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Shots outside Canada parliament

bbc.co.uk — Shots are fired outside Canadian parliament in Ottawa and a soldier is wounded, local media report
Oct 22, 2014

Thoughts and prayers for Ottawa, where I lived for two years. bbc.in/12brRma #OttawaStrong

Oct 22, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking Canadian media identify the soldier killed in Ottawa as Nathan Cirillo, 24 bbc.in/1sQs0UT

Oct 22, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Canadian media identify the soldier killed in Ottawa as Nathan Cirillo, 24 bbc.in/1sQs0UT

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Twitter 'source of all evil' says Saudi Arabia cleric

bbc.co.uk — Twitter users often complain the site is addictive and time-consuming. But according to Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric, Twitter is "the source of all evil and devastation". Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, made the comments on his Fatwa television show earlier this week.
Oct 22, 2014

Hard to argue MT @BBCNewsbeat: "Twitter is the source of all evil and devastation," Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric bbc.in/1yYDn23

Oct 22, 2014

RT @john_overholt: There are days when it’s hard to disagree. “Twitter 'source of all evil' says Saudi Arabia cleric” bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29722…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @BBCNewsbeat: "Twitter is the source of all evil and devastation," says Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric bbc.in/1yYDn23 pic.twitter.com/HQGdkmwGS7

Oct 22, 2014

RT @BBCNewsbeat: "Twitter is the source of all evil and devastation," says Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric bbc.in/1yYDn23 pic.twitter.com/HQGdkmwGS7

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Wilko Johnson says he is 'cancer-free'

bbc.co.uk — Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson has said he has been "cured" of the terminal pancreatic cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2012. The 67-year-old had radical surgery earlier this year in which a tumour was removed along with his pancreas, spleen and part of his stomach.
Oct 22, 2014

Fantastic News - Wilko Johnson says he is 'cancer free' bbc.in/1rfZPM1

Oct 22, 2014

RT @johnycassidy: The show will go on. Dr Feelgood has given Wilko Johnson the all clear. bbc.co.uk/news/entertain…

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Footage shows bullets fired inside Canada parliament

bbc.co.uk — Footage from the Toronto Globe and Mail shows bullets being fired inside the Canadian parliament building, in Ottawa. Witnesses earlier reported seeing a gunman shooting at the Ottawa War Memorial and then running toward the government buildings, where more shots were heard. A soldier has reportedly been wounded in the attack.
Oct 22, 2014

BBC News: Footage shows bullets fired inside Canada parliament bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-… (Toronto Globe and Mail pictures)

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DJ Mike Read withdraws UKIP Calypso song

bbc.co.uk — Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has requested a song he wrote in support of UKIP be withdrawn from sale following complaints it was racist. UKIP Calypso, performed with a mock Caribbean accent, sings the praises of party leader Nigel Farage. "I am so sorry that the song unintentionally caused offence.
Oct 22, 2014

There are random unexpected things in the news, then there is this: DJ Mike Read withdraws pro-UKIP Calypso song bbc.in/1ot4v5Z

Oct 22, 2014

Tedious old has-been UK pop DJ NOT in paedophile scandal for a change: bbc.in/1ot4v5Z via @AnslowJA

Oct 22, 2014

RT @BBCNews: #UKIP says withdrawal of Mike Read's Calypso song is "a shame... political correctness has trodden all over this" bbc.in/1ot4v5Z

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Analysis: Canada's growing extremism

bbc.co.uk — The world's attention is now focused on recent violent attacks in Canada. Canadian terrorism expert Tom Quiggin explains how the country is facing a growing problem with extremism. The sergeant-at-Arms of the Canadian Parliament, Kevin Vickers, shot dead an assailant who was intent on killing members of parliament in the Centre Block on Parliament Hill.

Newspaper headlines: NHS 'revamp', Canada attacks, police killer freed

bbc.co.uk — Many of Thursday's papers report on the shootings in the Canadian capital Ottawa, during which a soldier was killed, while plans to revamp the NHS are also reported.

In pictures: India celebrates Diwali

bbc.co.uk — Indians are celebrating Diwali, the biggest Hindu festival, by lighting earthen lamps, bursting firecrackers and distributing sweets. On Diwali, many Indians worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Here, an artist gives the final touches to a Lakshmi statue at a workshop ahead of the festival in the southern city of Hyderabad.

