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Man dies after becoming impaled on 20ft spike railing

A man has died after becoming impaled on a 20ft spike as he was gardening, police said.

A spike similar to the one which Mr Davies' fell on.
A spike similar to the one which Mr Davies' fell on. Credit: PA

Peter Davies, 67, fell onto the decorative spear railing as he chopped branches off a fir tree at his home in Merthyr Tydfil, south Wales.

A neighbour raised the alarm and tried to save the pensioner's life before paramedics arrived but it was too late and he later died of severe blood loss.

A South Wales Police spokesman said they were treating the death as a "tragic accident."

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Highest number of self-employed in decades

There are now 4.6 million self-employed people in Britain - more than at any time in the past 40 years - new figures show.

Taxi driving is one of the most popular professions among self-employed people.
Taxi driving is one of the most popular professions among self-employed people. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Archive

The number has increased by over 730,000 in the past six years, though the study from the Office for National Statistics shows the average income from self-employment has slumped by 22% over the same period.

The most common jobs are in construction and taxi driving, although there has been an increase in the number of management consultants.

The TUC said income has "collapsed", with self-employed workers earning less than half that of other employees.

Many people want to work for themselves, but the growth in self-employment is reducing people's pay, job security and retirement income, and is likely to be reducing the Government's tax take too.

– General secretary Frances O'Grady

Protesters place Ukrainian flag atop Moscow skyscraper

Four people who climbed a Moscow skyscraper today and attached a Ukrainian flag to its spire have been charged with vandalism by Russian police and may face three years in jail.

The protesters also managed to paint half a massive yellow star at the top of the spire with blue paint, so it resembled the yellow-and-blue national colours of Ukraine.

Photo purporting to show a man takes a 'selfie' as he holds a Ukrainian flag atop a building in Moscow
Photo purporting to show a man takes a 'selfie' as he holds a Ukrainian flag atop a building in Moscow Credit: REUTERS/Ilya Varlamov

A photograph on social media, which could not be verified independently, showed a man in a climbing harness, standing on top of the star, with the Ukrainian flag tied to one of its points. He appeared to be taking a "selfie".

The building is one of seven skyscrapers in the city dating back to Stalin era. The tallest of the buildings, Moscow State University, stands at 240 metres.

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Rare baby chimp Velu is unveiled at Edinburgh Zoo

Rare baby chimpanzee Velu could be viewed for the first time today at Edinburgh Zoo.

Velu clings to mum Heleen as she cuddles him.
Velu clings to mum Heleen as she cuddles him. Credit: Edinburgh Zoo

The eight-week old was reunited with mum Heleen and the rest of the group after being accepted into his new family's complex hierarchy.

Velu is a pure Western chimpanzee, which are an endangered species and usually found in rainforests of west and central Africa.

But he is the first chimpanzee to be successfully reared in Scotland for 15 years.

Heleen puckers up and appears to give Velu a kiss.
Heleen puckers up and appears to give Velu a kiss. Credit: Edinburgh Zoo

Sophie Pearson, team leader at the Budongo Trail where the chimps are housed, said: "We are extremely proud that Heleen is successfully raising Velu and that he has been accepted into the group.

"Chimpanzee babies are absolutely gorgeous and the great thing about them from a visitor's point of view is that they don't really start growing up until they are five years old, so he'll be on his mother's back and look cute for several years."

Little Velu opens his eyes as mum Heleen has a snooze.
Little Velu opens his eyes as mum Heleen has a snooze. Credit: Edinburgh Zoo

Dutch paper sorry for publishing Cruyff death story

A Dutch newspaper has apologised after it published a story wrongly reporting the death of former footballer Johan Cruyff.

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Johan Cruyff has previously managed Ajax and Barcelona. Credit: PA Wire

The Volkskrant story - headlined "Johan Cruyff deceased" - was supposed to be part of an internal test for a new app, but it appeared on the site by mistake.

Screenshots of the error quickly spread across social media, prompting an apology from the paper's editor who called it a "stupid mistake".

"On behalf of Volkskrant I offer my apologies to Johan Cruyff and anyone who has been upset by this," Philippe Remarque said.

Twitter explains the strange tweets in your timeline

Tweets from people you do not follow may now appear in your timeline as a result of changes implemented by the social-networking site Twitter.

Twitter has been trying out changes to the way the timeline works on the social-networking site
Twitter has been trying out changes to the way the timeline works on the social-networking site Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

"When we identify a Tweet, an account to follow, or other content that's popular or relevant, we may add it to your timeline," Twitter said in a statement.

Its stated goal is to make Twitter users' timelines "even more relevant and interesting".

Another change that has been tested and now implemented is that favourited tweets will appear in your timeline, alongside your tweets and re-tweets.

The changes have so far proved unpopular with some users taking to Twitter to vent their frustration.

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