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Wednesday 28th January 2015
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BBC news for West Yorkshire

Husband's joy over 'lost' voicemail

A husband who thought he had lost a voicemail recording of his late wife's voice after keeping it for more than 10 years, says the retrieval of the message is "wonderful".

Tesco names 43 UK store closures

Tesco's Crossgates Metro store in east Leeds is one of those earmarked for closure.

Drugs baron arrested in Philippines

A drug dealer who fled the UK before he was due to stand trial for heading up a £13m smuggling racket is arrested in the Philippines.

Snow warning as icy blast set to hit

Warnings of snow and ice have been issued for the north of England for Wednesday and Thursday.

Two jailed for helping rapist flee

Two men are jailed for helping a third man flee the country while on trial for raping a woman in a Bradford park.

Work to start on cycle super highway

Work on a £29m cycle way linking Leeds and Bradford officially begins.

'Pioneer' regional TV editor dies

The first editor of BBC Look North, Yorkshire's regional news and current affairs programme, has died, it is announced.

Bradford chairman hails ultimate win

Bradford co-chairman Mark Lawn says beating Chelsea in the FA Cup on Saturday was the "ultimate achievement".

Live BBC World News

Israel-Hezbollah clashes kill three

Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper are killed as Hezbollah militants trade fire with Israeli forces along the Lebanese border.

Greece will not default - PM Tsipras

New Greek PM Alexis Tsipras tells his first cabinet meeting his country will not default on its bailout debts, but will negotiate with creditors.

North Korea leader to visit Russia

Russia says North Korea's leader has accepted an invitation to visit Moscow, which would be Kim Jong-un's first overseas trip as leader.

New resignations hit Germany's Pegida

The new leader of Germany's controversial anti-Islamisation group Pegida, Kathrin Oertel, resigns a week after her predecessor.

Jordan in pilot exchange offer to IS

Jordan says it is ready to free an Iraqi on death row in return for a pilot facing execution by Islamic State alongside a Japanese hostage.

Apple profit 'biggest in history'

Record sales of iPhones help Apple to report a first quarter profit of $18bn, the biggest ever quarterly profit for a public company.

US warns of more sanctions on Russia

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew threatens a possible extension of sanctions on Russia because of the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.

AirAsia body search 'could end soon'

Indonesia's search and rescue agency chief says the hunt for victims of AirAsia QZ8501 could be called off if no more bodies are found soon.

BBC Sports News

Figo makes bid for Fifa presidency

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid forward Luis Figo aims to challenge Sepp Blatter for Fifa's top job.

'I'm dying - this is the end'

As Kell Brook describes being stabbed on holiday, Ben Dirs asks why so many boxers encounter trouble outside the ring.

England braced to lose four more

Brad Barritt, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood and Kyle Eastmond are all likely to miss England's Six Nations opener against Wales.

Murray to face 'confident' Berdych

Andy Murray says Tomas Berdych will be confident when they meet in the Australian Open semi-finals on Thursday.

Ronaldo gets two-match ban after red

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is given a two-match ban following his red card in the win over Cordoba on Saturday.

West Brom sign £4.75m McManaman

West Brom confirm the signing of Wigan winger Callum McManaman for a reported fee of £4.75m.

Force India pull out of first test

Force India pull out of the first Formula 1 pre-season test, which starts at Spain's Jerez track on Sunday.

Husband's joy over 'lost' voicemail

A husband who thought he had lost a voicemail recording of his late wife's voice after keeping it for more than 10 years, says the retrieval of the message is "wonderful".

Tesco names 43 UK store closures

Tesco's Crossgates Metro store in east Leeds is one of those earmarked for closure.

Drugs baron arrested in Philippines

A drug dealer who fled the UK before he was due to stand trial for heading up a £13m smuggling racket is arrested in the Philippines.

Snow warning as icy blast set to hit

Warnings of snow and ice have been issued for the north of England for Wednesday and Thursday.

Two jailed for helping rapist flee

Two men are jailed for helping a third man flee the country while on trial for raping a woman in a Bradford park.

Work to start on cycle super highway

Work on a £29m cycle way linking Leeds and Bradford officially begins.

