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BBC News: Miliband: 'No ifs' on Scots pledge
Sunday 21st September 2014
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BBC news for Inverness-shire

Former SNP MP Iain MacCormick dies

Iain MacCormick, who represented the Argyll constituency for the SNP in the 1970s, dies suddenly at the age of 74.

The vote in Highlands and Islands

The vote across the Highlands and Islands favours Scotland remaining in the UK.

Driver dies following crash on A9

The driver of an HGV that crashed on the A9 near the Berriedale Braes late on Thursday night has died, say police.

Scotland votes 'No' to independence

As Scotland votes to stay in the UK Alex Salmond calls for the pledge of more devolved powers to be carried out, and David Cameron says the commitments will be honoured in full.

Stuck on you: The Duct Tape Surfer

A short film tells of a paraplegic who goes surfing while taped to the back of her son's friend

Golf courses lost in the rough of war

Golf courses lost in the rough of war

Behind the scenes of Gaelic's Bannan

Behind the scenes of Gaelic's Bannan

Live BBC World News

Afghan contenders sign unity deal

A deal to form a unity government in Afghanistan has been signed at a televised ceremony in Kabul, ending months of political wrangling.

Pope celebrates Mass in Albania

Tens of thousands of people are attending a mass by Pope Francis in Tirana, as the pontiff hails religious coexistence in Albania.

Kenya marks Westgate mall attack

Kenya is marking a year since the attack by Islamist militants on Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre, in which at least 67 people were killed.

Deadly bomb blast in central Cairo

A bomb explosion near the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo kills at least two police officers, security officials say.

Turkish troops clear border Kurds

Turkish troops fire water cannon and tear gas at crowds which had gathered at the border in support of Syrian Kurdish refugees.

Nato: Ukraine truce 'in name only'

A two-week-old ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia separatists in the east is a truce "in name only", says Nato top commander Philip Breedlove.

UN chief on streets for climate deal

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will take part in a protest march this weekend to highlight global inaction on climate change.

BBC Sports News

'I would love to partner McIlroy'

Graeme McDowell says his friendship with Rory McIlroy is stronger than ever as he prepares for his fourth Ryder Cup.

Don't underestimate USA - McGinley

Europe captain Paul McGinley says his side will not underestimate the USA in the Ryder Cup, which starts on Friday.

Leicester City v Manchester United

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Leicester City and Manchester United.

Former SNP MP Iain MacCormick dies

Iain MacCormick, who represented the Argyll constituency for the SNP in the 1970s, dies suddenly at the age of 74.

The vote in Highlands and Islands

The vote across the Highlands and Islands favours Scotland remaining in the UK.

Driver dies following crash on A9

The driver of an HGV that crashed on the A9 near the Berriedale Braes late on Thursday night has died, say police.

Scotland votes 'No' to independence

As Scotland votes to stay in the UK Alex Salmond calls for the pledge of more devolved powers to be carried out, and David Cameron says the commitments will be honoured in full.

Stuck on you: The Duct Tape Surfer

A short film tells of a paraplegic who goes surfing while taped to the back of her son's friend

Golf courses lost in the rough of war

Golf courses lost in the rough of war

Behind the scenes of Gaelic's Bannan

Behind the scenes of Gaelic's Bannan

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: Walliams joins SwimBritain relay

A series of swimming relays is taking place across Britain this summer, in an initiative to get more people enjoying the fun and fitness benefits of the sport.

VIDEO: Labour 'vows £8 minimum wage'

The minimum wage would rise to £8 an hour over the course of the next Parliament if Labour wins the general election, the party's leader Ed Miliband has pledged.

VIDEO: Parachute jump marks Arnhem battle

Paratroops from Europe and the US have completed parachute jumps in the Netherlands to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem.

VIDEO: Malta lights up for Prince William

Prince William speaks of the Queen's fondness for Malta in a speech marking the island's 50th anniversary of independence.

VIDEO: Andrew Marr's Gordon Brown impression

Andrew Marr amused Labour's Ed Miliband when he did an impression of Gordon Brown, as part of a question about whether he might return to front line politics.

VIDEO: Are disability hate crimes ignored?

A former director of prosecutions has said victims of disability hate crime are being failed by the police and the courts.

VIDEO: Inside London hospital's 'eye bank'

BBC Inside Out has met the patients who have been given a new lease of life as a result of eye donations and has gone inside Moorfields Hospital’s 'eye bank' in London.