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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 @BBCAfrica: Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore ousted, army says bbc.in/1paV3Ex

Oct 31, 2014

RT @BBCAfrica: Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore ousted, army says bbc.in/1paV3Ex

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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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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

If you're still at work and not out enjoying the 23 degree heat then watch this for an afternoon smile... bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Vic_Gill: So no news or science here, but could well be THE CUTEST footage I've ever seen: Baby pandas wrestle keeper - bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi…

Alcohol calorie content: Labels needed, says RSPH

bbc.co.uk — Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors. The doctors warn a large glass of wine can contain around 200 calories - the same as a doughnut. Yet the Royal Society for Public Health says the vast majority of people are blissfully unaware.

Burkina protesters storm parliament

bbc.co.uk — Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso President Compaore to extend 27-year-rule storm parliament in Ouagadougou.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Smoke rising from Burkina Faso's Parliament in Ougadougou after being stormed by protesters bbc.in/1rV9Rme pic.twitter.com/ath2MckxWe

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Burkina Faso: Blaise Compaore steps down as president

Oct 31, 2014

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

Oct 31, 2014

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

Hungary internet tax cancelled after mass protests

bbc.co.uk — Hungary has decided to shelve a proposed tax on internet data traffic after mass protests against the plan. "This tax in its current form cannot be introduced," Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. Large-scale protests began on Sunday, when demonstrators hurled old computer parts at the headquarters of Mr Orban's ruling Fidesz party.

"A very substantial cloud over whether she can now do the job"

bbc.co.uk — David Blunkett questions whether Fiona Woolf can chair the child sex abuse Inquiry

France media: national radio station catches fire

bbc.co.uk — A major fire has forced the evacuation of the French national radio building in Paris, interrupting programmes. Thick columns of smoke poured from Maison de la Radio just west of the Eiffel Tower, making the fire visible right across the French capital. Some reports spoke of explosions before firefighters got to the scene.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Blaze at #RadioFrance HQ in Paris under control & nobody injured, fire officials say bbc.in/1to9g0H http://t.co/EY…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Blaze at #RadioFrance HQ in Paris under control & nobody injured, fire officials say bbc.in/1to9g0H http://t.co/EY…

Man fined over Ebola joke on Dublin to Milan Aer Lingus flight

bbc.co.uk — A man arrested over "a sick joke" about Ebola on a Dublin-bound plane has been told to pay 2,500 euros (£1,963) to charity to avoid a criminal conviction. Roberto Binaschi, 56, from Italy, was arrested at Dublin Airport on Thursday.
Oct 31, 2014

Man fined £2k for making a joke about Ebola. Seems a bit over the top really bbc.in/1u06WON

Fiona Woolf: Abuse victims call for inquiry head to quit

bbc.co.uk — Victims' groups are expected to tell child abuse inquiry officials Fiona Woolf should step down as its head. One victims' representative told the BBC he had "zero confidence" in the inquiry, which he said - in its current form - would be a "whitewash".
Oct 31, 2014

Inquiry would be a "dead duck in the water" if Fiona Woolf stays in post, Saunders adds bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Oct 31, 2014

Fiona Woolf 'someone we would not be able to work with' in abuse inquiry, says Peter Saunders from charity NAPAC bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @BBCPolitics: Victims' groups are expected to tell child abuse inquiry officials that Fiona Woolf should step down as its head... bbc.in/1xGR4OX

Oct 31, 2014

Victims expected to call for Fiona Woolf to step down as head of inquiry into historical sexual abuse bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

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RBS reserves £400m for currency probe

bbc.co.uk — Royal Bank of Scotland has set aside £400m to cover the cost of investigating possible manipulation of the foreign exchange market. The provision, revealed in its third quarter results, follows Barclays' decision on Thursday to set aside £500m.
Oct 31, 2014

Ah bank results - how I have missed you so... My @BBCBusiness story on RBS setting aside £400m for currency probe bbc.in/1nV3ZNk

Oct 31, 2014

RBS profits up - but £400m set aside to cover cost of investigating possible manipulation of foreign exchange market bbc.in/1rYVLA4

Former Android boss Andy Rubin leaves Google

bbc.co.uk — One of the creators of the world's most popular mobile operating system is to leave Google, it has been announced. Andy Rubin, who co-founded the Android project, is to step down after around nine years at the technology giant. Announcing Mr Rubin's departure, Google said he created "something truly remarkable" in Android.

Burkina Faso president defies calls to step down

bbc.co.uk — Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore says he will stay in power under a transitional government, following a day of violent protests demanding his resignation. Earlier, demonstrators angered by his bid to extend his 27-year rule torched parliament and government buildings. Mr Compaore said he would hand over power once the transitional government had completed its term.

Nigeria bus station blast kills at least eight

bbc.co.uk — At least eight people have died in an explosion at a major bus station in Gombe state in north-eastern Nigeria, witnesses have told the BBC. A hospital source in Gombe city said that lots of people had been injured in the blast during rush hour.

Burkina Faso unrest - BBC News

Oct 30, 2014

State of emergency Airport closed State TV off air Live #BurkinaFaso coverage: bbc.in/1DCKdYW & Twitter: bit.ly/1p76Lju

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Bob Servant back on the road with new series

bbc.co.uk — Bob Servant is back with a new series of the Scottish BAFTA-nominated comedy on BBC One Scotland and BBC Four.

Hill of Ward: Did Halloween begin on 'magical' ancient site?

bbc.co.uk — On a high hill top in the mists of ancient Ireland thousands of years ago, a druid set light to a huge bonfire and the feast of Halloween was born. In the 17th Century, historian Geoffrey Keating wrote of the feast of Samhain, the pre-Christian forerunner of Halloween, and the fierce fire on a hill in Meath.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @AttractaMooney: Did Halloween begin on 'magical' Hill of Ward? And a look at Ireland's long tradition of celebrating October 31st bbc.in/1rFRalt

Oct 31, 2014

Did Halloween begin on 'magical' Hill of Ward? And a look at Ireland's long tradition of celebrating October 31st bbc.in/1rFRalt

Israel promises to reopen Jerusalem holy site amid tension

bbc.co.uk — Israel says it will reopen a key holy site in Jerusalem on Friday after closing it due to unrest in the city. Earlier, a spokesman for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas described the closure of the disputed site as a "declaration of war".