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Tampa strip club shooting 'involves seven victims'

The shooting was reported to have taken place at Club Rayne in Tampa. Credit: Google Street View

Seven people have been shot at a strip club in Tampa, Florida, local police say.

No information was immediately available on the condition of the victims, and officers are at the scene.

Police said they believe there may have been a disagreement in the club, bt but could not give specifics, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Charities face ban on using Govt grants for lobbying

Charities will be banned from using Government grants to fund campaigns to pressure ministers to change policies under new rules.

Charities will be banned from using Government grants to fund lobbying campaigns.

The Cabinet Office said a clause inserted into new and renewed grant agreements is aimed at making sure that taxpayers' money is spent on improving people's lives and good causes, rather than lobbying for new regulation or increased funding.

Taxpayers' money must be spent on improving people's lives and spreading opportunities, not wasted on the farce of Government lobbying Government. The public sector never lobbies for lower taxes and less state spending, and it's a zero sum game if Peter is robbed to pay Paul.

These common sense rules will protect freedom of speech - but taxpayers won't be made to foot the bill for political campaigning and political lobbying.

– Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock

The system has been trialled in grants provided by the Department for Communities and Local Government and ministers insisted it had not curtailed the ability of charities such as Shelter from lobbying on housing legislation.

The clause will not prevent charities and other organisations in receipt of Government grants from using privately-raised funds for lobbying campaigns.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said the new rules were "draconian".

"This is tantamount to making charities take a vow of silence and goes against the spirit of open policy-making that this Government has hitherto championed."


Young child and relative rescued after Taiwan quake

A rescue operation is underway at a 17-storey apartment building in the Taiwanese city of Tainan where it is feared up to 35 people may be trapped inside after a strong earthquake.

Rescuers have been using mounted hydraulic ladders and a crane to scour the wreckage, and 221 survivors have been brought to safety so far, with dozens taken to hospital, a fire brigade official said.

Among those rescued were a young girl and a woman who appeared to be known to each other, as the child called out to her as she came down a ladder.

Seven people are reported to have died after the 6.4 magnitude quake struck.

Taiwan quake survivors continue to be pulled from rubble

Emergency workers are continuing to pull people from the rubble after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday morning.

At least 230 people have been rescued and nearly 380 are injured.

A baby is held by a rescue worker at the site of a collapsed building. Credit: APTN

Seven people have died including a baby and young child, according to the Tainan city emergency centre.

At least 26 remain unaccounted for.

A man escapes a building with the help of a ladder placed by rescue workers Credit: APTN

Outbreaks of rain will spread to most parts of the UK

Outbreaks of rain will spread from the southwest to most parts of the UK Credit: Met Office

Outbreaks of rain will spread from the southwest to most parts of the UK, giving heavy downpours in places, particularly across southwest England and south Wales where local flooding is possible.

The rain will be accompanied by strengthening winds which will reach gale force in places.

The northeast of Scotland should escape the worst of the rain, with a few bright spells developing here after an icy start in places.

Although parts of southeast England will also remain largely dry it will become very windy here later too.

Top temperature 13 Celsius (55F).

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