- 1. CAMERON: I’LL STOP JIHADISTS RETURNING
- 2. CASH BOOST FOR NHS OVER WINTER FEARS
- 3. 'POSSIBLE HOMICIDE' IN SEX ABUSE PROBE
- 4. ISLAMIC STATE TO SET UP OWN CURRENCY
- 5. NICOLA STURGEON BECOMES SNP LEADER
- 6. PARIS TIGER COULD BE A DOMESTIC CAT
- 7. PHILAE PROBE DRILLS INTO COMET
- 8. JESSICA ENNIS-HILL: CHED EVANS WARNING
- 9. PART OF M25 'COLLAPSES' AFTER RAIN
- 10. HOT TICKET: BIOPIC THE IMITATION GAME
1. CAMERON: I’LL STOP JIHADISTS RETURNING
David Cameron has repeated his intention to stop British citizens who travel abroad to fight in Syria and elsewhere from returning to the UK afterwards. New exclusion orders would last for two years or more. They would be applied if the returning people refused to agree to control orders at home.
2. CASH BOOST FOR NHS OVER WINTER FEARS
Fears that the NHS in England will not be able to cope with the coming winter’s rise in admissions have prompted the government to release an extra £300m, bringing the total winter ‘pot’ to £700m. The extra money will be used to increase staff numbers, particularly at weekends when services are stretched.
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3. 'POSSIBLE HOMICIDE' IN SEX ABUSE PROBE
Police investigating claims of a paedophile ring with links to Westminster are now studying information relating to a possible murder. The Met Police says a new investigation called Operation Midland is underway after officers with the historic sex abuse inquiry inquiry unearthed evidence of a "possible homicide". Murder detectives are investigating.
4. ISLAMIC STATE TO SET UP OWN CURRENCY
Islamic State has announced plans to introduce its own currency, the Islamic dinar, in the areas of Iraq and Syria that it controls, with coins minted from gold, silver and copper. The move was apparently approved by leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, rumoured to have been killed last week. Iraq today reported that IS had been driven out of the oil town of Baiji.
5. NICOLA STURGEON BECOMES SNP LEADER
Nicola Sturgeon, currently deputy leader of the Scottish National Party, is to formally take over the top job from Alex Salmond. She will take on the roll at the SNP conference in Perth today, before being voted in as Scotland’s First Minister next week. Salmond announced his resignation in September.
6. PARIS TIGER COULD BE A DOMESTIC CAT
A tiger hunt on the outskirts of Paris has been downgraded after experts said the animal that sparked the alert was far less dangerous. Police with tranquiliser guns and support from animal experts descended on Montevrain, a small town near Paris on Thursday after reports of a big cat. Trackers now say the animal could be a lynx or a large moggy, and weighs no more than 10kg.
7. PHILAE PROBE DRILLS INTO COMET
The Philae probe, perched precariously on a comet hurtling through space, has begun drilling into the surface of its host amid fears that it could soon run out of battery power. The landing craft is thought to be lying on its side 1km from its landing zone is a spot where its solar panels will not get enough light after 'bouncing' off the comet.
8. JESSICA ENNIS-HILL: CHED EVANS WARNING
Olympic champion and Sheffield native Jessica Ennis-Hill has warned Sheffield United she would want her name removed from a stand at the club if it gives convicted rapist Ched Evans a contract. Evans, who served half his sentence, continues to protest his innocence of the crime.
9. PART OF M25 'COLLAPSES' AFTER RAIN
Part of the M25 has "collapsed" after heavy rain in Surrey. A concrete slab reportedly disintegrated after repairs "failed to set" because of the rain. Many vehicles were left with damaged tyres after hitting the pothole near Leatherhead appeared and three lanes of the motorway were closed, causing tailbacks of up to 16 miles.
10. HOT TICKET: BIOPIC THE IMITATION GAME
A new biopic about British mathematician and code-breaker, Alan Turing, The Imitation Game, opens in UK cinemas today. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Turing as he leads a group of cryptologists trying to crack the Nazis' Enigma code during WWII. "A superb thriller and worthy biopic," says Empire.
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