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BBC News: IS accused of Iraq ethnic cleansing
Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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BBC news for Inverness-shire

Water voles end 20-year absence

Water voles - one of the UK's rarest animals - have re-established a population at an RSPB Scotland reserve in the Highlands.

Superfast computing to be piloted

Superfast computer technology is to be piloted in the Highlands in a project involving Fujitsu, Highland Council and Energy North.

Thousands in late rush to vote

Local registration centres say in recent days they have received tens of thousands of applications from people wanting to vote.

Woman's body discovered in loch

Police are treating the death of a woman, whose body was found by a member of the public in Loch Morlich, near Aviemore, as unexplained.

Car and mini bus crash near airport

A car and a minibus collide on the B9039 at the Dalcross to Inverness Airport junction with the car then catching fire.

Wood work: Art with a chainsaw

Images from the annual Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships held at Carrbridge in the Cairngorms.

Five arrested in drug incidents

Five people are arrested by Police Scotland in connection with two separate drug offences in the Highlands.

Live BBC World News

Russia 'to alter military doctrine'

Russia is to adjust its military doctrine as a result of the Ukraine crisis and Nato's increasing presence in eastern Europe, a top Russian official says.

IS accused of Iraq ethnic cleansing

Amnesty International says it has proof Islamic State militants have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq.

FBI probes 'Cloud' celebrity leaks

The FBI looks into allegations that the online accounts of celebrities have been hacked, leading to intimate pictures being posted online.

US 'targets al-Shabab's leader'

The US military carries out air strikes in Somalia, reportedly targeting the leader of militant group al-Shabab, though it is unclear if he was hit.

British activist in Thailand trial

A British activist who campaigns for better labour conditions is on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.

Uber banned across Germany by court

A Frankfurt court tells car pick-up service Uber to stop taking passengers or face a fine because it lacks permits to operate in Germany.

Japan tackles dengue fever outbreak

Japan is battling its first outbreak of dengue fever in almost 70 years, with at least 22 people confirmed as being infected.

BBC Sports News

Falcao caps record summer spending

Radamel Falcao's loan move to Manchester United was the major deadline day signing as summer spending hits a record £835m.

McGinley braced for tough decisions

European captain Paul McGinley says personal feelings will "go out of the window" when he chooses his Ryder Cup team.

England women thrash S Africa in T20

Charlotte Edwards stars as England thrash South Africa by nine wickets in the opening game of their three-match Twenty20 series.

Moores defends Cook's one-day role

England coach Peter Moores says skipper Alastair Cook can be an influential one-day batsman, after criticism of his scoring rate.

Water voles end 20-year absence

Water voles - one of the UK's rarest animals - have re-established a population at an RSPB Scotland reserve in the Highlands.

Superfast computing to be piloted

Superfast computer technology is to be piloted in the Highlands in a project involving Fujitsu, Highland Council and Energy North.

Thousands in late rush to vote

Local registration centres say in recent days they have received tens of thousands of applications from people wanting to vote.

Woman's body discovered in loch

Police are treating the death of a woman, whose body was found by a member of the public in Loch Morlich, near Aviemore, as unexplained.

Car and mini bus crash near airport

A car and a minibus collide on the B9039 at the Dalcross to Inverness Airport junction with the car then catching fire.

Wood work: Art with a chainsaw

Images from the annual Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships held at Carrbridge in the Cairngorms.

Five arrested in drug incidents

Five people are arrested by Police Scotland in connection with two separate drug offences in the Highlands.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Barnardo’s calculated that one in five families in England would not have been able to afford a trip to the seaside on bank holiday Monday last week. Looking at the cost of train tickets, fish and chips and sun cream, the charity estimated that a day trip could cost as much as £172.20 and blames welfare cuts for poverty. Metro

2. Networking, risk-taking and ruthlessness are the keys to running your own business, as well as being aged 31, a survey has found. Only six per cent of entrepreneurs feel academic qualifications were vital to success, with eight per cent saying their good looks had helped their chances. However, a third of those polled make less money and work longer hours than they had expected. BBC

3. There was a "statistically significant" rise in immigration in the year to March according to new figures. Net migration into the UK totalled 243,000 in the 12-month period, up almost 40% on the previous year. Some 560,000 people, most from the EU, entered the country and 316,000 left. David Cameron has pledged to reduce annual net migration to 100,000. The Times

4. The latest figures, from the 2012 Health Survey for England, show that 14% of children aged two to 15 were obese and 28% were classed as overweight or obese. Those aged 11 to 15 were more likely to be obese with one in five children placed in that category. In children aged two to 10, 10% of both boys and girls were obese. Daily Mail

5. The World Health Organization has called for a ban on the use of electronc cigarettes indoors and says age restrictions should be introduced to stop children using them. A new report says e-cigarettes are likely to be less harmful than traditional ones but says they should not be promoted as devices that can help people quit. Daily Express

6. The UK is deeply elitist according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission study found that 71% of senior judges, 62% of senior armed forces officers, 55% of top civil servants, 43% of newspaper columnists and 36% of the Cabinet were educated at independent schools and Oxbridge. BBC

7. Darts is being given a middle-class makeover. The game, once synonymous with the working-class, is now drawing a wealthier crowd who are paying £600 for tickets. Prince Harry and Zara Phillips have both been to world darts championships. Stephen Fry has dipped his toe in darts commentary. The Sunday Times

8. Salaries offered in job advertisements have witnessed their first annual rise since the recession. A study found that the average annual wage offered in the UK was £33,873 in July, up 0.9% on the same period a year ago. The rise bucked this month’s official jobs data which showed an unexpected 0.2% drop in earnings growth in the three months to July. Daily Telegraph

9. House prices in Britain will be more than 25% higher in five years, with London finally being overtaken by other parts of the country. Property firm Savills predicts that house prices will jump by 9.5% this year across the UK, up from its original estimate of 6.5%, with the property market having “exceeded all expectations”. The Times

10. A slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981 has sold at auction for $1,375 (£820). The cake, in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold to a mystery online bidder in Los Angeles. Fans of royal food have previously purchased cakes dating back to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840. The Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Free hot meals for primary pupils

Pupils up to the age of seven in England will be entitled to a free hot school lunch from this week, when most schools re-open for the new term.

VIDEO: 'I was the baddest girl in Brixton'

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