Football reform: Can politicians deliver fan power at last?

bbc.co.uk — The last week has seen politicians wade into the debate over the relationship between football clubs and their fans. First, Sports Minister Helen Grant told me she was "cross and concerned" about the findings of BBC Sport's Price of Football study, which revealed another year of above-inflation ticket price rises.
Oct 23, 2014

Football reform: Some thoughts on whether politicians can finally deliver some genuine fan power at clubs bbc.co.uk/sport/0/footba…

Among Those Killed in a Dawn Raid was a Man Aged 100

bbc.co.uk — Ian McMillan introduces and reads Among Those Killed in a Dawn Raid was a Man Aged 100.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @BBCDylanThomas: ► @IMcMillan performs a beautiful "Among Those Killed in a Dawn Raid was a Man Aged 100" » bbc.in/1tfhgke #PoetInOctober

NHS needs extra cash and overhaul, say bosses

bbc.co.uk — The NHS in England needs extra money and drastic changes to services if care is not to suffer, health bosses say. A five-year plan for the NHS - unveiled by six national bodies - once again highlighted that an annual £30bn shortfall would open up by 2020.

Lloyds expected to cut 9,000 jobs

bbc.co.uk — Lloyds Banking Group is planning to cut around 9,000 jobs - around a tenth of its entire workforce - over the next three years, the BBC understands. The announcement is expected to come on Tuesday as part of chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio's strategic review of the business.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @paullewismoney: Lloyds Bank, already top of complaints to Ombudsman (BOS 2nd) with 66% upheld, is to lose 9000 more staff goo.gl/RGcxQX

Oct 23, 2014

Lloyds Bank, already top of complaints to Ombudsman (BOS 2nd) with 66% upheld, is to lose 9000 more staff goo.gl/RGcxQX

Today in Parliament, 22/10/2014

bbc.co.uk — Susan Hulme reports from Westminster.
Oct 23, 2014

If you want to hear what I said to the select commt rather than read it in the Mail, listen to this 25 mins in. bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04…

Tesco boss Sir Richard Broadbent to quit over profits error

bbc.co.uk — Tesco has reported a sharp fall in sales and profits for the first half of its financial year. Like-for-like sales fell, which strip out new stores, fell 4.4% in the first half of the year and pre-tax profit slumped to £112m, down more than 90% on the same period in the previous year.
Oct 23, 2014

Tesco boss (and ex @TrentUni student) Dave Lewis looks like he's doing all the nasties in one go bbc.co.uk/news/business-…

Can technology help plug projected £30bn NHS funding gap?

bbc.co.uk — The Head of the NHS is to outline plans for radical changes to health care in England. The service is under pressure to deliver greater efficiency to address a projected £30bn annual shortfall by 2020. BBC Health Correspondent Dominic Hughes has been looking at how the NHS has changed in West Yorkshire.

Indian PM Narendra Modi visits Siachen glacier

bbc.co.uk — Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to arrive in Indian-administered Kashmir to spend the Diwali festival seeing the damage caused by last month's floods. The floods killed 281 people and left Srinagar city under water. More than a million people were displaced. Mr Modi had called the deluge a "national disaster".

BBC - BBC announces ambitious commitment to natural history across TV and online - Media centre

bbc.co.uk — (Crossing the Line Productions/TG4/ORF/PBS/NDR/France TV/Media & Section 481 Irish Govt Tax Incentives co-production) 2X60' BBC Two & BBC Northern Ireland, Executive Producers - Craig Hunter & Justin Binding with John Murray for Crossing the Line Films In this two-part special, Emmy-award-winning natural history cameraman and presenter Colin Stafford Johnson journeys
Oct 23, 2014

RT @BBCWhereNext: Tony Hall, BBC DG, says "No-one does natural history like the BBC" as new progs announced + launch of BBC Earth bbc.in/1w8E9Wu

Semesa Rokoduguni: Fijian British Army soldier set for England duty

bbc.co.uk — Keith Miller, the great Australian all-rounder and World War II pilot, was once asked to compare the pressures of playing cricket to flying raids over Germany. Miller replied: "Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your backside, playing is not."
Oct 23, 2014

Quality piece by @bendirs1 on Semesa Rokoduguni, the Fijian British Army soldier set for England rugby duty bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @bendirs1: A feature I wrote about Semesa Rokoduguni - Bath (and probably England) winger and Royal Scot Dragoon Guard tiny.cc/3t62nx