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Friday Morning Headlines
17th October 2014

Scotland Yard ’stretched’ after ‘exceptionally high’ number of cases of Islamist extremism

Scotland Yard say they're being "stretched" after receiving an "exceptionally high" number of inquires into Islamist-related extremism.

Scotland Yard’s Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said several UK families had sought police help in preventing relatives travelling to Syria.

It comes after 218 terrorism-related arrests have been made in the UK this year, with 16 charged with alleged extremist activity in Syria.


Hong Kong police to clear protesters

Police in Hong Kong have moved in to clear protesters in the Mong Kok area of the city.

There were no reports of resistance from any of the demonstrators.

Earlier this week similar actions resulted in clashes with police.

The protests have been against China's restrictions on Hong Kong's leadership election.


IS moves out of Kobane

Islamic State militants have been driven out of most of the Syrian town of Kobane.

Fighters had retreated back to two areas of resistance in the east.

US air strikes have helped push back the militants, with 14 more taking place over the past 24 hours.


London misses out on the RIBA Sterling Prize

London has missed out on the UK's most prestigious prize for architecture.

The 2014 Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize went to The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool for best new building of the year.

The venue beat five other buildings to win the honour, including The Shard and The London Aquatics Centre.


George Osborne beats Boris for the Power 1000 Crown

London’s most influential people from scientists and cabinet ministers were celebrating the launch of the Evening Standard’s 1000 magazine,  at the Francis Crick Institute last night.

Chancellor George Osborne was yesterday named the most influential person in London. 

He topped the Evening Standard’s Power 1000 list, with Mayor Boris Johnson in second place.

Evening Standard editors, critics and journalists compiled the annual roster. Summing up the 1000 most influential people in London. They said Mr Osborne has led the economic recovery and backed the capital as a global hub for financial and creative industries.


Labour’s new plans for footy fans

Football fans could have a greater say in the running of their clubs, under radical plans proposed by Labour.

Supporters would have seats on every board and the right to buy a large slice of a club's shares.

Only 14 league clubs currently have fan representatives on their board.


And finally… Make more time to wind down

Cherish the fact that it's almost the weekend and time to chill out, because apparently we don't do it enough.

A study by AXA found Brits spend on average just an hour and 42 minutes a day relaxing.

They found our anxiety slips away from 5pm on a Friday, and we’re counting the minutes. 

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