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Tulisa to seek appeal for guilty verdict on assault

Tulisa Contostavlos makes a statement
Tulisa Contostavlos makes a statement outside court after guilty verdict. Credit: PA

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has said she is "outraged" at her conviction for assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival. The N-Dubz star was found guilty of hitting Savvas Morgan during an altercation at V-Festival in Chelmsford.

She said: "This has been a rollercoaster week for me. I never wanted any of this. I did not assault Vas J Morgan and I am outraged at this decision. I will be appealing it.

"I am determined to clear my name as I have already done once this week. I repeat - I did not assault Vas J Morgan. I am innocent".

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Morgan 'vindicated' by Tulisa guilty verdict

The celebrity blogger assaulted by Tulisa Contostavlos has told ITV News, that he is "delighted" by the guilty verdict.

I'm delighted that we can finally put an end to this and move on. It's been a difficult time for everyone involved and I would just like to put it behind me. I've had my character questioned and now feel vindicated by the verdict.

– Vas J Morgan

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Russia says Ukrainian shells fired on border region

Russia said around 40 mortar shells fired by Ukrainian forces landed on the border territory of Rostov, near where Kiev is fighting pro-Russian separatists, state news agency reports.

Around 40 mortar shells have fallen from Ukraine ... in Rostov province.

– Vasily Malayev, Russia Federal Security Service

Read: Dutch PM says Russia is still arming Ukraine separatists

Rocket 'strikes residential building' in Ashkelon

The Israeli Defence Forces says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a residential building in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

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The IDF said another three missiles had been intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system.

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A short while ago, the Iron Dome intercepted 3 rockets over the Ashkelon area.

Read: Palestinian death toll in Gaza 'passes 800'

Miliband: 'I look like Wallace' but image isn't important

Labour leader Ed Miliband admitted to a likeness with "Wallace" from the popular "Wallace and Gromit" films, but he said that politics rather than his image was what was important to him.

Ed Miliband has admitted he looks a bit like Wallace.
Ed Miliband has admitted he looks a bit like Wallace. Credit: PA

In a wide ranging speech to the Royal Institute of British Architects he said: "I am not from central casting. You can find people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace. "You could probably even find people who look better eating a bacon sandwich."

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He added: "If you want a politician who thinks that a good photo is the most important thing, then don’t vote for me. Because I don’t."

Praising David Cameron, he said the Prime Minister "is a very sophisticated and successful exponent of a politics driven by image."

But he said he was not going to compete with that and wanted to "offer something different."

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Chancellor: Recovery under way but not complete

Chancellor George Osborne said GDP figures on growth show that his economic recovery plan is working, but not complete and that he wanted people from all parts of the country to feel the impact of the recovery.

Speaking to Economics Editor Joel Hills from Newcastle he blamed the previous government for the three year delay in a return to growth figures, saying it takes time to work through problems caused when governments "get economic policy wrong".

Read: Labour says growth figures do not show economy is 'fixed'

Doctor and patient exchange gunfire at US hospital

An ambulance at the sce  in Delaware, Pennsylvania.
An ambulance at the scene in Darby, Pennsylvania. Credit: APTN

A caseworker was killed after a psychiatric patient opened fire at a hospital wellness centre within a US hospital, officials have said.

Police said a doctor - who suffered a head wound in the incident - returned fire at the suspect using his own weapon in the psychiatric unit at Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center in Darby, Pennsylvania.

Officials added that the patient, named as Richard Plotts of Upper Darby, was critically wounded in the exchange of gunfire and is now in custody.

"They were able to, another doctor and another caseworker, were able to wrestle him to the ground, disarm him and at that point in time police actually arrived," Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan told the Associated Press news agency.

Dutch PM: Russia still arming Ukraine separatists

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Credit: Reuters

Russia could avert EU sanctions if it stops arming pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine, the Dutch Prime Minister has said.

"All indications are that Russia is continuing to arm the separatists," Mark Rutte told a parliamentary committee on Friday.

The PM, who is seen to have a key role in the EU's response to the downing of airliner MH17, said: "There's an easy way out for Russia: to distance themselves from the separatists, and stop arming them."

He added that the Netherlands would support sanctions if Russia did not do so, and would also do so if it were proven that Russia had been behind the downing of the airliner, in which 298 people, including 194 Dutch, lost their lives.

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