WEEK

1. Britons are working an extra 19 days every year because we don’t take our full lunch break. The average ‘hour’ allowed for mealtime now lasts just 26 minutes and 28 seconds, a new study has found. Over the course of a year, we are working 133 hours extra for free. The Times

2. Wealth accumulated by the world’s richest 1% will exceed that of the other 99% in 2016, Oxfam revealed, ahead of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. The richest’s share of global wealth increased from 44% in 2009 to 48 in 2014, the charity said in a report, adding that it will be more than 50 by next year. The Independent

3. Almost 40 employers owing staff £177,000 have been ‘named and shamed’ for failing to pay the national minimum wage. They include a childcare centre in Wolverhampton, a tanning boutique in Glasgow and a building firm in Edinburgh. The 37 offenders face fines totaling more than £51,000. Daily Mail

4. Britain's two largest airports recorded their busiest ever year in 2014. Heathrow passenger numbers last year rose 1.4 per cent to a record 73.4 million, while a total of 38.12 million were handled at Gatwick - a 7.6 per cent increase on 2013 and also an all-time high. Financial Times

5. Shoppers who use the post rather than the internet to settle bills are paying an extra £440 a year for goods and services, a study suggests. The 8million people in Britain – including 5million pensioners – who have no online access are missing out on discounts offered by banks, energy and telecom companies. Metro

6. Milk is now cheaper than bottled water thanks to a fierce supermarket price war, a study suggests. When bought in a four-pint container, the price per litre of milk has dropped to 43p compared with 44p for packs of bottled still water. BBC

7. Seven in ten university students now gain at least a 2:1 – with soaring fees thought to have fuelled a sharp increase in the number getting firsts. Almost 80,000 students – one in five – achieved the highest classification last year, up by 10,000 on 2013. The proportion achieving at least a 2:1 has soared by 163 per cent in a decade. The Times

8. Every year 1,000 people die in the UK waiting for an organ transplant. However, only 4% of people regularly give blood, and only 31% of us have joined the Organ Donor Register Source: NHS Choices

9. Britain’s last Victorian has died. Ethel Lang, who lived to see six British monarchs and 22 prime ministers, passed away at the age of 114. She danced into her late nineties, enjoyed watching snooker and “always liked a cup of tea”. Her daughter said: “Her secret to living so long was living so well,” she said. “She never smoked and rarely had a drink. She was always out and about.” The Observer

10. Last year was officially the hottest on record, say US government scientists. After smashing temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and baking regions in China, South America, and Russia – 2014 has been officially named the hottest on record, with global temperatures 1.24F (0.69C) higher than the 20th-century average. Wall Street Journal

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Crossrail breaks through under City

Crossrail workers have made their latest breakthrough by tunnelling under the City of London.

VIDEO: Restoring 'Britain's Sistine Chapel'

Work to give the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College its first major restoration in over half a century is due to begin.

VIDEO: Heavy snow disrupts parts of UK

BBC correspondents report from the areas of the UK which are worst hit by the snow.

VIDEO: Museum's famous dinosaur on the move

The Natural History Museum's long-time entrance hall exhibit of a Diplodocus dinosaur will be replaced by a giant blue whale skeleton.

VIDEO: Off-switch for fracking in the UK?

Hold-ups in Westminster, Scotland and Lancashire deal a blow to plans government plans for a shale gas revolution.

VIDEO: Clues to King John's lost treasure

Laser technology is providing fresh clues about the mysterious disappearance of King John's lost treasure and where it could be hidden.

VIDEO: Are there too many women in prison?

A pioneering new scheme which aims to offer women an alternative punishment to going to jail is to be extended in England.

VIDEO: Chilcot 'did not really explain' delay

Sir John Chilcot has yet to explain reasons for the delay to his inquiry says ex-Home Office minister Norman Baker.