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Clintons: De la Renta's eye matched only by his heart

Bill and Hillary Clinton have expressed their sadness at the loss of fashion designer and friend Oscar de la Renta, saying: "Oscar’s remarkable eye was matched only by his generous heart."

Then First Lady Hillary Clinton wearing a de la Renta dress in 1997. Credit: Reuters

Hillary was one of a number of US First Ladies to wear de la Renta designs while in the White House, and the family were also close friends of the fashion heavyweight.

In a statement, the Clintons said: "His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched in his extraordinary journey."

His legacy of philanthropy extended from children in his home country who now have access to education and healthcare, to some of New York’s finest artists whose creativity has been sustained through his support.

We will always be grateful to Oscar for the love he showed us, and for sharing his talent on some of the most important occasions of our lives.

– Clinton family

Ebola 'must be combated in west Africa to limit UK risk'

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said it was vitally important for the UK to support countries in western Africa to defeat Ebola to prevent further loss of life and ensure it does not spread into the UK.

Speaking as she set off for Sierra Leone with around 100 RAF medics being sent to build a training academy and field hospital she said:

"If we don't combat Ebola it will take many more lives, but also it can pose a risk to the UK".

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Driver involved in crash that killed Total CEO 'drunk'

The driver of the snow plow involved in a deadly plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil company Total was drunk, Russian investigators said.

The crash occurred late last night in an airport in Moscow. A spokesperson for Russia's Investigative Committee said:

At the moment, it is already established that the driver of the snow plow was in a condition of alcoholic intoxication.

– Russia's Investigative Committee

Rain clears ahead of severe gale force winds

Today's weather outlook Credit: ITV

Outbreaks of rain will clear in the southeast of England, and more slowly from northeast Scotland, leaving all areas with a mixture of sunshine and squally showers.

It will generally be very windy with severe gale force winds affecting some exposed areas.

A mild start in the southeast it will feel cold everywhere this afternoon given the extremely blustery conditions.

Highs of 12C.

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Pistorius due to be sentenced for killing his girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius is expected to be sentenced today after being found guilty of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Prosecutors say Pistorius should serve at least ten years in jail, while defence counsel have called for a community sentence or house arrest.

Oscar Pistorius. Credit: Reuters

Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce Pistorius' sentence today after finding him guilty last month of culpable homicide for negligently killing Ms Steenkamp. The judge acquitted him of murder.

Pistorius killed his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013 when he shot through the bathroom door hitting Ms Steenkamp. The athlete, who had his legs amputated as a baby, said he thought he was firing at an intruder.

Read more here: Carl Pistorius: We will stand together regardless of Oscar's sentence

De la Renta's family 'heartbroken' at loss of designer

The stepdaughter of Osca de la Renta has said the designer died with his family and friends around him on Monday.

Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband Alex Bolen said they were "heartbroken" at the news but that his hard work, intelligence and love of life would remain at the heart of the fashion label.

While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much us. Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company.

All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar's example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.

– Eliza and Alex Bolen

Laura Bush pays tribute to 'dear friend' de la Renta

Laura Bush pictured with Oscar de la Renta. Credit: Reuters

Former US first lady Laura Bush has paid tribute to "dear friend" designer Oscar de la Renta.

George and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta. We will miss Oscar's generous and warm personality, his charm, and his wonderful talents.

My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favorite clothes, including Jenna's wedding dress. We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.

George, Barbara, Jenna, and I send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Annette de la Renta, Alex and Eliza Bolen, and all of Oscar's loving family and friends.

– Laura Bush
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