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BBC News: PM: I won't meet £1.7bn EU demand
Friday 24th October 2014
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BBC news for Inverness-shire

Concerns over health board finances

Scotland's financial watchdog flags up concerns about the accounts of three Scottish health boards.

SSE urges move to 'national pricing'

The boss of energy giant SSE urges UK ministers to consider adopting "national pricing" on supplier costs.

Councillor quits in extremism row

A Lib Dem councillor for Skye quits after the party accuses him of sharing anti-Islamic material on social media.

Deer crash warning for motorists

Drivers are warned of an increased risk of collisions involving deer after the clocks go back this weekend.

Red squirrel areas may escape virus

New research on the spread of squirrelpox suggests that it may be possible to confine it southern Scotland.

Rare bird on wrong side of Atlantic

A rare bird has ended up on the wrong side of the Atlantic after migrating to the Outer Hebrides at the height of the recent storms.

School to reopen after repair work

Inverness Royal Academy is to reopen to all staff and pupils next week after repair work was carried out on a boiler flue.

Live BBC World News

'Millions of Ebola vaccines' in 2015

Millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced.

Egypt: Sinai 'bomb' kills 25 troops

A suspected jihadist car bomb attack kills at least 25 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai, Egyptian officials say, in one of deadliest incidents there.

Russia 'helped Yanukovych to flee'

Vladimir Putin says for the first time that Russia helped Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych to flee after he was ousted in February.

Detained Myanmar reporter shot dead

A Burmese journalist taken into detention while covering clashes near the Thai border is shot dead while trying to escape, the army says.

First transplant of 'dead' heart

Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a "dead heart".

EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut

The EU agrees what it calls "the world's most ambitious" deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, overcoming deep divisions.

Tunis 'militant hideout' stormed

Tunisian security forces storm a house in a Tunis suburb to end a stand-off with armed militants, killing six people, officials say.

BBC Sports News

Suarez to make Barcelona bow at Real

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says striker Luis Suarez will make his debut for the club against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Predictions: Lawro v Mark Wright

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Strictly Come Dancing's Mark Wright and Karen Hauer.

'England can win Four Nations'

Full-back Sam Tomkins says it is down to the players to perform and ensure that England win the Four Nations.

Costa has 'chance' of facing Man Utd

Chelsea's Diego Costa could start against Manchester United, despite an illness that required a stay in hospital.

Rubber bullets used on Everton fans

Rubber bullets and a stun grenade were used against Everton supporters in a disturbance before the club's match in Lille, French police say.

Concerns over health board finances

Scotland's financial watchdog flags up concerns about the accounts of three Scottish health boards.

SSE urges move to 'national pricing'

The boss of energy giant SSE urges UK ministers to consider adopting "national pricing" on supplier costs.

Councillor quits in extremism row

A Lib Dem councillor for Skye quits after the party accuses him of sharing anti-Islamic material on social media.

Deer crash warning for motorists

Drivers are warned of an increased risk of collisions involving deer after the clocks go back this weekend.

Red squirrel areas may escape virus

New research on the spread of squirrelpox suggests that it may be possible to confine it southern Scotland.

Rare bird on wrong side of Atlantic

A rare bird has ended up on the wrong side of the Atlantic after migrating to the Outer Hebrides at the height of the recent storms.

School to reopen after repair work

Inverness Royal Academy is to reopen to all staff and pupils next week after repair work was carried out on a boiler flue.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. As increasing numbers of women delay having families while they build careers, figures revealed that one in five new mothers is aged 35 or older. The statistics for 2013 showed that 51 per cent of all live births were to mothers in their 30s. The average age of first-time mothers is now at a record high of 28.3 years. Nearly two-thirds of births were to fathers aged 30 and over. Office for National Statistics

2. FTSE 100 bosses earn 120 times more than the average worker. The average total earnings were £2.4m, rising to £3.3m for chief executives. According to research from Incomes Data Services, wage growth for the overall workforce trails well behind inflation, rising by 0.6% in the three months to July compared with the same period a year earlier. The Times.

3. High property costs mean that small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of the UK economy, are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living in London. A study puts London 18th of 24 in its Small Business Cities Burden Index, below cities including New York, Dublin and Tokyo. Commercial rents in central London have increased by about 13.5% this year. Financial Times

4. Michael Jackson has topped Forbes’ list of high-earning dead celebrities. Over the last year the deceased pop legend generated a haul of $140m, almost three times as much as second-placed Elvis Presley, who made a comparatively poor $55m over the same period. Jacko's estate made a fortune on the back of his second posthumous album release Xscape. Daily Mail

5. British MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to recognise the state of Palestine. The motion was passed 274-12 after the first full debate on the issue since 2012. The result is not binding on the UK government and David Cameron has said the official non-recognition will not change. The Observer

6. Unruly dogs could be placed under ‘dogbos’ that come into force next week. The owners of dogs that aggressively chase cats, run wild in parks or “alarm” postmen could face criminal prosecution, fines of up to £20,000 or the prospect of theirs pets being seized. They could also be forced to neuter their pet and attend training classes. Daily Telegraph

7. The chief executive of the NHS is urging staff to take a lead in the anti-obesity fight by joining gyms. Simon Stevens says the NHS should become an agent for social change and lead by example as it is revealed that one in five young people and one in four adults in the UK now suffer from obesity, which each year causes 34,000 deaths and costs the NHS more than £1bn. Daily Express

8. The asking price for a forecourt in Mayfair with parking space for eight cars is an astonishing £2.25m. It is thought to be the most expensive London car park on record. The buyer will also need to pay a service charge and ground rent. The same sum would buy a 16th-century castle in Scotland or a six-bedroom villa in Ealing. Daily Mail

9. Apple, the inventor of the iPad and the iPhone, had the most valuable brand in the world for the second year running. The value of its fruity logo – created in 1977 by Rob Janoff, with a bite out of it to avoid confusion with a cherry, grew by 21% over the past year. New York Times

10. It costs $2bn per annum to launch water into space to sustain the astronauts on the International Space Station. The requirement is six tonnes per person. Daily Mail

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VIDEO: Call to scrap term-time holiday ban

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