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Oscar Pistorius given five years for Reeva Steenkamp death

bbc.co.uk — South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is set to discover whether he faces a prison term for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa has heard the prosecution call for a minimum 10-year sentence, against a defence argument for community service and house arrest. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder.
Oct 21, 2014

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been given five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp bbc.in/1s1SD5j

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Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

bbc.co.uk — A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. Darek Fidyka, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame.
Oct 21, 2014

This truly is astounding - Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant bbc.in/1wgH4wp

Oct 21, 2014

RT @Casholini: Astounding story. Barely believable RT @BBCWorld: The moment a paralysed man walks again after pioneering therapy bbc.in/12306Mz

Oct 21, 2014

!!! RT @sswinkgma: Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant -cells from nose transplanted into his spinal cord bbc.co.uk/news/health-29…

Oct 21, 2014

Astounding story. Barely believable RT @BBCWorld: The moment a paralysed man walks again after pioneering therapy bbc.in/12306Mz

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Russia: Man fights off bear with old computer

bbc.co.uk — A Siberian man has the march of technology to thank after fighting off a charging bear with a discarded computer, it's been reported. The encounter occurred at a rubbish dump in a village near Tomsk in western Siberia, where both man and bear were scavenging, the Moscow Times reports.

Total's CEO Christophe de Margerie dies in Moscow plane crash

bbc.co.uk — Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of oil company Total, has died in an air crash in Moscow. Airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said: "Tonight, a plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine. Three crew members and a passenger died." "I can confirm that the passenger was Total's head de Margerie," she said.
Oct 21, 2014

BBC News - Total's CEO Christophe de Margerie dies in Moscow plane crash bbc.co.uk/news/business-…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Driver of Moscow snow-plough that collided with jet killing chief of French oil firm Total was drunk - investigators bbc.in/1vFDUTY

Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Driver of Moscow snow-plough that collided with jet killing chief of French oil firm Total was drunk - investigators bbc.in/1vFDUTY

Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Driver of Moscow snow-plough that collided with jet killing chief of French oil firm Total was drunk - investigators bbc.in/1vFDUTY

Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Driver of Moscow snow-plough that collided with jet killing chief of French oil firm Total was drunk - investigators bbc.in/1vFDUTY

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Hurricane Gonzalo: Woman hit by tree in London dies

bbc.co.uk — Rain and high winds are causing travel disruption, as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo reaches the UK. Gusts of more than 60mph have been recorded in north Wales and north-west England, and a Met Office wind warning is in place for much of the UK. Heathrow said about 10% of Tuesday's flights would be cancelled.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Woman killed by falling tree in Knightsbridge, London Ambulance Service says bbc.in/1wleCsj pic.twitter.com/EtN1tpaO4O

Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Woman killed by falling tree in Knightsbridge, London Ambulance Service says bbc.in/1wleCsj pic.twitter.com/EtN1tpaO4O

Oct 21, 2014

Pedestrian in a "critical condition" after being hit by a falling tree in high winds in London bbc.co.uk/news/uk-297005…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Person in critical condition after being crushed by tree and wall blown down by high winds in London bbc.in/1FvUolO

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"She shouldn't be chairing this Inquiry"

bbc.co.uk — Simon Danczuk MP says Fiona Woolf should not be chairing the Child Abuse Inquiry
Oct 21, 2014

"One mistake is forgivable...to make the same mistake twice looks like they're out to protect Leon Brittan" bbc.in/1DwOv67 #wato

Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCNews: Labour MP says Fiona Woolf "shouldn't be chairing" child sex abuse inquiry, due to her links to Lord Brittan bbc.in/1whKwXH

Oct 21, 2014

RT @suttonnick: .@SimonDanczuk: "Where I come from if u've been to dinner at somebody's home & vice versa then u're relatively close" http:…

Oct 21, 2014

.@SimonDanczuk: "Where I come from if u've been to dinner at somebody's home & vice versa then u're relatively close" bbc.in/1CQcsmF

Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCNews: Labour MP says Fiona Woolf "shouldn't be chairing" child sex abuse inquiry, due to her links to Lord Brittan bbc.in/1whKwXH

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Farage: "nothing" in Polish MEP's background "to suggest that he is a political extremist"

bbc.co.uk — Nigel Farage responds to criticism of a Polish MEP who's joined UKIP's Parliament group
Oct 21, 2014

RT @suttonnick: AUDIO: Nigel Farage - when Polish MEP said hitting a wife can bring them "back down to earth", it was "a joke" bbc.in/1wibKgU #wato

Oct 21, 2014

AUDIO: Nigel Farage - when Polish MEP said hitting a wife can bring them "back down to earth", it was "a joke" bbc.in/1wibKgU #wato

Ken Clarke: Some Eurosceptic Tories should be in UKIP

bbc.co.uk — Former cabinet minister Ken Clarke has said some of his Eurosceptic Conservative colleagues should be in UKIP. Mr Clarke said there was "a wave of almost hysteria" about immigration and warned Prime Minister David Cameron against "competing with ignorance and bigotry". The PM says he will "fix" the issue of EU migrants coming to work in the UK.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCPolitics: Former cabinet minister Ken Clarke says some of his Eurosceptic Conservative colleagues should be in UKIP. bbc.in/1COOA2D

