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'In-flight anomaly' on Virgin rocket

bbc.co.uk — A Virgin Galactic tourism rocket suffers an "in-flight anomaly", the company says.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: "Space is hard - but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together" - Richard Branson statement bbc.in/1tqc51w

Oct 31, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: "Space is hard - but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together" - Richard Branson statement bbc.in/1tqc51w

Oct 31, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: "Space is hard - but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together" - Richard Branson statement bbc.in/1tqc51w

Oct 31, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: "Space is hard & today was a tough day," Virgin Galactic chief executive says of fatal #SpaceShipTwo crash http://t.co/7IM…

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Burkina Faso leader 'ousted' - army

bbc.co.uk — Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore is no longer in power, an army spokesman tells demonstrators.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: #BurkinaFaso President Blaise Compaore no longer in power, army spokesman tells demonstrators bbc.in/107Jmm4 pic.twitter.com/ekwlTgkFqO

Oct 31, 2014

RT @smugera: Even as #PresidentCompaore quits, it's not over yet RT@BBC News - Burkina Faso general takes over as Compaore resigns bbc.in/1paS7rw

Oct 31, 2014

Even as #PresidentCompaore quits, it's not over yet RT@BBC News - Burkina Faso general takes over as Compaore resigns bbc.in/1paS7rw

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Elected senate would replace House of Lords under Labour

bbc.co.uk — Labour would replace the House of Lords with an elected senate if the party won next May's general election, party leader Ed Miliband is to say. He will tell a conference in Blackpool on Saturday the current system "fails to represent large parts of the UK".
Oct 31, 2014

That would be really stupid "@bbcnews_ticker: Miliband says Labour would replace House of Lords with elected senate bbc.in/1pcjkKh

Oct 31, 2014

RT @bbcnews_ticker: Ed Miliband says that Labour would replace the House of Lords with an elected senate bbc.in/1pcjkKh

Oct 31, 2014

RT @bbcnews_ticker: Ed Miliband says that Labour would replace the House of Lords with an elected senate bbc.in/1pcjkKh

Oct 31, 2014

RT @GerryHassan: Bold or windowdressing? #Milband is proposing a Senate of the Regions to replace Lords. A bit belated for #GE2015. goo.gl/QFO4Gr

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Baby pandas team up to resist their medication

bbc.co.uk — Two young pandas were unimpressed when a breeder tried to feed them medicine instead of their usual bamboo in southwest China's Chengdu. The keeper was trying to use a syringe to put medicine in the cubs' mouths but, as this video shows, they resisted by rolling over and climbing on top of him.
Oct 31, 2014

This is brilliant - Baby pandas team up to resist their medication bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi…

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Boko Haram denies ceasefire claim

bbc.co.uk — Boko Haram militants deny ceasefire reached with Nigeria's government

Virgin Galactic crash: Branson vows to continue space project

bbc.co.uk — Sir Richard Branson has vowed to continue his space tourism venture despite the fatal crash of one of his craft in the California desert. One pilot died and the other was badly injured when Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo craft exploded on Friday.

Police cautions 'to be scrapped' in England and Wales

bbc.co.uk — The government is planning to scrap the use of police cautions - where those who commit minor offences are given a formal warning - in England and Wales. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said victims should not feel that criminals are "walking away scot-free".
Oct 31, 2014

Police cautions to be replaced by offenders making good the damage they've done or paying compensation bbc.co.uk/news/uk-298597…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @bbcnews_ticker: The use of police cautions is set to be scrapped in England and Wales bbc.in/10bYezH

France Halloween: Town bans clowns after assaults

bbc.co.uk — A mayor in the south of France has banned clown disguises for a month, starting on Halloween, after several violent incidents involving teenagers dressed as clowns. The ban is in force in Vendargues, a small town near Montpellier. A decree from Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere said the immediate aim was to prevent any trouble during a Halloween parade on Friday evening.
Oct 31, 2014

First they came for the clowns and you said nothing: bbc.in/1wMuRyW

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Abuse inquiry: Fiona Woolf steps down as chairwoman

bbc.co.uk — Fiona Woolf is to step down as the head of an inquiry into historic child sex abuse, she has told the BBC. She said it had been clear for some time that victims did not have confidence in her, adding that it was time to "get out of the way".
Oct 31, 2014

