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BBC news for Inverness-shire

Driver killed in island road crash

A driver is killed in a two-car road crash on the A87 at Druim nan Cleochd on the Isle of Skye.

Jason Maclean: From pitch to track

An Active Schools co-ordinator tells of one young Glasgow 2014 athlete's move from football boots to running spikes.

Highlands road crash victim named

A man who died in a one-vehicle road accident on the A87 in the Highlands at the weekend is identified by police.

Injured biker airlifted to hospital

A motorbike rider is airlifted to hospital after his bike is involved in a collision with a car in the Highlands.

Actress transformed for Marvel role

Karen Gillan transformed for deep space villain Nebula

Images reveal park's red panda cubs

Two young red panda cubs are born at the RZSS's Highland Wildlife Park

Your pictures

A selection of your photographs taken across Scotland

Live BBC World News

Hamas vows to continue Gaza battle

A reclusive Hamas military leader rules out a ceasefire with Israel to end Gaza violence, as 32 Palestinians are reported dead in overnight shelling.

US and EU expand sanctions on Russia

President Barack Obama says new, co-ordinated sanctions from the US and EU will continue to make Russia's "weak economy even weaker".

Ten convicted for India school fire

A court in India finds 10 people guilty for a school fire in which 94 children were burnt alive in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in 2004.

Libya militias seize Benghazi base

A special forces base in Libya has been seized by militias, the fighters and officials say, as a blaze continues at a fuel depot in the capital Tripoli.

Guinea concert stampede kills 24

At least 24 people have died after a stampede at a beach concert in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, with dozens reported injured.

Last Hiroshima bomb crew member dies

The last surviving member of the team which dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Theodore Van Kirk, has died aged 93.

Los Angeles flood hits university

A burst water main causes flooding along Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard at the University of California, Los Angeles, officials say.

BBC Sports News

Home nations win three golds in pool

England's Ben Proud, Wales' Georgia Davies and the England 4x100m medley team win swimming gold at the Commonwealth Games.

England make India batsmen struggle

James Anderson and Stuart Broad help England continue to dominate India on day three of the third Test at Southampton.

The Commonwealths boxer who had never been in a ring

Meet the boxer from a disappearing Pacific island nation who trains by using a punch bag hanging from a breadfruit tree.

Five-star McIntosh earns record haul

Jen McIntosh eclipses her mother's medal record to become Scotland's most successful female in Commonwealth Games history.

Driver killed in island road crash

A driver is killed in a two-car road crash on the A87 at Druim nan Cleochd on the Isle of Skye.

Jason Maclean: From pitch to track

An Active Schools co-ordinator tells of one young Glasgow 2014 athlete's move from football boots to running spikes.

Highlands road crash victim named

A man who died in a one-vehicle road accident on the A87 in the Highlands at the weekend is identified by police.

Injured biker airlifted to hospital

A motorbike rider is airlifted to hospital after his bike is involved in a collision with a car in the Highlands.

Actress transformed for Marvel role

Karen Gillan transformed for deep space villain Nebula

Images reveal park's red panda cubs

Two young red panda cubs are born at the RZSS's Highland Wildlife Park

Your pictures

A selection of your photographs taken across Scotland

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: Confetti harvest time in Shropshire

A natural confetti farm is harvesting and drying its crop, in a harvest that lasts only ten days.

VIDEO: Road rage driver used lorry to kill

A lorry driver is convicted of using his 17-tonne truck to murder another motorist by deliberately driving over him.

VIDEO: PC 'lied' over Hillsborough evidence

A police officer on duty on the day of the Hillsborough football disaster has been accused of lying, the inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans has heard.

VIDEO: East Coast beaches 'fast disappearing'

Up to half a mile of land is being lost every 50 years due to coastal erosion, as Sian Lloyd reports.

VIDEO: Diesels face £10 pollution charge

Plans to charge drivers of diesel cars about £10 to drive into central London to tackle high levels of air pollution, are being considered.

VIDEO: Young royals meet Usain Bolt

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry meet Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt during a visit to the 2014 Commonwealth Games village in Glasgow.

AUDIO: Why is shoplifting on the rise?

Hywel Griffith reports on the growth of shoplifting offences in North Wales.