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UK prepares for snow amid travel and health warnings

Parts of the UK are preparing for more snow amid warnings of travel disruption.

The scene in Cumbria earlier this month as forecasters warn of further snowfall in the UK. Credit: PA Wire

Yellow "be aware" weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for parts of England, from the North West to East Anglia, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Temperatures are expected to drop by as much as 10C to below zero overnight into Thursday.

Around 3-8cm of snow is predicted to fall over parts of northern England, possibly reaching as far as Yorkshire and Humber and the Midlands, and up to 5-10cm of snow could blanket much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Forecasters have warned the public to be aware of possible travel disruption as a result of the "winter hazards", while health officials have also urged people to take extra care in the conditions.

Two men due in court charged with Nicola Payne murder

Two people are due to appear in court today charged with the murder of young mother Nicola Payne, who went missing 23 years ago.

Nicola Payne has been missing since 1991. Credit: PA Wire

Nigel Barwell, 51, of Copperas Street, and Thomas O'Reilly, 50, of Ribble Road, both Coventry, were charged yesterday with killing 18-year-old Nicola Payne.

They will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

Ms Payne, who had a seven month old son at the time of her disappearance, has not been seen since leaving her boyfriend's house and for her parents' home in Coventry in 1991.

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Japanese PM condemns 'despicable' IS hostage video

The Japanese Prime Minister has condemned a video appearing to show journalist Kenji Goto, who is being held by Islamic State militants, saying he could be killed in 24 hours.

Kenji Goto was captured by Islamic State militants after travelling to Syria to save his friend last October.

A message, released on Tuesday, warned that Goto had "only 24 hours to live" unless Jordan releases Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber who is being held on death row.

Shinzo Abe, who described the video as "despicable", said Japan was working closely with Jordan to secure Mr Goto's release.

Earlier, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tokyo was making every effort in close coordination with Jordan to secure the release of Goto and Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh.

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Fallon: Military must sell more assets to support frontline

Military airfields, barracks and vehicles must be sold to ensure frontline forces are properly resourced, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is to warn.

Michael Fallon has warned that further savings need to made maximise resources for the frontline. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Fallon will say today that despite efficiencies made over the past five years the job "is far from over", and the Government has to keep "sweating our buildings and lands" to make savings.

The Defence Secretary will insist that Britain needs to go further in "rationalising our defence estate".

"With continuing demands on our resources, with the cost of manpower and equipment rising, and with competition from emerging nations increasing efficiency in defence cannot be a one-off," he will say in a speech to the Institute for Government (IfG).

"Every year we should be looking to take out unnecessary cost, to improve productivity, and to sweat our buildings and land so we can better support the front line."

Main parties feel they are struggling to be heard

The two leaders most likely to be prime minister after the general election, David Cameron and Ed Miliband, have been struggling to get their message across, party insiders have told our Political Editor Tom Bradby.

There are even media reports tonight that Labour has been in behind-the-scenes talks with Sinn Fein to lay the groundwork for a potential coalition agreement.

Sale of 74.5 million iPhones pushes Apple's revenue up nearly 30%

Apple's quarterly results have exceeded expectations Credit: Daniel Bockwoldt/DPA/PA

Apple has seen its quarterly revenue rise by 29.5%, thanks to extremely strong sales of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The company sold 74.5 million iPhones in the quarter ending 27th December.

That helped push up revenue from $57.6 billion in the same period last year to $74.6 billion.

The rise was much higher than expected, with analysts predicting a revenue of $67.69 billion.

Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones in the quarter up to 27th December Credit: Roman Vondrous/Czech News Agency/PA

The company's performance in China has had a big impact, with revenue in the country up a staggering 70% this quarter.

It is thought the larger screen size of the new phone has particularly appealed to the market in Asia.

There had been fears that China's slipping economic growth would cause Apple problems, but Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri says the company 'feels good' about its position in China, and added that it has not 'seen a slow down'.

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