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BBC News: Islamic State 'beheads US hostage'
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
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BBC news for Kent

Boris Island airport plan 'not dead'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", are not dead despite a commission looking into the UK's airport needs rejecting the idea.

Gay flatmate hammer attack denied

A gay man was attacked with a claw hammer on his first night in a flatshare in Margate, the Old Bailey has heard.

Reaction to Boris Island grounding

Reaction to the announcement by the Airports Commission that a Thames Estuary airport is no longer in the running.

Health trust 'well led' and 'caring'

A health trust in Kent is rated as "good" following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Rail improvements 'should be sooner'

An MP calls for railway improvements on the Ashford-Hastings line to be brought forward by two years.

Killed biker's 'contagious smile'

A motorcyclist who was killed in a crash when he crashed with a car is named as Cameron Bracey.

NHS trust put into special measures

A hospital trust which runs five hospitals in Kent is put into special measures because of "serious failures" in patient safety.

Live BBC World News

Islamic State 'beheads US hostage'

An Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist abducted by the group, is released.

Obama in Europe for Ukraine talks

US President Barack Obama flies to Estonia for talks with regional leaders amid growing concern over Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Corruption 'costs millions of lives'

About $1tn a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives are lost because of corruption, the One campaign group says.

US targets al-Shabab's leader

The US military says it has carried out air strikes in Somalia, targeting the leader of militant group al-Shabab, but it is unclear if he was killed.

Economics 'driving language loss'

A thriving economy can lead to the extinction of some languages, scientists believe.

Celebrity leaks 'no breach' - Apple

The leaking of intimate photos of celebrities from iCloud accounts was due to a theft of log-in information, not a security breach, says Apple.

Ebola response 'lethally inadequate'

A global military intervention is needed to curb the largest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

BBC Sports News

Cook will not quit as ODI skipper

Alastair Cook says he will not stand down as England one-day captain despite the series defeat by India.

Mahan, Bradley, Simpson get US picks

Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson are handed US captain Tom Watson's wildcards for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles later this month.

Cleverley joins Aston Villa on loan

Aston Villa receive Premier League approval to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley on a season-long loan.

Boris Island airport plan 'not dead'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", are not dead despite a commission looking into the UK's airport needs rejecting the idea.

Gay flatmate hammer attack denied

A gay man was attacked with a claw hammer on his first night in a flatshare in Margate, the Old Bailey has heard.

Reaction to Boris Island grounding

Reaction to the announcement by the Airports Commission that a Thames Estuary airport is no longer in the running.

Health trust 'well led' and 'caring'

A health trust in Kent is rated as "good" following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Rail improvements 'should be sooner'

An MP calls for railway improvements on the Ashford-Hastings line to be brought forward by two years.

Killed biker's 'contagious smile'

A motorcyclist who was killed in a crash when he crashed with a car is named as Cameron Bracey.

NHS trust put into special measures

A hospital trust which runs five hospitals in Kent is put into special measures because of "serious failures" in patient safety.

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: Care homes: Views from the inside

Inhabitants of a care home for the elderly in Kent talk about their experience of living and ageing there.

AUDIO: Tornado sweeps children away in tent

A father of three describes how his children were swept away in a tent when a mini-tornado struck their campsite.

VIDEO: BBC 'acted properly' over Cliff

A group of MPs has said that the BBC "acted properly" in their reporting of a story about a police raid on the house of singer Cliff Richard.

VIDEO: Moment Ashya's parents released

Ashya King's parents have been freed from a Spanish jail, following their arrest on Saturday.

VIDEO: No more Latinate plant descriptions

The International Botany Congress decides that Latin will no longer be the primary language for formally describing new species of plants.

VIDEO: 'Boris Island' airport plan rejected

A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island" after London's mayor Boris Johnson, is rejected by the commission looking into the UK's airport needs.

VIDEO: Met Police sells London HQ for £250m

The Metropolitan Police has put a £250m price tag on its famous London headquarters, New Scotland Yard.