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Saturday 1st November 2014
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BBC news for Dumfriesshire

Council 'regret' over garden waste

Scottish Borders Council's leader expresses regret over the handling of the removal of garden waste collections in the region.

Sturgeon renews TV debates attack

Recent opinion polls prove it is wrong to exclude the SNP from nationally-televised general election debates, the party's leader in waiting says.

Town centre investments celebrated

The conclusion of two major town centre projects costing some £2.8m is celebrated in Kelso.

Four in custody over £1.8m drug find

Four Polish nationals are remanded in custody after cannabis plants with a street value of up to £1.8m were found in a rundown Borders pub.

Scotland 22-38 France

Scotland remain in contention to win the European Championship title despite defeat by France at Netherdale.

Sharp to miss Team Scotland outing

Lynsey Sharp will sit out Team Scotland's return to the track in January's four-team Glasgow International.

Injured biker wins compensation

A judge awards £66,000 in compensation to a motorcyclist who was injured in a collision with a trailer on the A72 in the Borders.

Live BBC World News

Virgin spacecraft crash kills pilot

At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in California.

Iraqi Kurds 'in Kobane to fight IS'

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters cross the Turkish border to help defend the Syrian town of Kobane from Islamic State militants.

Quarantine victory for US Ebola nurse

A judge in the US state of Maine has given a nurse recently returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa a green light to go where she pleases.

Burkina Faso's president resigns

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore resigns following violent protests, with army chief Honore Traore taking over as head of state.

Boko Haram denies ceasefire claim

Militant group Boko Haram denies claims by Nigeria's government that it has agreed to a ceasefire and will release 219 abducted girls.

Meyiwa suspect in court in S Africa

A suspect appears in court in South Africa over the killing of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa during an alleged robbery.

Key Jerusalem holy site reopens

Israel reopens a key Jerusalem holy site after its temporary closure following the shooting of a prominent Jewish activist.

BBC Sports News

Djokovic ends Murray's winning run

Andy Murray's 11-match winning run comes to an end with defeat by Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters quarter-finals.

Meulensteen criticises Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is paying the price for not investing in his backroom staff, says Rene Meulensteen.

Ospreys 26-11 Connacht

Leaders Ospreys maintain their 100% start to the Pro12 season with a 26-11 win over Connacht at the Liberty Stadium.

Council 'regret' over garden waste

Scottish Borders Council's leader expresses regret over the handling of the removal of garden waste collections in the region.

Sturgeon renews TV debates attack

Recent opinion polls prove it is wrong to exclude the SNP from nationally-televised general election debates, the party's leader in waiting says.

Town centre investments celebrated

The conclusion of two major town centre projects costing some £2.8m is celebrated in Kelso.

Four in custody over £1.8m drug find

Four Polish nationals are remanded in custody after cannabis plants with a street value of up to £1.8m were found in a rundown Borders pub.

Scotland 22-38 France

Scotland remain in contention to win the European Championship title despite defeat by France at Netherdale.

Sharp to miss Team Scotland outing

Lynsey Sharp will sit out Team Scotland's return to the track in January's four-team Glasgow International.

Injured biker wins compensation

A judge awards £66,000 in compensation to a motorcyclist who was injured in a collision with a trailer on the A72 in the Borders.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Overtime payments at the Passport Office topped £2.5million in a month during a chaotic summer in which holidaymakers’ plans were put in jeopardy, figures show. The then-government agency paid out £6.75million to staff for working extra hours during July, August and September as they tried to clear a backlog of thousands of applications. Daily Mail

2. The number of people earning less than £7.69 an hour increased by 250,000 last year to reach 5.2 million. The increase partly reflected growth in employment, but there was also a reverse in the previous year’s slight fall in low-paid work. Workers in Britain are more likely to be low paid than those in comparable economies such as Germany and Australia. Resolution Foundation.

3. Schools are being urged to hold lessons in body confidence as a new survey reveals that one in four Britons is depressed by their appearance. A new project called Be Real aims to tackle the issue which campaigners say is trapping millions of people in the UK in an unhealthy cycle of depression, short-term dieting, cosmetic intervention and eating disorders. Daily Express

4. One of Apple’s first pre-assembled computers - the Apple-1 - has been sold for a record $905,000 (£565,000) at an auction in New York. The motherboard is one of around 50 Apple-1 computers that were first manufactured by Steve Wozniak in the garage of his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1976. Few of the devices have survived, and the latest sale has fetched the highest price yet thanks to its mint condition.

5. Fewer teenagers scored at least five C grades in their GCSEs, including English and maths, this year amid major changes to the exams and school league tables, official figures show. In total, just over half (52.6%) of pupils in England reached the five A*-C including the basics benchmark, according to statistics published by the Department for Education (DfE). Daily Mail

6. Foreign criminals are costing taxpayers £850m a year with thousands living in the community instead of being deported. Of the 4,200 foreign national offenders living in the community, one in six - 760 - have absconded, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report. Those missing included 58 “high harm” individuals who have been missing since 2010, the report said. The Times

7. The Star Wars character of Chewbacca was inspired by director George Lucas’ big, hairy Alaskan malamute dog Indiana - who would always sit in the passenger seat of his car like a co-pilot. The dog was also the inspiration behind the name of one of Lucas’ other creations, Indiana Jones. BBC

8. A recent study of 188 countries found that more than half the planet’s 671 million obese people live in just ten countries – with one in ten of them living in the United States, where a third of adults are obese. The UK did not make the top ten. The Independent

9. With a population of just 40,000, Salisbury is one of Britain’s smaller cities. Yet it has beaten London – as well as Paris and New York – to be named one of the top ten in the world. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 ranked Salisbury seventh in its list. The Observer

10. Queen Elizabeth sent her first tweet during a visit to the Science Museum in London. The 88-year-odl monarch formally opened the museum’s new Information Age Galleries by touching a tablet scree to send her first message around the world. The tweeted through the @britishmonarchy account, which has 733,000 followers. Daily Telegraph

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Is too much praise bad for children?

A new report says teachers who give struggling pupils too much praise in the classroom could be doing them more harm than good.

VIDEO: A sea of red poppies from the air

Footage taken from the air above the Tower of London shows the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red made up of thousands of ceramic poppies to mark the centenary of the start of World War One.

VIDEO: One in five 'disillusioned' with politics

A poll for the BBC has found only one in five of those asked think the Westminster Parliament acts in their best interests, and as few as one in eight think the European Parliament does.

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All new government policies in England now have to undergo a test to check whether they help families.

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