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Wednesday 23rd July 2014
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BBC news for Ross-shire

Subsidy deal 'will cut energy bills'

North of Scotland consumers will benefit from a deal to spread the subsidy costs of providing electricity to the Shetlands across Great Britain, the UK government says.

Thousands drawn to HebCelt festival

The attendance figure for this year's Hebridean Celtic Festival is released by the event's organisers.

Angler lands huge skate on isle

An angler from Whitby may have caught the largest fish yet off Britain's shores while fishing off the Isle of Skye.

In pictures: Top shots of rural life

The winners of the Registers of Scotland's Click Your Croft photography competition are announced.

Funds announced for fishing projects

Grants totalling £6m will benefit 109 projects in Scotland's fishing industry, says the Scottish government.

Highlights from the Queen's Baton Relay

Highlights from the Queen's Baton Relay

How do you make a wildcat haven?

How do you make a Scottish wildcat haven?

Live BBC World News

MH17 victims arrive in Netherlands

The first two planes carrying victims of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrive in the Netherlands where a day of mourning has been declared.

UN warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says Israel may have committed war crimes in the Gaza Strip, while also condemning Hamas rocket attacks.

Scores killed in Taiwan plane crash

More than 40 people were killed when a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed after making a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, local officials say.

Costa Concordia heads for scrapyard

The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is being towed away for scrap, in one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever staged.

S Leone chief Ebola doctor infected

The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the deadly virus, a statement from the presidency says.

Rival to challenge Indonesia result

The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, will challenge the result in court, his spokesman says.

Quarantine over China plague death

Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.

BBC Sports News

Glasgow Games to be 'biggest and best'

Athletes from 71 nations will compete in the Commonwealth Games, which get under way with the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

Which sport are you made for? Take our test

Take our sports quiz and we'll have our best stab at suggesting which events from the Commonwealth Games could match your physical and mental abilities.

Sri Lanka cyclists spotted on motorway

Four members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team are stopped by police for cycling down a Glasgow motorway.

Wednesday's gossip column

Remy has Liverpool medical, Martinez working on Lukaku deal, Messi sounded out Arsenal, Campbell set for Palace switch, plus more.

Pearson set to miss 100m in Glasgow

Australia's Sally Pearson is "likely" to miss the 100m at the Commonwealth Games, but plans to compete in the 100m hurdles.

Prior 'hunted mercilessly' by media

The media played a part in wicketkeeper Matt Prior's decision to stand down from England duty, says Sussex boss Mark Robinson.

Subsidy deal 'will cut energy bills'

North of Scotland consumers will benefit from a deal to spread the subsidy costs of providing electricity to the Shetlands across Great Britain, the UK government says.

Thousands drawn to HebCelt festival

The attendance figure for this year's Hebridean Celtic Festival is released by the event's organisers.

Angler lands huge skate on isle

An angler from Whitby may have caught the largest fish yet off Britain's shores while fishing off the Isle of Skye.

In pictures: Top shots of rural life

The winners of the Registers of Scotland's Click Your Croft photography competition are announced.

Funds announced for fishing projects

Grants totalling £6m will benefit 109 projects in Scotland's fishing industry, says the Scottish government.

Highlights from the Queen's Baton Relay

Highlights from the Queen's Baton Relay

How do you make a wildcat haven?

How do you make a Scottish wildcat haven?

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. What Wonga would owe if it applied its own annual 5,853% interest rate to the £2.6m in compensation it now has to pay 45,000 customers. The payday lender had sent threatening letters from fake law firms, and charged a fee for sending them out. Financial Times

2. Before you go on a summer shopping spree, this may make you put the plastic back in your wallet. One in five people will take 17 years to pay off credit card debts, a study suggests. The figure is based on those paying off the minimum each month towards the average debt of £4,500 at 17.9 per cent. Metro

3. Voters will be asked if Britain needs a new Magna Carta, as the constitutional document reaches its 800th anniversary next year. The Commons wants to know if rules of democracy need to be written down, as many of them are based on common law and conventions at present. The consultation runs until January. Daily Express

4. One in four children spends less than half-an-hour outdoors each day, the National Trust says. More than half of youngsters aged seven to 12 spend less than an hour outside, it added. Nine in ten have never taken part in traditional outdoor activities such as playing conkers or building a raft, a poll of parents showed. Daily Mail

5. UK scientists have made a “major step forward” in the race to develop a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Research on more than 1,000 subjects has identified a set of proteins in the blood whose presence can predict the onset of the dementia condition with 87 per cent accuracy. Daily Telegraph

6. Retail prices are falling at the fastest rate since records began. Ferocious competition on the high street is forcing retailers to offer cut-price food, clothes, footwear and electrical items. The British Retail Council says typical prices in the shops were down by 1.8% in June year-on-year. Food prices mildly bucked the trend with a marginal inflation of 0.6%, but the cost of non-edible items dropped by 3.4%. The Times

7. Think fondly of your boss – he or she might work a day more than you each week. According to a study from the Institute of Leadership and Management, almost half of UK managers work an extra day of unpaid overtime per week. The pressures of work and remote access to email through smartphones and tablets leave over 90% of managers working outside contracted and paid hours, the study found. The Times

8. All passengers flying into and out of the UK have been told that mobile devices in their hand luggage must have enough charge to be switched on. The new guidelines come after the US announced extra security checks last week. The rules cover phones, tablets and other gadgets including razors and cameras. Uncharged devices will not be allowed on board planes. Metro

9. In 2045 the world population will reach 10.4bn with more than 70% of people living in crowded urban areas, predicts a new study. In Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045, a Ministry of Defence think tank also forecasts that 3.6bn people will suffer water shortages and terrorists will have access to cheap, unmanned drones and space satellites. The Observer

10. Richard Linklater's new drama Boyhood, opens in UK cinemas last week. Filmed over 12 years, it tells the story of a boy's life from age six to 18, as he becomes man and faces life's challenges. With Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. "An astonishing achievement," says The Guardian.

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Glasgow 2014 cyclists find their bearings

Scotland Correspondent Lorna Gordon bumps into some of the team from Swaziland on the streets of Glasgow.

VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo

A pair of Amur leopards, which are said to be the rarest big cats in the world, have been born in Leicestershire.

VIDEO: Ian Watkins jail term appeal rejected

An appeal by paedophile rock star Ian Watkins to reduce the length of his jail term for child sex offences has been rejected by judges.

VIDEO: Student texts make fly on wall TV show

BBC Click's Spencer Kelly goes behind the scenes of the TV programme The Secret Lives of Students.

AUDIO: Gay man had shocks on NHS as 'cure'

A man who was given electric shocks on the NHS in the 1970's to 'cure' his homosexuality says he 'deeply regrets' it.

VIDEO: Play highlights housing frustration

The pitfalls of London's property market have been highlighted in a play at the Old Vic.

AUDIO: Police warn teens over explicit texts

Teenagers who send explicit pictures of each other could be threatened with prosecution, a police officer warns.