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Clashes avoided amid al-Aqsa mosque worshipping ban

Palestinians furious at an Israeli ban on worshipping at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem vowed that today would be a "day of rage".

But the clashes were not as violent as feared, with Muslim men over the age of 50 allowed to pray at the sacred site.

ITV News' Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports.


Desert crash is shattering blow to Branson space dream

Sir Richard Branson is flying out to the crash site of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo after his dream of pioneering commercial space flight suffered a shattering blow in the Mojave desert.

One test pilot was killed while the other ejected and was seriously injured after the SS2 rocket plane exploded and crashed during today's flight.

As ITV News Correspondent Robert Moore reports from the US, the crash in California is a huge setback for an ambitious project that has already suffered a series of problems and delays.

What does Woolf's resignation mean for the inquiry?

Fiona Woolf became the second person to resign as chair of the historical Westminster child sex abuse inquiry today.

Her predecessor Baroness Butler-Sloss stepped down in July. Both resignations came after each was engulfed by claims of possible conflicts of interest.

ITV News' Paul Davies looks at where today's new resignation leaves the inquiry.

SpaceShipTwo crash 'hurts' Mojave's test community

The chief executive of Mojave Air and Space Port has said the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane during a test flight in the Mojave desert "hurts" the test community.

Stewart Witt said his team's "hearts, thoughts, prayers" are with the families of the two pilots, one of whom died while the other suffered serious injuries.

SpaceShipTwo crash investigation to begin tomorrow

The investigation into the cause of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crash is expected to begin tomorrow morning and last for several days.

The president of Virgin Galactic's partner Scaled Composites, which conducted the doomed test flight of SpaceShipTwo, confirmed aviation investigators will arrive at the crash site early Saturday.

Scaled Composites president Kevin Mickey said the NTSB team was 'putting together a game plan' for the investigation into the crash. Credit: RTV

Kevin Mickey said steps to secure the crash site were taken as soon as the wreckage of the craft was located in the Mojave desert and would continue overnight in preparation for the arrival of the team from the National Transportation Safety Board.


Virgin chief: 'Space is hard and today was a tough day'

The chief executive of Virgin Galactic has said "space is hard and today was a tough day" after the company's SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave desert during a test flight, killing one of the two pilots on board.

"We are going to be supporting the investigation as we figure out what happened today and we're going to get through it," George Whiteside said at a news conference at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

Mr Whiteside confirmed Virgin chief Sir Richard Branson would be arriving to join the team on Saturday morning local time.

"The future rests in many ways on hard days like this," he added. "But we believe we owe it to the folks who are flying these vehicles and the folks who have been working so hard on them to understand this and move forward, which is what we'll do."

Officials 'can't speculate' on SpaceShipTwo crash cause

The chief executive of Mojave Air and Space Port said officials "can't speculate" on the cause of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crash.

Stewart Witt, chief executive of Mojave Air and Space Port. Credit: RTV

Stewart Witt confirmed one pilot died at the scene and another was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

Mr Witt said the death of the unnamed pilot "hurts" and said the thoughts and prayers of his team were "absolutely" with the families of the victims.

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