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BBC news for Cornwall

Woman, 88, named world pasty champion

The 88-year-old mother of Cornish sea shanty singer John Lethbridge wins the top title at the World Pasty Championships.

Tourism body set to be replaced

Plans to replace the council-run tourism body in Cornwall with a community company are revealed leaving 13 people facing redundancy.

'Service failures' at hospital

A private firm hired to provide cleaning and catering services at a hospital repeatedly failed to meet standards, it emerges.

Arctic bowhead whale seen off Scilly

A bowhead whale rarely spotted south of the Arctic has been seen off the Isles of Scilly, wildlife watchers say.

Crash-land Navy pilot awarded medal

A Royal Navy officer who crash landed a historic plane at an air show is awarded the Air Force Cross.

Health trusts move off 'black alert'

Cornwall and a major health trust in Devon are taken off "black alert" status, NHS managers say.

Police fail to reach 999 target

Devon and Cornwall Police are failing to reach more than a quarter of 999 calls within their target time, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

Tasers drawn on '400 children in 2013'

Devon and Cornwall Police were among forces more likely to deploy Taser stuns guns, including on under-18s, in 2013, figures obtained by the BBC show.

Live BBC World News

Netanyahu goes to US for Iran speech

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington to argue against a nuclear deal with Iran, ahead of a controversial speech to Congress.

N Korea opens fire as drills start

North Korea fires two short-range missiles into the sea as annual US-South Korea military exercises get under way, officials in Seoul say.

Estonia ruling party wins election

Estonia's ruling party has won national elections and is expected to form a governing coalition after defeating its pro-Russian rival.

Argentine leader hails lower debt

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner defends her economic policy in her last speech to Congress before she steps down in December.

MH370 teams trial long-haul tracking

Three countries are to trial a new method of tracking planes, which could help avoid incidents like the disappearance of flight MH370.

Mass rally for Nemtsov in Moscow

Tens of thousands of people march in Moscow to honour Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday.

IS frees 19 abducted Christians

Nineteen of the 220 members of an Assyrian Christian community kidnapped by Islamic State in Syria have been freed, activists say.

Murder charge for Peru ex-minister

An ex-minister in Peru is charged with involvement in the killing of a journalist during the Shining Path rebel insurgency in the 1980s.

BBC Sports News

Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho lifts his first trophy since returning to Chelsea as his side see off Tottenham in the League Cup final.

'Like last year's car, but better'

Mercedes' testing times leave competitors unable to hide their dejection, but there's still plenty to race for - writes Andrew Benson.

Nadal's Argentina win equals record

Rafael Nadal wins a record-equalling 46th career clay-court title with success in the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.

Blatter 'concerned' by racism report

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he is concerned by a report on racism in Russian football ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Di Maria will come good - Rooney

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says Angel Di Maria will come good despite his recent struggles on the pitch.

Woman, 88, named world pasty champion

The 88-year-old mother of Cornish sea shanty singer John Lethbridge wins the top title at the World Pasty Championships.

Tourism body set to be replaced

Plans to replace the council-run tourism body in Cornwall with a community company are revealed leaving 13 people facing redundancy.

'Service failures' at hospital

A private firm hired to provide cleaning and catering services at a hospital repeatedly failed to meet standards, it emerges.

Arctic bowhead whale seen off Scilly

A bowhead whale rarely spotted south of the Arctic has been seen off the Isles of Scilly, wildlife watchers say.

Crash-land Navy pilot awarded medal

A Royal Navy officer who crash landed a historic plane at an air show is awarded the Air Force Cross.

Health trusts move off 'black alert'

Cornwall and a major health trust in Devon are taken off "black alert" status, NHS managers say.

