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Dallas gunman under FBI surveillance since 2006

One of the gunmen shot dead after opening fire at an exhibition of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad had been under surveillance for nine years.

Elton Simpson was well known to the US authorities Credit: ABC News/ITV News

Court documents show that Elton Simpson, who was a room-mate of accomplice Nadir Soofi, had been under FBI surveillance since 2006 and was convicted in 2011 of lying to FBI agents over his desire to join violent jihad in Somalia.

Federal authorities began monitoring Simpson in 2006 because he was associated with an individual the FBI believed was trying to set up a terrorist cell in Arizona.

At one point, according to the documents, the FBI tried "unsuccessfully" to put Simpson on a US government no-fly list.

Simpson's father told ABC News his son was "always a good kid" but said they had "some very serious differences."

"We are Americans and we believe in America," Dunston Simpson told ABC News. "What my son did reflects very badly on my family."

Proportional representation back in favour among voters

Opinions on voting practices have shifted Credit: PA Wire

More than three in five people back a switch to a more proportional voting system four years after a referendum decisively ruled out any such move.

A survey by pollsters ORB for The Independent found a clear shift of opinion on voting practices, particularly amongst the younger electorate.

They found that 61% want the system reformed to better reflect public backing, against 39% wishing to stick with the present arrangements whilst 68% of younger voters wanted reform.

Thursday's General Election will mark the fourth anniversary of the UK referendum which rejected abandoning first-past-the-post (FPTP) in favour of the Alternative Vote (AV) system, by 68% to 32%.

But with the coalition having proved relatively stable and the traditional argument that FPTP produces decisive majorities apparently set to be undermined by another hung parliament, attitudes have changed.


Silicon Valley boss David Goldberg died on gym treadmill

David Goldberg and Sheryl Sandberg pictured last year Credit: Reuters

SurveyMonkey Chief Executive Dave Goldberg died after he hit his head when he fell off a gym treadmill at a holiday resort.

Goldberg went to the gym at the Four Seasons resort in Punta Mita on Mexico's Pacific coast around 4 pm local time on 1 May and was found by his brother in the evening lying on the floor with a gash to his head, a spokesman for the local state prosecutor's office.

The 47-year-old, who was married to Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, showed signs of life when he was found and was rushed to hospital, where he died, the spokesman added, saying his body was flown back to the United States the following day.

Another source familiar with the investigation called it a "tragic accident".

Stuart Bingham wins snooker world championship

Stuart Bingham has beaten Shaun Murphy 18-15 to win the Betfred snooker World Championship at the Crucible.

Stuart Bingham has claimed snooker's biggest prize after 20 years of trying Credit: PA Wire

The 38-year-old from Basildon defied all expectations to reach his first final in Sheffield, and pulled off a stunning victory, finishing with a break of 88 as his family looked on. Before the break was finished Bingham punched the air in jubilation.

The win made him the oldest world champion since Ray Reardon, who won in 1978 aged 45.

Asked to sum up what the title meant after 20 years of trying, Bingham said: "Everything. Twenty years as a pro. Blood, sweat, and tears, on the road, qualifying in places like Prestatyn and Malvern, places like that.

"Everything rolled into one, so many family and friends backing me, it's just been unbelievable."


Queen 'due to meet Princess Charlotte tomorrow'

Princess Charlotte is the Queen's fifth great-grandchild. Credit: PA

The Queen is due back in London tomorrow and it is thought she will meet her new great-granddaughter for the first time.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born on Saturday but the Queen has been in Yorkshire on royal duties.

The latest addition to the royal family is the monarch's fifth great-grandchild.

In the next few days William and Kate are expected to head to Sandringham where they will spend time as a family for the first few weeks of Charlotte's life.

Ian Duncan Smith: Voting Ukip is a suicide note

Credit: Reuters

Voting for the United Kingdom Independence Party is like "writing a suicide note" for eurosceptics' hopes of a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, Iain Duncan Smith has said.

The former Tory leader - a prominent euro-rebel during John Major's term as prime minister - issued a strong appeal to those considering supporting Nigel Farage's outfit to back the Tories instead.

Backing Ukip would allow Labour to take power and deny the people a vote on the UK's relationship with Brussels, he said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, as the parties ramped up campaigning with two days until polling stations open.

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