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Russian minister banned from flying over Poland

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was forced to land in Slovakia after Poland refused to allow his plane to fly into their airspace over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was forced to return to Slovakia where he had attended a anti-Nazi ceremony.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was forced to return to Slovakia where he had attended an anti-Nazi ceremony. Credit: Reuters

Poland has been one of the most critical of Russia's actions accusing it of "aggression against its neighbour".

He has now been offered transit to the Russian embassy in the country's capital Bratislava.

Chief constable refuses to join calls for PCC to resign

The chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has refused to join the chorus of voices demanding the resignation of police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright.

It comes after a report revealed 1,400 children in care in Rotherhamp had been sexually abused over a 16-year period, part of which fell while Mr Wright was in charge of children's services.

Ch Cons David Crompton said he was "well aware" of the strong opinions expressed by others - which have included the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and even the deputy Police and Crime Commissioner - but added:

This is not a debate which it is appropriate for the chief constable of the force to enter into. This is a debate for other people. On that basis, we will not be making any formal comment about the position of the police and crime commissioner.

– Ch Cons David Crompton, South Yorkshire Police

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Putin to foreign states: 'It's best not to mess with us'

Vladimir Putin was speaking at a pro-Krelim youth camp.
Vladimir Putin was speaking at a pro-Krelim youth camp. Credit: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us."

The premier said his armed forces were ready to meet any aggression and that the Ukraine crisis was the result of a refusal by Kiev to negotiate.

He added: "Thank God, I think no one is thinking of unleashing a large-scale conflict with Russia. I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers."

Kiev has said it wants supplies of weapons from Nato but does not expect them to send soldiers in to help fight Russian troops.

MP cancels tour after 'intimidation' by Yes campaigners

A Glasgow MP has suspended his tour of Scotland ahead of the independence referendum, accusing 'yes' campaigners of "intimidation" tactics.

Labour MP Jim Murphy had hoped to speak in 100 high streets in 100 days to urge people to vote 'no' and stay in the United Kingdom - but he had been hounded by groups of pro-independence protesters.

Labour MP Jim Murphy was part-way through a tour promoting the Better Together campaign
Labour MP Jim Murphy was part-way through a tour promoting the Better Together campaign Credit: PA

He said he had been called a "terrorist", a "quisling" and a "defender of paedophiles" - and things came to a head in Kirkcaldy, Fife, yesterday when someone pelted him with eggs.

Announcing the tour's suspension, he said he had seen events take a "sinister turn for the worse".

This tour is intended as a way of getting out and about on Scotland's high streets to debate the referendum with undecided voters, and the first 70 meetings were great - passionate people on both sides.

But in the past fortnight, things have taken a sinister turn for the worse, and it has been organised and orchestrated by Yes Scotland, who are organising for mobs to turn up at each meeting to try and intimidate me, which won't work, and to try and silence undecided voters.

– Jim Murphy MP

A Yes Scotland spokesman said they condemn "all forms of abusive, dangerous and offensive behaviour", including the egg-throwing incident.

Loom band charms recalled over cancer chemical fears

One of the UK's leading toy stores has taken loom band charms off its shelves after they were found to contain potentially harmful chemicals which have been linked to cancer.

The loom band charms contain chemicals which have banned in toys in the EU for several years.
The loom band charms contain chemicals which have banned in toys in the EU for several years. Credit: Geoff Kirby/EMPICS Entertainment

The Entertainer said the charms could contain phthalates- used to soften plastics- which can also disrupt hormones in children and cause birth defects.

A spokeswoman for company said: "It was brought to our attention today that loom charms purchased from one of our stores may contain phthalates.

"At The Entertainer, children's safety is our number one priority so as a precautionary measure we have removed all loom charms from sale with immediate effect whilst we conduct a full investigation."

She added any customers who have bought the charms will be offered a full refund or exchange.

The spokesman added it was only the charms that were affected and not the loom bands themselves, which have been spotted on the Duchess of Cambridge and One Direction's Harry Styles.

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Riots in Guinea after rumours of 'deliberate infection'

Riots have broken out in Guinea as people react to rumours that officials have deliberately been infecting locals with the Ebola virus.

Several people were injured as a crowd of young men armed with clubs and knives set up barricades across the southern city of Nzerekore, threatening to attack the hospital. Gunshots were fired as security forces moved in to restore order.

More than 400 people have died of Ebola in Guinea to date
More than 400 people have died of Ebola in Guinea to date Credit: Reuters

President of the Guinean Red Cross, Youssouf Traore, said local Red Cross workers had fled to a nearly military camp with their medical equipment.

A rumour, which was totally false, spread that we had sprayed the market in order to transmit the virus to locals.

People revolted and resorted to violence, prompting soldiers to intervene.

– Youssouf Traore, Guinean Red Cross

More than 400 people have died to date in Guinea, of more than 1,550 deaths across West Africa as a result of the latest Ebola outbreak.

Calls for Moscow to be punished with more sanctions

Several EU foreign ministers have called for Moscow to be punished with more sanctions after "invading eastern Ukraine".

A Ukrainian serviceman who is now believed to be a prisoner-of-war after being captured by the Russians.
A Ukrainian serviceman who is now believed to be a prisoner-of-war after being captured by the Russians. Credit: Reuters

Following a meeting of the 28-nation bloc's top diplomats in Milan, ministers said all options except military action will be considered to punish Russia for pursuing "the wrong path".

It comes after Nato said Moscow had slipped at least 1,000 Russian soldiers and heavy weaponry into Ukraine. Many Ukrainian serviceman are said to have been captured and are now prisoners-of-war.

Russia has rejected accusations that it has invaded the country.

Foreign ministers are set to propose new sanctions against Russia for consideration at a summit in Brussels tomorrow

PM announces new measures to combat extremism

David Cameron has announced new laws to combat extremism, after warning of the growing threat of Islamic State to the UK's security.

While the UK had already taken steps to tackle the issue, more action was needed to fill "gaps in our armoury", Mr Cameron said.

He said new legislation would be introduced to seize passports and to ensure authorities can prosecute people for all terrorist activity including when it is overseas.

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