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Controversial politician Geert Wilders at Muhammad cartoon event

Geert Wilders had just finished making a speech at the event Credit: Reuters

Dutch politician Geert Wilders had just finished making a speech at the Muhammad cartoon event in Texas moments before the shooting occurred.

Well-know for his controversial views on Islam, Wilders spoke about the incident via his Twitter account:

Three reported shot at Muhammad cartoon contest

A contest for cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad in Texas has been put into lockdown after a reported shooting.

Police told attendees about the shooting outside the building Credit: Reuters

A police officer told attendees at the event in a Dallas suburb that a shooting had occurred and that one officer and two suspects had been shot, AP reported.

The New York-based American Defense Initiative was staging the competition which would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting Muhammad.

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Labour calls on Tories to 'come clean' over Lynton Crosby

Lynton Crosby is at the forefront of the Tory election campaign Credit: PA Wire

Labour has called on the prime minister to "come clean" over links between a lobbying firm run by the Conservatives' campaign guru Lynton Crosby and the private healthcare industry.

The Independent has obtained a document produced in 2010 by Crosby's lobbying firm which the newspaper says proposed targeting key UK Government figures, including David Cameron, to enhance the "size, acceptability and profitability of the private healthcare market".

Responding to the links, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said:

David Cameron has serious questions to answer today. It looks increasingly like Lynton Crosby's lobbying firm has been at the forefront of a drive to expand private healthcare interests in the NHS.

David Cameron must now come clean on the impact Lynton Crosby's business interests have on Tory policy.

– Andy Burnham

Election should have been a 'walkover' for Tories

The 2015 General election should have been a 'walkover' for the Conservatives, according to one of its most senior MPs.

Ken Clarke doesn't think a second election would remove a hung parliament Credit: PA

Ken Clarke said the poll on Thursday ought to have seen a landslide similar to the Thatcher victory in 1987 which was fuelled by economic recovery, but public cynicism was preventing such a result.

"We have an economy that is doing well, has a long way to go and we took over a catastrophe for which the Labour Party are still blamed by many people," Mr Clarke told The Guardian.

"Now it's the cynicism and detachment of the population, the fashionable hostility to the political class and the somewhat larger number of people who are refusing to vote at all which is stopping that happening."

He added that a second election may not be enough to break the political deadlock if Thursday's vote does not produce a decisive result

"You can get out of a hung parliament by having a second election but, not surprisingly, the public tends to return a parliament which looks rather like the first one," the former chancellor told The Guardian.

"You won't necessarily find that if you hold it within a few months you will get a different result from the first one, so people need to make their mind up this time."

Royal gun salutes to celebrate new princess

Gun salutes in the UK are customary for the birth of every prince or princess Credit: PA Wire

Royal gun salutes will be fired today to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby princess.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire 41 volleys in Hyde Park to coincide with the Honourable Artillery Company's 62-gun salute at the Tower of London - an extra 21 for the City of London.

The soldiers, horses and guns of the King's Troop will ride out in procession from their forward mounting base in Wellington Barracks through London and to the north of Hyde Park to fire the volleys.

They will be accompanied by music from the Royal Artillery Band and their 71 horses will pull six First World War-era Ordnance Quick Fire 13-pounder field guns.

The HAC will leave their barracks at Armoury House pulling three Ceremonial 105mm Light Guns with their liveried Pinzgauer vehicles and drive through the City with an escort to the Tower of London.

The weapons will be fired from Gun Wharf, overlooking HMS Belfast.

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Runway damage hits Nepal's relief effort

Large cargo planes have damaged the airport in Kathmandu Credit: Reuters

Runway damage has forced authorities in Nepal to close the main airport to large aircraft delivering aid to millions of people following last week's earthquake.

Bigger planes had been banned because the runway was deteriorating as the huge relief effort began after the quake which has so far claimed 7,057 lives.

Birendra Shrestha, the manager of Tribhuwan International Airport, located on the outskirts of Kathmandu, said the runway was built to handle only medium-size jets and not the large military and cargo planes that have been flying to the airport.

Despite this setback, the UN coordinator for Nepal, Jamie McGoldrick, said the bottlenecks in aid delivery were slowly disappearing.

"I think the problem is there, but it's actually diminishing," he said, adding the Nepalese government eased customs and other bureaucratic hurdles on humanitarian aid following complaints from the UN.

SNP would vote down a Labour budget it doesn't approve

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the SNP would vote down a Labour budget that it does not approve of.

Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon took part in the BBC Election debate at the Mansfield Traquair Centre in Edinburgh Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Speaking during a live televised debate on BBC Scotland Sturgeon said her party would be prepared to bring down a Labour budget "if it proposed more cuts".

She said: "The red-line in terms of the budget for me is that Labour don't oppose more austerity cuts, it's not the Barnett formula - what are you talking about.

"I'm talking about one priority - getting rid of austerity."

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