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At least 22 people killed in bomb attacks across Iraq

Several explosions across Iraq killed at least 22 people on Sunday. Credit: APTN

At least 22 people have been killed in explosions across Iraq, including a suicide car bomb attack on a military post in western Anbar province, police and medical sources told Reuters news agency.

The deadliest attack came when a car packed with explosives was detonated at an army checkpoint near the town of al-Nukhaib, an outpost on the route to Syria and Saudi Arabia, killing at least seven soldiers.

Another six people were killed and 17 others wounded when a car bomb went off near Khilani Square in central Baghdad.

Syrian military bombs disputed town of Jisr al-Shughour

Rebel fighters man a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jisr al-Shughour town after the rebels took control of the area. Credit: Reuters

Syrian government aircraft have bombed the north-western town of Jisr al-Shughour, after insurgents from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and Islamic rebel factions captured two key areas.

The Syrian military has been relying heavily on its air power to try to tackle the opposition tide.

The Local Co-ordination Committees activist collective and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said today's air strikes - up to 20 of them, according to the Observatory - targeted the town of Jisr al-Shughour. There was no immediate word on casualties.

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Nepal: UK pledges £5 million to earthquake relief effort

People rush for safety during a strong aftershock after an earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 26, 2015. Credit: Reuters

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced £5 million in UK funding to contribute towards the Nepal earthquake relief effort, it has been announced.

Earlier today, Justine Greening chaired a Cobra emergency meeting to discuss the UK's response to the Nepal earthquake.

The £5m package of UK support in response to the Nepal earthquake includes:

  • £3m released under the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) so partners can address immediate needs on the ground; and
  • £2m for the British Red Cross.

London Marathon: 38,000 join biggest ever event

A man is helped by a stewardafter finishing the Virgin Money London Marathon Credit: Reuters

In excess of 38,000 fundraisers, amateur runners and elite athletes took part in the Virgin Money London Marathon today, making it the biggest in the event's 35-year history.

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Family of murdered woman pay tribute to her

The family of Tracey Woodford, whose body was found at a flat in Pontypridd on Friday have paid tribute to her saying she was a "kind-hearted and a selfless person who would go out of her way to help anyone".

Credit: South Wales Police

Tracey was liked and loved by all of her family and friends. She was a gentle person who would not hurt anyone and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. We are thankful for all the support we have received to date. We ask all to respect our wishes for privacy and to be left alone to grieve at this very difficult time.”

– Family of Tracey Woodford

South Wales Police is continuing its appeal for witnesses.

In particular they would like to establish Tracey’s movements during the days leading up to the discovery of her body on Friday.

They would like anybody who saw Tracey since she was last seen by family at 12.45pm on Tuesday. In particular they want to hear from anyone who may have seen Tracey in the Skinny Dog public house, between 9pm and 11pm on 21 April.

Tracey is around 5ft 7 inches tall with shoulder length ginger hair. She was wearing a black cardigan at the time she was last seen.

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Cameron: Economy is issue at heart of campaign

David Cameron has said the economy is the issue at the heart of the campaign as he continued on the election trial with a speech in Norton-sub-Hamdon in Somerset.

Mr Cameron set out the Conservatives' programme for government in its first 100 days if it is re-elected to power and said Labour should not be given a second chance with the country's finances.

Postal workers warned about 'staff blacklist'

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Postal workers have been urged to make official requests for any information held about them if they suspect their names were kept on a "blacklist" of thousands of workers.

The secret file of over 3,200 mainly construction workers was uncovered in 2009 after a raid by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on the Consulting Association.

Workers were included on the blacklist for raising health and safety concerns on building sites, or merely for being union activists, and were often denied work for years as a result.

It has recently been revealed that other workers, including firefighters, teachers and postal staff, also had their details included on the blacklist.

Dave Smith, of the Blacklist Support Group, told the annual conference of the Communication Workers Union, that postal workers should contact the ICO if they suspected their names were on the blacklist.

"People in this hall will definitely have been spied on by undercover police," he told the Bournemouth conference.

  1. London

Victoria Beckham proud after son completes mini-marathon

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Victoria Beckham has said how proud she is of her son Romeo who completed the London Mini-Marathon today.

Romeo, 12, was raising money for UNAIDS, the joint United Nations programme on Aids, and David Beckham's Unicef 7 fund.

He completed the three mile course course in 18 minutes and 54 seconds.

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