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Firefighter dies battling devastating California wildfires

A firefighter has died battling huge infernos raging across forests in California.

David Ruhl, 38, was in a vehicle in the Modoc National Forest when crews lost contact with him.

An investigation is underway into how he died.

An investigation is underway into how firefighter David Ruhl died. Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate their homes during the wildfires, with around 9,000 firefighters working to bring the flames under control.

The fires prompted Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for California and activate the California National Guard to help with disaster recovery.

Sports minister calls for unity to prevent doping

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said they were 'serious allegations' Credit: PA

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said "everyone involved in sport must work together" following fresh claims of doping by Olympic athletes.

These are serious allegations and it is right they are being referred by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to its Independent Commission for investigation. I know UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), one of the best anti-doping agencies in the world, is also supporting this action, and has made it clear it will assist with WADA's enquiries.

UKAD has worked tirelessly to ensure athletes and sport are clean. But everyone involved in sport must work together to ensure we maintain the spirit of sport and prevent doping.

– Tracey Crouch

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Ken Dodd says 'Cilla was an inspiration to everyone'

Tributes have been pouring in all afternoon, from friends and fans alike, after the announcement of the death of Cilla Black.

Veteran entertainer Ken Dodd has told ITV "Cilla had tremendous drive and ambition."

He added "Cilla was a huge personality, a sparkling,vivacious lady."

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr remember 'friend' Cilla

Cilla with the Beatles (back) in 1963. Credit: PA

The Beatles stars Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have joined those paying tribute to Cilla Black.

Sir Paul said it was "a privilege to know and love her", while Ringo tweeted that she was a "good friend".

"She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit," said Sir Paul.

"From first meeting her as a cloakroom girl at the Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun loving dignity that made her a great pleasure to be around."

Girl stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride march dies

A teenage girl who was among five people who were stabbed at a Jerusalem Gay Pride march by a suspect police have identified as an ultra-Orthodox Jew has died of her wounds in hospital.

The march continued after the wounded were taken to hospital, with protesters chanting Credit: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

Shira Banki, 16, had been in a critical condition since being stabbed in the back during Thursday's march.

The suspect, Yishai Shlissel, carried out the attack just weeks after being released from a 10 year prison term, for a similar attack where he stabbed three people at the 2005 Gay Pride march in Jerusalem.

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