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Ebola outbreak: 'Five infected every hour' in Sierra Leone

bbc.co.uk — A leading charity has warned that a rate of five new Ebola cases an hour in Sierra Leone means healthcare demands are far outstripping supply. Save the Children said there were 765 new cases of Ebola reported in the West African state last week, while there are only 327 beds in the country.
Oct 02, 2014

'Five infected with Ebola every hour' in Sierra Leone - 765 new cases last week, but only 327 beds in the country: bbc.in/1tirZ9K

Oct 02, 2014

BBC News - #Ebola outbreak: 'Five infected every hour' in Sierra Leone bbc.in/1tirZ9K

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Sir Cliff Richard doll helps Norfolk couple feel safe

bbc.co.uk — A life-size replica of Sir Cliff Richard is being used as a security measure by a couple in Norfolk. David Stolworthy said the model was put in his wife's car to make her feel less vulnerable when travelling alone at night. But the dummy also heads out regularly with the family - even joining them on continental holidays.
Oct 02, 2014

Sir Cliff Richard doll helps Norfolk couple feel safe - bit.ly/1x2D02x

Oct 02, 2014

Quick, get a helicopter MT @BBCEngland A Sir Cliff Richard doll is used by a woman to make her feel safe when driving bbc.in/1tjMQcA

Oct 02, 2014

RT @BBCEngland: A life-size Sir Cliff Richard doll is used by a woman to make her feel safe when driving alone bbc.in/1tjMQcA pic.twitter.com/x8LiShaDvo

Oct 02, 2014

She got herself a LIVING DOLL. Family has life-size Cliff Richard in car so they feel safe - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan… pic.twitter.com/mxKpJyj4cT

Hong Kong protests: China police bar BBC from artists' event

bbc.co.uk — China's authorities are adamant that Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests must not spread to the Chinese mainland. Our BBC team learned that the hard way, after scores of Beijing police pushed us and confiscated our journalist cards. The whole incident started with a hasty invitation.
Oct 02, 2014

BBC reporter left with bruises after she was forcibly stopped from covering #HongKong protest outside Beijing bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-chi…

Singer Lynsey De Paul dies aged 64

bbc.co.uk — Singer and songwriter Lynsey De Paul has died at the age of 64, following a suspected brain haemmorhage. De Paul, who represented the UK in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Rock Bottom, had five top 20 UK chart hits, including 1972's Sugar Me.
Oct 02, 2014

RT @SWB_: British Singer/Songwriter Lynsey De Paul dies aged 64 dlvr.it/74krW8

Oct 02, 2014

RT @BBCNews: Singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul - UK's 1977 Eurovision entrant - dies aged 64 bbc.in/1ufuhKW pic.twitter.com/nPFiz1Cy53

Oct 02, 2014

Very sorry to hear Lynsey de Paul has died. She was only 64. Loved 'Rock Bottom', our 1977 Eurovision entry. bbc.co.uk/news/entertain…

Oct 02, 2014

This is a bit shit. bbc.co.uk/news/entertain… First woman to win an Ivor Novello.

Man 'confesses' to Thai killings

bbc.co.uk — A Myanmar man "confesses" to killing two British tourists on Thai island of Koh Tai, according to local reports
Oct 02, 2014

And the DNA results...? MT @BBCBreaking A Myanmar man "confesses" to killing two British tourists in Koh Tai: bbc.in/1ufJTOB

Oct 02, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: A Myanmar man "confesses" to killing two British tourists on Thai island of Koh Tai, according to local reports bbc.in/1ufJTOB

Prince George 'harassment' plea from palace officials

bbc.co.uk — Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge write to a photographer asking him to "cease harassing" Prince George and his nanny.
Oct 02, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's lawyers write to photographer asking that Prince George and nanny not be pursued bbc.in/1tjKZEN

World at One, 02/10/2014

bbc.co.uk — Analysis of current affairs reports, presented by Mark Mardell.

