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Mostly fine before cloud and rain arrives

It will be a mostly fine day for many with light winds and sunny spells which will make it feel quite warm at times.

A North East Coast train runs along the mainline near Darlington, County Durham
A North East Coast train runs along the mainline near Darlington, County Durham. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Cloud and rain will spread into the north-west later, bringing freshening winds.

Tonight will see occasional rain and drizzle with extensive low cloud and hill fog will continue to spread south and east to most parts.

Clearer and drier conditions will follow into the northwest.


Ukraine hands back captured Russian paratroops

Ukraine has handed back Russian paratroops who were captured after crossing the border to Ukraine, Russian media report. Russian forced have returned a group of 63 detained Ukrainian troops who crossed into the Russian territory last week.

Russian troops
A group of Russian servicemen, who are detained by Ukrainian authorities. Credit: Reuters

Russian RIA news agency quoted Russian Major-General Alexei Ragozin as saying the paratroops had been handed back after "very difficult" negotiations.

Paul Gascoigne determined to beat alcohol addiction

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne said he can overcome the demons which saw him admitted to hospital in a drink-fuelled stupor.

Paul Gascoigne
Paul Gascoigne. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

The 46-year-old, whose legacy on the pitch has been overshadowed by alcohol and drug attractions, was treated in a Dorset hospital when he suffered a relapse last week after spending the previous seven months clean.

He told the Sunday Mirror: "I know I can overcome this. I am an alcoholic so I am taking one day at a time, but I will get there."

The former Tottenham Hotspur player said he turned to drink after being served with an eviction notice on his flat in Sandbanks, Poole, and described his latest relapse as a "blip".

He told the newspaper: "Up until a few weeks ago, I was doing great. I have an illness and I had a bad moment. Now I want to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Fifi Geldof reveals battle with depression

The eldest sister of Peaches Geldof has been battling with clinical depression for two decades - keeping it a secret from her rock star father.

Fifi Geldof, 31, said she was first diagnosed with the mental illness at the age of 11, following the break-up of her parents, Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof and television presenter Paula Yates.

Fifi Geldof with her sister Peaches.
Fifi Geldof with her sister Peaches. Credit: PA

"I never expressly told my parents. Dad doesn't know. I wouldn't talk to him about it now. I don't have that relationship with my family," she said.

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Bob Geldof with his daughters (left to right) Fifi, Tigerlily, Pixie and Peaches. Credit: PA

Speaking to The Mail On Sunday, Fifi described how she took drugs, drank heavily and began comfort eating following her mother's death, having previously being treated for clinical depression.

Her mother died from a heroin overdose at her London home in September 2000, while sister Peaches died of a heroin overdose in April this year after losing her battle against addiction to the Class A drug.

Read: Bob Geldof on death of Peaches: 'It's intolerable, but you get on with it'

Doctors outline series of measures to tackle obesity

The Royal College of GPs has outlined a number of measures it wants to see to help combat the scourge of childhood obesity.

The recommendations are aimed at both health professionals and patients and include:

  • Increased support for the National Child Measurement Programme.
  • Improved investment in data-gathering IT programmes for weight management.
  • More training in malnutrition and obesity for GPs and other health professionals.
  • Outreach projects to educate families about the dangers of obesity.

Read: Doctors warn of child obesity 'state of emergency'


Current generation 'could predecease their parents'

The scale of health problems facing tyoungsters mean they could be the first generation to be outlived by their parents, a leading doctor has warned.

Dr Richard Roope, the Royal College of GPs' (RCGP) clinical lead for cancer, said there needed to be "radical steps" to tackle obesity, which he said is the second biggest reversible cause of cancer after smoking.

His warning comes alongside an open letter from the RCGP to the Chief Medical Officer for England, warning that child obesity has reached a "state of emergency".

Read: Doctors warn of child obesity 'state of emergency'

“We have a huge problem when seven-year-olds present with type 2 diabetes, previously associated with the weight gain of middle age," Dr Roope said.

"Our children are among the most overweight in Europe."

Doctors warn of child obesity 'state of emergency'

Doctors are warning that childhood obesity has now reached a "state of emergency" and requires a special government taskforce like the Cobra committee.

The Royal College of GPs along with 11 other organisations say the health service will struggle to cope with the mounting cost of obesity unless urgent action is taken now.

They have written an open letter to the Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, outlining their concerns.

Doctors are warning of the dangerous scale of childhood obesity in the UK.
Doctors are warning of the dangerous scale of childhood obesity in the UK. Credit: PA

The letter claims that "an entire generation is being destroyed by a diet of junk food and sugary drinks".

Dr Rachel Pryke, who is the RCGP's 'clinical champion' for nutrition, said youngsters were being "set up for a lifetime of sickness".

Read: MP: 'Wrong' to only weigh primary kids twice

Ashya being treated at Malaga children's hospital

Ashya King is being treated in the Materno Infantil children's hospital in the Spanish city of Malaga, according to a tweet from the local police chief, Ignacio Cosido.

Mr Cosido wrote that a police patrol had found the five-year-old and congratulated them on their "good work".


Una patrulla de @policia ha localizado a #AshyaKing. Ha sido ingresado ya en el Hospital Materno Infantil de Málaga. Buen trabajo!

Senior British Muslims back fatwa against Islamic State

Several senior British Muslim clerics have added their support to a 'fatwa' against the Islamic State militant group currently wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

The fatwa, which is a type of Islamic religious decree, calls IS "an oppressive and tyrannical group" and forbids British Muslims from joining.

Part of the fatwa, published in the Sunday Times, reads: "IS is a heretical, extremist organisation and it is religiously prohibited (haram) to support or join it; furthermore, it is an obligation on British Muslims to actively oppose its poisonous ideology, especially when this is promoted within Britain."

An IS fighter holding the militant group's black and white flag.
An IS fighter holding the militant group's black and white flag. Credit: Reuters

The decree was written by Sheikh Dr Usama Hasan, a former imam in east London and now head theologian at the anti-extremist Quilliam Foundation.

Among other supporters are the head imams of Leicester and Manchester Central Mosques.

Read: Brits fighting for IS 'could be banned from UK'

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