Fiona Woolf resigns. Handling of this Abuse Inquiry by Whitehall somewhere between farcical and sickeningly stupid: bbc.in/108fzJW

Oct 31, 2014

RT @BBCDomC: Fiona Woolf steps down as chairwoman of abuse inquiry. Full story and interview here: bbc.in/108fzJW

Oct 31, 2014

Fiona Woolf steps down as chairwoman of abuse inquiry. Full story and interview here: bbc.in/108fzJW

The World Tonight, 31/10/2014

bbc.co.uk — Fiona Woolf resigns as chair of the historical child abuse inquiry. We hear from a friend of hers, discuss Teresa May's handling of the issue - and what happens to the inquiry now. A Virgin Galactic passenger
Oct 31, 2014

RT @CarolineWyatt: The poppy hijab for Remembrance, a new way to commemorate the sacrifices made by all Britain's soldiers. bbc.in/10Goy6e

Oct 31, 2014

The poppy hijab for Remembrance, a new way to commemorate the sacrifices made by all Britain's soldiers. bbc.in/10Goy6e

Maine judge: No forced quarantine for nurse Kaci Hickox

bbc.co.uk — A judge in the US has ruled in favour of a nurse fighting a state quarantine order since returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa. Judge Charles LaVerdiere ruled Kaci Hickox did not need to be isolated or restricted in her movements because she is not showing symptoms of the virus.

Senzo Meyiwa: S African footballer's funeral to be held

bbc.co.uk — Tens of thousands of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa in Durban on Saturday. Meyiwa, 27, was shot on Sunday, apparently after burglars entered his girlfriend's house near Johannesburg. A suspect appeared in court on Friday and was charged with the murder of the popular goalkeeper.

Burkina Faso: Military divided over who rules

bbc.co.uk — A split has emerged within Burkina Faso's armed forces over who is leading the country following the resignation of President Blaise Campaore after 27 years in power. The presidential guard's second in command, Colonel Isaac Zida, says he has assumed power as head of state.

Lend Us Your Ears! Immersive Headphone Experiments

bbc.co.uk — Last week was quite exciting for us in R&D's audio team. The Radio 4 home page featured not just one but two programmes that we've worked on in collaboration with our colleagues at BBC Radio. This is part of our Binaural Broadcasting project and the aim is to create an improved immersive experience for those listening on headphones.
Nov 01, 2014

RT @BBCRD: Tell us what you think about our headphone surround sound experiments with @BBCRadio4 dramas bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2014/1…

Burkina Faso: Blaise Compaore steps down as president

Oct 31, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking Jubilant scenes in Ouagadougou after #BurkinaFaso's president quits - continuing coverage bbc.in/10a9zQI

Oct 31, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Continuing #BurkinaFaso coverage as military chief Gen Honore Traore takes charge after president quits bbc.in/10F7bm9

How Burkina Faso's Blaise Compaore sparked his own downfall

bbc.co.uk — There was just one more year to go before change could finally come, through the next presidential election. After 27 years of Blaise Compaore, the people of Burkina Faso were set to wait patiently until November 2015. But Mr Compaore's attempt to force a constitutional change sparked near unanimous outrage.

Ebola carers facing discrimination at home

bbc.co.uk — An increasing number of health workers worry that they may face discrimination when they return home.

Islamic State: Iraq Peshmerga fighters 'cross into Kobane'

bbc.co.uk — Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have crossed the Turkish border to help defend the Syrian town of Kobane from Islamic State. Sources inside the town told BBC Arabic the unit was heading to the frontline about 4km west of Kobane. Turkey finally authorised the Iraqi Kurds to cross the border last week.

United States GP: Frank Williams in hospital, daughter misses race

bbc.co.uk — Last updated at 21:08 Williams team principal Sir Frank Williams is in hospital for treatment on a pressure sore on his back. The 72-year-old, a quadriplegic since a road accident in 1986, is receiving what is described as routine treatment and is said to be responding well.