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Saturday 18th April 2015

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BBC news for County Down

Funeral for car boot murder victim

The funeral of Kyle Neil whose body was found in the boot of a car in south Belfast takes place.

Man in 70s robbed by armed man

A man in his 70s is robbed by an armed man in west Belfast.

Four escape Cookstown arson attack

Four people have escaped injury after an arson attack at a house in Cookstown, County Tyrone.

Woman in court over drugs seizure

A 24-year-old woman appears in court in connection with a police investigation into an international drugs trafficking operation.

Two teenage boys arrested in Derry

Two teenage boys were arrested after trouble broke out in the Galliagh estate in Londonderry.

Men in court over diazepam seizure

Three men appear in court charged with illegally buying and selling a large quantity of diazepam.

Hundreds attend Karen Buckley vigil

Hundreds of people attend a candelit vigil in Glasgow for murdered student Karen Buckley, her parents among them.

Boy injured at Newtownabbey school

A schoolboy is taken to hospital after an incident at Belfast High School at Jordanstown in Newtownabbey.

Live BBC World News

Police 'foil Melbourne terror plot'

Australian police charge a teenager in connection with what they say was an Islamic State-inspired plot to attack a World War One centenary event.

Many dead in Afghanistan bank blast

Islamic State says it carried out a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 33 people and injured 100 in the east Afghan city of Jalalabad.

Publisher sued over Goebbels diaries

The estate of Adolf Hitler's Nazi propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, is suing a publisher for royalties for the use of extracts from his diaries.

Dozens held after fresh SA violence

More than 30 people are detained by police in South Africa after a fresh outbreak of anti-foreigner violence around Johannesburg.

Three dead in Mexican gun battle

A gun battle leaves three dead on the streets of Reynosa, a Mexican city on the border with the US that has been plagued by drug cartel violence.

Tributes to Everest avalanche dead

Tributes are paid in Nepal and climbing is suspended to mark the anniversary of an avalanche on Everest that killed 16 sherpas.

Attack on UN Mali convoy kills two

A United Nations supply convoy is attacked near the city of Gao in northern Mali, with two civilian drivers killed.

Saudis meet Yemen aid call

Saudi Arabia, which is leading an air campaign against rebels in Yemen, has pledged the $274m (£183m; €255m) in aid to the country called for by the UN.

BBC Sports News

Everton 1-0 Burnley

Kevin Mirallas scores the winner and Ross Barkley misses a penalty as Everton beat Burnley, who have Ashley Barnes sent off

Leicester City 2-0 Swansea City

A revitalised Leicester beat Swansea to move off the bottom of the table for the first time since November.

Crystal Palace 0-2 West Bromwich Albion

West Brom boss Tony Pulis makes a winning return to Selhurst Park as his side beat Crystal Palace to ease relegation fears.

Stoke City 2-1 Southampton

Southampton's hopes of Champions League qualification are dealt a big blow as Stoke end a four-match winless run.

Hamilton on pole position in Bahrain

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton took his fourth straight pole position in 2015 as he beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain.

Clermont Auvergne 13-9 Saracens

Wesley Fofana's try helps Clermont Auvergne beat Saracens and reach the final of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

GB's Smith and Thomas win Euro gold

Louis Smith and Great Britain team-mate Kristian Thomas win gold medals at the European Gymnastics Championships.

Wayward Prince wins Scots National

Wayward Prince, a 25-1 shot, holds off a strong late challenge from Goonyella and Benbens to win the Scottish Grand National.

Funeral for car boot murder victim

The funeral of Kyle Neil whose body was found in the boot of a car in south Belfast takes place.

Man in 70s robbed by armed man

A man in his 70s is robbed by an armed man in west Belfast.

Four escape Cookstown arson attack

Four people have escaped injury after an arson attack at a house in Cookstown, County Tyrone.

Woman in court over drugs seizure

A 24-year-old woman appears in court in connection with a police investigation into an international drugs trafficking operation.

