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Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone has paid tribute to RMT union leader Bob Crow, who has died suddenly:
Ken Livingstone on Crow: "His members are one of the few groups of working class people who have still got well paid jobs..." @itvlondon
Livingstone: "...and a lot of that is down to him." @itvlondon
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union have confirmed that Bob Crow passed away in the early hours of this morning.
A statement on the union's website said:
It is with the deepest regret that RMT has to confirm that our General Secretary Bob Crow sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning.
The union’s offices will be closed for the rest of the day and the union will make further announcements in due course. The media have been asked to respect the privacy of Bob’s friends and family at this difficult and distressing time.
The RMT union has confirmed to ITV News that leader Bob Crow has died.
Rail, Maritime and Transport union leader Bob Crow has died, sources told the Press Association.
Ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich said US financial aid to Ukraine would be illegal, due to a US law that prevents America from giving financial aid to illegitimate governments.
Police have warned people that they could face prosecution if they travel to fight in conflicts in warzones after four people were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.
Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, Head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, reassured the public that the arrests were not linked to any imminent threats to the UK, adding:
First and foremost I should reassure everyone that none of today’s activity is linked in any way to any imminent threats in Greater Manchester or the UK.
The operation has been running since autumn 2013 since we first became aware of a number of individuals travelling from the North West to the battlefields of Syria.
We look at every case on its own merits, but travelling to a warzone in order to be involved in conflict, or supporting those who do so, could make you potentially liable to prosecution for terrorism offences.
Also, as well as posing a risk to themselves, there is the very real threat that they could pose a danger to our own communities when they return to the UK.
Oscar Pistorius' friend Darren Fresco is giving evidence in the Olympic and Paralympic athlete's murder trial.
ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo has tweeted from the Pretoria courtroom:
Fresco's evidence won't be televised. He's being told that he's obliged to answer questions, even if the answers incriminate him
Fresco recounting 'sunroof incident'. Oscar Pistorius listens
Fresco says Pistorius was "furious" that someone else - a police officer - had touched his gun
Four people have been arrested by police on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism in Syria
Two men aged 29 and 18 both from Levenshulme, and a 21-year-old woman from Trafford are in custody, Greater Manchester Police said.
A 29-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit on suspicion of the same offence.
Police said a number of properties were now being searched as part of the investigation.
Three men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in travelling to or supporting fighting in war-zones, Greater Manchester Police said today.
Ukraine's ousted leader Yanukovich said the new presidential election in Ukraine, due to take place on May 25, is "absolutely illegitimate and illegal"
In a statement in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Yanukovich remained unswayed in his argument that "extremists" had taken power in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.