Oct 21, 2014

Some of my Tory colleagues should be in UKIP, says Ken Clarke bbc.in/ZMjr38

Oct 21, 2014

Reasonable Ken Clarke sounds like a crazed lefty in comparison to the current Tory mainstream bbc.in/1COOA2D

Staples investigating theft of payment card data

bbc.co.uk — Office supply superstore Staples is investigating possible payment card data thefts, according to reports. A blog report by security expert Brian Krebs has suggested that several of its stores in north-east America have been affected by a breach. If correct, it would make Staples the latest in an increasingly long line of US retailers to have been targeted by hackers.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCNewsUS: Reports say office supply superstore Staples is investigating possible payment card data thefts bbc.in/1vHANec

Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCNewsUS: Reports say office supply superstore Staples is investigating possible payment card data thefts bbc.in/1vHANec

Hong Kong protests: Activists share secrets at Oslo Freedom Forum

bbc.co.uk — Where might you find a North Korean defector, a self-confessed Serbian troublemaker, a Tiananmen Square protester and members of punk group Pussy Riot in the same room? While Hong Kong's students continue their protests and stumbling negotiations with the territory's authorities, democracy activists from around the world, who have helped organise their struggle, gather together.
Oct 21, 2014

This BBC story will add fuel to Beijing's claim that 'foreign forces' are backing Hong Kong's democracy protests bbc.in/1vHNSUV

Robot will beam live Moon pictures to Oculus users

bbc.co.uk — Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a robot which they plan to land on the Moon to act as eyes for Earth-bound space enthusiasts. The project is part of a $30m prize from Google offered to a team that can send video back from the moon.

Ebola cuddly toy 'sells out' despite nature of illness

bbc.co.uk — Ebola is a deadly disease, characterised by vomiting, fever and internal bleeding. The current outbreak has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organisation. Yet despite the horrific nature of the infectious illness, a friendly-looking Ebola cuddly toy has become a surprise hit.

Chechnya: Leader's horses 'targeted by sanctions'

bbc.co.uk — Chechnya's leader has demanded an apology from Germany, after EU sanctions targeted two of his racehorses, it's reported. Thousands of euros in prize money won by Ramzan Kadyrov's stallion Zazu at races in Dusseldorf and Baden Baden have been frozen by authorities there, according to Russia's Regnum news agency.
Oct 21, 2014

Chechen leader demands a German apology. To horses. bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-new… It's "a new shameful page in German history" apparently.

BBC News - Australia

bbc.co.uk — Get the latest BBC World News: international news, features and analysis from Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and the United States and Canada.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @dmitryshishkin: BBC News launches Australia section. Follow @BBCNewsAus for news, features, videos and more from our reporters there bbc.in/1tFNuqY

Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCNewsAus: Welcome to BBC News Australia - Follow us for the latest news, features and video from our staff down under bbc.in/1tFNuqY

Oct 21, 2014

Australians, one for your bookmarks. A new Australian news page on @BBCNews website. Here you go: bbc.co.uk/news/world/aus…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @dmitryshishkin: BBC News launches Australia section. Follow @BBCNewsAus for news, features, videos and more from our reporters there bbc.in/1tFNuqY

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Easyjet passengers taken off 'too heavy' plane

bbc.co.uk — A number of passengers on an easyJet flight to Spain were asked to get off before take-off as the aircraft was "too heavy", the airline has said. The decision was put down to weather conditions before the flight from London Southend to Malaga. Those who did not travel were offered £250 compensation.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @chrisadamsmkts: Number of passengers on an easyJet flight to Spain asked to get off before take-off as the aircraft was "too heavy" bbc.in/ZEuH1o

Oct 21, 2014

Number of passengers on an easyJet flight to Spain asked to get off before take-off as the aircraft was "too heavy" bbc.in/ZEuH1o

#BBCtrending: How 'Race the Tube' went global

bbc.co.uk — The craze for racing trains and uploading the results on YouTube - kickstarted in London a couple of months ago - has now gone global The practice has become known as #racethetube after a video made in London was watched more than 5m times on YouTube.
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World at One, 21/10/2014

bbc.co.uk — Analysis of current affairs reports, presented by Martha Kearney.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @DannyShawBBC: Why legal highs are becoming "drug of choice" in prison & the effects of Spice. At 16 minutes on @BBCWorldatOne: http…

Oct 21, 2014

Why legal highs are becoming "drug of choice" in prison & the effects of Spice. At 16 minutes on @BBCWorldatOne: bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04…

Oct 21, 2014

Is Mike Read's UKIP Calypso song racist? Farage: "No, of course it's not...it's meant to be a bit of fun" #wato bbc.in/1yeYZnu

Italy: Singing nun chooses 'Like a Virgin' for debut

bbc.co.uk — A singing nun who won the Italian version of the The Voice has released a cover of Madonna's Like a Virgin for her debut single, it seems. Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won the singing contest in June, says she chose the song herself "without any intention to provoke or shock", but says she is ready for any criticism.