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First Russian aid convoy is 'allowed into Ukraine'

The aid convoy was dispatched from Moscow five days ago.
The aid convoy was dispatched from Moscow five days ago. Credit: REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

The first Russian aid envoy has been 'allowed into Ukraine,' Reuters reports.

After having passed through the Russia-Ukrainian border they trucks are now stationed in "no-man's land" between the two checkpoints.

The convoy has been stranded at the border for nearly a week due to Ukrainian concerns it was a ruse to invade the country.

Moscow denies the allegations and said it was keen to help alleviate a humanitarian disaster in the region. However, fighting continued in east Ukraine today killing five troops and injuring 21 others.

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Pilots asked to avoid Edinburgh Zoo for mating animals

Pilots are being asked to avoid flying over Edinburgh Zoo to avoid disturbing the animals during mating season.

The Civil Aviation Authority has published a Notice To Airmen (NoTam) - usually issued to alert aircraft pilots to potential hazards along flight routes - requesting pilots to not to fly in the area above the zoo if possible.

Edinburgh's giant panda Tian Tian is thought to be in the early stages of pregnancy.
Edinburgh's giant panda Tian Tian is thought to be in the early stages of pregnancy. Credit: PA

A spokeswoman told The Herald newspaper the notice was particularly relevant at this time of year, when the noise from from low-flying planes and helicopters increases because of visitors to the city's famous festival.

"Edinburgh Zoo has a NoTam in place over its airspace to prevent disturbance to all animals in the collection, yet it is mainly asked in consideration of the breeding penguin colony," she said.

The highly-anticipated pregnancy of the zoo's giant panda Tian Tian is also thought to be a factor in the request.

Tian Tian was artificially inseminated on April 13 and last week it was revealed that "the latest scientific data" suggests she is pregnant.

'Undercover cop lovers' will not be charged

Several undercover police officers who started sexual relationships with women in groups they infiltrated will not be prosecuted.

The Crown Prosecution Service said there was "insufficient evidence" to charge the officers for offences including rape and indecent assault.

Scotland Yard.
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In a statement the CPS said: "Having carefully considered all the available evidence we have determined that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction for any offences against any of the officers."

Scotland Yard said it will now consider if misconduct proceedings are appropriate.

Five officers who allegedly had relationships with women activists, which lasted from seven months to nine years, have now been publicly named.

They are Jim Boyling, Bob Lambert, John Dines, Mark Cassidy and Mark Kennedy, who posed as long-haired drop out Mark "Flash" Stone.

Read more: Metropolitan Police names 'undercover cop lovers'

Miniature pup Tyson dubbed 'Britain's smallest dog'

Ten-week-old Tyson, who is a cross between a Lhasa Apso and a Chihuahua, is believed to be Britain's smallest dog.

The pup stands at just four inches (10cm) tall and weighs just 11 ounces (300g).

Tyson is believed to be Britain's smallest dog
Tyson is believed to be Britain's smallest dog Credit: SWNS

Owner Rosemarie McLinden has had to build a special crate for the miniature puppy to live in because his bigger brothers and sisters mistake him for a toy to play with.

Tyson was born on Mother's Day as part of a litter of five but is barely a quarter of the size of his siblings.

Read: Dog appointed mayor in US town

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Hamas 'admits' murder of teens which sparked Gaza war

Hamas has "admitted" the group kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers whose deaths sparked the current Gaza conflict.

Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were found dead more than two weeks after they went missing.
Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were found dead more than two weeks after they went missing. Credit: Reuters

Saleh al-Arouri, a Hamas official from the West Bank who lives in exile in Turkey, appeared to confirm the Islamist group were behind the abduction at a press conference in Istanbul.

He told reporters: "There was much speculation about this operation, some said it was a conspiracy.

"The popular will was exercised throughout our occupied land, and culminated in the heroic operation by the Qassam Brigades in imprisoning the three settlers in Hebron," he said, referring to Hamas' armed wing.

Until now Hamas officials have refused to confirm or deny any involvement in the killings of Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach in June.

Palestinian boy Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16, is said to have been murdered "in revenge."

Read more: Murdered Palestinian boy was 'burned alive'

Kick it Out 'aware but not shocked' by Mackay claims

The chairman of football's anti-racism body says he is "aware but not shocked" by allegations that Malky Mackay and Iain Moody sent offensive text messages during their time at Cardiff.

Mackay was widely expected to be unveiled as Crystal Palace manager in the near future.
Mackay was widely expected to be unveiled as Crystal Palace manager in the near future. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Lord Herman Ouseley said the FA should not hold back with any sanctions should the claims prove to be true.

These revelations are further confirmation of how football is tainted with racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism, and the culture which continues to exist throughout the game and in wider society as a whole. The reality is that these views are most dangerously held by those people in positions of power, and the football establishment knows and condones it.

– Lord Ouseley, Kick It Out chairman

Schools Reform Minister: Old GCSE system 'didn't work'

Schools Reform Minister Nick Gibb said that changes to the exam system that are behind today's "variable" GCSE results are in the best interests of the pupils.

An exams system had developed that worked against the best efforts of teachers and the best interests of pupils.

These results show our plan for education is correcting that.

The number of children now taking exams at the right time, the number studying for academic GCSEs and the higher standards achieved are hugely encouraging.

– Schools Reform Minister Nick Gibb
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