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Burkina Faso military supports Lt Colonel Issaac Zida

Burkina Faso's top military officials have thrown their support behind presidential guard Lieutenant Colonel Issaac Zida as leader of a transitional government following the resignation of President Blaise Compaore, sidelining the head of the army.

General Honore Traore had made a bid for power. Credit: Reuters

"Lieutenant Colonel Yacouba Issaac Zida has been elected unanimously to lead the transition period opened after the departure of President Blaise Compaore," a statement issued after military chiefs met to decide on a dispute between Zida and General Honore Traore over who would take power.

Families' tributes to 'much loved' men killed in firework blaze

Stewart Staples

The family of Stewart Staples, one of two men believed to have died in a fire at a fireworks warehouse in Stafford, said they are "totally shocked and devastated" at the loss of the "devoted and much loved family man".

Simon Hillier

The family of Simon Hillier, the second man believed to have died in the blaze at the SP Plastics industrial unit, said they are "resigned to the fact that we will not see Simon again" and will "miss him dearly".


RAF Typhoons 'escort' Russian bomber through UK airspace

A Russian Bear aircraft photographed from an intercepting RAF quick reaction Typhoon as it approached UK airspace. Credit: Sgt Fenwick/RAF/MoD Crown Copy/PA

RAF Typhoons intercepted a Russian Bear bomber as it approached UK airspace yesterday, the second flypast by aircraft from Vladimir Putin's air force in three days, the Ministry of Defence said.

The Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-95 aircraft, flying in international airspace was met by the fighters from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland and "escorted ... through the UK flight information region", an Mod spokeswoman said.

A Russian Bear aircraft photographed from an intercepting RAF quick reaction Typhoon as it approached UK airspace. Credit: Sgt Fenwick/RAF/MoD Crown Copy/PA

The intervention follows a similar incident on Wednesday when two Bear bombers were tracked over the North Sea as Nato radars picked up a series of Russian formations engaged in "significant military manoeuvres" ranging from the Black Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Police name man found dead in Pembroke Dock

Police have named a man who was found dead in Pembroke Dock as 50-year-old Roger Williams.

He was found at Pater Court, in Pembroke Dock, yesterday afternoon.

Three people, one woman and two men, have arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody and are being interviewed by police.

Police are asking for anyone who may have seen Roger, or been in the area of Pater Court, Bush Street or Law Street Pembroke Dock between 12:30pm and 1:20pm on Friday to speak to the investigation team by calling 101.

A Home Office Port Mortem will be carried out today to help determine the cause of death.

– Dyfed Powys Police
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Three arrested following death of man in Pembroke Dock

The man's body was found on Pater Court, off Bush Street, in Pembroke Dock. Credit: Google

Three people, two men and a woman, have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man from Pembroke Dock.

The body of the the fifty-year-old was found earlier today on Pater Court.

Dyfed Powys Police are continuing their investigations.


Police name two men killed in firework factory blaze

Detectives investigating a fatal fire at a firework factory in Stafford have released the names of those who are believed to have died in the blaze.

41-year-old Simon Hillier, of Mountside Street, Hednesford, and Stewart Staples, 57, of Bond Way, Hednesford.

Although formal identification isn't likely to be confirmed for some weeks, evidence gathered places both of the men at the scene when the explosion happened.

I is believed Simon was working at the premises while it's thought Stewart was a customer.

A man in his 40s remains critically ill in hospital, while a fourth casualty is recovering at home.

– Supt Ian Coxhead, of Staffordshire Police

85 killed by Islamic State fighters in Iraq

Islamic State militants have killed 85 more members of the Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq, in a killing campaign launched last week in retaliation for resistance against the group's territorial advances, a tribal leader and security official told Reuters.

Sheikh Naeem al-Ga'oud, one of the tribe's leaders, said Islamic State killed 50 displaced members of Albu Nimr on Friday. In a separate incident, a security official said 35 bodies were found in a mass grave.

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