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Royal gun salutes to celebrate new princess

Gun salutes in the UK are customary for the birth of every prince or princess Credit: PA Wire

Royal gun salutes will be fired today to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby princess.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire 41 volleys in Hyde Park to coincide with the Honourable Artillery Company's 62-gun salute at the Tower of London - an extra 21 for the City of London.

The soldiers, horses and guns of the King's Troop will ride out in procession from their forward mounting base in Wellington Barracks through London and to the north of Hyde Park to fire the volleys.

They will be accompanied by music from the Royal Artillery Band and their 71 horses will pull six First World War-era Ordnance Quick Fire 13-pounder field guns.

The HAC will leave their barracks at Armoury House pulling three Ceremonial 105mm Light Guns with their liveried Pinzgauer vehicles and drive through the City with an escort to the Tower of London.

The weapons will be fired from Gun Wharf, overlooking HMS Belfast.

Runway damage hits Nepal's relief effort

Large cargo planes have damaged the airport in Kathmandu Credit: Reuters

Runway damage has forced authorities in Nepal to close the main airport to large aircraft delivering aid to millions of people following last week's earthquake.

Bigger planes had been banned because the runway was deteriorating as the huge relief effort began after the quake which has so far claimed 7,057 lives.

Birendra Shrestha, the manager of Tribhuwan International Airport, located on the outskirts of Kathmandu, said the runway was built to handle only medium-size jets and not the large military and cargo planes that have been flying to the airport.

Despite this setback, the UN coordinator for Nepal, Jamie McGoldrick, said the bottlenecks in aid delivery were slowly disappearing.

"I think the problem is there, but it's actually diminishing," he said, adding the Nepalese government eased customs and other bureaucratic hurdles on humanitarian aid following complaints from the UN.

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SNP would vote down a Labour budget it doesn't approve

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the SNP would vote down a Labour budget that it does not approve of.

Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon took part in the BBC Election debate at the Mansfield Traquair Centre in Edinburgh Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Speaking during a live televised debate on BBC Scotland Sturgeon said her party would be prepared to bring down a Labour budget "if it proposed more cuts".

She said: "The red-line in terms of the budget for me is that Labour don't oppose more austerity cuts, it's not the Barnett formula - what are you talking about.

"I'm talking about one priority - getting rid of austerity."

Rio Ferdinand's sister thanks public for 'love and support'

Rio Ferdinand pictured with wife Rebecca Ellison in February this year. Credit: PA

Rio Ferdinand's sister has thanked the public for the "love and support" the family has received since the death of the footballer's wife Rebecca on Friday.

The defender announced he his "soulmate had slipped away" following a short battle with cancer in a statement issued by his club, QPR.

His younger sister Sian wrote on Twitter the family wanted to say a "huge thank you" for the kind messages since the news broke adding "it hasn't gone unnoticed".

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Murphy accused of 'lying' about benefit sanctions

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has been accused of lying after he said there was a "deliberate policy" under the Conservatives to issue sanctions on benefit claimants no matter what they do.

Jim Murphy took part in tonight's live debate Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Speaking during a televised election debate this evening Murphy said the government "has a target that no matter what your behaviour you will get sanctioned by the Jobcentre and won't find out about it until you go to the hole in the wall to get your cash and find out that you have got no money."

After hearing his comments Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson publicly accused him of lying.

She said: "That is an outright lie. It is a falsehood. It is made up. He is peddling a falsehood that he knows is fictitious.

"I went and checked when he first started talking about this before and it turns out it is utter nonsense."

Man,101, found alive eight days after Nepal quake

Funchu Tamang survived under the rubble of his home for more than a week. Credit: ITV News

A 101-year-old man has been found alive more than a week after the Nepal earthquake demolished his home.

Funchu Tamang was pulled from the rubble on Saturday with only minor injuries to his ankle and hand.

Police officer Arun Kumar Singh told news agency AFP: "He was brought to the district hospital in a helicopter. His condition is stable."

Police also pulled three women survivors from the the rubble earlier today in Sindhupalchowk, one of the worst-hit districts, although it was not immediately clear how long they had been trapped.

Two men killed in light aircraft crash

Two men have died after a light aircraft crashed on its approach to Dundee airport today, police have confirmed.

The aircraft crashed near the village of Abernyte, Perthshire, 10 miles west of where it was supposed to land. It is believed the plane was travelling from Inverness to Dundee.

Police Scotland said: "Police Scotland can confirm that the wreckage of a light aircraft has been found in the Abernyte area, near Dundee. The two male occupants of the aircraft have been found to be deceased."

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