Police fail to reach 999 target

Devon and Cornwall Police are failing to reach more than a quarter of 999 calls within their target time, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

Tasers drawn on '400 children in 2013'

Devon and Cornwall Police were among forces more likely to deploy Taser stuns guns, including on under-18s, in 2013, figures obtained by the BBC show.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
http://askten.co.uk


1. London workers are the most productive in the UK with Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the least productive. Although those results are not a surprise, the chasm is vast: in central London the average worker is producing 42% more every hour than the national average, while in Cornwall they produce 28% less than the national average. Office for National Statistics

2. A growing number of 30-somethings are being forced to leave London as soaring property prices mean they cannot afford to live in the capital. London's population is set to reach a record high of 8.6m, making housing an ever more central issue at the general election. One in six tenant say housing say housing is the issue most likely to affect their vote. Office for National Statistics

3. People who commute into London from the south-east are the rail passengers most likely to be delayed, according to consumer group Which? They were also the most likely to be unhappy with their train operator, a poll of 7,309 people found. Southern had the worst score of any train firm, with 39% of users reporting delays. BBC

4. A new guide to making the perfect cup of tea may finally settle the question of when to add the milk in a breakthrough that will be a blow to many purists. The British Standards Institution (BSI) has released a guide called Preparation Of A Liquor Of Tea For Use In Sensory Tests that sets out what it deems to be the essentials for a perfect brew. According to the BSI, the milk must be poured into the cup before the tea, which should be brewed for six minutes. The Times

5. Russell Brand has been named alongside the likes of Henry Kissinger and Hilary Mantel on a shortlist of the world's greatest minds. The comedian and activist is included on Prospect magazine's 50-strong World Thinkers 2015 shortlist. Last year, the award was won by Indian intellect Amartya Sen, with the figures such as Pope Francis and broadcaster Mary Beard in the top 10. The Times

6. The number of pensioners being treated for class-a drug addiction has doubled in six years, says the Daily Star. Data released by Public Health England shows 634 pensioners aged 65 or above needed treatment for drug addiction in the last year. Most of them are being treated for problems with heroin and other opiates - but 80 are addicted to both heroin and crack. Daily Mail

7. More than 20 years after his death, Random House Children’s Books has revealed it will publish a recently- discovered Dr Seuss manuscript with illustrations called “What Pet Should I Get?” on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author’s home in La Jolla, California, by his widow and secretary. Daily Express

8. Government surveyors in the U.S. have determined a new height for the Washington Monument — about 25 cm shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years. The new official measurement puts the monument at 169 metres, as measured from the floor of the main entrance to the top. Ever since the stone obelisk was completed in 1884 to honour the nation’s first president, the historic height has been recorded at 169.2 metres. The Observer

9. Cézanne's 'The Card Players' was the most expensive work of art ever sold (£170 million in 2011) until the sale of Gauguin's 'When Will You Marry?' for close to £195m earlier this month. The Guardian

10. The traditional 'gift bag' given to Hollywood's leading players at the Oscars will this year be worth £104,000. It is said to include an adult toy worth $250, free furniture worth $28,000 and a $14,239 lifestyle makeover. New York Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Injuries as police tackle illegal rave

Four police officers are injured after clashes with hundreds of people at an illegal rave in Swindon.

VIDEO: CCTV shows girls' Istanbul bus wait

CCTV pictures have emerged appearing to show the three missing UK schoolgirls in Turkey on their way to Syria, where they are believed to have joined Islamic State.

VIDEO: Emwazi 'paranoid' before fleeing UK

The extremist known as "Jihadi John" had suicidal thoughts after feeling harassed by MI5, according to email exchanges with a journalist.

VIDEO: Syria crisis 'spurred terror surge'

The crisis in Syria has let to a surge in investigations and interventions carried out by anti-terrorism officers, according to the Metropolitan Police.

VIDEO: Syrian female doctor who fled IS area

In the parts of northern Syria where so called Islamic State has taken control, a brutal code of public floggings and executions is being enforced with particular dangers for women.

VIDEO: Cardinal's plea on immigration

The Archbishop of Westminster has said that political parties "have to be tested" on their approach to immigration ahead of the general election.

VIDEO: Crackdown on drug drivers

Tougher laws to tackle drug driving come into force across England and Wales on Monday - with new limits on eight illegal and eight prescription drugs.

VIDEO: Samurai prince escapes wig ordeal

Prince William was transformed into a samurai warlord, but escaped the ordeal of wearing a wig, as he visited Japan's public broadcaster NHK.