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Royal Navy warship 'monitoring' Russian naval vessel

HMS Dragon, a Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer. Credit: MoD

A Royal Navy warship is monitoring the activity of a Russian destroyer as it transits past United Kingdom territorial waters, the Ministry of Defence has said.

HMS Dragon, one of the Royal Navy's newest Type 45 destroyers moved into position last week north of Scotland to be able to respond to the activity of the Russian vessel, Vice Admiral Kulakov, the MoD said on their website.

In what the MoD are calling a "well-established and standard" response, HMS Dragon will track the Russian vessel as she transits south.

More: RAF scrambles aircraft over Russian jets 'threat'

Hillsborough insults 'traced back to govt computers'

The Cabinet Office has launched an investigation over claims insulting additions were made to the Hillsborough Wikipedia page from government computers.

The Liverpool Echo reports the phrase "Blame Liverpool fans" was anonymously added to the Hillsborough page of the encyclopedia site in 2009.

Flowers are laid at the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy. Credit: Press Association

It's alleged that three years later computers on the secure Whitehall intranet were used again to change the phrase "You'll never walk alone" to "You'll never walk again" and later to "You'll never w*** alone."

On another occasion, the description of a Bill Shankly statue on the Anfield Wikipedia page was revised to change the well-known quote “He made the people happy” to “He made a wonderful lemon drizzle cake.”

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman told the newspaper: “We thank the Liverpool ECHO for bringing this to our attention. This is a matter that we will treat with the utmost seriousness and are making urgent inquiries.

“No one should be in any doubt of the government’s position regarding the Hillsborough disaster and its support for the families of the 96 victims and all those affected by the tragedy.”


Farage: 'We don't have a monopoly on stupid people'

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, has said he will be investigating what went wrong, after the party had to suspend a member for a series of what it said were "repellent" postings on social media.

Andre Lampitt, who appeared in a recent party political broadcast for Ukip, made a series of derogatory comments about Islam, Africa and Ed Miliband. Mr Farage told ITV News "this guy should not have got through" the party's selection process for local elections.

But he said the party did not have "a monopoly on stupid people" and that all political parties had to deal with similar difficulties at a local level.

He dismissed the suggestion that the scandal meant the party's campaign was falling apart ahead of the upcoming European and local elections.

Protesters and police clash near Copacabana beach

Protesters and police have clashed again near Copacabana beach in Brazil after demonstrators returned from the graveside of a man allegedly shot by the police this week in a nearby favela.


Stun grenades and tear gas in Copacabana. Demo returned from the grave of the man who died this week in favela. Met by big police presence.

More: Copacabana beach on lockdown after night of violence

Man charged with killing nine-week-old daughter

A father has been charged with killing his nine-week-old daughter.

Adam Stokes, 32, of the Runfold area of Luton, Bedfordshire, has been charged with the manslaughter of his daughter, Scarlett Stokes-Craig, who died of head injuries in January last year.

He was bailed and is due to appear before Luton Magistrates' Court on May 12, Bedfordshire Police said.


Man crushed by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope

The Dosso del'Androla cross in Cevo, Italy, that fell earlier today, pictured in 2008. Credit: Luca Giarelli

A man has been crushed to death after a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II collapsed, just days before a historic Papal canonisation in Rome.

The 30-metre-high (98ft) wooden and concrete cross fell during a ceremony in the Italian Alpine village of Cevo, near Brescia. Another man was taken to hospital.

The structure was dedicated to John Paul II on his visit to the region in 1998.

In a strange co-incidence, the 21-year-old man named as Marco Gusmini by local media, was reported to live in a street named after Pope John XXIII – who will also be canonised in the ceremony on Sunday, Italian media has reported.

The two giants of Roman Catholicism in the 20th century will become saints on Sunday at a twin canonisation, an event unprecedented in the 2,000-year history of the church.

Girl, 10, hands over dad's CV in meeting with First Lady

A 10-year-old American girl used a face-to-face meeting with the First Lady as an opportunity to try and help her dad find a job.

While attending a question and answer session with Michelle Obama at The White House, schoolgirl Charlotte Bell approached the First Lady and handed her her dad's CV.

Michelle Obama hugs Charlotte Bell after the 10-year-old handed over her dad's CV. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Charlotte told Mrs Obama: "My dad's been out of work for three years and I wanted to give you his resume."

The two embraced on stage, with the First Lady saying: "Oh my goodness." The two then spoke before Mrs Obama addressed the crowd: "Well it's a little private, but she's doing something for her dad. Alright?".

She held up the piece of paper in her hand and shook it. "Got it."

Teen cancer sufferer's fundraising total tops £2m

Stephen's picture of himself giving a thumbs up from his hospital bed
Stephen's picture of himself giving his "final thumbs up" from his hospital bed Credit: Stephen's Story/Facebook

Teenager Stephen Sutton, who is battling bowel cancer, has raised more than £2m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stephen originally set himself a target of raising £10,000 for the charity, but set the bar at £1m after raising hundreds of thousands more than his first goal.

The campaign went viral after Stephen posted on Facebook, giving what he called his "final thumbs up". The total raised continued to build, and yesterday comedian Jason Manford urged people to keep donating to see if they could reach the £2m mark.

At the time of writing, the total on Stephen's Just Giving page is £2,003,887.47.

He posted again earlier today saying: "Throughout the whole journey I've been realistic about my position and at my last post I genuinely thought I was a goner.... But hey, I'm still here!!"

Read: Russell Brand and Simon Pegg add support for Stephen

Education bosses monitoring paedophile teacher case

Government ministers are being kept fully informed about the ongoing investigation into the activities of paedophile teacher William Vahey, a spokesman has said.

"Ministers are being kept in close touch with the ongoing investigations and will make decisions on any intervention in due course." A Department for Education spokesman said.

More; Images of 50-60 students found on paedophile's computer

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