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BBC News: Video of British hostage released
Thursday 18th September 2014
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BBC news for Kent

Helicopter crash victims named

The two men who died when a helicopter crashed off the East Yorkshire coast are named by police - the pilot was 58-year-old Brian Bridgman from Canterbury.

'Faster progress' needed at hospital

Faster progress is needed to improve a hospital in Kent which has been in special measures for more than a year, the health secretary says.

Housing plans 'failing residents'

A Kent council is "failing to protect" residents of two villages over plans to build more than 2,000 new homes, a UKIP councillor says.

Councillors recommend lorry park site

A site off the M20 at Westenhanger is the preferred location of councillors in Kent for the construction of a new lorry park.

US bidder still keen to buy Manston

A US businessman who had three bids to buy Manston Airport turned down says he can secure £20m to reopen it.

Fan arrested over racist abuse claim

A Gillingham football fan is arrested on suspicion of shouting racist abuse at a Peterborough player during a League One match.

AUDIO: 'I found migrant under my campervan'

A driver describes the moment he found a migrant "clinging on with his fingernails" to the bottom of his campervan in Ashford.

Live BBC World News

Video of British hostage released

A new video is released showing a British man believed to be held hostage by Islamic State militants.

Australia in 'beheading plot' raids

Police carry out anti-terror raids in Sydney sparked by intelligence that Islamic extremists were planning random killings in Australia.

Ukraine president urges US support

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calls on the US to provide military assistance to his country to counter pro-Russian eastern separatists.

Nigeria has 'torture officers'

Torture has become such an integral part of policing in Nigeria that many stations have an informal torture officer, Amnesty International says.

Syria infant deaths 'due to mix-up'

Medics in rebel-held Syria accidentally gave a muscle relaxant to up to 75 children instead of a measles vaccine, killing 15, the opposition says.

Thai PM sorry for bikini comment

Thailand's PM apologises for suggesting tourists in bikinis were vulnerable to attack unless they were unattractive, after two UK holidaymakers were killed.

Users frustrated by Apple iOS update

Apple iPhone and iPad users take to social media to express their frustration over installing the company's latest software update.

BBC Sports News

Solskjaer leaves Cardiff City role

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves Cardiff after nine months as manager, citing a "difference in philosophy" to owner Vincent Tan.

Is sport sexist? Fighting 'inertia'

As the Royal and Ancient Golf Club votes whether to admit women members, where do distinctions between the sexes remain?

Thompson wins Laser bronze for GB

Nick Thompson wins bronze medal for Great Britain in the Laser class at the Sailing World Championships in Santander.

Pick your best Ryder Cup moment

Tense, tantalising, captivating, controversial, the Ryder Cup delivers iconic moments year after year. Choose the best from our top 10.

Yorks to defend Gale racism charge

Director of cricket Martyn Moxon says Yorkshire will support captain Andrew Gale against a charge of a racism offence.

R&A chief confident on women's vote

R&A Golf Club chief executive Peter Dawson is confident Thursday's vote will see women allowed to become members.

Helicopter crash victims named

The two men who died when a helicopter crashed off the East Yorkshire coast are named by police - the pilot was 58-year-old Brian Bridgman from Canterbury.

'Faster progress' needed at hospital

Faster progress is needed to improve a hospital in Kent which has been in special measures for more than a year, the health secretary says.

Housing plans 'failing residents'

A Kent council is "failing to protect" residents of two villages over plans to build more than 2,000 new homes, a UKIP councillor says.

Councillors recommend lorry park site

A site off the M20 at Westenhanger is the preferred location of councillors in Kent for the construction of a new lorry park.

US bidder still keen to buy Manston

A US businessman who had three bids to buy Manston Airport turned down says he can secure £20m to reopen it.

Fan arrested over racist abuse claim

A Gillingham football fan is arrested on suspicion of shouting racist abuse at a Peterborough player during a League One match.

AUDIO: 'I found migrant under my campervan'

A driver describes the moment he found a migrant "clinging on with his fingernails" to the bottom of his campervan in Ashford.

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: Police appeal after art theft attempt

Birmingham Police have asked for help to identify a man caught on CCTV attempting to take a piece of art from a city centre gallery.

VIDEO: Nine convicted of 'pyramid scheme'

Nine women have been convicted of operating a "pyramid" scheme in which thousands of investors lost money.

VIDEO: Why are there so many blackberries?

It has been a bumper year for edible plants and berries according to The Woodland Trust, who say this autumn could see the best fruit crop since records began.

VIDEO: Farewell to the paper car tax disc

From October 2014 the paper car tax disc will be phased out as details are moved onto an electronic register.

VIDEO: War ammo found in residential garage

Munitions and other artefacts from World War One and World War Two have been found during a raid on a residential garage in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

AUDIO: 'I found migrant under my campervan'

A driver describes the moment he found a migrant "clinging on with his fingernails" to the bottom of his campervan.

VIDEO: Alice Gross search: Hunt for man

Police investigating the disappearance of Alice Gross want to speak to a Latvian man seen on the same canal towpath used by the schoolgirl.