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BBC news for Glamorgan

Cuts 'will undo' apprenticeship work

The main body providing apprenticeships in Wales is warning that budget cuts by the Welsh government will have a "massively de-stabilising effect" on such programmes.

Lorry driver held after cyclist hurt

A lorry driver is arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a collision left a cyclist critically injured.

VIDEO: Tan: 'They said I was crazy, mad'

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan said he believes that the row over the change in the club's colours helped make it world famous.

Pioneer of women's swimming dies

Jenny James, who in 1951 became the first Welsh woman to swim across the English Channel, dies at the age of 87.

Halloween buses avoid city estates

Cardiff Bus services will not enter some city estates on Halloween or bonfire night over fears for the safety of passengers and drivers.

Nutini announces new Cardiff date

A new date is set for Paolo Nutini to perform in Cardiff after he was forced to postpone a show due to tonsillitis.

Job losses at engineering firm

An engineering and building firm which carried out work on Cardiff bus station goes into administration with the loss of 32 jobs.

Live BBC World News

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.

China makes 'biggest cash haul'

Anti-corruption investigators in China confirm the finding of the equivalent of $33m in cash at an official's home - the biggest such haul to date.

UN chief defends Ebola aid workers

UN chief Ban Ki-moon says discrimination against humanitarian workers who return home from the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "unacceptable".

Meyiwa suspect in court in S Africa

A suspect appears in court in South Africa over the killing of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa in a 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.

Lawsuit over Malaysia missing plane

Two children whose father was on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared file a lawsuit against the airline and Malaysia's government.

Russia-Ukraine deal secures EU gas

Russia will resume gas deliveries to Ukraine this winter in a deal brokered by the European Union, which will also safeguard supplies to EU countries.

BBC Sports News

Hamilton fastest in America practice

Lewis Hamilton sets the pace from Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg in first practice at the United States GP.

Westwood has hole-in-one on PGA Tour

Lee Westwood posts a hole-in-one in a second round 65 to move into third, three shots behind Billy Hurley III, in Kuala Lumpur.

Meyiwa suspect in court in S Africa

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

Cuts 'will undo' apprenticeship work

The main body providing apprenticeships in Wales is warning that budget cuts by the Welsh government will have a "massively de-stabilising effect" on such programmes.

Lorry driver held after cyclist hurt

A lorry driver is arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a collision left a cyclist critically injured.

VIDEO: Tan: 'They said I was crazy, mad'

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan said he believes that the row over the change in the club's colours helped make it world famous.

Pioneer of women's swimming dies

Jenny James, who in 1951 became the first Welsh woman to swim across the English Channel, dies at the age of 87.

Halloween buses avoid city estates

Cardiff Bus services will not enter some city estates on Halloween or bonfire night over fears for the safety of passengers and drivers.

Nutini announces new Cardiff date

A new date is set for Paolo Nutini to perform in Cardiff after he was forced to postpone a show due to tonsillitis.

Job losses at engineering firm

An engineering and building firm which carried out work on Cardiff bus station goes into administration with the loss of 32 jobs.

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

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