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NHS workers to stage four-hour strike in pay row

NHS workers will stage a four-hour strike today in a row with the Government over pay.

Members of 11 unions will walk out for four hours today in the row over pay. Credit: PA Wire

Midwives, nurses, radiographers, paramedics and psychiatric staff will walk out from 7am in England and 8am in Northern Ireland in protest at the Government's refusal to to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS employees.

Unison leader Dave Prentis said the second strike in a month should "sound alarm bells" in Westminster as the "anger is spreading".

A Department of Health spokesperson said the government "can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs".

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British Airways plane checked after 'technical issues'

A British Airways plane is being checked after its crew had to make two unscheduled landings in three days.

The British Airways plane suffered technical issues on two flights in three days. Credit: PA Wire

On Friday, the Boeing 777, flying from Heathrow Airport to Boston, USA, made an unscheduled stop at Shannon Airport due to a "suspected technical issue".

The same aircraft, carrying 220 passengers, had to be diverted to Shannon on its journey from Seattle to Heathrow on Sunday morning following a "minor technical issue".

The passengers were later flown to their destination on a replacement flight, while the plane was inspected.

A BA spokeswoman said: "Safety is always our first priority, and the aircraft diverted purely as a precaution."

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Two seriously injured in explosion in south Birmingham

Two men have been seriously injured in an explosion in a flat in south Birmingham.

Emergency services are still at the scene in Aldersmead Road, West Heath.

Emergency services are still at the scene in Aldersmead Road, West Heath. Credit: Google Maps

The cause of the explosion is not known but emergency gas crews are on their way to the scene.

The full extent of the damage to the building and neighbouring properties is still being established.

The two injured men are thought to be in their late 20s or early 30s and have been taken to hospital, and were believed to have been inside the flat at the time of the explosion. No other injuries have been reported at this time.

People in the area are being asked to return to their homes if safe to do so to give blue light services clear access.

Aldersmead Road and surrounding streets will be closed until the situation is resolved. Drivers and pedestrians should avoid the area.

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US boy, 12, shot by police while brandishing fake gun dies

A 12-year-old boy shot by police in Cleveland, Ohio has died.

The boy was brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, when he was shot by a police officer responding to an emergency call.

A man who called police told emergency dispatchers before police arrived that the boy was on a swing set and pointing a pistol that was "probably fake" and scaring everyone.

The caller said the boy was pulling the gun in and out of his trousers.

"I don't know if it's real or not," the caller said.

Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, said the officers were not told the caller thought the gun might be fake.

Former soldier 'fighting with Kurds against Isis in Syria'

A former soldier is thought to be among a growing number of Brits joining the fight against Isis inside Syria. Pictures and videos suggest that James Hughes, from Reading, is in Rojava, northern Syria, helping to defend the beleaguered city of Kobani. Correspondent Dan Rivers reports.

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