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BBC News: Fresh fighting in key Syrian town
Tuesday 21st October 2014

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Ebola-hit nations get key supplies

Vital supplies to tackle Ebola are beginning to arrive in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the worst-hit countries, Ghana's president says.

'No closure' for Pistorius family

Oscar Pistorius' siblings describe their heartache and criticise media coverage of his trial, on the eve of the South African athlete's sentencing.

Gough Whitlam dies at the age of 98

Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, credited with transforming Australian society in the 1970s, has died at the age of 98.

Total boss dies in Moscow air crash

Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of French oil company Total since 2007, has died when his plane crashed during take-off in Moscow.

Canada hit-and-run man 'radicalised'

A man who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car before he was shot dead by police had been "radicalised", Canada's PM says.

Exiled Nazis collected US benefits

The US has paid dozens of exiled Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in social benefits after forcing them to leave the country, a new report finds.

Designer Oscar de la Renta dies

Dominican-born US fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, has died aged 82, US media report.

BBC Sports News

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Manchester United

Daley Blind's late goal for Manchester United earns a point at West Brom as the visitors twice come from behind.

Kobayashi's Caterham safety 'scare'

Kamui Kobayashi admitted to being "seriously troubled" by the prospect of driving his Caterham during the Russian GP weekend.

Navratilova slams ITF over Williams

Martina Navratilova slams the International Tennis Federation's "silence" after one of its members mocks the Williams sisters.

Does English cricket neglect Asians?

England's Moeen Ali and Ravi Bopara hope to inspire the next generation of UK-born Asian cricketers to become professionals.

Man Utd's best display - Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United are disappointed not to beat West Brom after their "best match of the season".

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week

1. As increasing numbers of women delay having families while they build careers, figures revealed that one in five new mothers is aged 35 or older. The statistics for 2013 showed that 51 per cent of all live births were to mothers in their 30s. The average age of first-time mothers is now at a record high of 28.3 years. Nearly two-thirds of births were to fathers aged 30 and over. Office for National Statistics

2. FTSE 100 bosses earn 120 times more than the average worker. The average total earnings were £2.4m, rising to £3.3m for chief executives. According to research from Incomes Data Services, wage growth for the overall workforce trails well behind inflation, rising by 0.6% in the three months to July compared with the same period a year earlier. The Times.

3. High property costs mean that small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of the UK economy, are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living in London. A study puts London 18th of 24 in its Small Business Cities Burden Index, below cities including New York, Dublin and Tokyo. Commercial rents in central London have increased by about 13.5% this year. Financial Times

4. Michael Jackson has topped Forbes’ list of high-earning dead celebrities. Over the last year the deceased pop legend generated a haul of $140m, almost three times as much as second-placed Elvis Presley, who made a comparatively poor $55m over the same period. Jacko's estate made a fortune on the back of his second posthumous album release Xscape. Daily Mail

5. British MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to recognise the state of Palestine. The motion was passed 274-12 after the first full debate on the issue since 2012. The result is not binding on the UK government and David Cameron has said the official non-recognition will not change. The Observer

6. Unruly dogs could be placed under ‘dogbos’ that come into force next week. The owners of dogs that aggressively chase cats, run wild in parks or “alarm” postmen could face criminal prosecution, fines of up to £20,000 or the prospect of theirs pets being seized. They could also be forced to neuter their pet and attend training classes. Daily Telegraph

7. The chief executive of the NHS is urging staff to take a lead in the anti-obesity fight by joining gyms. Simon Stevens says the NHS should become an agent for social change and lead by example as it is revealed that one in five young people and one in four adults in the UK now suffer from obesity, which each year causes 34,000 deaths and costs the NHS more than £1bn. Daily Express

8. The asking price for a forecourt in Mayfair with parking space for eight cars is an astonishing £2.25m. It is thought to be the most expensive London car park on record. The buyer will also need to pay a service charge and ground rent. The same sum would buy a 16th-century castle in Scotland or a six-bedroom villa in Ealing. Daily Mail

9. Apple, the inventor of the iPad and the iPhone, had the most valuable brand in the world for the second year running. The value of its fruity logo – created in 1977 by Rob Janoff, with a bite out of it to avoid confusion with a cherry, grew by 21% over the past year. New York Times

10. It costs $2bn per annum to launch water into space to sustain the astronauts on the International Space Station. The requirement is six tonnes per person. Daily Mail

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: 'CHAPS problem delayed my move'

House movers, including Aidan Myles from Chorlton, faced delays after the Bank of England stopped an automated system that transfers billions of pounds between banks for much of the day.

AUDIO: Nursing morale at 'heartbreaking' low

A nurse claims "heartbreaking" levels of low morale are driving staff out of the profession

VIDEO: Some paedophiles 'won't be charged'

Some paedophiles with images of child abuse will escape prosecution, the head of the National Crime Agency says.

VIDEO: UK poised for autumn storm

Winds gusting at 70mph have been forecast as the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo hits the UK on Tuesday night.

VIDEO: Nepal survivor: 'Not my day to die'

UK police sergeant Paul Sherridan was in the Himalayas for Nepal's worst ever trekking disaster and helped many trekkers to safety.

VIDEO: Aberdeen up for 'most dismal town'

Aberdeen is among the nominees for the Carbuncle award, given to the "most dismal town in Scotland".

VIDEO: Who is calling who in Rochester?

UKIP claim Tories are behind phone calls from fake political pollsters in the Rochester and Strood by-election.