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Monday Morning Headlines
3rd November 2014

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Half term brings hundreds of thousands to Poppy tribute 

Despite warnings to stay away until after half-term, tourists and Londoners alike have been flooding to the Tower of London to see the poppy display. Today is the first day authorities have announced visitors are again welcome. 

The 888,246 ceramic poppies planted in the moat of the Tower of London have attracted hundreds of thousands of people hoping to get a glance of the exhibition, which was created by artists Paul Cummins. Each poppy commemorates a British soldier who died during the First World War. 

Alleged Hong Kong killer appears in court  

A 29-year-old British man accused of killing two women has appeared in court in Hong Kong.

Rurik Jutting was arrested by police after they found the two victims in his apartment in the Wan Chai area.

The two victims are believed to be Indonesian sex workers. One of the bodies was found in a suitcase on Jutting's balcony.

New London living wage to be announced today

A new living wage wage for London will be announced later today. It is currently £8.80 an hour.

Research suggests one in five Londoners currently earn less than the recommended living wage rate, which is calculated using the amount needed to cover the basic costs of living. The scheme say its driving principle is “rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”

The living wage is not legally enforceable, unlike the national minimum wage. The scheme is voluntary. So far, it has been adopted by around one thousand employers.  

The UK living wage was recently raised by 20p to £7.85. 

Merkel would ‘accept UK exit from EU’ over freedom of movement within EU

According to German magazine Der Spiegel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she would rather see the UK exit the EU than harm the free movement of workers within the Union.

David Cameron has been pushing for EU reforms and says he plans to re-negotiate the UK's terms before he holds an in-out referendum.

It is thought that Merkel fears Britain is reaching "a point of no return" over its position regarding the EU. According to Der Speigel, this marks the first time Mrs Merkel has recognised that the UK could conceivably exit the EU. 

Downing Street have not commented on the report. 

British-Iranian woman jailed for attempting to watch volleyball 

A British-Iranian woman has been sentenced to a year in jail after she was detained for trying to watch a men's volleyball game.

Activist Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was found guilty of spreading “anti-regime propaganda”, her lawyer said.

Iran banned women from volleyball games in 2012. Iranian authorities argued that women needed protecting from the behaviour of "lewd" male fans. 

Police release footage of railcard assault at London Bridge 

Police have released footage of an assault on a member of staff at London Bridge station.

They are currently investigating the assault on the 26-year-old, who was on duty at the ticket barriers when he was attacked last Wednesday. 

The ticket officer was punched in the face after the attacker failed to validate a 16-25 rail ticket. 

The attack was only stopped after members of the public intervened.

Police back Boris’s bike route

Boris Johnson's controversial plans for a cycle route across the centre of London are being backed by the City of London Police.

They are the latest organisation to back the mayor's scheme for the 'cycling superhighway'.

However, other groups have sternly criticised the plans, saying the new cycle lanes would increase congestion in the centre of London. 

The £1million council flat 

A council flat originally sold for £48,000 under the "right to buy" scheme has gone on the market for just under £1m.

The flat, based in Chelsea, was originally bought in 1989 under Margaret Thatcher’s “right to buy” scheme.

It is one mile away from the world's most expensive flat, in Kensington, which recently sold for  £140m. 

Tightrope-walker survives skyscraper walk in 25mph winds 

A man has made two tightrope walks between Chicago skyscrapers without a safety net or harness while wearing a blindfold.

Nik Wallenda walked 94ft between the two Marina City Towers in 25mph winds. He was 500ft above ground. The daredevil feat wowed crowds who had gathered under the skyscrapers to watch him walk the tightropes.

The seventh generation of the "flying Wallenda's" family of acrobats made the first stretch in six and a half minutes, and walked the second, blindfolded, in just over a minute.

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