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Wednesday Morning Headlines
29th October 2014

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A third of women say they’ve been harassed on the tube

According to new research from Reuters, almost half of women in London don’t believe public transport is safe.

Reuters also found 45 per cent of women would be in favour of women only carriages on the underground.

The survey polled over 6,000 women in fifteen capital cities around the world.

London polled behind New York, Beijing and Tokyo for public safety. 

NASA shuttle explodes in Virginia 

An unmanned NASA rocket exploded in Virginia moments after liftoff. Officials say no-one was injured.

The 14-story shuttle was taking supplies to the International Space Station but it burst into flames just after launch. The cause of the accident is currently unknown.

An investigation is underway to find out what went wrong.

Security upped at Horse Guards Parade 

Armed soldiers were stationed at Horse Guards Parade yesterday as a security measure.

Senior officers made the decision after a soldier was shot dead in Canada last week outside their parliament, which has led to concerns over London's risk of a terror threat. 

The entrance to Horse Guards Parade is part of Buckingham Palace and open to the public during the day, where hundreds gather to watch the changing of the guard.

The armed soldiers are a visible sign of the increased security in London. 

Scotland Yard are reviewing the Prime Minister's security after a jogger ran into him in Leeds earlier this week.

50,000 failed asylum seekers missing since 2012

More than fifty thousand failed asylum seekers have gone missing in the UK since 2012.

The figure comes from MPs. They say the number is due to a breakdown in attempts to control immigration, despite Mr Cameron’s promises to do so.

It was also revealed that 175,000 asylum seekers are still awaiting deportation from the UK. 

Appeal for Ebola crisis launched 

The Disaster's Emergency Committee, a group of 13 UK aid charities, is launching an appeal for the Ebola crisis in west Africa.

This is the first time in fifty years that the group has sought to raise money over a disease outbreak rather than a humanitarian disaster.

Since the beginning of this year, the Ebola virus has killed five thousand people in west Africa and infected more than ten thousand. 

The Ebola virus is not thought to be a serious threat to the UK at present. 

New study suggests milk could increase risk of heart disease 

Despite long standing popular opinion, a new study suggests milk may not protect our bones from fractures and could even increase our risk of heart disease.

A study carried out by Uppsala University in Sweden found those who drank a lot of milk were no less likely to break a bone than those who consumed less.

Among women, higher milk consumption was linked to an increased risk of hip fractures.

People drinking three or more glasses of milk a day (680ml) were twice as likely to die early than those drinking less than one.

The authors of the study say despite the findings, evidence isn't strong enough to recommend changes to diet. 

Second skatepark in world given listed status 

The Rom in Hornchurch has become only the second skate park in the world to be granted listed status.

The English Heritage will make the announcement today.

The Rom was built in 1978 and its design is based on parks in California.

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