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GENERAL ELECTION

Live updates: The UK goes to the polls

After weeks of campaigning, it's decision day - get all the latest news and reaction on our live blog.

  • Report: The BBC has chosen its new 'Top Gear' hosts

    Kidd, 36, is a a noted fashion model and TV personality who currently hosts "The Classic Car Show" on the UK's Channel 5. Kidd is a well-known car enthusiast and has appeared on "Top Gear" twice as guest. Glenister, 52, has had leading roles on the British TV shows "Life on Mars" and "Ashes to Ashes." The actor currently hosts "For the Love of Cars" on Channel 4 in the UK.

    Business Insider
  • Premier League - Paper Round: Manchester United, Chelsea given Gareth Bale quote

    If Manchester United or Chelsea are going to sign Gareth Bale, they will have to pay Real Madrid at least £80 million, per The Sun. The Merengues aren't willing to sell Bale on the cheap, as much because of ego as anything else. Paper Round's view - Nobody has a bigger ego than Real Madrid and their president Florentino Perez.

    Eurosport 37 mins ago
  • Libyan Troops 'Raped Man In Cambridge Park'

    Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23, acted like "two hunting dogs" when they attacked the man in his 20s in Cambridge on 26 October, a court heard. The pair were arrested while being trained at Bassingbourn Barracks, near Cambridge, as part of the Government's agreement to help rebuild war-torn Libya after the collapse of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011. Prosecutor John Farmer told Cambridge Crown Court they met the "complete stranger" in the city centre at 3.26am.

    Sky News
  • Victoria's Cross: the Untold Story of Britain's Highest Award for Bravery by Gary Mead, review: 'disturbing conclusions'

    The aptly named Ethel Grimwood was the wife of a British official in India who, after her husband was murdered by mutineers in 1891, led a column of Gurkhas out of a besieged British HQ, fighting off continual attacks until she was shot in the neck just as a relief force reached the column. Grimwood’s courage deserved the VC, suggests Mead, but she was awarded the obscure Red Cross award for saving lives. The same was true of Margot Turner, a British Army nurse, whose indomitable courage in the Japanese POW camps inspired the popular Eighties TV series Tenko. Imprisoned and beaten by the Japanese, she inspired fellow prisoners with her bravery - but although she was awarded the same Red Cross medal as Grimwood, she missed the VC, which Mead suggests her courage merited.

    Telegraph.co.uk q
  • Evans fury at check-in desk snub

    DJ Chris Evans vented his fury at British Airways online after not being allowed on a plane to fly back to the UK. The broadcaster, who presents the Radio 2 breakfast show, told his fans in a series of tweets how he had been stranded in France. He said

    Press Association
  • Worst Dressed Celebrities This Week (1-7 May) (15 photos)

    Kris Jenner, Irina Shayk and Katy Perry land in our worst dressed list this week... Erm, it looks like you're still wearing your PJ bottoms, Cara Delevingne. The glasses are scaring us, Gaga! Lady Gaga channelled her inner ostrich at the airport this week. It looks like Rihanna forgot to wear a bra to her own after-party! Anne Hathaway looked to be channelling her inner Star Wars in her metallic Ralph Lauren creation at the 2015 Met Gala.

    Yahoo Lifestyle
  • Woman seeks rescue from boyfriend in online pizza order

    The Avon Park Pizza Hut employees spotted what Cheryl Treadway wrote in the comment section of her online order. Employees recognized Treadway as a regular customer and called the sheriff's office. Highlands County Sheriff's deputies went to the home, where they were greeted by Treadway, who was carrying a small child.

    Associated Press
  • Paedophile's daughter gives evidence to help search of missing girl

    Sandra Brown (pictured) believes that the body of 11-year-old Moira Anderson, who disappeared almost 60 years ago, will be found in an isolated pond in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

    Daily Mail q
  • Is this the rudest CEO resignation letter ever?

    The chief executive officer of a high profile Indian startup dramatically quit the company by sending a scathing letter, before withdrawing his resignation and agreeing to stick around. Rahul Yadav, co-founder and CEO of the property website Housing.com, wrote a note accusing board members of lacking intellectual capability, signed off with a “cheers”, as reported by The Economic Times . Dear board members and investors, I don't think you guys are intellectually capable enough to have any sensible discussion anymore.

    Telegraph
  • Even with fewer seats, Labour makes the best case for legitimate government

    The Tories and Tory-supporting press have been on legitimacy duty for some time now. If, as expected, they are the party with the largest number of seats, they want any other party in government to be seen as illegitimate. The party with the most seats should surely be the one which forms a government.

    Talking Politics
  • Met Gala 2015: Rihanna 'BANNED' Rita Ora From Her After Party?

