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Police called to 'Black Friday' supermarket crowds

bbc.co.uk — Police have been called to four supermarkets in London amid fears of crowd surges as people hunted for bargains on "Black Friday". Originating in the US, the date is fast becoming one of the biggest shopping days of the year in Britain.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @hannah_fran_: Totally disgusting conduct on #BlackFriday with people coming to blows over coffee makers. Get a grip people. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-302414…

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Soldier jailed for making nail bomb

bbc.co.uk — British soldier Ryan McGee, 20, jailed for two years for making nail bomb in Greater Manchester
Nov 28, 2014

"Although he accepts he made the device [a nail gun] he never intended to put it to any violent purpose." bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…

Nov 28, 2014

BBC News - Soldier obsessed with far-right politics jailed for making nail bomb bbc.in/1ryTnWJ

Nov 28, 2014

RT @Lemonosity: Wot no 'terrorist'? MT @BreakingNewsUK Brit soldier w/ far-right politics jailed for 2 years for producing nail bomb bbc.in/1rCJ8Lr

Smith Commission 'dropped welfare proposals'

bbc.co.uk — The Smith Commission appears to have contemplated more extensive welfare devolution until the final phase of negotiations. The BBC has seen pages from a draft of the Commission's report which would have allowed Holyrood to vary all the key elements of Universal Credit. The draft was from 11:00 on Tuesday.
Nov 28, 2014

BBC obtains leaked copy of draft Smith Commission report: welfare proposals watered down bbc.in/1vslRzu

Nov 28, 2014

Smith Commission considered devolving more welfare powers to Holyrood than appeared in final deal reports @GlennBBC m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @BBCScotlandNews: Papers seen by BBC Scotland suggest the #smithcommission contemplated more extensive welfare devolution bbc.in/1txBTUG

Phil Hughes: Australian batsman dies

bbc.co.uk — Last updated at 04:46 Australia Test batsman Phil Hughes has died, officials say. He had been in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital since being hit by a ball on Tuesday. Hughes was carried off on a stretcher after a short-pitched delivery struck his head, missing his helmet.
Nov 27, 2014

Gutted to learn of death of Aussie batsman Phillip Hughes. Thoughts with his & the entire family of cricket m.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/…

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Taxpayers paid for Pembs leader Bryn Parry-Jones's Porsche

bbc.co.uk — A former council chief at the centre of a row over cash payments made in lieu of pension contributions was given a luxury Porsche lease car at taxpayers expense, BBC Wales has learned. Pembrokeshire council confirmed Bryn Parry-Jones was given the car after refusing to disclose the information at the BBC's request for eight months.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @aledscourfield: The result of my 8 month FOI battle: BBC News - Pembs chief Bryn Parry-Jones's work car was £90k Porsche bbc.in/1FAubzJ

Nov 28, 2014

RT @aledscourfield: The result of my 8 month FOI battle: BBC News - Pembs chief Bryn Parry-Jones's work car was £90k Porsche bbc.in/1FAubzJ

Nov 28, 2014

BBC News - Taxpayers paid for a Porsche for Pembrokeshire Council's former Chief Executive: bbc.in/1FAubzJ

Austria arrests 13 jihadi suspects

bbc.co.uk — Austrian police arrest 13 people suspected of recruiting would-be jihadists to fight Syria's civil war.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Austrian police arrest 13 people suspected of recruiting would-be jihadists to fight in Syrian civil war bbc.in/1FzXhkD

Nov 28, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Austrian police arrest 13 people suspected of recruiting would-be jihadists to fight in Syrian civil war bbc.in/1FzXhkD

'Many dead' in Nigeria explosions

bbc.co.uk — Many people killed in explosions in one of biggest mosques in the Nigerian city of Kano, reports say
Nov 28, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Explosions rock Nigerian city of Kano, many killed. Reports bbc.in/1ykFk6n

Nov 28, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Many people killed in explosions in one of biggest mosques in Nigerian city of Kano, reports say bbc.in/1ykFk6n

Man spends £500k on personalised number plate

bbc.co.uk — A man has spent £518,000 on a car number plate at auction, setting a new British record. It's the highest amount the DVLA has ever sold a number plate for. "25 O" was bought by Ferrari dealer John Collins at the agency's auction at the Vale Resort near Cardiff.

Black Friday: Tricks of the trade

bbc.co.uk — On Black Friday retailers will be aiming for a "frenzied" atmosphere - the hope being it makes you buy more. Newsbeat has been finding out how the shops will be trying to force up sales. Black Friday's originally a American idea linked to the Thanksgiving holiday, but retailers in the UK say the annual sales day is taking off here too.

