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Norway warned of 'imminent' terror attack

Norway has been warned of an imminent terror attack, the country's justice minister has announced.

Norwegian people have been given no specific advice other than to stay vigilant, the Dagbladet newspaper reported.

The paper's headline said "Islamic extremists" were planning an attack in the coming days.

Yesterday was the three-year anniversary of the bombing and mass shooting in Oslo and Utoya which left 77 people dead.

Home Secretary 'urging Israel to agree to a ceasefire'

Home Secretary Philip Hammond said discussions aimed at bringing about a ceasefire between the Israeli military and Hamas in Gaza are ongoing and that he hopes a deal is eminent.

He said he appreciated the public concern about the human cost of the violence, and was urging his Israeli counterparts to agree to talk about a long-term solution, whilst stressing the need to minimize the civilian toll whilst hostilities continue.

Read: Gaza offensive 'destroys 5,000 Hamas rockets'


Dutch mayor calls for Putin's daughter to be deported

Vladimir Putin's daughter has become a focus of anger in the Netherlands.
Vladimir Putin's daughter has become a focus of anger in the Netherlands. Credit: Reuters

The mayor of a Dutch city has apologised after he called for Vladimir Putin's daughter to be removed from the country following the MH17 disaster.

Speaking to Dutch station Radio 1, Pieter Broertjes, mayor of Hilversum, said 29-year-old Maria Putin - who is thought to live in the village of Voorschoten with a Dutch boyfriend - should be deported.

He later said on Twitter that the comments were "not wise", adding: "This stemmed from a feeling of helplessness that many people will recognise."

One-hundred-and-ninety-three Dutch people were among the 298 people on board the Malaysian Airlines flight that was downed in eastern Ukraine.

Companies pay £3.3m extra in storm compensation

Energy regulator Ofgem has agreed an additional £3.3 million from companies SSE and UK Power Networks after an investigation into how they dealt with last year's winter storms.

The money will go to organisations that played a key role in helping vulnerable customers who suffered power loss.

The new payments come after an investigation into how the companies handled the storms.
The new payments come after an investigation into how the companies handled the storms. Credit: PA

The firms have already paid out £4.7 million and committed to improvements.

Read: SSE and UKPN pay out for handling of winter storms

Severe weather over Christmas 2013 saw power cuts affect nearly a million homes and Ofgem has today put the industry on notice that any repeat of last year's performance issues will trigger further action.

Scottish and Southern Energy's payout totals £2.3 million to the British Red Cross, Age UK, National Energy Action, Macmillan Cancer Support, and to a new community fund.

Distributor UK Power Network totals paid £1 million to the British Red Cross, the Royal Association for Deaf People, Carer's Trust and Citizens Advice.

Read more: Compensation boost for weather-related power losses

Pro-Palestine protesters attack Israeli team's players

A pre-season friendly between between French team Lille and Israel's Maccabi Haifa was called off yesterday after pro-Palestine protesters stormed the pitch and attacked players.

Images from the stadium in Bischofshofen, Austria, show men carrying Palestinian flags running on to the turf in the 85th minute before attempting to punch and kick the Israeli team's players.

Forward Yossi Benayoun, who has previously played for a number of Premier League clubs, and defender Dekel Keinan, formerly of Cardiff and Blackpool, were among players seen fighting back against the assailants.


MH17: British victim's credit card 'abused' in Ukraine

The family of a British-South African victim of the MH17 air disaster claim his credit card has been "abused" in Ukraine since his death.

Cameron Dalziel with wife Reine.
Cameron Dalziel with wife Reine. Credit: Twitter/Neil Noble

Shane Hattingh, brother-in-law of 43-year-old helicopter rescue pilot Cameron Dalziel, made the claim to CNN after the family watched the first coffins arrive in the Netherlands yesterday.

He said Dalziel's widow Reine was keeping herself busy with errands such as cancelling the cards and getting her two sons into schools, but added she was "destroyed" by the procession yesterday.

Of the rebels that have held up search efforts following the crash, Hattingh said: "They have no respect for each other, look what they're doing... It's no surprise that they were treating the remains of people like that. It made me angry beyond words."

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Tributes left at Schipol Airport after MH17 flight disaster

Tributes have been left at Schipol Airport to those who died in the MH17 Malaysia Airlines flight disaster. Barry Sweeney, father of Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney, will be laying a wreath here later. Barry says he is also there as a representative of John Alder's relatives.

Schipol Airport
Schipol Airport Credit: ITV
Schipol Airport
Schipol Airport Credit: ITV
Flowers left at Schipol Airport
Flowers left at Schipol Airport Credit: ITV

Gaza offensive 'destroys 5,000 Hamas rockets'

The Israeli offensive against Hamas in Gaza has destroyed approximately 5,000 of 10,000 rockets, an Israeli official told ITV News.


#Israel government official: about 5,000 missiles of approx. 10,000 #Hamas rockets have been destroyed or launched since offensive began


#Israel government official: victory in this war would look like 3 years without any attacks by #Hamas before the next war

Read: Hamas 'ready to accept a truce if Israel siege ends'

Tory MP apologises over assault of former partner

David Ruffley pictured speaking in the Commons.
David Ruffley pictured speaking in the Commons. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Tory MP has apologised for his "inappropriate action" after being given a police caution for common assault following an incident between him and his former partner.

Former police minister David Ruffley said his partner had accepted his apology for the March incident.

Mr Ruffley stressed that he did not condone domestic violence "under any circumstances".

His local Conservative association is due to meet to discuss the issue next week amid suggestions he is losing support in his Bury St Edmunds constituency.

"I regret this matter in its entirety and the position in which I put my former partner and I now ask that her privacy be respected," his statement added.

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