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BBC News: Penalties 'do not stop' drug use
Thursday 30th October 2014
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BBC news for Inverness-shire

Isles' WW1 sacrifices to be explored

Artefacts from a museum in Belgium are to form part of a series of exhibitions recalling the high number of Hebridean lives lost in World War One.

Haul of the mountain photo kings

A selection of winning images from the 2014 Trail UK Mountain Photo of the Year awards.

New exhibition of John Byrne art

A new exhibition of paintings by Scots artist John Byrne will open at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday.

Woman rescued from fire in flat

Firefighters led a woman to safety and a man was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a flat.

Arts groups share £100m funding

More than 100 arts groups across the country are to receive regular funding from Creative Scotland, it is announced.

Chewing the landscape study extended

Study looka at effect rabbits and sheep have on fragile upland plants in one of Scotland's most striking landscapes is extended.

Killers fail to quash convictions

Two men jailed for life for the first murder on the Western Isles in more than 40 years fail in their bids to have their convictions quashed.

Live BBC World News

Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule set fire to parliament in the capital.

Abbas warning over holy site closure

The Palestinian leader's spokesman calls the closure of a disputed Jerusalem holy site after the shooting of a Jewish activist a "declaration of war".

US Ebola nurse defies quarantine

US nurse Kaci Hickox defies Ebola quarantine orders, leaving house in Maine after saying she has no symptoms of the virus.

Iraqi Kurd fighters 'enter Kobane'

An advance party of 10 Iraqi Kurd fighters have entered the Syrian border town of Kobane to join the battle against Islamic State militants, activists say.

Prison for S Korea bullying soldiers

A military court in South Korea gives prison sentences ranging from 25 to 45 years to four soldiers involved in the death of a junior soldier.

Groups condemn Singapore gay ruling

Human rights groups criticise a Singapore court's decision that a law banning gay sex is constitutional, saying it "tramples on basic rights".

US posts better-than-expected growth

The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the third quarter, a better figure than economists were expecting.

BBC Sports News

Pellegrini 'worried' before derby

Man City "lack trust" before Man Utd clash.

I know what I am doing - Pardew

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew assures critical fans of his ability after his side knock holders Manchester City out of the League Cup.

The Rumble in the Jungle revisited

On the 40th anniversary of Muhammad Ali v George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, BBC Sport speaks to those who were there.

Pietersen claims sadden England pair

England bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson say they are saddened by Kevin Pietersen's claims of a bullying culture.

BBC to show Warrington FA Cup tie

Warrington Town's FA Cup first-round tie against Exeter City will be televised live on BBC Two.

Isles' WW1 sacrifices to be explored

Artefacts from a museum in Belgium are to form part of a series of exhibitions recalling the high number of Hebridean lives lost in World War One.

Haul of the mountain photo kings

A selection of winning images from the 2014 Trail UK Mountain Photo of the Year awards.

New exhibition of John Byrne art

A new exhibition of paintings by Scots artist John Byrne will open at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday.

Woman rescued from fire in flat

Firefighters led a woman to safety and a man was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a flat.

Arts groups share £100m funding

More than 100 arts groups across the country are to receive regular funding from Creative Scotland, it is announced.

Chewing the landscape study extended

Study looka at effect rabbits and sheep have on fragile upland plants in one of Scotland's most striking landscapes is extended.

Killers fail to quash convictions

Two men jailed for life for the first murder on the Western Isles in more than 40 years fail in their bids to have their convictions quashed.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Overtime payments at the Passport Office topped £2.5million in a month during a chaotic summer in which holidaymakers’ plans were put in jeopardy, figures show. The then-government agency paid out £6.75million to staff for working extra hours during July, August and September as they tried to clear a backlog of thousands of applications. Daily Mail

2. The number of people earning less than £7.69 an hour increased by 250,000 last year to reach 5.2 million. The increase partly reflected growth in employment, but there was also a reverse in the previous year’s slight fall in low-paid work. Workers in Britain are more likely to be low paid than those in comparable economies such as Germany and Australia. Resolution Foundation.

3. Schools are being urged to hold lessons in body confidence as a new survey reveals that one in four Britons is depressed by their appearance. A new project called Be Real aims to tackle the issue which campaigners say is trapping millions of people in the UK in an unhealthy cycle of depression, short-term dieting, cosmetic intervention and eating disorders. Daily Express

4. One of Apple’s first pre-assembled computers - the Apple-1 - has been sold for a record $905,000 (£565,000) at an auction in New York. The motherboard is one of around 50 Apple-1 computers that were first manufactured by Steve Wozniak in the garage of his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1976. Few of the devices have survived, and the latest sale has fetched the highest price yet thanks to its mint condition.

5. Fewer teenagers scored at least five C grades in their GCSEs, including English and maths, this year amid major changes to the exams and school league tables, official figures show. In total, just over half (52.6%) of pupils in England reached the five A*-C including the basics benchmark, according to statistics published by the Department for Education (DfE). Daily Mail

6. Foreign criminals are costing taxpayers £850m a year with thousands living in the community instead of being deported. Of the 4,200 foreign national offenders living in the community, one in six - 760 - have absconded, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report. Those missing included 58 “high harm” individuals who have been missing since 2010, the report said. The Times

7. The Star Wars character of Chewbacca was inspired by director George Lucas’ big, hairy Alaskan malamute dog Indiana - who would always sit in the passenger seat of his car like a co-pilot. The dog was also the inspiration behind the name of one of Lucas’ other creations, Indiana Jones. BBC

8. A recent study of 188 countries found that more than half the planet’s 671 million obese people live in just ten countries – with one in ten of them living in the United States, where a third of adults are obese. The UK did not make the top ten. The Independent

9. With a population of just 40,000, Salisbury is one of Britain’s smaller cities. Yet it has beaten London – as well as Paris and New York – to be named one of the top ten in the world. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 ranked Salisbury seventh in its list. The Observer

10. Queen Elizabeth sent her first tweet during a visit to the Science Museum in London. The 88-year-odl monarch formally opened the museum’s new Information Age Galleries by touching a tablet scree to send her first message around the world. The tweeted through the @britishmonarchy account, which has 733,000 followers. Daily Telegraph

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