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Glasgow bin lorry driver Harry Clarke arrested on driving offence

Harry Clarke will not face criminal proceedings for the fatal crash. Credit: PA

The driver of a bin lorry that careered out of control and crashed, killing six people in Glasgow has been arrested on a driving offence, STV News report.

It is alleged that Harry Clarke, 58, got behind the wheel of his car on 20th September without a driving licence.

The DVLA withdrew Mr Clarke's license and banned him from driving HGVs for 10 years.

A fatal accident inquiry into the crash on 22nd December last year has heard Mr Clarke blacked out at the wheel while driving his bin lorry moments before the fatal crash.

PM: Tax credit cuts not for review in Autumn statement

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) is interviewed by Andrew Marr on his BBC1 current affairs programme. Credit: Marr Show/BBC

Cuts to tax credits will not be reviewed in the Autumn statement, the Prime Minister has said, despite calls from inside the Tory party to think again.

David Cameron said the package was the right way to reach the ambition of raising wages and cutting taxes to offset big cuts to in-work benefits.

Critics have condemned the plans, claiming the measures will leave millions of working families out of pocket. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned it is "arithmetically impossible" for nobody to lose out under the changes.

But speaking to BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Cameron said the introduction of the national living wage and continued increases to the personal tax allowance would protect the poorest.

He said:

We have had the vote in Parliament on tax credits and I think people respect this argument that the national living wage - a 50p increase next year, so a £20-a-week pay rise, rising to £9 by the end of this Parliament - that is a very significant change that really helps to make work pay rather than a tax credit system that recycles money back to people.

Obviously I accept we are making changes to tax credits.

We are protecting the lowest-paid people with child tax credits and what goes with it but we are moving to an economy where you get paid more and where you pay less in tax, rather than paying more in tax and getting the money back in tax credits.

That is a better system.

– David Cameron


Cameron: Russian military action in Syria is a 'terrible mistake'

David Cameron said military action in Russia could cause further instability in the region. Credit: PA

David Cameron has said that Russia's decision to take military action in Syria to support Bashar al-Assad's regime is a "terrible mistake".

Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision could cause further instability for the region, the prime minister told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

They are backing the butcher Assad, which is a terrible mistake for them and for the world. It's going to make the region more unstable.

– David Cameron

Russia has been conducting air strikes in Syria, including Islamic State targets.

However, Cameron said that Russia had also been carrying out air strikes on other targets.

"Most of the Russian air strikes, as far as we've been able to see so far, have been in parts of Syria not controlled by ISIL (Islamic State), but controlled by other opponents of the regime," Cameron told the BBC.


MSF withdraws from Kunduz after hospital bombing

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders - or Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) - has withdrawn from of Kunduz following the bombing of its hospital in the northern Afghan city.

The deadly air strike on Saturday killed 19 people when it hit the medical facility.

Kate Stegeman, the group's communications manager, said some staff are still working in other health facilities in the city, where troops have been battling Taliban fighters.

The international charity tweeted a message of thanks on Twitter to those who had supported the group and sent messages of condolencesince the tragedy.

Investigations are continuing into the bombing of the hospital.

Death toll rises after flash flooding on French Riviera

Cars floated away during the heavy flooding

Torrential rains and flash flooding around the French Riviera have killed at least 13 people, including several trapped in cars and a retirement home.

French president Francois Hollande said in a statement that people were found dead in the towns of Cannes, Biot, Golfe-Juan and Mandelieu-la-Napoule in the south east, not far from Italy. He said the rains on Saturday night also caused serious damage.

More than 17 centimetres (6.7in) of rain fell on the Cannes region in two hours, local radio France Bleu-Azur reported.

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