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BBC News: A&E data 'shows fall in violence'
Wednesday 23rd April 2014
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BBC news for County Down

Adams 'gave IRA bomb orders' - claim

A former IRA member makes new allegations about Gerry Adams, claiming the Sinn Féin leader ordered him to transport explosives to Great Britain for a bombing campaign in 1980.

Order and ex-prisoners back course

The Orange Order and a republican ex-prisoners' organisation lend their support to a new course at Queen's University that examines the use of public space to express identity.

Two tributes to NI poet Heaney

Tributes to County Londonderry poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney are to be held at Dublin's National Concert Hall and airport.

1,000 fish killed in Tyrone river

About 1,000 fish, mostly trout, are found dead in the Oona River in Dungannon, County Tyrone.

Funeral for independent unionist

Independent unionist David McClarty is described as a "talented raconteur" during his funeral service in County Londonderry.

Cliftonville win Premiership title

Cliftonville make it back-to-back Irish Premiership titles by beating Portadown at Shamrock Park.

Charges follow Twaddell camp attack

Three people are charged with offences after a number of flags and banners were damaged at the loyalist protest camp at Twaddell Avenue, north Belfast.

Live BBC World News

US threatens more Russia sanctions

US Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington will impose further sanctions on Russia if it does not de-escalate tensions in east Ukraine.

Survivor's regret over ferry students

A survivor of the South Korean ferry that capsized last week says he saw students trapped inside the vessel's cafeteria as it capsized.

Dancer's death sparks Rio clashes

Violent protests break out in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro following the death of a young man allegedly beaten by police.

US president embarks on Asia tour

US President Barack Obama departs for a tour of Asia aimed at reassuring allies of his commitment to the region, amid rumbling tensions.

Future of the net debated in Brazil

Tensions emerge ahead of a meeting being held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to discuss changes to the way the internet is governed.

Brunei delays tough new Islamic law

The South east Asian nation of Brunei postpones the introduction of tough Sharia criminal punishments that were due to begin on Tuesday.

Mali group says French hostage dead

Islamist militants in Mali say French hostage Gilberto Rodrigues Leal, who was kidnapped in 2012, is dead.

BBC Sports News

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea hold Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw in Spain to leave their two-legged Champions League semi-final evenly poised.

Man Utd begin hunt but Giggs not in race

Player-coach Ryan Giggs is not under consideration as Manchester United's next permanent manager, BBC Sport learns.

Savage on Man Utd: spend £200m & sell 12 players

BBC Sport's Robbie Savage unveils his action plan to make the Red Devils a domestic and European force once again

Olympic medallist Williamson retires

Alison Williamson will not bid for a record-breaking seventh Olympic appearance in Rio after retiring from archery.

Manchester United sack manager Moyes

Manchester United manager David Moyes is sacked after only 10 months, with Ryan Giggs taking temporary charge at Old Trafford.

Adams 'gave IRA bomb orders' - claim

A former IRA member makes new allegations about Gerry Adams, claiming the Sinn Féin leader ordered him to transport explosives to Great Britain for a bombing campaign in 1980.

Order and ex-prisoners back course

The Orange Order and a republican ex-prisoners' organisation lend their support to a new course at Queen's University that examines the use of public space to express identity.

Two tributes to NI poet Heaney

Tributes to County Londonderry poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney are to be held at Dublin's National Concert Hall and airport.

1,000 fish killed in Tyrone river

About 1,000 fish, mostly trout, are found dead in the Oona River in Dungannon, County Tyrone.

Funeral for independent unionist

Independent unionist David McClarty is described as a "talented raconteur" during his funeral service in County Londonderry.

Cliftonville win Premiership title

Cliftonville make it back-to-back Irish Premiership titles by beating Portadown at Shamrock Park.

Charges follow Twaddell camp attack

Three people are charged with offences after a number of flags and banners were damaged at the loyalist protest camp at Twaddell Avenue, north Belfast.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. BBC Two celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sunday, 20 April, having been home to many landmark programmes over the decades. Play School was the first programme to be aired on the channel and Match of the Day began life on BBC2 with Liverpool v Arsenal the first featured game on 22 August 1964. BBC

2. The Consumer Prices Index, Britain’s primary measure of inflation, fell to 1.6 per cent in March – the lowest rate recorded since October 2009. The falling price of petrol, clothes and shoes all contributed to the drop, which marked the third consecutive month in which inflation was below the Bank of England’s target rate of 2 per cent. Daily Telegraph

3. A study by the Food Standards Agency has found that many lamb takeaways and curries in fact contain another, cheaper meat - beef, turkey or chicken. Out of 145 samples, 43 were mis-described and 25 were beef. Which? Magazine, meanwhile, tested 30 takeaways in Birmingham and found 16 had no lamb. Daily Mail

4. A planet detected by scientists using the Kepler telescope is the most similar to Earth yet found orbiting a distant star. Nearly 1,000 ‘exoplanets’ are now known but the new discovery, named Kepler 186f, is the closest in size and temperature to our own. It has the potential to hold liquid water, an essential for life. The Times

5. Children lose seven minutes of sleep every hour of television they watch a day, claims a new study by Harvard University. Researchers, who examined more than 1,800 children, found a "small but consistent association" between increased television viewing and shorter sleep duration. The connection appeared to be stronger in boys than girls. The Observer

6. There are more than five times as many cases of the most serious types of skin cancer now than there were in the 1970s, figures show. Cancer Research UK blames the rise from 1,800 cases of malignant melanoma to 13,000 on the rising popularity of sun-seeking holidays abroad - and on sunbed use. Daily Mail

7. According to Rightmove, asking prices in Greater London have risen by more than 40% since 2007, compared with just 8.7% for the UK as a whole. While asking is not the same as getting, it’s clear that London is a very different market to Britain as a whole. Evening Standard

8. A major new exhibition of French modern master Henri Matisse opens at Tate Modern today. Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs surveys 120 of Matisse's colourful late-career cut paper works including The Snail and Blue Nudes. "Joyous and fascinating," says The Guardian.

9. Pyjamas are falling out of fashion as Britons increasingly sleep nude. One in four adults do not won any form of nightwear – the highest proportion in Europe, according to a new survey. Daily Express

10. The Queen celebrates her 88th birthday today. Her official birthday each year is on a Saturday in June, which this year falls on 14th. BBC

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VIDEO: A&E data 'shows drop in violence'

Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.

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The UK economy may be starting to recover, but the country's levels of debt still remain among the highest in the developed world.

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