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    • Fiona Woolf resigns as chair of governments child abuse inquiry
      Embarrassment for No 10 after senior legal figure quits over links to Westminster political establishment

      The governments child sex abuse inquiry was thrown into crisis after Fiona Woolf became the second senior legal figure to quit as chair over her links to the Westminster political establishment.

      Woolfs departure is a major embarrassment for the government and raises questions about the judgment of the home secretary, Theresa May, just months after retired judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss stepped down over similar concerns.

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    • Britains contribution to EU has risen by £2.7bn, quadrupling in five years
      Figures will fuel Eurosceptic wing of Tories and provide support to PM in his refusal to pay extra £1.7bn demanded by Brussels

      Britains contributions to the European Union soared by £2.7bn net last year in a revelation that will pile more pressure on David Cameron not to meet demands on Brussels for extra money.

      The figures emerged in a publication from the Office for National Statistics, which showed that since 2008 the UKs payments have quadrupled, to £11.3bn.

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    • Burkina Fasos president Blaise Compaoré resigns after street protests
      Compaoré swept from power after 27 years following popular uprising against plans to extend his rule

      Burkina Fasos president, Blaise Compaoré, one of Africas longest-serving leaders, has been swept from power after 27 years by a violent popular uprising.

      Compaoré announced his resignation on Friday as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in protest at plans to extend his rule. General Honoré Traoré, head of the armed forces, said he had taken charge of the west African country.

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    • One person dead as Virgin Galactic´s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashes on test flight

      Virgin Galactic said plane designed for commercial space travel was undertaking test flight in California when an in-flight anomaly occurred

      A Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashed after an explosion during a test flight over the Mojave desert on Friday, killing one of the pilots, seriously injuring another and leaving debris scattered over the area.

      The plane, SpaceShipTwo, was undertaking a test flight as part of Virgin Galactics plans for commercial space travel when a serious anomaly occurred, the company said.

      During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo. WK2 landed safely. (2 of 4)

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    • British travellers warned they could be target of revenge terror attacks
      Foreign Office issues advice over heightened threat of attack in retaliation for UK air strikes against Islamic State

      Britons travelling abroad are being warned that they could be targeted by extremists seeking revenge for UK air strikes against Islamic State (Isis).

      The Foreign Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice for all destinations across the globe that British nationals faced a heightened threat of attack from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

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