Scrap 'simplistic' school holiday ban, say councils

The ban on parents removing their children from school during term time should be scrapped because it is "too simplistic", according to Britain's local councils.

The Local Government Association (LGA) hit out at Michael Gove's flagship policy which only allowed children time off from school if they had permission from the head teachers who deemed the family had "exceptional circumstances".

The LGA said the ban was not flexible enough and was not tailored to fit around the complexities of modern family life. Parents face a £60 fine per child if they take their child out of school without permission which rises to £120 if not paid within 21 days. Those who fail to pay can face prosecution, with a maximum fine, if convicted, of £2,500 or a jail sentence of up to three months.

Police release CCTV footage of Canada shooter

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Police have released CCTV footage of the lone gunman alleged to be responsible for killing an army reservist and launching an attack on the Canadian Parliament. The footage shows Michael Zehaf-Bibeau running after he shot and killed soldier Cpl Nathan Cirillo at Canada's National War Memorial yesterday.

His mother Susan Bibeau, told an Associated Press reporter she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack, "can you ever explain something like this?" she said. "We are sorry." Zehaf-Bibeau was shot dead by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms inside the parliament building.

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New York doctor diagnosed with Ebola

A New York doctor has tested positive for the Ebola virus after he returned to America from west Africa, city officials have announced.

Dr Craig Spencer was working for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and was caring for Ebola patients in Guinea. He came down with a 103 degree fever and diarrhoea on Thursday.

He is being cared for at New York City's Bellevue Hospital and has been placed in isolation. Health officials are tracing anyone who may have had recent contact with Dr Spencer, but New York mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no reason for people to panic.

Dr Spencer's Harlem apartment has been sealed off but health officials have urged calm as Ebola sufferers are only contagious when exhibiting symptoms of the hemorrhagic fever. More than 4,800 people have died of Ebola - mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - since March.

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What is your favourite song from a film?

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing

This weekend on The X Factor it's movie song week so whether you're a fan of Dirty Dancing's Time of My Life, or Titanic's My Heart Will Go On, we want to know what is your favourite song from a film?

You can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or by emailing by 8am on Friday 24 October. You must be 18 and over, for full terms and conditions visit

If you're feeling brave you could even record yourself singing it and send us a video too!