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BBC news for Inverness-shire

Horse put down after collision

A horse had to be put down and a motorbike rider was injured after a collision on a single track road on the Black Isle.

Images reveal park's red panda cubs

Images are released of two young red panda cubs born at the RZSS's Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore.

Princess unveils Skye Terrier statue

A new statue is unveiled by Princess Anne on Skye in honour to the island's famous breed of terrier.

Work starts on laying 249-mile cable

What is described as the biggest fibre cable laying project of its kind in the UK in years has started off the west coast of Scotland.

Marine protected areas to be set up

A network of 30 marine protected areas is to be established around Scotland's coastline to protect marine species and their habitats.

Your pictures

A selection of your photographs taken across Scotland

How Scottish are Scottie dogs?

How Scottish are Scottie dogs?

Live BBC World News

Israel rejects Gaza ceasefire plan

Israel's security cabinet rejects the Gaza ceasefire proposal put forward by the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli officials say.

'No survivors' in Air Algerie crash

There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande.

Wikipedia blocks US Congress edits

Administrators have imposed a ban on Wikipedia alterations from the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing".

Russia angry at US 'smear campaign'

Russia's foreign ministry rejects accusations from the US that its troops have been firing on Ukrainian soldiers from within Russia.

Fifteen killed in Afghan bus attack

Suspected Taliban gunmen kill 15 bus passengers from the minority Hazara community in the central Afghan province of Ghor, officials say.

Isis 'overruns' Syrian military base

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) say they have overrun a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa.

Greste appeal over Egypt conviction

Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction and jail term on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his family says.

BBC Sports News

Striker Drogba re-signs for Chelsea

Chelsea re-sign veteran striker Didier Drogba on a one-year deal after the Ivorian left Galatasaray.

Navardauskas wins Tour stage 19

Nibali retains overall lead after avoiding late crash.

Glasgow 2014 day-by-day guide

Your essential guide to the must-see moments in the Commonwealth Games and a look at some of the biggest stars on show.

Fachie & Maclean land Scottish gold

Neil Fachie and his pilot Craig Maclean win Scotland's first Commonwealth Games cycling gold at Glasgow 2014.

Horse put down after collision

A horse had to be put down and a motorbike rider was injured after a collision on a single track road on the Black Isle.

Images reveal park's red panda cubs

Images are released of two young red panda cubs born at the RZSS's Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore.

Princess unveils Skye Terrier statue

A new statue is unveiled by Princess Anne on Skye in honour to the island's famous breed of terrier.

Work starts on laying 249-mile cable

What is described as the biggest fibre cable laying project of its kind in the UK in years has started off the west coast of Scotland.

Marine protected areas to be set up

A network of 30 marine protected areas is to be established around Scotland's coastline to protect marine species and their habitats.

Your pictures

A selection of your photographs taken across Scotland

How Scottish are Scottie dogs?

How Scottish are Scottie dogs?

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. What Wonga would owe if it applied its own annual 5,853% interest rate to the £2.6m in compensation it now has to pay 45,000 customers. The payday lender had sent threatening letters from fake law firms, and charged a fee for sending them out. Financial Times

2. Before you go on a summer shopping spree, this may make you put the plastic back in your wallet. One in five people will take 17 years to pay off credit card debts, a study suggests. The figure is based on those paying off the minimum each month towards the average debt of £4,500 at 17.9 per cent. Metro

3. Voters will be asked if Britain needs a new Magna Carta, as the constitutional document reaches its 800th anniversary next year. The Commons wants to know if rules of democracy need to be written down, as many of them are based on common law and conventions at present. The consultation runs until January. Daily Express

4. One in four children spends less than half-an-hour outdoors each day, the National Trust says. More than half of youngsters aged seven to 12 spend less than an hour outside, it added. Nine in ten have never taken part in traditional outdoor activities such as playing conkers or building a raft, a poll of parents showed. Daily Mail

5. UK scientists have made a “major step forward” in the race to develop a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Research on more than 1,000 subjects has identified a set of proteins in the blood whose presence can predict the onset of the dementia condition with 87 per cent accuracy. Daily Telegraph

6. Retail prices are falling at the fastest rate since records began. Ferocious competition on the high street is forcing retailers to offer cut-price food, clothes, footwear and electrical items. The British Retail Council says typical prices in the shops were down by 1.8% in June year-on-year. Food prices mildly bucked the trend with a marginal inflation of 0.6%, but the cost of non-edible items dropped by 3.4%. The Times

7. Think fondly of your boss – he or she might work a day more than you each week. According to a study from the Institute of Leadership and Management, almost half of UK managers work an extra day of unpaid overtime per week. The pressures of work and remote access to email through smartphones and tablets leave over 90% of managers working outside contracted and paid hours, the study found. The Times

8. All passengers flying into and out of the UK have been told that mobile devices in their hand luggage must have enough charge to be switched on. The new guidelines come after the US announced extra security checks last week. The rules cover phones, tablets and other gadgets including razors and cameras. Uncharged devices will not be allowed on board planes. Metro

9. In 2045 the world population will reach 10.4bn with more than 70% of people living in crowded urban areas, predicts a new study. In Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045, a Ministry of Defence think tank also forecasts that 3.6bn people will suffer water shortages and terrorists will have access to cheap, unmanned drones and space satellites. The Observer

10. Richard Linklater's new drama Boyhood, opens in UK cinemas last week. Filmed over 12 years, it tells the story of a boy's life from age six to 18, as he becomes man and faces life's challenges. With Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. "An astonishing achievement," says The Guardian.

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Gillan denies Star Wars wig claims

Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has denied rumours that her hair was donated to the new Star Wars film.

VIDEO: Putting a new spin on bowls, aged six

Think of lawn bowls, and you will probably imagine elderly men and women in white, competing in sombre silence.

VIDEO: Mother admits to killing her son

The mother of Mikaeel Kular admits killing her son and then starting a search after claiming he had gone missing.

VIDEO: 'Flying' car destroys upstairs wall

A car has smashed into the first floor of a house in Lincolnshire, after careering off the road.

VIDEO: NHS to offer one-shot cancer therapy

A pioneering breast cancer treatment that replaces weeks of radiotherapy with a single, targeted shot is set to be offered on the NHS.

VIDEO: Yoga all at sea

SUP yoga, or stand up paddleboard yoga, involves most of the moves of normal yoga, but is done on a paddleboard in the water.

VIDEO: Black Cultural Archives 'magnificent'

The Black Cultural Archives has opened its new permanent home in the heart of Brixton after a £7m redevelopment.