Obituary: Jack Kyle

bbc.co.uk — Jack Kyle will be remembered as one of Ireland's greatest ever rugby players. The man nicknamed Ghost and Scarlet Pimpernel left a lasting impression on all who saw him play, and also stamped his indelible mark on the record books.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @BBCUlsterRugby: Obituary: Jack Kyle: Jack Kyle was an Irish rugby legend who dedicated his working life as a doctor to humanit... bbc.in/129XwUF

Airport raids tackle cyberthieves over ticket fraud

bbc.co.uk — Cyberthieves who used stolen credit cards to buy airline tickets have been targeted in a series of raids. Europol co-ordinated the raids at airports, targeting people who were trying to travel using a fraudulently bought ticket. In total, 118 people were arrested at 80 airports in 45 countries during the raids.
Nov 28, 2014

Europol busy again - Cybercrime unit arrests 118 suspected of using stolen credit cards to book flights bbc.in/1v0Ra5K

Housing market 'continues to soften', Nationwide says

bbc.co.uk — The annual pace of house price growth has slowed for the third consecutive month, according to the UK's second biggest mortgage lender. Nationwide said house price inflation fell to 8.5%% in November on an annual basis, down from 9.0% in October. Prices rose by 0.3% in November from the month before, compared with an increase of 0.5% in October.
Nov 28, 2014

Keep an eye on the European economy as Britain's housing market 'continues to soften,' the BBC reports: bbc.in/1y7pkXE

Nov 28, 2014

RT @HenryPryor: NEWS Housing market 'continues to soften': The UK housing market is continuing to slow, Nationwide says, with ... bbc.in/1xP8O9O

Frida Kahlo's studio and garden to spring up in New York

bbc.co.uk — Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's garden and studio will be recreated at the New York Botanical Garden next year. Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life will be the late artist's first solo show in New York for more than 25 years. The exhibition will include original paintings by Kahlo which reflect the use of botanical imagery in her work.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @BBCWorld: Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's studio & garden will be recreated in New York next year bbc.in/1z1TNDK http://t.co/CTpcd…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @BBCWorld: Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's studio & garden will be recreated in New York next year bbc.in/1z1TNDK http://t.co/CTpcd…

Author PD James dies, aged 94

bbc.co.uk — Novelist PD James has died, aged 94, her agent confirms
Nov 27, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Novelist PD James has died, aged 94, her agent confirms bbc.in/1CkK2Gk

Nov 27, 2014

RT @jane__bradley: What a brilliant writer and woman :( RT @BBCBreaking: Novelist PD James has died, aged 94, her agent confirms bbc.in/1CkK2Gk

Nov 27, 2014

What a brilliant writer and woman :( RT @BBCBreaking: Novelist PD James has died, aged 94, her agent confirms bbc.in/1CkK2Gk

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Celtic: Leigh Griffiths says top flight misses Championship trio

bbc.co.uk — Last updated at 10:40 Leigh Griffiths believes the Scottish Premiership is not as good without Hearts, Rangers and Hibernian. The Celtic front-man is hoping to be in the side for Sunday's Scottish Cup meeting with Hearts at Tynecastle. And he would love to be going back to the Edinburgh venue next season.

Seven mental health patients died waiting for beds

bbc.co.uk — Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC has learned. An investigation of coroners' reports and NHS trust papers with the journal Community Care found another patient denied a bed later killed his mother.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @girlonetrack: A national disgrace: seven people dead because there were no beds available; mental health funding still being cut. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-302369…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @MentalHealthCop: Eight deaths in two years linked to difficulty accessing a mental health bed - bbc.in/1vTDUSD

Efficiency at the BBC: Delivering quality content for the licence fee payer

bbc.co.uk — Anne Bulford Managing Director of Finance and Operations As Managing Director of Finance and Operations at the BBC, my responsibilities extend to looking after finance, legal, technology, and business support services. I first worked at the BBC in the 1990s, rejoining about 18 months ago.
Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

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Pope Francis due in Turkey for historic visit

bbc.co.uk — Pope Francis will arrive in Turkey shortly for what is billed as a historic trip to help interfaith dialogue in the country. At the start of the three-day tour he is set to meet newly-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. He then plans to visit Istanbul for a meeting with the head of the Orthodox Christian church.

Graphene shows promise for bulletproof armour

bbc.co.uk — The "wonder material" graphene could be used to make bulletproof armour. US researchers carried out miniature ballistic tests by firing tiny silica spheres at sheets of graphene. In Science magazine, they report that atom-thick layers of this material can be stronger than steel when it comes to absorbing impacts.