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Saturday 18th April 2015

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BBC news for West Yorkshire

Mountain rescue team's permanent HQ

A West Yorkshire mountain rescue team officially has a permanent headquarters for the first time in 50 years.

Rape suspect images to be screened

Police investigating the rape and attempted murder of a woman in Leeds will show images of the suspect on city centre screens.

Zayn Malik pays tribute to bandmates

Zayn Malik pays tribute to his former bandmates at an award ceremony, where he made his first solo appearance since leaving One Direction.

'One-size-fits-all' on obesity opposed

Doctors need to move beyond 'one-size-fits-all' approach to tackling obesity, say scientists in Sheffield.

Leeds hit by players' withdrawal

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn's plans for the league match at Charlton are hit by the sudden withdrawal of six players.

Upside down taxi blocks train line

A car blocks a railway line in West Yorkshire after crashing through a barrier and flipping upside down onto the tracks.

Morrisons to axe 720 head office jobs

Supermarket giant Morrisons is to axe 720 jobs at its head office in Bradford.

Mass DNA search for bus stop rapist

Detectives investigating the rape and attempted murder of a woman in Leeds conduct a mass DNA swabbing operation in the hunt for her attacker.

Live BBC World News

Zuma vows to end xenophobic attacks

President Jacob Zuma visits migrant workers who have fled xenophobic attacks, saying the violence goes against South African values and must end.

Pope calls for more help on migrants

Pope Francis urges the EU and international community to do more to tackle the rising number of migrants making desperate journeys across the Med.

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.

Nigeria 'mystery disease' kills 18

A "mysterious" disease has killed at least 18 people in the past several days in south-eastern Nigeria, local officials say.

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.

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.

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.

BBC Sports News

Reading 1-2 Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez scores twice as FA Cup holders Arsenal move into the 2014-15 final by beating Reading after extra time.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

Chelsea will be Premier League champions if they win their next two matches after victory over Manchester United.

Clermont Auvergne 13-9 Saracens

Saracens cannot repeat last year's semi-final win over Clermont as the French side reach the final of the European Champions Cup.

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.

Trott has earned place - Moores

Jonathan Trott deserves another chance to prove himself as an England opener, says head coach Peter Moores.

Mountain rescue team's permanent HQ

A West Yorkshire mountain rescue team officially has a permanent headquarters for the first time in 50 years.

Rape suspect images to be screened

Police investigating the rape and attempted murder of a woman in Leeds will show images of the suspect on city centre screens.

Zayn Malik pays tribute to bandmates

Zayn Malik pays tribute to his former bandmates at an award ceremony, where he made his first solo appearance since leaving One Direction.

'One-size-fits-all' on obesity opposed

Doctors need to move beyond 'one-size-fits-all' approach to tackling obesity, say scientists in Sheffield.

Leeds hit by players' withdrawal

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn's plans for the league match at Charlton are hit by the sudden withdrawal of six players.

Upside down taxi blocks train line

A car blocks a railway line in West Yorkshire after crashing through a barrier and flipping upside down onto the tracks.

Morrisons to axe 720 head office jobs

Supermarket giant Morrisons is to axe 720 jobs at its head office in Bradford.

Mass DNA search for bus stop rapist

Detectives investigating the rape and attempted murder of a woman in Leeds conduct a mass DNA swabbing operation in the hunt for her attacker.

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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VIDEO: London actors headline in Star Wars

Two young Londoners will share the limelight with Harrison Ford when the hotly anticipated new Star Wars film opens.

VIDEO: Zayn Malik collects Asian Award

Zayn Malik makes his first solo appearance since quitting One Direction at the annual Asian Awards.

VIDEO: Will climate change hit fish and chip shops?

Global warming could mean a change to Britain's traditional fish and chips, reports Esyllt Carr.

VIDEO: My son 'paid the ultimate price'

A woman who lost her son after he crashed his car moments after sending a text message implores people not to make the same mistake.

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VIDEO: Harewood's support for black vote push

Actor David Harewood tells the BBC why he has been part of the Operation Black Vote campaign.

VIDEO: Sole-d: Why Northampton shoes are big in Japan

Around a third of all shoes made in the UK end up in Japan.