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Malaysia PM: '30 investigators' needed at MH17 site

Malaysia' Prime Minister has said there need to be 30 investigators at the MH17 crash site, but the conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels is preventing them getting access to the area.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak is set to visit the Netherlands to discuss access to the crash site.

He said pro-Russian separatists had so far met two conditions asked of them by returning the victims' bodies and the aircraft's black boxes, but he said there now need to be a full investigation into the crash.

Read: Russian intelligence officials targeted by fresh EU sanctions

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Rain in the north, mainly warm and sunny elsewhere

There should be warm, dry weather in most parts of the UK today.
There should be warm, dry weather in most parts of the UK today. Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Today should be fine, dry and warm for most, with high temperatures in the southeast.

However, rain with some heavy bursts will move east across northern parts.

A few showers, locally heavy, are possible elsewhere and most likely in southeast England.

The showery rain will continue in the north tonight.

Elsewhere, it will be mainly dry with variable cloud and a freshening northwesterly breeze that will be strong in the northwest.

'More Israeli soldiers' killed in Gaza clashes

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers has tweeted that more Israeli soldiers have been killed in fighting in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, taking the total death toll for Israeli troops to 37.

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Told by Israeli military source : more Israeli soldiers killed last night in clashes around Beit Hanoun. Current official toll 37 soldiers.

Read: Sixty-eight Palestinians killed in Gaza in last 24 hours

New planning system 'puts local people in control'

Last year saw a 23% rise in applications for major housing projects, the Planning Minister has said.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Brandon Lewis argues that 'Nimbyism' - where people oppose construction in their area - was on the decline.

He said the fact 216,000 new homes had received planning permission in 2013 showed the success of the Government's planning reforms.

"The new planning system puts local people in control, so if they want to build more homes, they will," he says.

Read: Support for new homes increasing 'dramatically'

Big Society Network 'misused government funds'

The Big Society Network, launched as part of a flagship scheme by David Cameron in 2010, is reportedly being investigated over the misuse of government funds.

It is said the organisation was given at least £2.5 million of National Lottery funding and public-sector grants - but is now under scrutiny by the Charity Commission, reports the Independent.

There are also claims that government grant-awarding bodies were pressured into handing over cash to the organisation.

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Excessive salt consumption 'a major killer'

Excessive salt consumption is a "major killer" and not enough is being done to tackle the problem, a senior local government official has said.

A new report from the Local Government Association accuses restaurants and pubs of "dragging their heels" on signing up to reducing the amount of salt in their meals.

Fish and chips were  among the foods cited as containing too much salt.
Fish and chips were among the foods cited as containing too much salt. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Councillor Katie Hall, chairwoman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said: "The recommended daily target is 6g of salt per person - yet one pub or restaurant meal can take you well over this.

She said the industry was "lagging a long way behind" and needed to "get on board and commit swiftly" to tackle the problem.

Israeli tank shelling kills 18 Palestinians in single family

Israeli tank shelling has killed 18 Palestinians from the same family, shortly before a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire came into effect, the Gaza health ministry said.

Eighteen members of the Al-Najar family had been trapped inside their house in Khuzaa village since Thursday, a health ministry spokesman said.

The deaths increased the number of Palestinians killed in the violence to 881.

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