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Heathrow computer glitch disrupts flights

An IT system failure at Heathrow Airport has resulted in passengers facing disruption.

Flights were disrupted at Heathrow after a computer glitch. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A spokeswoman for the busy London airport said staff had to manually process passengers' baggage "for about an hour" during the incident in which an IT system was down.

She said the problem - which affected all terminals but mainly terminals three and five - caused "some disruption" and has now been resolved.

"We are experiencing some disruption as a result of an issue with one of Heathrow Airport's IT systems. We are working with the airport to resolve the matter and customers should check ba.com for the very latest information about their flights. We are sorry for any disruption to customers' travel plans."

– British Airways statement

Conservatives catch up with Labour in two new polls

The Conservatives are level with Labour according to two new polls. Credit: PA Wire composite

The Conservatives have reeled in Labour's advantage according to two new polls.

YouGov polled 2,069 adults on October 23 and 24 for the Sunday Times and put both main parties on 33%, with Ed Miliband's party down two points and the Conservatives up one.

Ukip were on 16%, the Liberal Democrats on 7% and the Greens on 6%.

Meanwhile, an Opinium survey for the Observer also found the Tories and Labour tied on 33%. Ukip had 18% support, the Lib Dems 6% and the Greens 4%.

Osborne put on the spot over £1.7 billion EU bill

Chancellor George Osborne is facing mounting pressure to explain exactly when he knew about a shock demand for Britain to pay Brussels an extra £1.7 billion.

Labour has seized on news that the Treasury was notified of the extra bill days before David Cameron was informed.

Chancellor George Osborne has been asked to explain what he knew and when about the EU bill. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

They also questioned why ministers failed to realise there was a potential issue earlier in the calculation process - pointing to recent upwards revisions of post-1995 Gross National Income by the UK's own statistics watchdog.

In a letter to the Chancellor, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Chris Leslie wrote: "When were you made aware of the possibility of a surcharge for the UK emerging from this process?"

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Five hurt, one critically in Canadian industrial blast

Five people have been hurt, one critically after an industrial explosion in Sarnia, Ontario according to the local mayor Mike Bradley reports CBC News.

He added that the fire at the facility is now under control.

Sarnia police said on Twitter there had been an explosion at a tank car maintenance facility and rescue workers were at the scene.

Mayor: NYC hospital treating Ebola patient 'fully staffed'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has stressed the hospital the city's first Ebola patient is being treated in is "fully staffed".

He wrote on Twitter:

Dr Craig Spencer had recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, West Africa, with Doctors Without Borders.

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