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Hughes family: 'Cricket was Phil's life..we love you'

The family of Phillip Hughes say they are devastated by his death, saying that "cricket was Phil's life".

Australia captain Michael Clarke reading the Hughes family statement. Credit: Reuters

In a statement read by Australia Cricket captain Michael Clarke, the Hughes family said: "We are devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother Phillip.

"It has been a very difficult few days and we appreciate all the support we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public.

"Cricket was Phil's life and we as a family share that love of the game with him.

"We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent's Hospital and Cricket New South Wales medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip.?

"We love you."

Abbott: Hughes death a shocking aberration

Reacting to the death of Australian batsman Phil Hughes, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said:

Philip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams. His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family.

What happened has touched millions of Australians.

For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration.

He was loved, admired and respected by his teammates and by legions of cricket fans.

– Tony Abbott

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Ian Botham: 'A very sad day for the world of cricket'

The death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes is a "very sad day for the world of cricket", former England cricketer Ian Botham has said.

Botham also urged fans to think of Sean Abbott, who bowled the ball that struck Hughes.

'Remarkable talent Phil Hughes was loved by everyone'

Tributes have flooded in for Australian batsman Phil Hughes, who has been described as a "remarkable talent" who was "loved by everyone".

Loved by everyone, Phillip was a really terrific person and a remarkable talent.

He had many friends and teammates here and interstate that will need support, and it is important we offer them our love and care as we all come to terms with this tragic event.

– South Australian Cricket Association Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw

Phillip is fondly remembered as a bright and cheeky young man with an infectious smile who emerged as an outstanding junior more than a decade ago.

It is unspeakably sad he cannot now achieve his potential in the game.

– Cricket New South Wales Chief Executive Andrew Jones

Australian coach Lehmann leads Phil Hughes tributes

Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann has led tributes to batsman Phil Hughes, who has died after suffering a severe head injury in a match.

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Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dies aged 25

Australian batsman Phillip Hughes has died aged 25, days after being hit on the head with a ball.

Phil Hughes has died three days after the accident. Credit: Cricket Australia

Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said the 25-year-old "never regained consciousness" following his injury on Tuesday.

Hughes, who would have turned 26 on Sunday, was "not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends", Bruckner added.

Hughes collapsed after being struck in the head while batting for South Australia in a match against New South Wales in Sydney.

He was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the pitch before being rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

Father of Lee Rigby: I want apology from security agencies

The father of Fusilier Lee Rigby has said he wants an apology from Britain's intelligence services after accusing them of failing to prevent his son's murder.

Fusilier Lee Rigby was brutally murdered on the streets of Woolwich in May 2013. Credit: PA Wire

A parliamentary inquiry, released on Tuesday, said that despite operational mistakes, security agencies could not have stopped Rigby's murder in May 2013.

But Phil McClure told The Times that M15, M16 and GCHQ were partly to blame for not identifying extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, both of whom are serving life sentences for his son's death.

“All of them have a bit of blame haven’t they?” Mr McClure told the newspaper.

“All we want really is a good apology off them.”

Women 'used to smuggle cash to terrorists abroad'

Many woman are being used to smuggle money out of Britain to fund terrorists abroad, a senior police officer has warned.

Police are attempting to stop the financing of terror groups such as Islamic State. Credit: ITV News

Terri Nicholson, Assistant Commander from the Met's counter-terrorism command, said terrorists were copying the methods of criminal gangs by using women who are not known to police to move funds.

The warning comes after British mother Amal El Wahabi was jailed for more than two years for trying to arrange to smuggle 20,000 euros in cash to her husband, who is believed to be fighting in Syria.

Speaking during counter-terrorism awareness week, Ms Nicholson said the El Wahabi case was "not unique" and many terrorists use women to transport cash.

Details on food poisoning bug in chickens to be released

The extent of food poisoning bug Campylobacter among shop-bought chickens will be revealed today.

Campylobacter is the most common form of food poisoning in the UK and is found in poultry. Credit: PA Wire

The Food Standards Authority (FSA) will publish the second set of results, in the year-long testing of whole chickens bought from UK retailers and smaller independent stores and butchers.

The announcement will name individual retailers for the first time, following criticism of the FSA's decision not to identify retailers in the first set of results in August.

Campylobacter, which grows in the guts of chickens, is killed through cooking but is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK with some 280,000 people affected every year.

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