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  • Diana's niece named royal godparent

    One of Diana, Princess of Wales' nieces has been named as a godparent to Princess Charlotte. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge picked the Hon Laura Fellowes - William's cousin on the Spencer side - as well as a Middleton relative and three close friends for the honour instead of members of the royal family. Princess Charlotte is being christened in the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham where her late grandmother Diana was also christened in 1961.

    Press Association
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  • 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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  • #Sunburnart: People are burning designs onto their skin, because they're d*cks

    People are now purposefully burning designs onto their skin and sharing them online with the hashtag #sunburnart. To create the designs, people either just apply suncream to a particular area, or use a temporary tattoo, and allow the unprotected skin to burn. Obviously, skin experts have spoken out against the trend and warned it could cause skin cancer. This is where popular culture is clashing with medical advice,’ New York-based dermatologist Dr. Barney Kenet told ABC News.

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  • 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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  • Alton Towers Victim's 'Inspirational' Picture

    A 17-year-old girl whose leg was amputated after a rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers has posted an "inspirational" picture of her recovery. Leah Washington, from Barnsley, is seen surrounded by beaming friends and family just a month after suffering life-changing injuries. Miss Washington, who was sitting in the front row of the ride with her boyfriend Joe Pugh, 18,  could receive "several million pounds" in compensation, according to her lawyer.

    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
  • 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
  • Tunisia: Tributes To Beach Massacre Dead

    The Queen, who was at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and Prime Minister David Cameron, who was in his constituency in Oxfordshire, joined millions of people across Britain as Big Ben chimed midday. Back in Britain, sporting events at Wimbledon and the Henley Regatta were delayed to allow fans, competitors and match officials to pay their respects. The football club's playing squad and manager Dean Smith stood shoulder-to-shoulder among flowers and scarves when a whistle blew to herald the start of the silence.

    Sky News
  • 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.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Girl, 7, dies after collapsing at Cornwall school - BBC News

    A girl has died after collapsing at a school in Cornwall, police have said. The seven-year-old pupil collapsed at Perranporth School at around lunchtime and was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The circumstances are not known but are not suspicious, according to Devon and Cornwall Police which said it would carry out an investigation. The school sports day which was due to be held on Thursday has been cancelled, the BBC understands.

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  • On nervous border, Turks welcome army but fear Syria incursion

    By Faruk Yuce KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - From his fields in Turkey, farmer Huseyin Ozdemir can see Islamist militants digging trenches and planting mines as they ready for battle around the northern Syrian town of Jarablus. Like many villagers along this stretch of Turkey's 900 km (560-mile) border, Ozdemir welcomed the arrival of additional Turkish soldiers to bolster security in recent days but fears the consequences if they cross into Syria and intervene. Wary of advances by both Syrian Kurdish forces and Islamic State militants as fighting north of the Syrian city of Aleppo intensifies, Turkey has sent extra troops and equipment to this stretch of the border as the risk of spillover rises.

    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

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  • Europa League - Slaven Bilic: I meant no disrespect

    Having been appointed on June 9, Bilic watched from the stands with academy director Terry Westley overseeing a 3-0 first-leg victory as the Hammers got their season under way just 39 days after the end of the last campaign. Bilic, 46, was presented to a sold-out Upton Park before the game before moving to the directors' box having flown over from a training camp in Ireland with those senior players not involved in the Europa League fixture. Lusitans coach Xavi Roura was not happy with Bilic's decision not to take charge of West Ham - saying he was saddened that his counterpart was not on the bench - claiming the Croatian thought he was the 'Special One' and that Lusitans were "not important enough" for Bilic.

    PA Sport
  • Driver dodges ban with 42 points

    Alex McFarlane triggered safety cameras seven times between June and August last year but each time failed to respond to penalty notices sent by police. On one occasion a passenger leaned out of the window and laughed and waved at the camera as McFarlane passed at 82mph. The 50-year-old construction site manager from Basildon initially pleaded not guilty to all offences but changed his plea to guilty at Southend Magistrates' Court on Monday, Essex Police said.

    Press Association
  • Crying Greek pensioner: the story behind the poignant photo

    Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece's second city of Thessaloniki on Friday in the hope of withdrawing a pension on behalf of his wife, but all in vain. When he was told at the fourth that he could not withdraw his 120 euros ($133), it was all too much and he collapsed in tears.

    AFP