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BBC News: Russian politician Nemtsov shot dead
Saturday 28th February 2015
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BBC news for Kent

Medway council tax rise approved

Medway Council approves a council tax increase of just under 2% for 2015-16, avoiding a public vote.

Farage: UKIP backs Tories on deficit

Nigel Farage says UKIP will back Conservative efforts to eliminate the deficit by 2018 but only if they stick to their plans.

Driver jailed for smuggling £3m drugs

A lorry driver is jailed for 14 years for smuggling drugs with an estimated street value of £3m into the UK.

Debt agency chasing foreign drivers

More than 18,000 foreign drivers are being chased by debt collectors after failing to pay at the new cashless Dartford Crossing.

Crash-land Navy pilot awarded medal

A Royal Navy officer from Kent who crash landed a historic plane at an air show is awarded the Air Force Cross.

Farage requests police bodyguards

UKIP has requested police bodyguards for Nigel Farage for the party's spring conference in Margate and general election campaign.

Youth PCC 'will not be replaced'

Kent's youth police and crime commissioner will not be replaced when she finishes her 12-month stint in March, it is revealed.

Savile abuse reports: At-a-glance

Key points from reports into Jimmy Savile abuse

Live BBC World News

Russian politician Nemtsov shot dead

Boris Nemtsov, a leading Russian opposition politician and ex-Deputy PM, is shot dead in Moscow ahead of a march against the war in Ukraine.

US avoids homeland security shutdown

Lawmakers in the US avoid a partial shutdown of homeland security after passing a one-week funding extension two hours before a deadline.

Most-wanted Mexico drug lord held

The Mexican president hails the capture of the country's most wanted drug lord - Knights Templar chief Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez.

India unveils reform test budget

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is presenting its first full budget in what is seen as a key test of his appetite for reform.

Star Trek legend Nimoy dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi TV series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles, his family says.

UN laments IS statue 'war crimes'

The reported destruction of historic artefacts in Iraq by Islamic State militants is a war crime, the head of the UN agency for culture says.

Greek PM vows 'no third bailout'

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras denies his country will need a third international bailout, and vows to "start working hard" to change the country.

Former Colombian spy chief convicted

The former head of Colombia's secret police, Maria del Pilar Hurtado, has been found guilty of spying on politicians, judges and journalists.

BBC Sports News

Ireland 11-8 England

Ireland gain revenge for their World Cup semi-final defeat by England with a narrow Women's Six Nations victory at Asbourne.

The Apprentice v The Master

Why England's novice fly-half George Ford could well shatter the poise of Ireland's master, Johnny Sexton, writes Tom Fordyce.

Will Storey break the hour record?

Dame Sarah Storey talks about her toughest task to date as the Paralympic champion attempts to break the hour record on Saturday.

Man Utd 'miss 20-goal striker'

Manchester United are out of the Premier League title race because they do not have a 20-goal striker, says Louis van Gaal.

McIlroy set for Honda Classic exit

World number one Rory McIlroy looks destined to miss the cut at the Honda Classic after a four-over-par second round.

Saturday's gossip column

Man Utd still target PSG's Marquinhos, Eden Hazard hails Jose Mourinho "special relationship", plus more.

Medway council tax rise approved

Medway Council approves a council tax increase of just under 2% for 2015-16, avoiding a public vote.

Farage: UKIP backs Tories on deficit

Nigel Farage says UKIP will back Conservative efforts to eliminate the deficit by 2018 but only if they stick to their plans.

Driver jailed for smuggling £3m drugs

A lorry driver is jailed for 14 years for smuggling drugs with an estimated street value of £3m into the UK.

Debt agency chasing foreign drivers

More than 18,000 foreign drivers are being chased by debt collectors after failing to pay at the new cashless Dartford Crossing.

Crash-land Navy pilot awarded medal

A Royal Navy officer from Kent who crash landed a historic plane at an air show is awarded the Air Force Cross.

Farage requests police bodyguards

UKIP has requested police bodyguards for Nigel Farage for the party's spring conference in Margate and general election campaign.

Youth PCC 'will not be replaced'

Kent's youth police and crime commissioner will not be replaced when she finishes her 12-month stint in March, it is revealed.

