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Weather: Cold and frosty start for many

Top temperatures on Sunday will reach 8C (46 F). Credit: ITV Weather

Today it will be a cold and frosty start for many of us, but where there have been showers overnight there will be some icy conditions around.

Rain will clear from the south during the morning, with sunny spells developing in the afternoon.

In northern and eastern areas, there are likely to be wintry showers throughout the day, but with sunny spells in between.

Top temperatures of 8C (46 F).

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Earthquake strikes New Zealand city

The earthquake's epicentre was 15km east of Christchurch Credit: Google Maps

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake has struck near Christchurch, on New Zealand's east coast.

The quake caused cliffs to collapse into the sea, but no injuries and no major damage to the city was reported.

The epicentre of Sunday's earthquake was 15km east of Christchurch, the country's seismological body Geonet, said.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said: "Obviously with a 5.7 magnitude earthquake so close to the eastern coast of Christchurch its certainly been a big shock for the city, a set back in terms of people's confidence and feeling of security."

In 2011, Christchurch was devastated by an earthquake which killed nearly 200 people.

Greek coastguard 'arrest armed Britons' near Turkish border

Two Britons suspected of carrying guns and ammunition have been arrested in Greece near the border with Turkey, according to reports.

The men, thought to be in their 20s, were reportedly arrested on Saturday night by coastguard officers in the port city of Alexandroupolis.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We are urgently looking into reports that two British nationals have been detained in Greece."

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Obama confirms he will nominate Scalia's replacement

President Barack Obama has confirmed he will nominate a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia, following the death of the respected conservative Supreme Court judge.

"I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities," Mr Obama said, but added "there will be plenty of time to do so".

He paid tribute to Justice Scalia, saying that "at this moment we most of all want to think about his family".

Obama 'will nominate Scalia's Supreme Court replacement'

The US flag outside the Supreme Court flies at half-mast following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia Credit: Reuters

Barack Obama intends to nominate a Supreme Court judge following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, according to a report on CNN.

If confirmed, the move is significant as by convention the president does not make a Supreme Court nomination in an election year.

"The fact of the matter is that it's been standard practice over the last 80 years to not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year," Chuck Grassley, a Republican senator and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement.

But Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy said Mr Obama had a duty to make a nomination as the Supreme Court was "too important to our democracy" to be left for months with a vacancy.

'Multiple fatalities' reported in US highway pile-up

Forty people have been taken to hospital following the crash Credit: RTV/NBC

There have been "multiple fatalities" following a 50 car pile-up on a highway in Pennsylvania, according to a report on NBC, quoting an official from the state's emergency management agency.

The official did not say how many people had been killed.

Forty people have been taken to hospital following the crash, which occurred outside Harrisburg and closed both lanes of the I-78 highway.

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