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BBC News: Cameron scared of TV debates - rivals
Thursday 5th March 2015
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BBC news for County Down

Teachers strike plan for 13 March

The Irish National Teachers Organisation says a vote by its members clears the way for industrial action, including a strike.

TV debates in 'utter mess' says DUP

UK broadcasters have made a "complete and utter mess" of plans to hold TV debates ahead of the general election, the Democratic Unionist Party says.

Derry's Peace Bridge is first class

Londonderry's Peace Bridge is included in the Royal Mail's latest collection of first class stamps.

Pair threatened as car hijacked

A man and woman in their 20s are threatened during a car hijacking in the Finaghy area of south Belfast.

'Troubles link to mental health'

A new study claims the Troubles are linked to half the cases of mental health issues in Northern Ireland, a new report says.

Meeting over 200 call centre jobs

Politicians and government agencies are meeting with the management of Ageas Retail on Thursday, after the company announced 200 jobs losses in west Belfast.

Scientists develop catheter coating

A new coating that could improve the lives of those who use catheters is developed by scientists at Queen's University.

AIB returned to profit in 2014

AIB, the parent company of First Trust Bank, returned to profit in 2014 for the first time since 2008.

Live BBC World News

Activist slashes US envoy to S Korea

A militant Korean nationalist slashes the face of the US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, at a breakfast meeting in Seoul.

Clinton ready to make emails public

Hillary Clinton responds to a growing controversy over her emails when she was a US secretary of state by urging officials to release them swiftly.

NZ 'spying on Pacific neighbours'

New Zealand is conducting mass surveillance over its Pacific neighbours, documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden say.

Abbott hints at MH370 search limits

Australian PM Tony Abbott says the massive search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cannot "go on at this intensity forever".

Singapore to cane German vandals

Two German nationals are sentenced to caning and nine months in jail in Singapore for vandalism and trespassing.

Indonesia rejects prisoner swap offer

Indonesia rejects a last-ditch offer from Australia of a prisoner swap aiming to save the lives of two Australian men on death row.

Buddy Holly plane crash 'review'

The 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives of three rock 'n' roll stars, including Buddy Holly, could be investigated afresh by US transport safety experts.

China premier unveils economic goals

China's Premier Li Keqiang unveils a lower growth target and vows tighter environmental controls as he opens parliament's annual session.

BBC Sports News

Scotland's hopes ended by Bangladesh

Scotland's chances of progressing in the World Cup are dashed by Bangladesh, despite Kyle Coetzer's record-breaking innings.

Evans and Cisse face bans if guilty

New FA guidelines indicate Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse face six-match bans if found guilty of spitting.

Rodriguez returns in training game

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez begins his comeback from a 162-game doping ban in a spring training contest.

BBC F1 coverage for the 2015 season

BBC Sport offers 10 F1 races broadcast live on television and extensive coverage across its digital and radio coverage.

Gomis 'fine' after fainting at Spurs

Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis says he is "fine" after fainting during their Premier League game at Tottenham.

Reid signs new West Ham contract

West Ham's New Zealand centre-half Winston Reid agrees a new six-and-a-half-year contract with the Hammers.

Johnson-Thompson fearless and ready

Katarina Johnson-Thompson hopes a fearless attitude will help her win gold at the European Indoor Championships.

Teachers strike plan for 13 March

The Irish National Teachers Organisation says a vote by its members clears the way for industrial action, including a strike.

TV debates in 'utter mess' says DUP

UK broadcasters have made a "complete and utter mess" of plans to hold TV debates ahead of the general election, the Democratic Unionist Party says.

Derry's Peace Bridge is first class

Londonderry's Peace Bridge is included in the Royal Mail's latest collection of first class stamps.

Pair threatened as car hijacked

A man and woman in their 20s are threatened during a car hijacking in the Finaghy area of south Belfast.

'Troubles link to mental health'

A new study claims the Troubles are linked to half the cases of mental health issues in Northern Ireland, a new report says.

Meeting over 200 call centre jobs

Politicians and government agencies are meeting with the management of Ageas Retail on Thursday, after the company announced 200 jobs losses in west Belfast.

Scientists develop catheter coating

A new coating that could improve the lives of those who use catheters is developed by scientists at Queen's University.

AIB returned to profit in 2014

AIB, the parent company of First Trust Bank, returned to profit in 2014 for the first time since 2008.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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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: Stepbrother charged with Becky murder

Nathan Matthews, the stepbrother of missing 16-year-old Becky Watts, has been charged with her murder, Avon and Somerset Police have said.

VIDEO: 'Nothing suspicious about my son'

The father of a Pakistani man who has been convicted in the US for plotting attacks in several countries says that there was "nothing suspicious" about his son.

VIDEO: Prince's warning about ivory trade

The Duke of Cambridge gives a speech warning over the risks to elephants from poaching and illegal trade.

VIDEO: Victim's family 'let down' by system

The family of a murder victim who overheard a judge saying victim statements made "no difference" to parole decisions say they have been "let down" after hearing their son's killers could be moved to open prisons.

VIDEO: 'I am against modern cult of fattism'

Journalist James Delingpole on who should pay for the health care of people who are overweight.

VIDEO: Binoche returns to London stage

She has won Oscars for her roles in The English Patient and Chocolat, but Juliette Binoche will next be seen next on the stage in a London production of Antigone.

VIDEO: Farage denies U-turn over migration

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage has denied that he has made a U-turn on the party's key policy on immigration.

VIDEO: PM on Trident: No-one wants grubby deal

Speaking of Trident, David Cameron said his party would "make sure it was properly renewed" in the next Parliament.