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Stormont talks go on into the night

Politicians in Northern Ireland are negotiating through the night in a last ditch bid to secure a deal on a range of disputes de-stabilising power-sharing.

Yesterday was set as the official deadline for the eleven-week process to end, but intensive discussions pushed through past midnight and were anticipated to extend into the early morning.

The parties are trying to hammer out a deal based on a new spending package offered by David Cameron.

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North Korea rejects US plans for UN human rights push

A North Korean envoy to the United Nations says the country "totally rejects" the US push to put Pyongyang's humans rights record on the UN Security Council's agenda, Reuters have reported.

Earlier today, members of the UN Security Council voted to override China's objections and formally add the situation in North Korea, including allegations of grave human rights abuses, to the council's agenda.

UN diplomat Kim Song accused the United States of raising the issue as a political weapon to pressure North Korea. He said a decision on how to respond to the council decision would be made in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital.

Ex-footballer and TV pundit Clarke Carlisle 'seriously injured'

File photo dated 15-09-2012 of Clarke Carlisle. Credit: PA Wire/PA

The world of football has pledged its support and best wishes to former Premier League player and Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle following reports he has been seriously injured in a collision with a lorry.

North Yorkshire Police said a 35-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after a serious incident involving a lorry and a pedestrian on the A64, near York, this morning.

The force would not confirm the injured man's identity, but social media was full of messages from well-wishers, including the FA, hoping Carlisle, 35, makes a quick recovery.

The Football Association tweeted:

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Police investigate offensive Twitter message following Glasgow collision

Northumbria Police is investigating an offensive Twitter message relating to a collision in Glasgow, which happened earlier today.

Just before 9pm today (Monday, 22nd December), police received a report of an offensive message on Twitter relating to the collision.

Northumbria Police is carrying out enquiries into this message and will speak to the person involved, from Sunderland, as part of those enquiries.

'Small children' among Glasgow bin lorry victims

An eyewitness at the scene of this afternoon's fatal bin lorry crash in Glasgow's city centre told ITV News that there are some "small children" among the victims.

The lorry is believed to have struck the first pedestrian outside the Gallery of Modern Art, before careering down Queen Street and through traffic light road junctions before coming to a stop after hitting the Millennium Hotel in George Square.

ITV News Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward reports from the scene:

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Some injuries 'likely to be extremely serious'

The scene in Glasgow's George Square after it is understood a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians which has left six people dead Credit: PA

Among those being treated at Glasgow Royal Infirmary tonight is the driver of the bin lorry, ITV News understands.

An eyewitness told ITV News that he was pulled conscious from his cab following the crash.

The precise details of his condition and what happened to him behind the wheel remain unclear.

Police and the health board won't be drawn on the ages of those who are hurt, whether any of them are children or on the nature of their injuries.

Eyewitness accounts from the scene suggest that some of those injuries are likely to be extremely serious, are likely to require prolonged treatment in hospital and are likely to leave scars from today that last an awfully long time.

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