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Counter Terrorism Unit takes over Yusra Hussien investigation

The investigation into a missing schoolgirl from Bristol, believed to be travelling to Syria, has been handed to the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.

It is hoped the unit's international links will enable Yusra Hussien to be traced.

Avon and Somerset Police say they will continue to work with Yusra's family and the local community in Easton.

MP: 'Transport ministers need to get a grip' on DVLA

Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh criticised the government's handling of the DVLA switch from paper discs to an online registry, after the website was down for most of the morning.

Read: DVLA website crashes as online service opens

Despite months of warning, ministers have failed to prepare properly for today's digital switch.

Websites and phone lines have been overwhelmed, leaving motorists unable to renew their car tax. Ministers need to get a grip and ensure these new online services work for the public.

– Mary Creagh, MP and Shadow Transport Secretary


Pockets 'getting bigger to accommodate smartphones'

Smartphones on display in a phone shop. Credit: Reuters

Clothing retailers are considering making their pockets bigger in order to accommodate the increasingly large size of smartphones, the Independent reports.

High street brands such as Uniqlo, American Eagle, Levi's and J Crew have all indicated they are considering redesigning the size of their pockets.

Levi's told Mashable:

Without being iPhone 6-specific, our mantra, like Steve Jobs’, will always be to design products that make people’s lives a little better.

– Levi's spokesperson

US Ebola patient showed 'no signs' of virus in Liberia

A man being treated for Ebola in the United States after travelling to Texas from Liberia showed no signs or symptoms of the deadly virus when he left the country on 19th September the Liberian government has claimed.

Information Minister Lewis Brown said the West African country had put in place "stringent screening measures" that were preventing Ebola from spreading via air travel and the checks are being regularly reviewed.

What this incident demonstrates is the clear international dimension of this Ebola crisis. For months, the Liberian government has been stressing that this disease is not simply a Liberian or West African problem.

– Liberian government statement

Iraqi runner wins Games gold despite finishing fourth

Almntfage celebrates his 800m gold at the Asian Games. Credit: Reuters

Iraqi 800m runner Adnan Almntfage has won gold at the Asian Games in bizarre circumstances despite crossing the line in fourth place.

Saudi Arabian Mohammed Abdulaziz finished first, but was disqualified for obstruction.

Qatar's Abdulrahman Musaeb Balla and Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich of Bahrain, who finished second and third, were also disqualified for lane infractions.

China's Teng Haining won silver with Qatar's Jamal Hairane taking bronze. Credit: Reuters

The errors allowed Almntfage to claim Iraq's first gold medal of the games, after which he declared:

“I am truly thankful for the medal I won today.

“I would like to say that the Bahraini, Qatari and Saudi opponents were very worthy opponents, however they made mistakes at the 200m mark.

“And these mistakes were against the rule of the competition, I hope these mistakes won’t happen again in such a competition.”

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