Virgin Money announces float plan

bbc.co.uk — Virgin Money, the UK challenger bank partly owned by entrepreneur Richard Branson, has announced plans to float shares on the London Stock Exchange. It said it would raise about £150m. It added that the share sale would support its plans for growth and further improve its ability to recruit and retain top staff.
Oct 02, 2014

RT @BBCNewsNE: Virgin Money announces plan to float: About 1,800 North East staff will get a £1,000 windfall. bbc.in/1rxU0OT pic.twitter.com/qoZcfayOVK

Oct 02, 2014

RT @iancowie: Virgin announces float plan: but this isn't the very first time... bbc.co.uk/news/business-…

Oct 02, 2014

Virgin announces float plan: but this isn't the very first time... bbc.co.uk/news/business-…

Russia brain drain after Putin crackdown

bbc.co.uk — The increasingly harsh and reactionary political climate in Putin's Russia has sparked a wave of emigration among middle-class professionals, including several leading journalists. Russia has seen this before - from the departure of left-wing revolutionaries in Tsarist times and the writers and artists who fled after the October 1917 revolution to the great brain drain that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union at the start of the 1990s.
Oct 02, 2014

RT @KiritRadia: "More than 186,000 people left Russia in 2013, five times as many as 2 years earlier, according to state statistics" bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur…

Oct 02, 2014

"More than 186,000 people left Russia in 2013, five times as many as 2 years earlier, according to state statistics" bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur…

Oct 02, 2014

Russian brain drain amid Putin crackdown -- hundreds of thousands of highly educated émigrés head west. bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur…

Oct 02, 2014

RT @oflynnkevin: 5 times more people left in 2013 RT @rightsinrussia: BBC News - Russia brain drain after Putin crackdown bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur…

Winter Olympics: What now for 2022 after Norway pulls outs?

bbc.co.uk — Last updated at 09:41 And then there were two. Norway's decision to pull out of the bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Oslo leaves the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with only Almaty in Kazakhstan and Beijing in China to choose from when it meets next year.
Oct 02, 2014

RT @danroan: Some thoughts on Oslo's decision to withdraw from the race to host the 2022 Olympics & what it means for the IOC http://t.co/i…

Oct 02, 2014

Human rights & bid costs again on IOC agenda after Oslo withdrawal leaves just Almaty & Beijing vying for '22 Games bbc.co.uk/sport/0/winter…

Oct 02, 2014

Some thoughts on Oslo's decision to withdraw from the race to host the 2022 Olympics & what it means for the IOC bbc.co.uk/sport/0/winter…

Ebola crisis: UK aid cuts 'hit fight' against virus

bbc.co.uk — Cuts in the amount of health aid the UK provides to Liberia and Sierra Leone have "compromised the fight" to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, MPs say. More than 3,000 people are suspected to have died in the current epidemic.
Oct 02, 2014

RT @BBCVK: UK MPs say cuts in health aid to Liberia and Sierra Leone "compromised the fight" to stop spread of Ebola bbc.co.uk/news/uk-294503…

Oct 02, 2014

RT @BBCVK: UK MPs say cuts in health aid to Liberia and Sierra Leone "compromised the fight" to stop spread of Ebola bbc.co.uk/news/uk-294503…

Oct 02, 2014

UK aid cuts hit fight against ebola? This story just shows how incredibly ill-informed some MPs are about the crisis bbc.co.uk/news/uk-294503…

Indian officials ordered to take up brooms on day off

bbc.co.uk — India's four million federal government staff and millions of schoolchildren are getting ready with their brooms and dusters to spearhead a drive to clean up the country. The nationwide campaign launches on 2 October, the birthday of independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.

Sport & gender: A history of bad science & 'biological racism'

bbc.co.uk — Life looked pretty good for Dutee Chand this July. Having become the first Indian sprinter to reach a final at a global athletics event in 2013, the 18-year-old was already the national champion at 100m and 200m, and an Asian Games bronze medallist.
Oct 02, 2014

How a young Indian called Dutee Chand sparked a debate about fairness, 'biological racism' & misogyny bbc.co.uk/sport/0/athlet…

Does job success depend on data rather than your CV?

bbc.co.uk — The bald truth is that most companies are pretty bad at recruitment. Nearly half of new recruits turn out to be duds within 18 months, according to one study, while two-thirds of hiring managers admit they've often chosen the wrong people.

Twitter responds to Modi's Indian cleanliness drive

bbc.co.uk — On the day India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign to clean up the country, #MyIdeaofSwachhBharat (Clean India Campaign) has been among the top trends in the country. Tweets have been sharing their suggestions for a cleaner India, both serious and humorous.
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