'Pioneer' regional TV editor dies

The first editor of BBC Look North, Yorkshire's regional news and current affairs programme, has died, it is announced.

Bradford chairman hails ultimate win

Bradford co-chairman Mark Lawn says beating Chelsea in the FA Cup on Saturday was the "ultimate achievement".

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW LAST WEEK

1. Britons are working an extra 19 days every year because we don’t take our full lunch break. The average ‘hour’ allowed for mealtime now lasts just 26 minutes and 28 seconds, a new study has found. Over the course of a year, we are working 133 hours extra for free. The Times

2. Wealth accumulated by the world’s richest 1% will exceed that of the other 99% in 2016, Oxfam revealed, ahead of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. The richest’s share of global wealth increased from 44% in 2009 to 48 in 2014, the charity said in a report, adding that it will be more than 50 by next year. The Independent

3. Almost 40 employers owing staff £177,000 have been ‘named and shamed’ for failing to pay the national minimum wage. They include a childcare centre in Wolverhampton, a tanning boutique in Glasgow and a building firm in Edinburgh. The 37 offenders face fines totaling more than £51,000. Daily Mail

4. Britain's two largest airports recorded their busiest ever year in 2014. Heathrow passenger numbers last year rose 1.4 per cent to a record 73.4 million, while a total of 38.12 million were handled at Gatwick - a 7.6 per cent increase on 2013 and also an all-time high. Financial Times

5. Shoppers who use the post rather than the internet to settle bills are paying an extra £440 a year for goods and services, a study suggests. The 8million people in Britain – including 5million pensioners – who have no online access are missing out on discounts offered by banks, energy and telecom companies. Metro

6. Milk is now cheaper than bottled water thanks to a fierce supermarket price war, a study suggests. When bought in a four-pint container, the price per litre of milk has dropped to 43p compared with 44p for packs of bottled still water. BBC

7. Seven in ten university students now gain at least a 2:1 – with soaring fees thought to have fuelled a sharp increase in the number getting firsts. Almost 80,000 students – one in five – achieved the highest classification last year, up by 10,000 on 2013. The proportion achieving at least a 2:1 has soared by 163 per cent in a decade. The Times

8. Every year 1,000 people die in the UK waiting for an organ transplant. However, only 4% of people regularly give blood, and only 31% of us have joined the Organ Donor Register Source: NHS Choices

9. Britain’s last Victorian has died. Ethel Lang, who lived to see six British monarchs and 22 prime ministers, passed away at the age of 114. She danced into her late nineties, enjoyed watching snooker and “always liked a cup of tea”. Her daughter said: “Her secret to living so long was living so well,” she said. “She never smoked and rarely had a drink. She was always out and about.” The Observer

10. Last year was officially the hottest on record, say US government scientists. After smashing temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and baking regions in China, South America, and Russia – 2014 has been officially named the hottest on record, with global temperatures 1.24F (0.69C) higher than the 20th-century average. Wall Street Journal

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Female jihadists 'drawn in online'

The BBC's Frank Gardner speaks to a woman who works with the UK government to tackle the growing problem of women from western Europe going to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

VIDEO: Widower reunited with wife's voicemail

Stan Beaton hears a voicemail greeting from his wife, who died of cancer more than 10 years ago, which he thought had been deleted and lost forever.

VIDEO: Row over 'major incidents' guidance

NHS bosses have issued new guidelines to some hospitals over when they can declare a "major incident", as Chris Mason reports

VIDEO: How beavers can change our rivers

Claire Marshall looks at the impact beavers have on the environment, after a decision to allow a family of wild beavers to stay on the River Otter in Devon.

VIDEO: Warning over asthma diagnosis

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence warns that more than a million adults in the UK may have been wrongly diagnosed with Asthma.

VIDEO: Lancashire fracking decision due

Graham Satchell has been following one woman's campaign against fracking in Lancashire.

VIDEO: Up close: Britain's longest train

A look at Britain's longest train, a ballast cleaner train, which is helping replace old ballast on rail tracks between Norwich and London.

VIDEO: 'Cash incentives stop pregnant smokers'

A trial in Glasgow suggests that pregnant women are more than twice as likely to give up smoking if given financial incentives.