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BBC News: Radical left takes power in Greece
Monday 26th January 2015
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BBC news for Inverness-shire

Girl 'abused at costume fitting'

A 19-year-old student tells a jury at the High Court in Glasgow that she was sexually abused by a man when she was 12.

Woman attacked in pub toilet

A 25 year old man is in custody after a woman was attacked in the male toilets of a pub in Inverness, say police.

A9 cameras 'have cut speeding'

The number of drivers caught speeding on the A9 has fallen dramatically since average speed cameras were introduced, according to new figures.

Weather-hit mobile network returns

A mobile phone network used by a first responder medical scheme is fixed after bad weather put it out of action for two weeks.

Warning about 'killer cornices'

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland is warning walkers and climbers of the risk posed by large overhanging ledges of snow called cornices.

Super woofers: Sled dog racing

Images from the 32nd Aviemore Sled Dog Rally

Mountain festival tour to begin

Canada's Banff Mountain Film Festival starts UK tour

Your pictures

A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 16 and 23 January

Live BBC World News

Radical left takes power in Greece

The head of Greece's far-left Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, is sworn in as prime minister and is set to lead a coalition with another anti-austerity party.

US braced for 'historic blizzard'

Forecasters predict a huge blizzard on the US north-east coast, with New York's mayor warning of a record storm and thousands of flights cancelled.

Egypt doctor 'convicted in FGM case'

An Egyptian doctor is convicted of the manslaughter of a girl who died after undergoing an illegal female genital mutilation procedure, activists say.

Greek singer Demis Roussos dies

Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 68, an Athens hospital confirms to the BBC.

Obama attends India's Republic Day

President Barack Obama begins the second day of his visit to India by becoming the first US head of state to attend the Republic Day parade.

Africa urged to act over Boko Haram

African states should act quickly and collectively to curb the growing threat posed by Nigeria's militant Islamists, the African Union chief says.

LRA commander appears at Hague court

Ugandan rebel Dominic Ongwen becomes the first Lord's Resistance Army commander to appear at the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges.

'Soldiers killed' in Ukraine clashes

Intense fighting with between Russian-backed rebels and army units in eastern Ukraine sees seven soldiers killed in 24 hours, the military says.

BBC Sports News

Venus joins Serena in quarter-finals

Venus Williams reaches her first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2010 as she joins sister Serena in the last eight in Australia.

Smith would have 'slapped' twirl man

England striker Kelly Smith says she would have "slapped" the interviewer who asked tennis player Eugenie Bouchard to "twirl".

Newcastle confirm Carver until summer

Newcastle United confirm John Carver is to remain as head coach until the summer.

England Women's coach Street leaves

Gary Street, who led the England Women's rugby team to World Cup glory in 2014, leaves his role as head coach.

England set for India showdown

England and India will meet for a place in the tri-series final after Australia's game against India was washed out.

Girl 'abused at costume fitting'

A 19-year-old student tells a jury at the High Court in Glasgow that she was sexually abused by a man when she was 12.

Woman attacked in pub toilet

A 25 year old man is in custody after a woman was attacked in the male toilets of a pub in Inverness, say police.

A9 cameras 'have cut speeding'

The number of drivers caught speeding on the A9 has fallen dramatically since average speed cameras were introduced, according to new figures.

Weather-hit mobile network returns

A mobile phone network used by a first responder medical scheme is fixed after bad weather put it out of action for two weeks.

Warning about 'killer cornices'

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland is warning walkers and climbers of the risk posed by large overhanging ledges of snow called cornices.

Super woofers: Sled dog racing

Images from the 32nd Aviemore Sled Dog Rally

Mountain festival tour to begin

Canada's Banff Mountain Film Festival starts UK tour

Your pictures

A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 16 and 23 January

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: Man interrupts woman bishop ceremony

A man has interrupted a ceremony consecrating the Church of England's first female bishop, saying 'it was not in the Bible'.

VIDEO: Sleeping shelter removed by council

An emergency sleeping shelter that appeared on a street in Belfast city centre is removed by Belfast City Council

VIDEO: Prince to be knighted by Australia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott uses Australia Day to announce a knighthood for Prince Philip, sparking criticism from lawmakers.

VIDEO: Ancient underwater forest found off UK

BBC Inside Out reveals a 'lost world' with the discovery of a remarkable submerged forest thousands of years old underneath the sea off eastern England.

VIDEO: PM 'was carrying baby during hoax'

David Cameron was out for a family walk when he received a hoax call, claiming to be from the director of GCHQ.

AUDIO: 'Jilted John' finds honeymoon partner

After being jilted three times, a man who tried to auction his ex-fiancée's honeymoon place finally finds a holiday partner.

VIDEO: TV ad warns of heartburn-cancer sign

Persistent heartburn could be a sign of cancer, doctors warn, as a new campaign is launched to make people more aware of the signs.

VIDEO: What is it like to be disabled at a gig?

How accessible are the UK's music venues to wheelchair users and other people with disabilities?