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Thursday 30th October 2014
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BBC news for Kent

Sarah Payne's father found dead

The father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne is found dead at his home in Kent.

Inquiry into school isolation room

An investigation is under way at a Kent school after claims that children were kept locked in an isolation room for hours at a time.

£40m coal site project start marked

A ceremony has been held to mark the start of a £40m regeneration project at the site of a former Kent coal mine.

RAF jets intercept cargo plane

Two RAF jets create a sonic boom as they intercept a Latvian cargo plane over Kent and accompany it to Stansted Airport.

Amputation due to 'clinical error'

An elderly patient who had to have a leg amputated after a clinical error was at "high risk of death", the NHS ombudsman finds.

Violent prison absconder arrested

A violent mugger who attacked London pensioners to fund his crack and heroin habit is arrested for absconding from a Kent prison.

England's strange winter rituals

There is more to the "dark season" than Halloween, as these traditional English rituals show.

Live BBC World News

Emergency rule in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso's military announces emergency measures after violent protests against President Compaore's bid to extend his 27-year rule.

Russia and Ukraine agree gas deal

Russia will resume gas deliveries to Ukraine this winter in a deal brokered by the European Union, which will also safeguard supplies to EU countries.

Drones buzz French nuclear plants

An investigation begins after France's state-owned EDF power company says unidentified drones have flown over seven of its nuclear plants.

Abbas warning over holy site closure

The Palestinian leader's spokesman calls the closure of a disputed Jerusalem holy site after the shooting of a Jewish activist a "declaration of war".

Maine bid to force nurse quarantine

The governor of Maine vows to exercise the "full extent" of his authority to quarantine a US nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa

Mass graves found in western Iraq

Scores of bodies of Sunni Muslim tribesmen apparently killed by Islamic State militants are found in mass graves in western Iraq.

Four dead in Kansas airport crash

At least four people were killed and five injured when a small plane crashed into an airport building in Wichita, Kansas, officials say.

BBC Sports News

Murray seals World Tour Finals place

Andy Murray books his place at the World Tour Finals with an emphatic victory over Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters.

Clark appointed Blackpool manager

Championship side Blackpool appoint ex-Birmingham City boss Lee Clark as manager on a one-year rolling deal.

Sarah Payne's father found dead

The father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne is found dead at his home in Kent.

Inquiry into school isolation room

An investigation is under way at a Kent school after claims that children were kept locked in an isolation room for hours at a time.

£40m coal site project start marked

A ceremony has been held to mark the start of a £40m regeneration project at the site of a former Kent coal mine.

RAF jets intercept cargo plane

Two RAF jets create a sonic boom as they intercept a Latvian cargo plane over Kent and accompany it to Stansted Airport.

Amputation due to 'clinical error'

An elderly patient who had to have a leg amputated after a clinical error was at "high risk of death", the NHS ombudsman finds.

Violent prison absconder arrested

A violent mugger who attacked London pensioners to fund his crack and heroin habit is arrested for absconding from a Kent prison.

England's strange winter rituals

There is more to the "dark season" than Halloween, as these traditional English rituals show.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Overtime payments at the Passport Office topped £2.5million in a month during a chaotic summer in which holidaymakers’ plans were put in jeopardy, figures show. The then-government agency paid out £6.75million to staff for working extra hours during July, August and September as they tried to clear a backlog of thousands of applications. Daily Mail

2. The number of people earning less than £7.69 an hour increased by 250,000 last year to reach 5.2 million. The increase partly reflected growth in employment, but there was also a reverse in the previous year’s slight fall in low-paid work. Workers in Britain are more likely to be low paid than those in comparable economies such as Germany and Australia. Resolution Foundation.

3. Schools are being urged to hold lessons in body confidence as a new survey reveals that one in four Britons is depressed by their appearance. A new project called Be Real aims to tackle the issue which campaigners say is trapping millions of people in the UK in an unhealthy cycle of depression, short-term dieting, cosmetic intervention and eating disorders. Daily Express

4. One of Apple’s first pre-assembled computers - the Apple-1 - has been sold for a record $905,000 (£565,000) at an auction in New York. The motherboard is one of around 50 Apple-1 computers that were first manufactured by Steve Wozniak in the garage of his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1976. Few of the devices have survived, and the latest sale has fetched the highest price yet thanks to its mint condition.

5. Fewer teenagers scored at least five C grades in their GCSEs, including English and maths, this year amid major changes to the exams and school league tables, official figures show. In total, just over half (52.6%) of pupils in England reached the five A*-C including the basics benchmark, according to statistics published by the Department for Education (DfE). Daily Mail

6. Foreign criminals are costing taxpayers £850m a year with thousands living in the community instead of being deported. Of the 4,200 foreign national offenders living in the community, one in six - 760 - have absconded, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report. Those missing included 58 “high harm” individuals who have been missing since 2010, the report said. The Times

7. The Star Wars character of Chewbacca was inspired by director George Lucas’ big, hairy Alaskan malamute dog Indiana - who would always sit in the passenger seat of his car like a co-pilot. The dog was also the inspiration behind the name of one of Lucas’ other creations, Indiana Jones. BBC

8. A recent study of 188 countries found that more than half the planet’s 671 million obese people live in just ten countries – with one in ten of them living in the United States, where a third of adults are obese. The UK did not make the top ten. The Independent

9. With a population of just 40,000, Salisbury is one of Britain’s smaller cities. Yet it has beaten London – as well as Paris and New York – to be named one of the top ten in the world. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 ranked Salisbury seventh in its list. The Observer

10. Queen Elizabeth sent her first tweet during a visit to the Science Museum in London. The 88-year-odl monarch formally opened the museum’s new Information Age Galleries by touching a tablet scree to send her first message around the world. The tweeted through the @britishmonarchy account, which has 733,000 followers. Daily Telegraph

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VIDEO: Where people openly smoke marijuana

The BBC's Anna Holligan visited a cafe in Amsterdam where people smoke as much marijuana as they like, and the government gets a share of the proceeds.

VIDEO: Tower poppies artist hails volunteers

The artist behind a project to place almost 900,000 ceramic poppies around the Tower of London says he is surprised and happy that so many people have "taken it to heart".

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A UK national sperm bank - charged with reversing a growing shortage of donor sperm - has started work in Birmingham.

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