Savile abuse reports: At-a-glance

Key points from reports into Jimmy Savile abuse

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
http://askten.co.uk


1. London workers are the most productive in the UK with Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the least productive. Although those results are not a surprise, the chasm is vast: in central London the average worker is producing 42% more every hour than the national average, while in Cornwall they produce 28% less than the national average. Office for National Statistics

2. A growing number of 30-somethings are being forced to leave London as soaring property prices mean they cannot afford to live in the capital. London's population is set to reach a record high of 8.6m, making housing an ever more central issue at the general election. One in six tenant say housing say housing is the issue most likely to affect their vote. Office for National Statistics

3. People who commute into London from the south-east are the rail passengers most likely to be delayed, according to consumer group Which? They were also the most likely to be unhappy with their train operator, a poll of 7,309 people found. Southern had the worst score of any train firm, with 39% of users reporting delays. BBC

4. A new guide to making the perfect cup of tea may finally settle the question of when to add the milk in a breakthrough that will be a blow to many purists. The British Standards Institution (BSI) has released a guide called Preparation Of A Liquor Of Tea For Use In Sensory Tests that sets out what it deems to be the essentials for a perfect brew. According to the BSI, the milk must be poured into the cup before the tea, which should be brewed for six minutes. The Times

5. Russell Brand has been named alongside the likes of Henry Kissinger and Hilary Mantel on a shortlist of the world's greatest minds. The comedian and activist is included on Prospect magazine's 50-strong World Thinkers 2015 shortlist. Last year, the award was won by Indian intellect Amartya Sen, with the figures such as Pope Francis and broadcaster Mary Beard in the top 10. The Times

6. The number of pensioners being treated for class-a drug addiction has doubled in six years, says the Daily Star. Data released by Public Health England shows 634 pensioners aged 65 or above needed treatment for drug addiction in the last year. Most of them are being treated for problems with heroin and other opiates - but 80 are addicted to both heroin and crack. Daily Mail

7. More than 20 years after his death, Random House Children’s Books has revealed it will publish a recently- discovered Dr Seuss manuscript with illustrations called “What Pet Should I Get?” on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author’s home in La Jolla, California, by his widow and secretary. Daily Express

8. Government surveyors in the U.S. have determined a new height for the Washington Monument — about 25 cm shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years. The new official measurement puts the monument at 169 metres, as measured from the floor of the main entrance to the top. Ever since the stone obelisk was completed in 1884 to honour the nation’s first president, the historic height has been recorded at 169.2 metres. The Observer

9. Cézanne's 'The Card Players' was the most expensive work of art ever sold (£170 million in 2011) until the sale of Gauguin's 'When Will You Marry?' for close to £195m earlier this month. The Guardian

10. The traditional 'gift bag' given to Hollywood's leading players at the Oscars will this year be worth £104,000. It is said to include an adult toy worth $250, free furniture worth $28,000 and a $14,239 lifestyle makeover. New York Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Prince and Emperor meet in Japan

Prince William continues his visit to Japan, lunching with the Japanese Emperor Akihito, as Peter Hunt reports from Tokyo.

VIDEO: Meet the men who went part-time

Close to one million men are now choosing to reduce their hours and take part-time employment. Emma Simpson reports.

VIDEO: The dress question stressing the world...

A debate has raged on social media over the colour of a dress which looks different to different people.

VIDEO: Teacher: 'Jihadi John' had therapy

The BBC has learned that Mohammed Emwazi, who has been identified as the Islamic State extremist 'Jihadi John', had anger management therapy at his secondary school in north-west London.

VIDEO: Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years

The former singer, Gary Glitter, has been jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

AUDIO: Ex-MI6 chief on 'Jihadi John' claims

The former head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop Mohammed Emwazi - known as "Jihadi John'" - from joining Islamic State.

VIDEO: Fees pledge: What do students think?

The BBC asks students at Leeds University for their reactions to a Labour pledge to reduce tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.

VIDEO: Inside UKIP's 'get Nigel elected' rally

Robin Brant reports from UKIP's Spring Conference in Margate, an event a senior party figure describes as a 'get Nigel elected' rally.