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Tube carrying third more customers than a decade ago

It is amazing that the Underground is carrying a third more customers now than it did only ten years ago, and customer demand shows no signs of letting up.

We know that London will see a rise in its population of more than a million people by 2031 - that's the equivalent to a city the size of Birmingham.

– Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Underground
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Brothers plead guilty in Syria terror trial

A pair of brothers from east London have pleaded guilty to conspiring to attend a terror training camp in Syria.

Islamist fighters at a training camp near Damascus. Credit: Reuters\Diaa Al-Din

Hamza Nawaz, 24, and Mohommod Nawaz, 30, were stopped by police in September last year as they arrived at the port of Dover from Calais.

Officers who searched their car allegedly found a balaclava, some ''heavy-duty clothing'', six mobile phones, a Sim card inside a Koran and five rounds of ammunition for an automatic weapon.

It was claimed the pair had driven from their home in Stratford to Calais, and then flown from Lyon to Turkey. From there they allegedly travelled into Syria.

At a brief hearing at the Old Bailey both men pleaded guilty to conspiring to attend a place used for terrorist training between January 1 2012 and September 16 2013.

More: Al Nusra: UK has 'nothing to fear' from western Jihadis

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Family pays tribute to missing yachtman

The family of missing yachtsman Andrew Bridge, from Farnham, Surry, says it is shocked and saddened by news that the the yacht's life raft was found on board the capsized vessel.

We are obviously shocked and deeply saddened by the news.

Andrew will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of the rest of the crew on the Cheeki Rafiki.

We have been overwhelmed and strengthened by the public support we have received and would like to thank the media for their support and treating us in a respectful and dignified way."

– Mr Bridge's family
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Families of missing sailors 'still holding out hope'

The Foreign Office has released this statement on behalf of the families of the missing sailors:

The families of James Male, Andrew Bridge, Paul Goslin and Steve Warren still hold out much hope that their loved ones will be found soon. They have received so much support from the public and the yachting community, hearing endless stories of people that have survived many weeks and months in different circumstances at sea and have drawn much strength from this. They were obviously saddened to hear that the US Coast Guard will be suspending the search. But, they were prepared for the fact that this would have to happen.

They are meeting with the Foreign Office later on today, to talk about UK involvement and any other avenues that can be explored. Having spent the week getting to know each other better, along with hearing the endless accounts of survivors, the families are reassured that their men would work as an efficient and cohesive team. This gives them additional hope that they will still be found, as the US Coast Guard have found no evidence to the contrary.

– Families of the missing sailors on behalf of the Foreign Office
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