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Pilot 'ejected to safety' ahead of F-16 air crash

The pilot of an F-16 fighter jet that collided in midair with a Cessna C150 ejected to safety before the crash, authorities have said.

Lt Jenny Hyden at Shaw Air Force Base, close to the crash site, said the pilot had been taken to the base for observation, though she did not disclose his condition, the Associated Press reported.

The status of the pilot or any passengers on board the Cessna was not immediately known.

Shaw Air Force Base said via Twitter that investigators were attempting to determine the cause of the crash.

Greece proposes short-term funding solution to get through July

The Greek government has asked the eurozone for an interim budget solution to cover its finances for July ahead of any long-term deal, according to a senior official.

"The proposal of the Greek side is for a settlement until the end of the month ... in order to prepare the big, viable deal during this brief period," the official said.

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Charleston gunman charged with attempted murders

Dylann Roof Credit: Reuters

Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine people at a church in Charleston has been charged with three new counts of attempted murder.

Roof was arrested in May and charged with nine counts of murder, one for each person killed.

Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson said that the new charges stemmed from people who survived the June 17 attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church.

Roof told friends he was going to "hurt a bunch of people" before he opened fire at the church, killing nine people. His 'racist manifesto' was later found online.

21 year old Roof also faces a weapons charge, but US authorities have not said whether they will pursue hate crime charges against Roof..

European leaders meet in Brussels for latest talks

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2ndL), European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (2ndR) and French President Francois Hollande (R) Credit: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

The key players in the ongoing Greek credit crisis have met once again in Brussels for the latest round of talks.

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande were all around a table again today with fresh hopes of reaching some sort of agreement.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on arrival there was still no basis for reopening negotiations with Athens.

"It is not a matter of weeks but of a few days" to save Greece from collapse, Merkel told reporters.

Family of Brecon Beacons lightning victim 'devastated'

51-year-old Jeremy Prescott, from Telford. Credit: Telford & Wrekin council

The family of Brecon Beacons ligtning victim 51-year-old Jeremy Prescott have said they are "devastated" by his death.

We are obviously devastated to lose Jez, who was both a beloved husband and father, in such sudden and shocking circumstances.

He was doing something he loved in a place he loved and had said only ten minutes before the incident happened that he was glad he was up on the mountain and that it was a lovely day.

Jez was passionate about his work with young people for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which he had done part time for Telford & Wrekin Council since 2001.

We would now ask to be left to grieve privately.

– Family statement

F16 fighter jet collides with private plane in mid-air

Safety officials said they were investigating the crash Credit: NBC

An F-16 fighter jet has collided in mid-air with a Cessna C150 private plane in South Carolina, according to the US Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot of the F16 ejected safely before the crash, according to defence officials.

The status of the Cessna or anyone on board was not immediately known.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the incident, which occurred at about 11am local time, about 11 miles north of Charleston.

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Driver 'felt unwell' before Brighton bus crash

The firm's investigation found no technical faults with the No 5 bus Credit: PA

A bus driver involved in the bus collision in Brighton in which 23 people were injured reported feeling unwell at the start of his shift, it has emerged.

Bosses at Brighton and Hove Buses revealed that the driver's supervisor advised him not to work when he reported sick, but he later told a second supervisor that he felt fit to drive.

The driver appears to have fallen ill again before his double-decker bus crashed into another bus in Brighton city centre.

Martin Harris, managing director of Brighton and Hove Buses, said it appeared the driver had no previous history of the illness.

We have been advised subsequently that investigation into the cause of our driver feeling unwell at this point indicates a condition of which he had no previous history.

– Martin Harris, managing director of Brighton and Hove Buses

Suggestions that the driver was pressured by the firm into working after earlier feeling unwell were "unfounded", the company said in a statement.

An investigation by the firm found no technical faults with the No 5 bus involved in the crash.

Donald Trump responds to immigration row backlash

US television tycoon Donald Trump. Credit: Chicago Tribune/PA

US television tycoon Donald Trump has issued a statement after it was agreed with the PGA of America that it it is in "everyone’s best interest" not to host the 2015 Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles in October.

I have great respect for the PGA of America and everything they stand for.

This also allows me the time to rebuild the golf course in Los Angeles, fronting the Pacific Ocean and considered to be one of the finest parcels of land anywhere in the United States, into the course I always wanted it to be.

– Donald Trump

A statement from The Trump Organisation acknowledged the controversy over his comments on "illegal immigrants pouring into the United States from Mexico and other parts of the world". He made the comments as he announced he would run for US President.

Original Greek financial proposals 'still stand'

The last-ditch financial proposals made by the Greek government to its European creditors last week still stand - though "improvements" have been made to the offer, according to a Greek government official.

"These proposals include reforms, funding, investment program and debt settlement," said they said, speaking on condition of anonymity, ahead of an emergency meeting of eurozone leaders discussing financial aid for the cash-trapped country.

Athens is eager to agree a deal soon, the official added, in order to restore liquidity to the Greek banking system, which is facing possible collapse if capital controls imposed last week are not lifted soon.

Dijsselbloem: Eurozone awaits new Greek proposals

Jeroen Dijsselbloem expect new proposals very soon Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski / DPA

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the head of the Eurogroup, has said he expects a letter with fresh proposals on financial aid will arrive from its new finance minister "quite quickly"

He said that everyone shares "a great sense of urgency" and that "we all know how very difficult the situation in Greece is".

He added: "Tomorrow morning we will have another conference call to talk about this letter, with a formal request for support and that will for me be the signal to start the process."

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