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One Direction's Liam Payne thanks 'hero' fans for support

One Direction band member Liam Payne has thanked the group's "hero" fans for their support in the wake of Zayn Malik's departure.

The singer also appeared to quash rumours of an imminent split by tweeting "thanks for not thinking it's finished".

He tweeted:


Repeat of Con-Lib coalition 'favoured over Labour-SNP'

A Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition was favoured over a Labour-SNP deal by voters. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

A repeat of the current coalition government would be preferred to a Labour-SNP alliance in the event of a hung parliament, a new ITV News/Daily Mail poll indicates.

When presented with a choice between the two, 45% said they would prefer the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to join forces again, compared to a third who preferred the prospect of a deal between Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon.

There was also hope for the smaller parties in the Comres study, which found that 63% disagreed with the idea that a vote for a party other than the Conservatives or Labour was "wasted".

Furthermore, five in six members of the public (85%) said they would vote for the party that they most want to see in government.

The Comres poll interviewed 1,005 adults across Britain between 28 and 29 March 2015.


ICO investigates claims of pension pot details being sold

An investigation has been launched into claims that millions of people's pension pot details are being sold and ending up in the hands of fraudsters.

The Information Commissioner's Office said it would be speaking to the Pensions Regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority and police after The Daily Mail alleged that its undercover reporters were sold pension pot details for 15,000 people without any checks being made on who they were.

Steve Eckersley, the head of enforcement at the ICO, said: "The worst case scenario here is this information getting into the wrong hands and being used to target individuals at a critical point in their financial lives."

According to the newspaper pensioners' salaries, the value of their investments and the size of their pensions are being sold for as little as 5p without their consent.

Saudi military: Yemen airstrikes will continue until President is able to rule

Saudi Arabia's military have said they will continue their airstrikes on Yemen until Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is able to rule.

Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday Credit: REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told reporters on Sunday evening that the military intended to keep up attacks until they could "set the conditions necessary to allow the president and his government to run the country."

He said: "We will continue to attack the militias, we will keep them under pressure, until the conditions become very favourable for the army to take over."

Sierra Leone ends three-day Ebola lockdown

Sierra Leone ended its three-day government imposed lockdown on Sunday evening meaning some six million residents were finally allowed to venture outside.

The lockdown, aimed at accelerating the end of the country's Ebola epidemic, saw officials order residents to stay inside on pain of arrest as health workers went door-to-door looking for hidden patients.

Yemeni and Houthi fighters clash in Aden

Fighting in Yemen continued today as fighters loyal to the country's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Houthi fighters in downtown Aden.

Seen as the leader's last major foothold in the country, Aden has been hit by heavy fighting for the last week and control of the southern port city's airport is said to have changed hands numerous times during the ongoing conflict.

People stand on a tank that was burnt during clashes on a street in Yemen's southern port city of Aden Credit: REUTERS/Stringer
Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in downtown Aden Credit: REUTERS/Stringer
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