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Globetrotting cyclist killed by 'drunken' truck driver

An American cyclist who pedaled across 50 countries for charity has been run over and killed by a drunken truck driver in Russia, ITAR-Tass news agency has reported.

Ron McGerity, 61, was hit by the truck on a motorway between Kostroma and Ivanovo in central Russia, the agency said, citing a police report.

The driver, who's name was withheld, tried to escape police but was detained.

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Ron McGerity in front of the Lenin Mausoleum on Moscow's Red Square. Credit: Facebook/BikerOnTheRoad

McGerity arrived in Russia planning to tour all of the Golden Ring on his custom-made Swiss bike.

The Boston native had been on global cycling expeditions to promote peace and raise money for various charities since 1995.

A criminal case has now been opened into the cyclist's death.

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Israeli soldier Hamas claimed to abduct declared dead

The Israeli Defence Force has announced an Israeli soldier who Hamas claimed to have abducted in Gaza last Sunday was killed in the attack on his vehicle.

Sgt Oron Shaul was unaccounted for after his armoured personnel carrier (APC) was shot in the Sajaiya neighbourhood of the city on July 20.

Hamas claimed to have captured him in an ambush, although this account was reportedly soon disputed by Israeli officers, before the IDF today announced:

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We can confirm that Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, 21, was one of 7 soldiers killed in the explosion of an APC on July 20 in Gaza.

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Clegg: Lib Dems were vital to economic recovery

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the economic recovery "wouldn't have happened" without the Liberal Democrats being part of the government.

Speaking to ITV News' political correspondent Carl Dinnen, the Liberal Democrat leader said: "You can't create an economic recovery without having a stable government.

"The Conservatives wouldn't have been able to do it without the Liberal Democrats, the Liberal Democrats wouldn't have been able to do it without the Conservatives."

'It will be very difficult to find all the bodies'

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Part of the wreckage from Air Algerie AH5017. Credit: AP

Air Algerie AH5017 crash investigators have said that it will be "very difficult to find all the bodies."

Speaking to reporters, General Gilbert Diendere, presidential aide and head of the crisis committee said:

There are French troops on site to secure a perimeter, to allow eventual investigators.

Concerning the bodies, you heard earlier (from the crisis committee meeting), it is very difficult because the bodies are scattered and I think it will be very, very difficult to find all the bodies.

– General Gilbert Diendere

All 118 passengers and crew were killed after the plane went down in the West African state of Mali.

Police investigate death of butler at stately home

Burghley House was used a location in the Da Vinci Code film.
Burghley House was used a location in the Da Vinci Code film. Credit: Flickr / Nigel Lamb under Creative Commons

An investigation has been launched after a butler died at a stately home.

Arthur Mellar died after suffering serious injuries in an incident at Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire, on July 12.

A joint investigation is being carried out by Cambridgeshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive into the circumstances surrounding his death.

David Pennell, Burghley estate director, said the house would co-operate fully with the investigation.

He said: "It is with the deepest sadness that we confirm the tragic death of Arthur Mellar, a highly-valued member of the household team at Burghley, following an accident on Saturday, July 12."

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69% of Brits don't feel better off in growing economy

Two thirds of British adults say that despite the economy growing they don’t feel better off, an Comres poll exclusive for ITV News has found.

While George Osborne has hailed GDP's return to pre-crisis figures as a "milestone", 69% of people interviewed said they do not feel wealthier - while one in four (24%) said they currently spend more than they earn each month.

The Comres results suggest a majority of Britons are not feeling the financial benefit of a growing economy.
The Comres results suggest a majority of Britons are not feeling the financial benefit of a growing economy. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Although only 35% of Britons said their personal finances are getting worse (the joint lowest since 2010), only 14% said they are getting better. Instead, most said they are about the same (52%).

A majority of the 2,035 Britons interviewed (55%) also agreed the improving economy is only benefitting the rich, while three in five (62%) think the gap between rich and poor has got worse over the past three months.

Violinist overdose 'was a way to cope' with court case

A concert violinist repeatedly took overdoses as "a way to cope" with a sexual abuse court case against her former choirmaster, an inquest has heard.

Coroner Richard Travers said Mrs Andrade told doctors, "the overdoses had been triggered by anxiety that came from the court case," against Michael Brewer, 68, the former director of music at the Chetham's school of music in Manchester and his wife Hilary.

Travers said: "Her reason to overdose was not to kill herself but was a way to cope with the court case."

He added: "I can't help but think there was a real failure to appreciate the urgency of the situation and a failure to act upon it in an appropriate manner. What is clear is she found giving evidence extremely traumatic."

Despite this, he said failures among health professionals meant Frances Andrade was accidentally "amber-zoned" in records kept by a mental health team, whereas she had been assessed as the top "red" priority.

Brewer was jailed for six years in February 2013 after being found guilty of five charges of indecently assaulting Andrade when she was 14 and 15 and a pupil at the school. His wife Hilary Kay Brewer, also 68, was also sentenced to 21 months.

First images show twisted metal at Air Algerie crash site

The first images of the Air Algerie plane crash site in Mali show twisted metal and door panels lying in the sand.

French officials have said that they believed poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash in which 116 people died.

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A soldier stands guard at the Mali plan crash site. Credit: APTN
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The wreckage lies in the field as another helicopter arrives at the scene. Credit: APTN
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A plane panel with 'Elevator Hinge Access' lies in the desert. Credit: APTN
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Wreckage from the crashed Air Algerie crash lies in the desert. Credit: APTN

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