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Burkina Faso's president 'resigns', army colonel says

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has resigned, Burkina24 television reported, citing an army colonel.

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore 'has resigned'. Credit: Ute Grabowsky/DPA/Press Association Images

Thousands of people had stormed parliament and state television buildings in protest at plans by the president to change the law to enable him to extend his 27-year rule.


Westminster inquiry 'tainted before it's even begun'

Victims claim they were abused by a "VIP" figures within parliament in the 1980s. Credit: PA

The inquiry into alleged child sex abuse in the heart of Westminster is "tainted before it's even begun," a rape charity has said.

Echoing calls for the resignation of inquiry head Fiona Woolf, Katie Russell, spokesperson for Rape Crisis England & Wales, said her position was now untenable.

She said: "It needs to be as open and honest, as transparent and independent as possible in order to gain the trust and confidence of survivors.

"What sexual abuse survivors are telling us now is that this has not so far been achieved, that the process has been tainted for them before the enquiry has even begun and that their trust has been compromised.

"And it is survivors' trust that is paramount to this enquiry, over and above the credentials of any individual. For this reason, Rape Crisis respectfully says that it is time for Fiona Woolf to step down."

Britain experiences warmest Halloween on record

Britain has experienced its warmest Halloween on record.

Mild temperatures in the UK have continued into Autumn. Credit: PA Wire

Temperatures in Filton, Bristol hit 20.5C today, beating the previous record of 20C set in Kent in 1968.

Forecasters say temperatures could reach 21C in the South East - eight degrees higher than average.

This year has been warmest on record with mild conditions continuing into autumn.

Blaze at fireworks factory still smouldering a day later

Smoke could still be seen billowing from a fireworks factory which caught fire last night.

Parts of the factory still appeared to be on fire today. Credit: SWNS

Firefighters were on the scene in Stafford to put out the last flames and assess damage to the building.

The factory is said to be completely destroyed in the blaze. Credit: SWNS

Two people remain unaccounted for since the fire took hold at 5.15pm on Thursday.

A van parked outside the factory is burned out. Credit: SWNS


Teacher resigns after putting tape over pupil's mouth

A teacher who put tape over a pupil's mouth to keep the child quiet has resigned.

The supply teacher at Fowlmere Primary in Cambridgeshire is said to have used the sticky tape on the nine-year-old "as a joke" during a lesson.

Fowlmere Primary in Cambridgeshire where the incident took place. Credit: Google Maps

"Although there was no ill intent or unkindness intended, it is clear this incident should not have happened and the member of staff has resigned from their post," a school spokesperson said.

"We have spoken to the child's parents and apologised as this fell below the standards we expect."

In March, a teacher was suspended from a school in Somerset after allegedly placing tape on the mouths of year six pupils because they were being too noisy.

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