    The reported fiery feud between Rihanna and Rita Ora was still burning at high temperatures at the Met Gala, as it's claimed that RiRi refused to invite Reets to her after-party at Up & Down nightclub because the two 'can't stand each other'. The two gorgeous singers are said to have more beef than a large mixed grill at Wetherspoons, with their similar music and fashion styles, and the fact that RiRi is now friends with Rita's former BFF Cara Delevingne apparently contributing towards their supposed feud. Doesn't help that both Rihanna, 27, and Rita, 24, are signed to Roc Nation.

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  • Adam Levine Gets Sugar-Bombed Outside The Jimmy Kimmel Studios

    This probably wasn't what Adam Levine imagined when he sung about someone putting sugar "down on" him in that infamous Maroon 5 song if we're honest. Nope, he just wanted one little taste, but instead, he got a whole ruddy bag of what was either powdered sugar or flour dumped all over him and his rather fetching knitwear outside the Jimmy Kimmel studios. The attacker clearly decided Adam needed more sweetness in his life, whether he liked it or not.

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  • Food critic Josh Ozersky found dead in Chicago hotel

    Food critic Josh Ozersky, whose witty and snarky writing generally focused on his obsession with all things meat, has died in Chicago. Ozersky, who was in the city for the James Beard Foundation Awards, was found dead in his room at the Conrad Chicago Hotel on Monday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Ozersky was a food writer for Esquire magazine and frequent contributor to other publications including Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine.

    Associated Press
  • China warns Philippine military planes away from disputed sea area - Manila

    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - China has warned Philippine air force and navy planes at least six times to leave areas around the disputed South China Sea, the Philippine military commander responsible for the region told a Senate hearing on Thursday. While Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez gave no timeframe, a senior Philippine air force official told Reuters the warnings had come in the past three months. China could be "testing the waters" to see if it can enforce an air exclusion zone above the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, said the air force official, who declined to be identified.

    Reuters 50 mins ago
  • Victoria Beckham And Harper Are A Super Fashionable Duo In Marrakech

    As if we couldn't be any more jealous of the Beckhams' Marrakech holiday (all in aid of David Beckham's 40th birthday, of course), Victoria goes and posts this adorable photo with Harper, as they rock gorgeous matching kaftans. The Spice Girl took some time for her own cultural trip after helping her husband celebrate the big 4-0, taking a visit to Jardin Majorelle, a botanical garden owned by late designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé. Yves Saint Laurent's ashes are also scattered in the garden.

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  • Mother who tripped on back step, breaking her ankle has leg AMPUTATED

    You never think the worst will happen to you, but for Bec Reed, 43, what began as a completely normal day, resulted in a harrowing life change. 'It just went numb and all floppy and my kids were telling me 'just stand up' and I couldn't,' she told Daily Mail Australia. The doctors told Reed she had broken her ankle 'spectacularly' but after a week in hospital, three surgical wounds, plates, screws and pins fusions, she headed home, thinking her ordeal was over.

    Daily Mail q
  • Boston Marathon bomber cries at federal death penalty trial

    For the first time in court, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and cried as his sobbing aunt briefly took the stand Monday in his federal death penalty trial. Tsarnaev, 21, wiped tears from his eyes quickly and fidgeted in his chair as his mother's sister sobbed uncontrollably. The aunt, Patimat Suleimanova, cried as she sat down about 10 feet from Tsarnaev.

    Associated Press
  • LNG tanker diverted away from Britain towards N. America

    MILAN, May 6 (Reuters) - A liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivery bound for Britain may have been diverted on Wednesday towards North America, according to live ship-tracking data on Reuters Eikon. The GDF Suez Point Fortin tanker was initially

    Reuters - UK Focus
  • Doomed Ship Lusitania Revealed In New Images

    New images have been revealed of a luxury cruiseliner torpedoed off the Irish coast during the First World War with the loss of 1,201 lives. RMS Lusitania was sailing from New York to Liverpool on its final voyage on 7 May 1915 when it was sunk by a German U-boat in just 18 minutes. "It will be a permanent recognition of our feelings about the importance of the wreck - and to pay homage to the victims," said Gregg Bemis, the 87-year-old American who owns the wreck.

    Sky News
  • Duke, Duchess And Baby Princess Leave Palace

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their four-day-old daughter, Princess Charlotte, are heading to their Norfolk home. William and Kate left London this afternoon with their two children and are travelling to Anmer Hall, their bolthole in the countryside, Kensington Palace has confirmed. Princess Charlotte was shown off to the world on Saturday evening at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, and slept soundly throughout the photo call.

    Sky News