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German authorities confirm second case of bird flu

German authorities have confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird.

A second case of H5N8 bird flu has been detected in a wild bird in Germany. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The strain is highly contagious among birds but has never been detected in humans.

In a statement agriculture minister Christian Schmidt said: "For the first time, the H5N8 virus has been confirmed in a wild bird in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

"With that the suspicion is strengthened that wild birds are connected with the cases in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as well as in the Netherlands and Britain."

Balcony collapse removal men named by police

Two removal men died while delivering sofas at an address in Cadogan Square, London. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two removal men who died when balcony railings gave way as they carried a sofa into a home have been named by police.

Polish nationals Tomasz Procko, 22, from Greenford, and Karol Szymanski, 29, from Wembley, were killed yesterday in Knightsbridge, central London.

At least six others, also believed to be removal men, were injured in the incident.

Mr Procko was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Szymanski was taken to hospital in a critical condition and later died.


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Aid worker's widow: Alan was killed 'for being selfless'

Barbara Henning, the widow of Alan Henning, arrives at the memorial service. Credit: PA

The widow of murdered British aid worker Alan Henning has told a memorial service he was killed "for being what we should be, selfless and caring".

The 47-year-old taxi driver was kidnapped in December by Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and held captive before a video showing his beheading was released last month.

A private memorial service at Eccles Parish Church in Greater Manchester for invited guests was held, and audio was relayed outside the church. It was decked with yellow ribbons like those well-wishers had sported when there was still hope he would be freed.

His widow Barbara and daughter Lucy walked in with Bethany and Michael Haines, the daughter and brother of David Haines from, Scone, Scotland, who was also murdered by IS.

Mrs Henning told the memorial: "We must never forget the reason why he went to Syria and the reason he was taken from us - for being what we all should be, selfless and caring."

She said her thoughts were with the families of John Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines and Peter Kassig, the other Westerners who were beheaded by IS.

She added: "I hope and pray that John Cantlie will be released and returned to his family so that they are spared the horror."

Family and friends wear yellow scarfs, ribbons or ties at the service Credit: PA Images

Mrs Henning asked for donations to be made to Hostage UK, a charity which helps the families of kidnap victims.

Many in attendance at the town centre church wore yellow ties or scarves as an echo of the yellow ribbons seen throughout Eccles.

Mr Henning's murder is thought to have been at the hands of "Jihadi John", an IS fighter who speaks with a London accent and who is apparently responsible for the four other hostage killings.

Kenyan army launch ground and air raid

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) launched ground and air raid attacks against a camp believed to have been used as a base for the al-Shabaab attackers who have claimed responsibility for ambushing a bus and killing 28 civilians.

People gather round the ambushed bus near Mandera town. Credit: Reuters

KDF spokesman KDF said they will continue their operation until they arrest the attackers.

Kenyan army : Massacre victims 'mostly Christians'

Kenya's Inspector General David Kimaiyo has confirmed that the 28 bus passengers who were murdered near Mandera Town are believed to have been "mostly Christians".

At a press conference held today he also confirmed there was believed to be 60 people on the bus at the time it was hijacked, Reuters reports:

Mandera's security forces have also confirmed the attackers ordered passengers thought to be non-Muslims out of the bus before sparing those who could recite verses from the Koran.

Security force official Ahmed Maalim said: "The women and men (remaining outside) were separated, then shot at close range. None survived."


New Ebola case in Mali

A new case of Ebola has been recorded today, in Mali's capital Bamako.

The country's health ministry confirmed that the friend of a nurse who died from Ebola earlier this month has now tested positive for the disease.

To date 5,459 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia accounting for all but 15 of the deaths.

Dave Whelan: I will resign if FA find me guilty

Dave Whelan speaking to ITV News earlier. Credit: ITV News

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has told ITV News he will resign if an FA investigation finds him guilty of making racist remarks.

Mr Whelan is under fire for remarks he made defending the club's manager, Malky Mackay which have been criticised as anti-semitic and racist.

If the FA look into my affairs - and they were to find me guilty, which I hope they don't and I don't see anything like that happening because I'm absolutely anti-racist, always have been, always will be - however, if they have any questions I'm willing to answer it and, should they even suggest I'm guilty I would immediately resign from my position as chairman of Wigan Athletic.

– Dave Whelan

Two British men 'killed fighting for Islamic State'

Two British men have reportedly been killed fighting for Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

Abu Abdullah al Habashi, 21, and Abu Dharda, 20, both from London, are thought to have died in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

Kurdish fighters have been defending the town from an IS onslaught with the assistance of American air strikes.

Mr al Habashi is believed to have made comments supporting IS on social media and appeared in at least two propaganda videos put out by the extremist group.

He grew up in north London in a British-Eritrean family, and converted to Islam when he was 16, the BBC reported.

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