Rise in sales of ice from Ice Bucket Challenge

UK Supermarket sales of ice have surged over the summer with the rise of the "Ice-bucket challenge".

Tesco says demand is up by more than 20 percent since the fundraising phenomenon went viral.

Who is Douglas Carswell?

Douglas Carswell (right) left the Conservative party to join UKIP.

Clacton-on-Sea's MP Douglas Carswell resigned from the Conservative party to join UKIP, triggering a by-election nine months before the next general election.

Who is this former Tory backbencher and what does he stand for?

  • Douglas Carswell is a vocally eurosceptic, libertarian politician heavily in favour of a more local style of Government.
  • He openly criticised ID cards and the quality of equipment given to troops in Afghanistan.
  • Carswell lead the campaign to eject the then-Speaker, Michael Martin, for his role in the expenses scandal which rocked Westminster in 2009.
  • In order to force Martin out of his position, Carswell broke Parliament rules by openly criticising the Speaker. MPs do not normally voice opinions on the Speaker because the role is meant to be neutral.
  • Carswell increased his majority in the next election by 12,068 votes, in what was now the constituency of Clacton-on-Sea. He is seeking re-election as a UKIP member.
  • If successful, UKIP will have their first MP.

Russia 'trains, arms and funds' Ukraine rebels

Obama said Russia was "already more isolated" than it had been since the end of the Cold War.

Russia has "backed, trained, armed, financed" separatist rebels throughout their campaign, Barack Obama has said.

The American President said he was looking at further sanctions against Russia for their alleged involvement with rebels fighting around the city of Donetsk.

The warning came as pro-Russian rebels seized the coastal town of Novoazovsk in south-eastern Ukraine and are planning to move up the coast towards Mariupol.

Joan Rivers 'resting comfortably' after op scare

Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing during throat surgery.

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Comedian Joan Rivers is "resting comfortably" in hospital after she received emergency medial care, her daughter has said.

Melissa Rivers made the announcement in a statement and thanked "everyone for their overwhelming love and support" for her mother.

The 81-year-old was in a "critical condition" after she was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York when she stopped breathing during a procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy.