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Thursday 24th July 2014
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BBC news for Glamorgan

Big rise in council redundancy costs

Cash-strapped Welsh councils have spent nearly twice as much on making staff redundant as they did last year, BBC Wales learns.

Metal theft mine memorial repaired

A mining memorial desecrated by metal thieves who stole its bronze plaques is repaired.

Paedophile singer appeal bid refused

Judges throw out an appeal by paedophile rock star Ian Watkins to reduce the length of his jail term for child sex offences.

Town ban 'violates golfer's rights'

A ban preventing a golfer from returning to his home town after a car crash which killed a lecturer has been ruled unlawful.

Boxer 'let down' over Games ruling

A Welsh boxer refused a Commonwealth Games place over her involvement in kick boxing says she is disappointed in the sport's authorities.

GP appointments systems review urged

An urgent review of GP appointment systems across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan is being requested by its community health council watchdog

15th record inquiry nurse suspended

Another nurse is suspended as part of an inquiry into the alleged falsification of patient records at south Wales hospitals, taking the total to 15.

Live BBC World News

Ukraine rebel denies having missile

A top rebel in Ukraine says his forces do not possess the Buk missile thought to have brought down flight MH17 - but another rebel leader disagrees.

Deadly ambush on Iraq prison convoy

Suicide attackers mount a bomb and gun attack on a prison convoy in Iraq, killing 51 prisoners and nine police officers, security sources say.

Hamas ties ceasefire to blockade

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal says there can be no ceasefire in Gaza without an end to Israel's economic blockade, as fighting continues.

Google to face Europe data watchdogs

Google will meet data regulators from across the EU to discuss the implications of the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling.

Arizona execution takes two hours

US death row inmate Joseph Wood takes almost two hours to die in Arizona's death chamber, and the state governor orders an inquiry.

Taiwan plane crash toll reaches 48

Forty-eight people are now known to have died after a passenger plane crashed in Taiwan's Penghu island, as a storm passed over the area.

Children dead in Indian train crash

At least 13 children are killed along with their driver when a school bus is hit by a train in the Indian state of Telangana, police say.

BBC Sports News

Wiggins questions price of Tour fame

Sir Bradley Wiggins says he sometimes wishes he had never won the Tour de France and Olympic gold in 2012.

Van Gaal has winning Man Utd start

Manchester United give new boss Louis van Gaal a winning start as they beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in a friendly in California.

Wednesday's gossip column

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

Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow

The Queen declares the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow open after a live show featuring a cast of 2,000 and appearances from several famous Scots.

Jamieson and Wiggins eye early golds

Scotland's Michael Jamieson and England's Sir Bradley Wiggins chase gold medals on day one of the Commonwealth Games.

Big rise in council redundancy costs

Cash-strapped Welsh councils have spent nearly twice as much on making staff redundant as they did last year, BBC Wales learns.

Metal theft mine memorial repaired

A mining memorial desecrated by metal thieves who stole its bronze plaques is repaired.

Paedophile singer appeal bid refused

Judges throw out an appeal by paedophile rock star Ian Watkins to reduce the length of his jail term for child sex offences.

Town ban 'violates golfer's rights'

A ban preventing a golfer from returning to his home town after a car crash which killed a lecturer has been ruled unlawful.

Boxer 'let down' over Games ruling

A Welsh boxer refused a Commonwealth Games place over her involvement in kick boxing says she is disappointed in the sport's authorities.

GP appointments systems review urged

An urgent review of GP appointment systems across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan is being requested by its community health council watchdog

15th record inquiry nurse suspended

Another nurse is suspended as part of an inquiry into the alleged falsification of patient records at south Wales hospitals, taking the total to 15.

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: Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow

The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony takes place at Celtic Park in Glasgow.

VIDEO: Susan Boyle sings as Queen arrives

Susan Boyle treats the crowd at Celtic Park to rousing version of Mull of Kintyre as part of the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, shortly before the arrival of The Queen.

VIDEO: PM faces Russia links questions

David Cameron says the government will look at all outstanding arms export licences to Russia, and has rejected calls to pay back a donation to the Conservatives by the wife of a former Putin minister.

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: Games cyclists find Glasgow bearings

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

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: Police spied on Ricky Reel's family

The family of an Asian student who went missing 17 years ago, and was eventually found dead, say they have been told they were spied on by undercover police officers.