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Australian coach Lehmann leads Phil Hughes tributes

Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann has led tributes to batsman Phil Hughes, who has died after suffering a severe head injury in a match.

Australian cricketer Philip Hughes dies aged 25

Australian batsman Philip Hughes has died aged 25, days after being hit on the head with a ball.

Philip Hughes has died three days after the accident. Credit: Cricket Australia

Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said the 25-year-old "never regained consciousness" following his injury on Tuesday.

Hughes was "not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends", Bruckner added.

Hughes collapsed after being struck in the head while batting for South Australia in a match against New South Wales in Sydney.

He was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the pitch before being rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.


Father of Lee Rigby: I want apology from security agencies

The father of Fusilier Lee Rigby has said he wants an apology from Britain's intelligence services after accusing them of failing to prevent his son's murder.

Fusilier Lee Rigby was brutally murdered on the streets of Woolwich in May 2013. Credit: PA Wire

A parliamentary inquiry, released on Tuesday, said that despite operational mistakes, security agencies could not have stopped Rigby's murder in May 2013.

But Phil McClure told The Times that M15, M16 and GCHQ were partly to blame for not identifying extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, both of whom are serving life sentences for his son's death.

“All of them have a bit of blame haven’t they?” Mr McClure told the newspaper.

“All we want really is a good apology off them.”

Women 'used to smuggle cash to terrorists abroad'

Many woman are being used to smuggle money out of Britain to fund terrorists abroad, a senior police officer has warned.

Police are attempting to stop the financing of terror groups such as Islamic State. Credit: ITV News

Terri Nicholson, Assistant Commander from the Met's counter-terrorism command, said terrorists were copying the methods of criminal gangs by using women who are not known to police to move funds.

The warning comes after British mother Amal El Wahabi was jailed for more than two years for trying to arrange to smuggle 20,000 euros in cash to her husband, who is believed to be fighting in Syria.

Speaking during counter-terrorism awareness week, Ms Nicholson said the El Wahabi case was "not unique" and many terrorists use women to transport cash.

Details on food poisoning bug in chickens to be released

The extent of food poisoning bug Campylobacter among shop-bought chickens will be revealed today.

Campylobacter is the most common form of food poisoning in the UK and is found in poultry. Credit: PA Wire

The Food Standards Authority (FSA) will publish the second set of results, in the year-long testing of whole chickens bought from UK retailers and smaller independent stores and butchers.

The announcement will name individual retailers for the first time, following criticism of the FSA's decision not to identify retailers in the first set of results in August.

Campylobacter, which grows in the guts of chickens, is killed through cooking but is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK with some 280,000 people affected every year.

Immigration figures to be released amid May warning

The latest immigration figures will be published today after the Home Secretary's warned that the Government was "unlikely" to meet its target of cutting migration by the next election.

The latest immigration figures will be released today. Credit: PA Wire

Theresa May said the increasing number of EU migrants coming to Britain meant it would be difficult for the government to cut net annual migration into Britain below 100,000.

Labour has previously claimed that the Government's migration target was "in tatters".

The net migration figures, for the year to June, will be published by the Office for National Statistics this morning.

The last set of figures - published at the end of August - showed overall net migration rose to 243,000 in the year to March - up from 175,000 the previous year.


What is the Smith Commission?

  • The Smith Commission was set up after Scotland voted "No" in the independence referendum in September
  • The commission was tasked with reaching an agreement on devolving further powers to the Scottish Parliament
  • Lord Smith of Kelvin, who led the process, will unveil his proposals today
  • The plans are the result of cross-party talks by the Scottish Parliament's five political parties
  • His recommendations will form the basis of draft legislation due to be published in January
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