Two teenage boys arrested in Derry

Two teenage boys were arrested after trouble broke out in the Galliagh estate in Londonderry.

Men in court over diazepam seizure

Three men appear in court charged with illegally buying and selling a large quantity of diazepam.

Hundreds attend Karen Buckley vigil

Hundreds of people attend a candelit vigil in Glasgow for murdered student Karen Buckley, her parents among them.

Boy injured at Newtownabbey school

A schoolboy is taken to hospital after an incident at Belfast High School at Jordanstown in Newtownabbey.

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


1. Bill Gates has been named the richest man in the world for the 16th time. In the annual ranking of global billionaires, the Microsoft founder beat Mexican businessman Carlos Slim to the top spot. Gates’ net worth rose by just over $3bn (£1.94bn) in the year to 13 February, to $79bn. There are now a record 1,826 billionaires in the world - an increase of 181 in the past 12 months. Forbes Magazine

2. British Airways has retained its title as the UK’s leading consumer ‘superbrand’. In an eye-catching installment of the annual ranking, several household names including Cadbury, Heinz and Marks & Spencer dropped out of the list of favourite brands. Meanwhile, the likes of John Lewis, Lego and Häagen-Dazs featured in the upper reaches of the grouping. The Guardian

3. The number of zero-hours contracts has increased from 1.4 million to 1.8 million, new figures have revealed. The new total for last August is 400,000 more than a previously published estimate in January 2014. The number of people saying they were employed on zero-hours contracts in their main job was 697,000 in the quarter to December, up from 586,000 in the same period in 2013. The figures mean some people are on more than one contract with no guarantee of a minimum number of hours. Office for National Statistics
4. Drinking up to five cups of coffee a day could help prevent heart disease, new research has found. A team of experts studied a group of more than 25,000 Korean men and women with an average age of 41. They had no previous signs of heart disease. Their coffee consumption was listed as none, less than one cup a day, one to three cups a day, three to five cups a day and five or more every day. The researchers discovered those who drank between three and five cups were less likely to show signs of heart disease. Daily Express

5. Drivers are to get ten minutes’ grace before being given a ticket if they stay too long on council parking spots. The changes in the law in England are expected to come in within weeks and will apply to all on-street and off-street council parking spots. Other measures in the Deregulation Bill include a right for residents and local firms to demand their council reviews parking in their area. CCTV camera cars that automatically issue parking fines are to be made illegal - apart from in areas near schools and in bus lanes. New York Times

6. More than half a million people are believed to have come to England from abroad over the past three years, according to Oxford University research. And two-thirds of the 565,000 migrants believed to have arrived between 2011 and 2014 are EU citizens, the study by the university’s Migration Observatory said. The estimated numbers were put together to provide an up-to-date idea of the migrant populations across England. They come in advance of official estimates from the Office for National Statistics, due in June. Daily Mail

7. Large firms will be forced to reveal details of the gap between how much they pay male and female employees after the government agreed to implement the measure. The Liberal Democrats had been pushing for the policy in the face of Tory opposition, and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said it was “fantastic news” that her party had won the “argument in government”. The measure will be added to legislation currently going through Parliament and will come into force within the next 12 months. Financial Times

8. Apple, Sony and HTC are among the most female-friendly employers in the technology industry, a report on gender equality has found. The study, published on the eve of International Women’s Day, saw Apple come out on top, with 28% of female staff holding senior positions. Among them are former Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts and Sue Wagner, founding partner and director of asset manager BlackRock. Daily Mail

9. As The U.S. puts its clocks forward - two weeks ahead of the UK - potentially dangerous consequences have been revealed by scientists. Sleep scientists say effects of the time shift can include a pernicious phenomenon known as “microsleeps,” or momentary losses of concentration at critical times. Susceptibility to “microsleeps” increases after the clocks change, resulting in a spike in car crashes, including fatal ones where alcohol is involved, as well an increase in workplace injuries. The Guardian

10. The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting under a tree, with an apple about to hit his head. It was ditched as its high level of detail didn't really show up when shrunk down on products. Metro

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