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US Navy escorts UK shipping through Hormuz straight

File photo: USS Farragut is one of the US Navy warships in the straights. Credit: Reuters

US Navy warships have begun accompanying British commercial shipping through the Straight of Hormuz, the Pentagon has announced.

The decision to escort merchant vessels through the waters follows the seizure by Iran of the Maersk Tigris last week.

The Danish container ship was in international waters crossing the Straight of Hormuz from Saudi Arabia to the UAE when it was held by Iranian patrol boats.

Astronauts can now enjoy 'out-of-this-world' espresso

Astronauts on the International Space Station can now enjoy fresh Italian espresso, thanks to an experimental coffee machine.

Over the weekend, Italian spacefarer Samantha Cristoforetti, fired up the contraption and had the first interstellar shot of Java.

She posted a photo of herself on Twitter on Sunday, sipping from a cup designed for use in zero-gravity.

For the special occasion, she put on her Star Trek uniform top. She could not resist tweeting the phrase "to boldly brew".

The fresh brew will be seen as a welcome treat on board the space station, as its inhabitants usually have to suffer pouches of Nasa's instant coffee - drunk through a straw - for their regular caffeine fix.


Bookies pay out £1m after royal baby name announced

The latest addition to the royal family is called Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Credit: PA

Bookies have had to pay out an estimated £1 million following the announcement the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their second child Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Ladbrokes said Charlotte was the most popular bet since the princess was born - with three times as many wagers placed as other favourites Alice, Diana and Olivia.

Jessica Bridge, of Ladbrokes, said: "Charlotte was the hot tip over the weekend and royal watchers up and down the land are quids in.

"We may have lost a fortune but we're paying out with a smile and wish the Duke and Duchess all the best."

Coral called it "one of the most costliest results in royal betting history."

A woman from Barnes, south west London, is due to pick up £1,400 was the biggest winner at William Hill. She put £400 down at 5-2 that the baby would be called Charlotte.

Police try to trace owner of ear bitten off in fight

A picture of the ear was put up on Twitter. Credit: Twitter/Ashley Haigh

Police are searching for a man who left his partially severed diamond-studded ear on the pavement after it was bitten off in a fight.

West Yorkshire Police believe the man did not seek medical treatment after the incident in Huddersfield at about 9.20pm last night and are urging him to come forward.

A photograph of the ear, complete with the diamond stud earring, has been posted on Twitter but the victim has not yet been traced.

Two men, aged 37 and 45, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding and are currently in police custody.

A force spokesman said: "The male who we believe was injured in this incident has still not been traced and has not contacted police."

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


Princess of Cambridge named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

She will be known as HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Kensington Palace have announced.

The name Charlotte had been a favourite with the bookies during the week but in the last few days had been pushed into second place by Alice.

But betting firms have said they would face a huge payout if any of the heavily backed top five names were chosen by the Cambridges.

Royal gun salutes takes place in honour of new Princess

A Royal gun salute took place at the Tower of London in honour of the new Princess. Credit: Pool

Royal gun salutes have been fired to celebrate the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby princess.

The Honourable Artillery Company completed a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London - an extra 21 for the City of London - while the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery silmultaneously fired 41 volleys in Hyde Park at 2pm.

Just before the King's Troop began the Royal Artillery Band played the Stevie Wonder hit 'Isn't She Lovely'.

The bells of Westminster Abbey also rang out at exactly 2pm to mark the royal birth.

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