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Monday Morning Headlines
6th October 2014

What’s happening in London and the wider world, all you need to know as you start your morning.

Alice Gross murder suspect post-mortem to be held today

A post-mortem of the body thought to be that of Arnis Zalkalns’s, the prime suspect in the murder of Alice Gross, will be held later today.

The 14-year-old school girl from west London went missing over a month ago triggering a nationwide search campaign. Her body was found in the River Brent on Tuesday.

A body thought to be that of Zalkalns was discovered in Boston Manor Park, near Hanwell on Saturday afternoon. 

There has been no formal identification, however the Metropolitan Police have said there has been some early indications that it is Zalkalns.

London School of Economics in sexism and homophobia row

The London School of Economics is caught up in a row over sexism and homophobia at its college rugby club.

It's over leaflets handed out at the LSE freshers' fair that made slurs against women and gay men. 

The LSE has said it is investigating the complaints as a matter of urgency. The row comes as student leaders complain of a  growing ‘lad culture’ on campuses.

Alleged McCann internet troll found dead

A woman reported to be an online troll who abused the parents of Madeline McCann, has been found dead in a hotel in Leicestershire.

It's claimed 63-year-old Brenda Leyland posted abusive messages to Kate and Gerry McCann on Twitter.

Last week she was confronted outside her house by a Sky News reporter over the allegations. The police aren't treating the death as suspicious.

Boris Johnson for ‘one pot’ public sector pensions

Boris Johnson wants all public sector pensions to be merged and invested in transport infrastructure.

The Mayor of London claims putting them together in one 'pot' would cut out waste from relying on pension managers, trustees and advisers.

The fund would be used to boost the economy and improve transport links.

Ebola virus could reach Britain in three weeks, scientists claim

Scientists have claimed there is a 50 per cent chance of the deadly Ebola virus reaching Britain within the next three weeks.

The chances of an outbreak in France are even higher, according to the research, with a 75 per cent risk of the virus breaking out there.  

The epidemic has killed almost 3,500 people since it broke out in West Africa in March.

Shrien Dewani set to face murder trial in South Africa

A man accused of arranging the murder of his wife while on their honeymoon is set to go on trial in South Africa later. 

Shrien Dewani is accused of hiring a hitman to kill his wife, Anni, four years ago. 

The couple were held at gunpoint while being driven in a taxi near Cape Town.

The trial is expected to last until December. The 34-year-old denies any wrongdoing.

UK house prices set to fall by 2015

House prices in the UK are expected to fall next year, according to the latest predictions.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research said the market will grow this year but will fall by almost 1 per cent in 2015. 

It says it is not a ‘crash’ but an adjustment because of high deposits needed to buy a home, new mortgage rules and concerns about possible interest rate rises.

And finally… London voted ‘most desirable place to work’

'Good relationships with colleagues' was one of the top reasons for foreigners wanting to come and work in London.

The capital has been voted the most desirable place in the world to work.

The UK as a whole came in second place followed by USA. 

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