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Monday Morning Headlines
13th October 2014

London Ambulances on strike 

London Ambulance workers will go on strike this morning for the first time in 34 years.

It is in reaction to a dispute over pay for NHS workers after a 1 per cent pay rise was blocked. 

The strike is expected to last for four hours and the Army will be on standby during that time. 

Around 130 military drivers will take the place of London Ambulance and North West Ambulance services.

The London Ambulance service admits they will face 'severe pressure' today.


Texas health worker tests positive for Ebola

A health worker in Texas has become the first person to contract Ebola within the US. 

The woman was treating a Liberian man in Dallas last week, who later died from the illness.

Concerns have been raised about how the disease is being managed in US, with one federal health official saying there has been a clear breach of safety protocol.

The current outbreak has resulted in over 4 thousand deaths, with 8,300 confirmed and suspected cases.


Potential Pistorius may not be jailed 

Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced today in South Africa.  

The Judge in his case, Thokosile Masipa, will have a range of options when it comes to sentencing the athlete. The possibilities include; up to 15 years in prison, an appeal or no jail term at all after showing remorse and being a first-time offender - although this is unlikely.

Judge Masipa rejected a murder verdict last month, handing down the lesser charge of Culpable homicide.

The runner was found guilty of culpable homicide after shooting his girlfriend Reva Steenkamp last year on Valentines Day. He was cleared of first degree murder.


Threatening mussel in Heathrow waterways 

Underwater species from the Netherlands and Turkey could invade Britain's waterways and devastate our native species, according to scientists.

The organism called the Quagga Mussel is notorious for blocking water pipes, and it has been located in a reservoir near Heathrow Airport.

They are less than 5cm long and breed very quickly. They attach themselves to surfaces like pipes and boat hulls, and cause the potential for flooding.

The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust said the mussel was ‘the number one most dangerous alien species’.

Invasive species like the Quagga Mussell cost the UK economy in excess of £1.8 billion every year.


Cyclone Hudhud kills five

Five people have been killed after a cyclone hit the east coast of India.

Cyclone Hudhud reached speeds of up to 120 miles per hour yesterday when it arrived in the coastal area of Andhra Pradesh - home to 14 million people.


Ed Sheeran slept rough outside Buckingham Palace

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has revealed he was homeless for two years and once slept outside Buckingham Palace.

Sheeran moved to London in 2008 in pursuit of a music career. Now he's worth more than 7 million pounds and has two Brit awards under his belt.

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