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Manny Pacquiao sends message of support to Nepal

Boxer Manny Pacquiao took time out from preparing for his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather to send a message of support to the people of Nepal following the devastating earthquake which killed over 2,000 people.

In a video posted on Twitter Filipino legend Pacquiao, and his wife Jinkee, said "our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters who are suffering from the recent earthquake in Nepal".


Radcliffe thanks crowd for London Marathon support

Paula Radcliffe has tweeted her thanks to the crowd who supported her during her last London Marathon.

She added that her memories "will last a lifetime and beyond".

At least 22 people killed in bomb attacks across Iraq

Several explosions across Iraq killed at least 22 people on Sunday. Credit: APTN

At least 22 people have been killed in explosions across Iraq, including a suicide car bomb attack on a military post in western Anbar province, police and medical sources told Reuters news agency.

The deadliest attack came when a car packed with explosives was detonated at an army checkpoint near the town of al-Nukhaib, an outpost on the route to Syria and Saudi Arabia, killing at least seven soldiers.

Another six people were killed and 17 others wounded when a car bomb went off near Khilani Square in central Baghdad.

Syrian military bombs disputed town of Jisr al-Shughour

Rebel fighters man a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jisr al-Shughour town after the rebels took control of the area. Credit: Reuters

Syrian government aircraft have bombed the north-western town of Jisr al-Shughour, after insurgents from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and Islamic rebel factions captured two key areas.

The Syrian military has been relying heavily on its air power to try to tackle the opposition tide.

The Local Co-ordination Committees activist collective and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said today's air strikes - up to 20 of them, according to the Observatory - targeted the town of Jisr al-Shughour. There was no immediate word on casualties.


Nepal: UK pledges £5 million to earthquake relief effort

People rush for safety during a strong aftershock after an earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 26, 2015. Credit: Reuters

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced £5 million in UK funding to contribute towards the Nepal earthquake relief effort, it has been announced.

Earlier today, Justine Greening chaired a Cobra emergency meeting to discuss the UK's response to the Nepal earthquake.

The £5m package of UK support in response to the Nepal earthquake includes:

  • £3m released under the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) so partners can address immediate needs on the ground; and
  • £2m for the British Red Cross.

London Marathon: 38,000 join biggest ever event

A man is helped by a stewardafter finishing the Virgin Money London Marathon Credit: Reuters

In excess of 38,000 fundraisers, amateur runners and elite athletes took part in the Virgin Money London Marathon today, making it the biggest in the event's 35-year history.

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Family of murdered woman pay tribute to her

The family of Tracey Woodford, whose body was found at a flat in Pontypridd on Friday have paid tribute to her saying she was a "kind-hearted and a selfless person who would go out of her way to help anyone".

Credit: South Wales Police

Tracey was liked and loved by all of her family and friends. She was a gentle person who would not hurt anyone and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. We are thankful for all the support we have received to date. We ask all to respect our wishes for privacy and to be left alone to grieve at this very difficult time.”

– Family of Tracey Woodford

South Wales Police is continuing its appeal for witnesses.

In particular they would like to establish Tracey’s movements during the days leading up to the discovery of her body on Friday.

They would like anybody who saw Tracey since she was last seen by family at 12.45pm on Tuesday. In particular they want to hear from anyone who may have seen Tracey in the Skinny Dog public house, between 9pm and 11pm on 21 April.

Tracey is around 5ft 7 inches tall with shoulder length ginger hair. She was wearing a black cardigan at the time she was last seen.

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