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Two arrested in Sydney terror plot 

Police in Sydney have charged two men with planning to carry out an imminent terrorist attack.

The pair were arrested in a raid in the western suburb of Fairfield. A hunting knife, an Islamic State flag and a video describing an attack were seized in the raid.

The two men, aged 24 and 25, have been charged with undertaking acts in preparation or planning for a terrorist act.

Death of aid worker Kayla Mueller confirmed 

President Barack Obama has confirmed the death of Kayla Mueller, an aid worker who was being held by the terrorist group Islamic State.

Ms Mueller's family said they were "heartbroken" at the news and released a copy of the final letter she had written in captivity. 

Confirmation of her death comes days after Islamic State claimed the 26-year-old had died in a Jordanian air strike. She was abducted by IS in 2013 while working in Aleppo, Syria. 

The President said Ms Mueller “represents what is best about America.”

Man arrested on suspicion of Shaquan Sammy-Plummer murder 

Detectives investigating the killing of 17-year-old Shaquan Sammy-Plummer in Winchmore Hill have arrested a man on suspicion of murder. 

The 17-year-old from Finsbury Park was found collapsed at around 9.30pm on January 30. He had been stabbed in the chest, reportedly during a fight at a party in Enfield. 

A 19-year-old man from north London remains in custody. 

Five others have been bailed pending further enquiries. 

Ambulance dispatchers to have longer to assess emergency callers

London Ambulance dispatchers may get more time to assess 999 calls

A new call-answering scheme has begun which gives dispatchers as much as an extra two minutes to asses a patient before deciding whether to send an ambulance.

The scheme is running for a four-week trial. The changes come as London’s service saw its performance drop to the slowest in the country, with fewer than half of the most urgent 999 calls getting a response within eight minutes.  

PAC says government response to Ebola “far too slow”

According to the Public Accounts Committee, the government's response to the Ebola outbreak was "far too slow" and may have contributed to the loss of lives.

The Committee said the government did not release funds quickly enough to deal with the crisis.

The government denied the report and said its actions in Sierra Leone had saved, rather than cost, lives.

Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show

Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, has announced he will step down later this year.

The American TV host began working on the show in 1999.

In a statement, the president of the network, Michelle Ganeless said "His comedic brilliance is second to none and he will always be part of the Comedy Central family.”

The channel say the show will continue without Mr Stewart. 

Tate to put on its dancing shoes 

The Tate Modern is to become a museum of dance for 48 hours.

A total of 75 performers will take over the gallery spaces and the Turbine Hall will be transformed into a nightclub. 

The project is being led by French choreographer Boris Charmatz, who said the idea is to "redefine the notion of a museum."

The disco ball goes up in May.

Eastenders actress on trial for racially aggravated harassment 

EastEnders actress Linda Henry is due to stand trial later accused of racially aggravated harassment outside a Jamie Oliver restaurant in south-east London.

The 52-year-old, who plays barmaid Shirley Carter in the BBC soap, was charged following a row near Jamie's Italian in Greenwich last September.

The actress denies the charge. 

Good time to buy house, say experts 

Experts at the Mortgage Advice Bureau say a price war between lenders could see fixed rate deals slip below 1 per cent within weeks.

Variable rates have almost halved over the past 12 months to 1.64 per cent. 
The experts say this makes it an excellent time to buy. 

However, those seeking cheaper mortgages will need a bigger deposit.

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