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BBC news for Kent

Driver held after officer hit by car

A man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was hit and injured when a car driver failed to stop.

Perils of the English countryside

The risks you may run while taking a walk in the English countryside.

'Dangerous' chainsaws seized at port

Nearly a thousand self-assembly chainsaws described as "extremely dangerous" are seized at the port of Dover.

Warning over weever fish stings

Warnings go out to people on beaches to protect their feet after ambulance crews deal with four weever fish stings in a day.

Cancer campaign bus trip reaches end

Five men who set out to travel England on 19 buses to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer reach their destination.

Dockyard tells story of WW1 at sea

Dockyard looks at how the war was fought

King's armour back after 500 years

Henry VIII's armour returns to Leeds Castle

Live BBC World News

UN calls for immediate Gaza truce

The UN Security Council calls for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza after the quietest night in weeks.

Ferry students 'floated from cabins'

Students who survived South Korea's ferry disaster describe how they floated out of flooded cabins, as the trial of the crew continues.

California hit by raging wildfires

Two fast-moving fires in California destroy 10 homes and force the evacuation of hundreds more, as a man dies in a lightning strike in Los Angeles.

MH17 military mission 'unrealistic'

Sending an international military mission to secure the crash site of MH17 in eastern Ukraine would be "unrealistic", Dutch PM Mark Rutte says.

Aruba frees top Venezuela official

The Caribbean island of Aruba releases a top Venezuelan official, Gen Hugo Carvajal, detained over US accusations of drug-trafficking activities.

Nibali seals Tour de France win

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wraps up his first victory in the three-week race as Marcel Kittel wins the final stage in Paris.

Japanese girl 'dismembers classmate'

A high school girl has been arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering a classmate, Japanese police say.

BBC Sports News

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.

Cook makes 95 as England thrive

Captain Alastair Cook falls for 95 but Gary Ballance hits a century as England make 247-2 on day one of the third Test against India.

Driver held after officer hit by car

A man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was hit and injured when a car driver failed to stop.

Perils of the English countryside

The risks you may run while taking a walk in the English countryside.

'Dangerous' chainsaws seized at port

Nearly a thousand self-assembly chainsaws described as "extremely dangerous" are seized at the port of Dover.

Warning over weever fish stings

Warnings go out to people on beaches to protect their feet after ambulance crews deal with four weever fish stings in a day.

Cancer campaign bus trip reaches end

Five men who set out to travel England on 19 buses to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer reach their destination.

Dockyard tells story of WW1 at sea

Dockyard looks at how the war was fought

King's armour back after 500 years

Henry VIII's armour returns to Leeds Castle

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: 'Roar' as Didcot towers demolished

Three disused cooling towers at Didcot A Power Station have been demolished using more than 180kg of explosives.

VIDEO: DPP on helping witnesses give evidence

The new Director of Public Prosecutions on helping witnesses give evidence in court without the need for new laws.

VIDEO: CBeebies goes classical at Proms

The BBC Philharmonic is staging the first ever Cbeebies event at the Proms.

VIDEO: Rally in London for Gaza Palestinians

A rally is being held in central London to protest about Israel's offensive in Gaza - one protester told the BBC it would boost the morale of Palestinians.

VIDEO: Cancer patient robbed of jewellery

A 71-year-old cancer patient from Leicester has jewellery worth about £50,000 stolen from her home.

VIDEO: Malevich's revolutionary art in London

A new exhibition exploring the revolutionary work of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich on display at London’s Tate Modern.

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.