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Usain Bolt appreciates bagpipe welcome in Glasgow

Athletics star Usain Bolt has shown his appreciation as he received a traditional bagpipe greeting after flying into Glasgow Airport to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

The Jamaican sprinter was already listening to music on his headphones as he descended an escalator at the Scottish airport but showed his respect to the bagpipe player as he passed by.

Man and woman arrested for conspiring to commit FGM

A 72-year-old man and 40-year-old woman have been arrested in London for conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation (FGM).

The man was stopped by police at Heathrow Airport yesterday morning after arriving with an 11-year-old British girl on a flight from Kampala, Uganda.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Officers acted upon information given and a 40-year-old woman was arrested in Hackney under Section 2 of the FGM Act 2003, namely aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring a girl to carry out FGM on herself."

The man was arrested on suspicion of the same offence in Newham today. Both adults have been taken into custody in east London police stations.

The 11-year-old girl has been taken into the care of social services.


Usain Bolt arrives for 'very important' Glasgow Games

Superstar athlete Usain Bolt said it was "very important" to him to compete in the Commonwealth Games as he arrived in Glasgow today.

Usain Bolt has arrived for the Commonwealth Games.
Usain Bolt has arrived for the Commonwealth Games. Credit: PA

After touching down at Glasgow Airport, the planet's fastest man gave the thumbs up to a bagpipe player who greeted him on his arrival.

Speaking at a media conference shortly after his arrival, Bolt said: "I will be running, definitely.....For me it was very important (to be here)."

Bolt, one of the leading name at the Games, will run in the 4x100 metres relay on the final day of the athletics at Hampden Park.

Palestinian deaths 'over 1,000' as Israel plots extension

An Israeli government source has suggested Israel is likely to extend the current 12-hour truce in the Gaza Strip amid claims the Palestinian death toll from the hostilities has risen beyond 1,000 people.

A Gaza health ministry official confirmed the latest toll after 19 days of fighting between the Israeli Defence Force and Hamas militants.

The unnamed Israeli official said Israel was leaning towards extending the truce on condition that tunnel searches could continue.

"As far as Israel is concerned, there is no reason to prevent Gaza's people from stocking up on supplies, so long as the military can continue its work against the tunnels. Our war is not against the population," the official said.

Tributes pour in for British man killed in Air Algerie crash

Tributes have poured in for David Morgan, the British teacher who is understood to have been killed when the Air Algerie flight crashed in Mali.

PE teacher Andy Vasily posted tweeted: "RIP Dave Morgan. Truly tragic. Prayers to his family and other victims."


Former @nischina teacher killed in Algerian plane crash. RIP Dave Morgan. Truly tragic. Prayers to his family and other victims.

He added that Mr Morgan had previously worked at Nanjing International School in eastern China.

Others including Hanri de Swardt from South Africa, paid their respects on Facebook.

De Swardt, a fellow teacher, wrote: "Rest in peace Captain Dave Masher Morgan. Thanks for all the support and help in Lusaka. You will always be in my thoughts. God bless."

She added: "Remember the nice evening at Brentwood with all our last food before leaving Zambia."

Another teacher Annabelle Mambwe from the Luanda International School, in Angola, wrote: "Just lost a teacher colleague in the Algiers disaster. Dave Morgan!! He was Denise's Maths teacher...such an easy-go-fella! These planes falling from the sky are getting to me!"

Hammond: We must focus on stopping the loss of life

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said the international community cannot immediately tackle the "underlying grievances" on both sides of the Gaza hostilities and must immediately focus on stopping the loss of life.

Mr Hammond said he and other foreign ministers are giving their "very best effort" to see the current 12-hour pause in fighting extended.


Foreign ministers push for a longer Gaza ceasefire

The group of foreign ministers who have been discussing how to end violence in Gaza are determined to get an extension to the 12-hour truce in fighting.

We all agreed that there must be an extension of that ceasefire.

The humanitarian situation demands it - everyone wants to see an end to the loss of life, so we're focusing our attention now on achieving an extension of the ceasefire that is in force at the moment.

But we have to go beyond that, we have to look for a sustainable, enduring ceasefire and beyond that meaningful negotiations about the underlying grievances that have caused this repeat cycle of violence in Gaza.

– Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

'Humanitarian necessity' to extend Gaza truce

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said that a group of foreign ministers - including the UK, the US and France - will give their "best efforts" to extend the ceasefire in Gaza.

He said: "Everyone understands there is an absolute humanitarian necessity to see this ceasefire extend."

Philip Hammond
Philip Hammond has been discussing Gaza with other foreign ministers. Credit: Pool

Wales win first gold in rhythmic gymnastics

Francesca Jones won Wales' first gold of the Commonwealth Games when she triumphed in the individual ribbon rhythmic gymnastics.

Compatriot Laura Halford took bronze to make it a great day for Welsh gymnastics.

Jones also won silvers in the individual hoop final, clubs event and individual ball final.

Francesca Jones shows off her medals alongside Laura Halford.
Francesca Jones shows off her medals alongside Laura Halford. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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