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BBC News: Kenya bus gunmen 'want religious war'
Sunday 23rd November 2014
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BBC news for Wiltshire

Police and NHS phone lines restored

Non-emergency police and medical phone lines are now working, Vodafone says, after technical problems disrupted services for a number of hours.

Developer repairs court building

The owner of the derelict Devizes Assizes Courts is told to make emergency repairs to the building by the council.

'Total mess' Christmas tree changed

Decorations on a town's Christmas tree, described as a "total mess" and "gaudy", are changed.

Eight injured by stray firework

Eight people are hurt when a stray firework falls in to crowds of people as they watched the Christmas lights being switched on in Salisbury.

Lorry crashes through front of pub

A lorry driver smashes through the front wall of a pub in Wiltshire.

Thousands using Stonehenge rat-runs

Thousands of drivers a day are cutting through villages near Stonehenge to avoid a congested road, a survey suggests.

Dyson: 'Keep engineers in Britain'

James Dyson tells the BBC that it's important to keep engineers in Britain as his Wiltshire-based firm announces a £1bn.

Girls' football pioneers win award

Award goes to pair who run Swindon Spitfires

Live BBC World News

Kenya bus gunmen 'want religious war'

The slaughter of 28 people on a bus in Kenya is an attempt to start a religious war, an adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta tells the BBC.

'Big gaps' hamper Iran nuclear talks

Important sticking points remain in talks with Iran, Western powers warn, as negotiations on Tehran's nuclear programme enter their final stages.

West 'seeks Russia regime change'

Western sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine are aimed at forcing regime change in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.

Ebola 'stable' in Guinea - WHO

The deadly Ebola outbreak is now "stable" in Guinea, the country where the latest crisis began, the World Health Organization says.

Iraq troops battle IS in Ramadi

Iraq's army launches an operation to retake parts of Ramadi in Anbar province, a major city largely controlled by Islamic State militants.

US 'to expand' Afghan combat role

US troops in Afghanistan will have a broader role than initially planned next year, as their combat mission draws to a close, US officials say.

Thai king's absence sparks concern

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand fails to appear for a scheduled event, raising fresh concerns about his health.

Albania opens huge Cold War bunker

A secret five-storey bunker that Albania's communist regime built in the 1970s to survive a nuclear bomb opens to the public for the first time.

BBC Sports News

Hamilton eyes 'biggest day of life'

Lewis Hamilton says Sunday's title showdown with Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi will be "the biggest day of my life".

Barcelona 5-1 Sevilla

Barcelona's Lionel Messi becomes the Spanish league's all-time top scorer with a hat-trick against Sevilla.

BBC to show Fifa Women's World Cup

The BBC will provide comprehensive coverage of next year's Fifa Women's World Cup in Canada.

Red Bull excluded from qualifying

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel are excluded from qualifying at the Abu Dhabi GP for driving illegal cars.

Quigg and McDonnell retain titles

Britain's Scott Quigg defends his WBA world super-bantamweight title with a unanimous points win over Japan's Hidenori Otake.

England 28-9 Samoa

England secure their first win of the autumn as they see off Samoa 28-9 with a solid, if unspectacular, performance.

Police and NHS phone lines restored

Non-emergency police and medical phone lines are now working, Vodafone says, after technical problems disrupted services for a number of hours.

Developer repairs court building

The owner of the derelict Devizes Assizes Courts is told to make emergency repairs to the building by the council.

'Total mess' Christmas tree changed

Decorations on a town's Christmas tree, described as a "total mess" and "gaudy", are changed.

Eight injured by stray firework

Eight people are hurt when a stray firework falls in to crowds of people as they watched the Christmas lights being switched on in Salisbury.

Lorry crashes through front of pub

A lorry driver smashes through the front wall of a pub in Wiltshire.

Thousands using Stonehenge rat-runs

Thousands of drivers a day are cutting through villages near Stonehenge to avoid a congested road, a survey suggests.

Dyson: 'Keep engineers in Britain'

James Dyson tells the BBC that it's important to keep engineers in Britain as his Wiltshire-based firm announces a £1bn.

