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Syria and Russia carry out first co-ordinated assault

Syrian and Russian military forces have carried out their first major co-ordinated assault on IS militants, according to a monitoring group in the area.

Russian military air strikes reportedly backed up Syrian ground attacks yesterday Credit: .

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian army and allied militia carried out ground attacks on at least four insurgent positions as Russian air strikes targeted northern parts of Hama province on Wednesday.

Head of the Observatory Rami Abdulrahman said: "There is no information yet of any (government) advances on the ground, but the air strikes have hit vehicles and insurgent bases."


Two women arrested in Pc David Phillips murder case

Pc David Phillips died in the early hours of Monday morning. Credit: PA

Detectives investigating the hit-and-run murder of Pc Dave Phillips have arrested two women.

The pair, aged 19 and 34, who are both from Wallasey, were arrested last night on suspicion of assisting an offender.

They are both being questioned at police stations on Merseyside.

Yesterday two men, aged 18 and 30, were being questioned on suspicion of the constable's murder.

Two migrants arrested after walking through Channel Tunnel to reach Britain

The Eurotunnel site in Folkestone, Kent Credit: PA

Two more suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested after walking through the Channel Tunnel to reach Britain.

The two Iranians reached Folkestone, Kent, after walking through the 31-mile tunnel.

Kent Police said Payam Moradi Mirahessari, 25, and Farein Vahdani, 20, have been charged after being detained on Saturday afternoon.

They are accused of obstructing an engine or carriage using the railway, and were remanded in custody when they appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court.

In August, a 40-year-old suspected illegal immigrant from Sudan completed the same journey by walking through the tunnel.

Thirteen have died attempting to cross the Channel since the start of the crisis in June. The latest was an Eritrean man in his 20s who was hit by a freight train last week.


Rescue operation to save boat drifting towards gas rig

The yacht was drifting in the North Sea between the Shetland islands and Bergen in western Norway. Credit: Google Maps

A major operation is underway to rescue a British pensioner whose yacht is drifting towards a gas platform in the North Sea.

The 82-year-old man raised the alarm yesterday evening when his vessel suffered a mechanical failure in extreme weather conditions of seven metre waves and gale force winds.

This left him unable to steer his yacht, the 25ft Harrier of Down, which is now drifting towards the gas platform with 162 people on board.

Two helicopters were on stand-by in collaboration with the Norwegian coastguard, but the man did not want to be airlifted from his yacht as he did not want to abandon it.

A Norwegian Coastguard vessel from Bergen is travelling to the scene and will tow the yacht back to the city.

Tesco profits down 54.6% since last year

Tesco has released its interim results Credit: PA

Tesco profits are down 54.6% since last year, its interim results revealed.

Its group profits slumped to £354m from £799m in the first half of this year.

Profits in the UK and Republic of Ireland were hit harder, slowing by 69%.

Despite the fall in profits, like for like sales have held up, only down by 1.1%.

We have delivered an unprecedented level of change in our business over the last twelve months and it is working. The first half results show sustained improvement across a broad range of key indicators.

In the UK, we continue to improve all aspects of our offer for customers, resulting in volume growth which is allowing us to create a virtuous circle of investment.

– Dave Lewis, Chief Executive
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