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Merkel blames Russian bomb attacks for Syria border rush

German chancellor Angela Merkel has joined Turkey in condemning Russian bombing attacks for forcing thousands of Syrians to rush to the Turkish border.

The newly built camp by Turkey on the Syrian side of border where thousands of refugees remain stranded. Credit: Turkish government

Around 30,000 people are being held in camps on the Syrian side of the border after fleeing the city of Aleppo to escape bombardment from Russian-backed government forces.

Children and their families were held in the temporary tents awaiting clearance into Turkey in temperatures that have dropped to nearly 0C. Credit: Turkish government

Ms Merkel, who is partly in Ankara to put pressure on Turkey to admit the refugees, said: "We are now, over the last few days, not only appalled but also shocked by the human suffering of tens of thousands of people through bombing attacks, and also bombing attacks originating from the Russian side."

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Russia's air assault should not be tolerated with an acceptance that Turkey will continue to accept the fleeing refugees.

Speaking at the joint news conference, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey will admit the refugees "when necessary" on a day when his administration sent trucks carrying more tents over the border to reinforce the temporary camps.


Deepcut inquest to go ahead despite family call for delay

Private Cheryl James, 18, was found dead at Deepcut barracks in 1995. Credit: Family handout

A coroner has ruled that a fresh inquest into the death of a teenage soldier Deepcut army barracks should go ahead as planned, despite her family's call for it to be delayed to allow new scientific evidence to be properly considered.

A lawyer for Private Cheryl James' family, who was discovered with a fatal gunshot wound in 1995, had said the "important" pathological evidence shows it may not have been self-inflicted.

However, Brian Barker QC said there was no "practical unfairness" in scientific experts being heard later in the proceedings.

The inquest will examine new evidence suggesting Pte James, may have been sexually exploited by senior ranks shortly before her death.

High Court judges ordered the new inquest in 2014 after they quashed an open verdict recorded in December 1995.

Elderly man hurt and dog killed as wall collapses in storm

An elderly man has been seriously injured and his dog killed when a flint garden wall crashed down on them during winds from Storm Imogen.

The man in his 70s suffered a suspected double leg break after the five foot high wall blew over as gale-force winds hit the West Sussex region.

Powerful waves battered the shoreline in Hastings in East Sussex as Storm Imogen brought gale-force winds to the southern region. Credit: PA Wire

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said the man was "fully conscious" while being treated and was taken to St Richard's Hospital in Chichester.

Storm Imogen has brought a swathe of damage as 80mph winds swept across the UK, leaving more then 13,500 homes without power.

Town centre shut as Storm Imogen waves reach 19.1m

Police have closed Bridgend town centre in South Wales over safety concerns as huge sea swells caused by Storm Imogen continued to lash seaside communities across southern Britain.

A wave of 63ft (19.1m) was recorded by the Met Office off the coast of St Ives amid the hurricane-force winds, while waves of at least 46ft (14m) were expected off Devon and Cornwall.

Bridgend town centre was shut amid fears people could be hurt by flying tiles blown from roofs as reports of storm injuries emerged.

An overturned lorry between Bridgend and Port Talbot added to traffic problems caused by Storm Imogen on the M4. Credit: PA Wire

A five-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl were airlifted to hospital after suffering serious leg injuries when a stone wall collapsed on them in the Worcestershire village of Bretforton.

A father and daughter near Exeter in Devon also reportedly had a lucky escape when a 100ft (30.5m) tree was blown onto their car parked outside their house, minutes before they were about to leave to travel to school.


13,500 properties left powerless after Storm Imogen

More than 13,500 properties have been stripped of power as Storm Imogen continued to cause havoc across Britain.

Homes across the South West and Wales were worst affected, the latest figures from Western Power Distribution's regional breakdown have shown.

Properties across the South West without power.
Properties across Wales without power.
Properties across the West Midlands without power.
Properties across the East Midlands without power.

Eight-year-old girl's quake rescue captured on video

The rescue of an eight-year-old girl who had been trapped in the rubble of the Taiwan earthquake after two days has been captured on video.

The young girl's aunt was also saved from the debris of the collapsed residential complex in the south of the country.

Authorities say 40 people have been killed following the quake on Saturday, while 100 people remain missing.

Continuity IRA 'claims Dublin hotel gun attack'

Gardai at the scene of the shooting. Credit: PA

The Continuity IRA has claimed responsibility for a masked shooting at a boxing weigh-in in Dublin and has threatened further attacks on "criminals", according to reports.

One man was killed and two people were injured when attackers burst in to the event at the city's Regency Hotel on Friday, where up to 300 people had gathered.

In a statement to BBC News, a man claiming to speak on behalf of the Continuity IRA said the man who died had been targeted for his alleged involvement in the killing of a leading member of dissident republican group the Real IRA.

The six-man gang that carried out the Dublin attack was said to include one disguised as a woman wearing an "auburn wig", while others wore police costumes.

They opened fire in the hotel's lobby, sending bystanders running for their lives.

Amateur footage of the attack posted to YouTube showed the gunfire breaking out just after a weigh-in for a World Boxing Organisation (WBO) title fight between Jamie Kavanagh and Antonio Jao Bento, due to take place on Saturday.

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