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  • Princess Charlotte is christened

    Princess Charlotte was christened in front of the Queen and close family and friends today as the Cambridges had their first public outing as a family of four. The nine-week-old was welcomed into the Christian faith, watched by proud parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and older brother Prince George. Great-grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, grandparents the Prince of Wales and Carole and Michael Middleton, step-grandmother the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate's siblings Pippa and James Middleton joined Charlotte's five godparents for the celebratory occasion at Church of St Mary Magdalene in Norfolk.

    Press Association
  • Former Chester soldier faces trial in India

    A former soldier from Chester is living a never ending nightmare after learning he and five other British ex-servicemen must face a trial in India after all. Ray Tindall, from The Crescent, Newton, and his colleagues were aboard an anti-pirate vessel when it was impounded by the Indian authorities in October 2013 after straying into their territorial waters. Accused of illegally possessing weapons, the men have been stranded in India ever since even though all charges against them were quashed last July. The stumbling block arose because of an appeal lodged by the Indian Police but it was hoped the Indian Supreme Court would overrule.

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  • Four Seen By Medics In New Alton Towers Collision

    Four people have received medical attention after a second Alton Towers rollercoaster collision in less than a month. The customers were taken to the Staffordshire theme park's medical centre as a precaution after a shunt on the Sonic Spinball ride. Officials said the two carriages "nudged each other at walking pace".

    Sky News
  • Anger As Distressed Woman Taunted On M3 Bridge

    Police have condemned members of the public who taunted a distressed woman as she stood on a bridge over the M3 motorway. One driver in the traffic jam tweeted Surrey Police, saying: "Tell her to get on with it. The user added: "Surrey police, can't you rubber bullet the jumper on M3/A316 and get the traffic moving?

    Sky News
  • Police left baffled by mysterious markings on residents' walls

    DETECTIVES in a second Lancashire town are mystified by “suspicious markings” on resident’s walls.

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  • Osborne says he has found 12 billion pounds of welfare cuts

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne on Sunday said he had found all 12 billion pounds of welfare cuts he needs as part of his plan to balance the current budget by 2017/18, speaking ahead of his budget announcement on Wednesday. The budget is Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives' clearest chance in almost two decades to remould Britain into a low-tax, small-state economy after an unexpectedly decisive election victory. To meet his target, Osborne says he needs to cut the annual welfare bill by 12 billion pounds ($18.69 billion), make 13 billion pounds of departmental spending reductions, and to raise an extra 5 billion pounds by clamping down on tax evasion and avoidance.

    Reuters
  • A probe zooming to Pluto just sent home a mesmerizing timelapse gif

    NASA's New Horizons probe is starting to get a clearer view of the dwarf planet and its five moons as it speeds through space toward a historic Pluto flyby on July 14. A new timelapse gif shows Pluto and its largest moon Charon coming into focus as the craft flew about 21 million miles closer to the dwarf planet over the course of a little less than a month.

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  • France rejects asylum request by Wikileaks founder Assange

    France swiftly rejected on Friday a request for asylum by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The founder of the transparency website had appealed directly to President Francois Hollande, days after Wikileaks published documents showing the United States had spied on successive French leaders, including Hollande himself. "My life is in danger," Assange wrote in a letter to the Socialist president which was published by Le Monde newspaper.

    Reuters
  • Palestinian Authority arrests 100 Hamas members in West Bank

    Palestinian Authority forces arrested over 100 Hamas members in the West Bank who were planning on carrying out attacks, a Palestinian official said, in the biggest raid of its kind in years. It was the biggest mass arrest in one night since 2007 when Palestinians split after the Islamic militant group Hamas violently ousted forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas from Gaza, leaving him governing just parts of the West Bank. Hamas will continue attacks against Israelis in the West Bank, he said.

    Associated Press
  • Farmer tracks stolen quad bike to back street using satellite signal

    A FARMER has recovered his stolen quad after following a satellite signal to Burnley.

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  • Reddit In Chaos: Blackout After Worker Fired

    The unpaid moderators of some of link-sharing site Reddit's most-read sections have temporarily hidden them from public view. It comes after Reddit employee Victoria Taylor was dismissed in mysterious circumstances. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has now apologised to the Reddit community for the situation, and asked for moderators to end their protest.

    Sky News
  • Greek referendum question not factually, legally correct - EU's Dombrovskis

    European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis told German newspaper Die Welt that the question Greeks are due to vote on in a referendum planned for Sunday was neither factually nor legally correct. "The suggestions of the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund which are to be voted on refer to a credit programme that has expired in the meantime," he said in an interview published on Friday.

    Reuters
  • IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

    Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said. The issue was referred to an Islamic court in the IS-held northern Syrian town of Manbij, which ordered that they be destroyed and the man be whipped. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday it was unclear if the busts were authentic or if the militants destroyed fake busts as a cover for the IS group's own antiquities smuggling.

    Associated Press
  • Nolan Sister: My benefit case hell

    Singer Linda Nolan has revealed she was "scared to death" at the prospect of appearing in court after she was accused of being a benefits cheat. The 56-year-old, who found fame with the Nolan Sisters in the 1970s, was given a caution by Blackpool Council for failing to disclose her earnings and for overpayment of housing and council tax benefits, and council tax reduction scheme savings.

    Press Association
  • Police: Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies

    A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities said Sunday. Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend's home in the small eastern Maine city of Calais, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety. Staples, 22, of Calais, placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, he said.

    Associated Press
  • Formula 1 - Rosberg thought Hamilton was wrong

    The German dropped to fourth at the start and spent the first half of the race stuck behind the two Williams drivers, while Hamilton took the lead after the first round of pitstops and eased clear. While all the leaders stayed out on slicks during the first shower at Silverstone, when it started raining again Hamilton reacted first and took on intermediate Pirellis one lap before his rivals. Rosberg had passed Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas and closed to within a couple of seconds of his team-mate before Hamilton stopped, but the German scrabbled for grip with slicks for an extra lap on the wet track and dropped almost 10 seconds back again.

    AutoSport
  • Michael Buble’s Son Released from the Hospital Following Serious Burns

    Michael Buble’s son Noah has been released from the hospital after he suffered serious burns last week.

    HollyScoop
  • Islamic State targeted in 38 air strikes by U.S.-led coalition - statement

    Eighteen of the strikes were near the Syrian city of Raqqa, capital of the 'caliphate' that Islamic State has declared. The statement from the Combined Joint Task Force said tactical units and vehicles had been hit and 16 bridges had been destroyed. The attacks in Syria also included five near Hasaka and three near Kobani, in which tactical units, vehicles and fighting positions were hit.

    Reuters
  • One Direction fans are mourning on Twitter over the disappearance of Harry Styles' bulge

    Apparently Harry Styles didn’t read the recent health warnings about wearing skinny jeans that are too tight and his little member has gone missing, according to 1D fans. Directioners took to Twitter to seek answers using the hashtag #HarrysFriendIsMissing

    SNAP.PA
  • This is the latest sighting of a big cat in Britain

    Strange images of a huge black beast stalking through suburban gardens could be fresh evidence of big cats on the loose in Britain. Office worker Carole Desforges spotted a mystery animal prowling on the lawn opposite her home on the outskirts of Plymouth in Devon. Some friends have suggested it could be a puma, lynx, leopard - or an unknown beast of Plymouth. "I don't know what it is, but people have been suggesting it could be some kind of big cat.

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