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Friday Morning Headlines
31st October 2014

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Burkina Faso parliament chamber set on fire  

Protesters have stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament and set its main chamber ablaze in the most significant challenge ever to the President’s 27-year rule.

Security guards shot dead at least three protestors and wounded others as the protestors tried to storm the home of the President’s brother and overrun other state buildings. 

It was not possible to confirm the whereabouts of President Blaise Compaoré, who seized power in 1987.

The country’s military announced emergency measures, including the formation of a transitional government. 

UN warns jihadists headed to Syria and Iraq on 'unprecedented scale'

The United Nations has warned that foreign jihadists are traveling to Syria and Iraq on “an unprecedented scale”. 

In a report obtained by the Guardian newspaper, the UN estimates that 15,000 people have travelled to fight in the region. Jihadists have come from an estimated eighty countries. 

It is believed that the number includes more than 500 British citizens who have travelled to Iraq and Syria since 2011.  

Uni rugby club strip drunkenly, tube put out of service 

A Tube train was taken out of service after members of a London university rugby club reportedly played a booze-fuelled stripping game on board.

According to commuters, a group wearing Imperial College Rugby sweatshirts stripped bare and ran amok on the District Line train yesterday evening.

British Transport Police confirmed officers were called to Stamford Brook station after reports of a group of naked men. They say they conducted a search of the area but did not find anyone matching the description.

Police appeal for missing 16 year-old girl

Hackney police have appealed for information regarding the whereabouts of 16-year-old girl, Billie Kane. 

Billie was last seen leaving her home address in Hackney at 11pm on Monday, 27 October. 

She is described as a white female with distinctive blue hair, who was last seen wearing a dark blue tracksuit bottoms, a striped t-shirt and a red, black and white woollen hat.  

Police say Billie is known to frequent the Woking area. 

Anyone who has seen Billie or has information that could assist officers should contact the Stoke Newington Missing Persons Unit by dialling 101 quoting reference MIS038722. 

Croydon NHS Trust could earn £2m from umbilical cords

Blood from the umbilical cord of women giving birth could earn Croydon NHS Trust £2 million.

The hospital is the first to benefit financially from allowing the charity Precious Cells Miracle access to cord blood and placenta from new mothers. They can be used for life-saving transplants and medical research.

Around 80 per cent of pregnant women due to give birth at the South London hospital have agreed to donate their birth ‘”waste” for free. 

Murray beats Dimitrov, headed to ATP World Tour Finals 

Andy Murray booked his place at the ATP World Tour Finals with an emphatic win over Wimbledon conqueror Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters.

The Briton, who lost in straight sets at Wimbledon, beat the Bulgarian 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.

He will face world number one Novak Djokovic in the last eight on Friday.

Halloween warmest on record

This Halloween is set to be the warmest on record with temperatures expected to hit 21°C in London.

Continuing a "remarkable year" of high temperatures, tomorrow is expected to be eight degrees warmer than is normal for this time of year.

2014 is currently the warmest year on record, following consistently mild temperatures which have continued into autumn.

Next week the weather will begin to cool and temperatures will return to the average of around 10 or 11°C for November.

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