Girls' football pioneers win award

Award goes to pair who run Swindon Spitfires

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
http://askten.co.uk


1. Trick-or-treating is believed to have stemmed from the superstition that ghosts could disguise themselves in human form and knock on doors to ask for money or food. If they were denied, the spirit could then curse or haunt the person who refused. New York Times

2. British workers are the worst savers in Europe, according to data from the European Commission. Brits save just 9.9% of everything they earn – less than half the proportion in France and below the levels in economically troubled nations such as Spain and Portugal. Experts say the news is evidence of a "dramatic" change in culture in Britain. Daily Mail

3. Argentina has called on Britain to close its military base in the Falklands, insisting that there is “absolutely no chance of another invasion from the mainland”. The Buenos Aires special secretary for the Falklands said Britain should follow its withdrawal from Afghanistan by leaving the South Atlantic territory. The Times

4. Facebook now has as many users as there are people in China. The social network giant announced the statistic as it revealed that profits nearly doubled to more than $1bn. The number of users checking into Facebook at least once a month has risen by 14% to 1.35bn in the third quarter. However, it warned that spending will increase sharply next year and its revenue growth will slow in the fourth quarter. The Guardian

5. According to British Geological Survey, the largest known British earthquake happened near the Dogger Bank in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1. Fortunately, it was 60 miles offshore but was still powerful enough to cause damage to buildings on the east coast of England. The Times

6. Contrary to myth, Michelangelo did not spend four years lying on his back painting the ceiling of the Sisteen Chapel, but was stood up on a platform he designed himself. He initially did not want to take on the project as he considered himself to be a sculptor and not a painter. Daily Telegraph

7. Victoria Beckham has been named Britain’s entrepreneur of the year, reports the BBC. The former Spice Girl topped a list of the UK’s top 100 entrepreneurs compiled by Management Today magazine. The journal heaped praise on Beckham for her "finely tuned business acumen" for expanding her fashion empire into a business with a £30m turnover and a staff of 100. Daily Telegraph

8. A global top 50 of the world’s most innovative companies features just one UK firm, reports the Daily Telegraph. Unilever, which spends almost £1bn a year on new inventions and employs 6,000 people in R&D, squeezed into the list at 49. Virgin and BP, which made the cut last year, had dropped out. Tech firms dominated the top 10 of the chart, which was put together by US-based Boston Consulting Group. Financial Times

9. More than two thirds of Britons do not believe military intervention in Afghanistan was worthwhile and 42% say the UK is less safe as a result of the 13-year operation. The BBC survey comes as the last British troops leave Helmand province and after Camp Bastion was handed over to Afghan forces. Daily Mail

10. More than 700 passengers from 58 countries have already booked a flight on Virgin Galactic at a cost of £150,000 per ticket. Top Gear

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: 14 injured in hotel gas explosion

At least 14 people have been injured in a suspected gas explosion at a central London hotel, ambulance officials say.

VIDEO: Newspapers 'kept from child's eyes'

A mother from south London has persuaded Tesco to change the way it displays newspapers so that children cannot see words or images which she says may disturb them.

VIDEO: Tributes paid to Alan Henning

The widow of the murdered British aid worker Alan Henning told his memorial service that he was killed "for being what we should be, selfless and caring".

VIDEO: Ed Miliband: 'Party of working people'

Ed Miliband is insisting that Labour is still the party of working people, despite finishing third in the Rochester by-election.

VIDEO: UK joins Poland in Nato drill

UK troops take part in the largest British armoured exercise in Europe since 2008.

VIDEO: Scrabble players compete in London

Some of the best Scrabble players from over 120 countries are in London competing to become World Champion and win a share of the prize money.

VIDEO: Stray firework hurts eight in Salisbury

Eight people have been injured by a stray firework that fell in to the crowd during a display to switch on the Christmas lights in Salisbury.

VIDEO: NHS staff set off to help fight Ebola

A group of NHS medical staff leaves for Sierra Leone to help in the fight against the Ebola outbreak.