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'Security threat' in Istanbul after fatal hostage incident

Police are attending the offices of Turkey's ruling AK Party in Istanbul after two armed people were reportedly seen entering the building, a day after a prosecutor died having been taken hostage in the city.

Reuters, citing the private Dogan news agency, said several police cars were outside the building in the Kartal district with the road sealed off.

Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz yesterday died after being injured in a stand-off at a courthouse in the city.

Two of his captors, who were from a far-left group, were killed after security forces stormed the building.

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Hammond hails 'progress' after Iran talks pass deadline

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said progress has been made between Iran and major powers over Tehran's nuclear programme, despite passing Tuesday's midnight deadline, but said "key issues" still need to be resolved.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned a nuclear arms race in the Middle East could be triggered unless a deal is reached with Iran. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

"I think we have a broad framework of understanding, but there are still some key issues that have to be worked through," Mr Hammond told the BBC.

"Some of them are quite detailed and technical so there is still quite a lot of work to do but we are on it now and we'll keep going at it."

The so-called P5+1 - the US, UK, France, China, Russia plus Germany - hope to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for relief from sanctions which have left its economy crippled.

Stuart Rose: We should stick with Conservative plans

Former Marks and Spencer chief executive Stuart Rose said he joined other business leaders in writing a letter of support for the Conservatives because he believes it would be wrong to divert from the current Tory plan.

The Conservative peer said: "Because I believe in what it says I think it and so do the other 100 people that signed it with me because I think look the policies we have in place today have worked for us, its taken time to get traction but it is now working. Don't lets divert from the policy lets move forward, lets carry on doing what we're doing."

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Miliband defends Balls' 'troll' attack on Cameron

Ed Miliband has defended Ed Balls, after the shadow chancellor labelled David Cameron a "troll".

Mr Balls accused the Prime Minister of "making politics nastier" with personal attacks on other politicians.

But Mr Miliband dismissed the comments as "light-hearted remarks" and said the Prime Minister had been "throwing mud" at him.

Ed Balls speaking yesterday. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Mr Balls told London's Evening Standard:

He's made politics nastier. He lashes out in a personal way. The reason he's not popular with women, and why there are very few women in the Cabinet and he keeps sacking them, are all of a piece.

The way he talked to Nadine Dorries, and said 'Calm down dear' to Angela Eagle - it reflects something. David Cameron is a bit of a troll. Look at the Conservative Party and the way they operated on Twitter for the first half of the parliament, they were very trolling, as in officially trolling. It was a reflection of David Cameron.

– Ed Balls

Asked whether he would ask shadow ministers to tone down attacks of this sort, Mr Miliband told the BBC: "I'm sure Ed Balls is making a light-hearted remark, but we are focused on the issues, we are focused on the British people, we are focused on how we are going to change this country."

Osborne: Business leaders' message 'couldn't be clearer'

George Osborne has said that the message from big business leaders 'couldn;t be clearer' after more than 100 business leaders declared their support for a Conservative-led government.

This is an unprecedented intervention in a British election...Their message couldn't be clearer. We have a Conservative economic plan that is working and creating jobs and if we change course those jobs will be threatened and the recovery will be put at risk.

– George Osborne

Nick Clegg attacks Tory 'fatwa' against wind farms

Nick Clegg is a big fan of wind farms Credit: PA

Nick Clegg has accused the Conservatives of an "ideological fatwa" against new wind farms and condemned his coalition colleagues for abandoning their commitment to the environment.

The Liberal Democrat leader said the Tories had lurched dramatically to the right since coming to power five years ago, highlighting green issues, the European Union and civil liberties as areas where differences had deepened between the two parties.

Referring to David Cameron's famous trip to the Arctic when in opposition, Clegg said: "I certainly think that if you go back to the Conservative Party in 2010 it was all husky hugging, they professed an interest in civil liberties, they professed an interest in the environment, they professed an interest in being a centrist Conservative Party.

"They appear to have absolutely no interest in the environment whatsoever," added the deputy prime minister.

"Their language has increasingly sought to mimic Ukip as they have tacked to the right."

Mr Clegg said: "I don't know what the Conservative Party has got against wind farms. Of course you have got to make sure that local communities are consulted and you don't run roughshod over local feelings.

"But I just don't get this sudden ideological fatwa against wind farms, I just don't get it."

Labour: 'No surprise businesses want corporation tax cut'

Labour's shadow secretary for work and pensions dismissed a letter from business leaders declaring support for a Conservative-led government as a call for lower corporation tax.

Rachel Reeves told Good Morning Britain:"It's not surprising that big businesses want to see a cut in their corporation tax rate. But actually for the one and a half million businesses who have benefit from Labour's cut and then freeze in business rates those businesses also need voice and need policies that will help them grow and succeed. So we make no apologies for being on the side of small businesses and ordinary workers."

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