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PM urged to return £160,000 tennis match donation

The Conservative Party has been urged to return a £160,000 donation it received from the wife of one of Vladimir Putin's former ministers for a tennis match with David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

A doubles match with David Cameron and Boris Johnson attracted the bid.
A doubles match with David Cameron and Boris Johnson attracted the bid. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive

Banker Lubov Chernukhin, whose husband served in the Russian Cabinet in 2000, made the winning bid for a doubles match last month.

It is one of more than £900,000 of donations that Labour say the Tories have received from people with links to the Russian government or "who may be hit by the sorts of sanctions" sought by the PM.

Opposition figures have called on the Prime Minister to ensure the money is returned, with MP Sheila Gilmore saying: "There can be no impression of conflicts of interest or hypocrisy at such an important time."

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A Conservative spokesman said: "All donations to the Conservative Party are fully and transparently declared to the Electoral Commission and published on their website."

UN Human Rights Council 'to discuss Gaza operation'

The United Nations Human Rights Council is expected to hold a meeting over the Israeli military operation in Gaza later today, Haaretz reports.

The UN Human Rights Council is expected to hold a meeting today over Israeli military actions against civilians inside Gaza.
The UN Human Rights Council is expected to hold a meeting today over Israeli military actions against civilians inside Gaza. Credit: Reuters

The Palestinians and Arab countries have filed the Council with a draft, which includes the creation of an inquiry into alleged war crimes, such as targeting civilian targets, and violations of international law by Israel.

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Spanish team unveil new 'tuxedo' football kit

A Spanish second division team has unveiled a remarkable new tuxedo-style football strip.

A Cultural Leonesa player models the eye-catching new strip.
A Cultural Leonesa player models the eye-catching new strip. Credit: Cultural Leonesa

Cultural Leonesa usually play in all-white at home, but launched their smart new "limited edition" jersey in an "eagerness to innovate" and an attempt to "generate resources for the club."

"This kit is an idea of the Management Board," the club said.
"This kit is an idea of the Management Board," the club said. Credit: Cultural Leonesa

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French minister attacks British 'hypocrisy' over Russia

A senior French minister has suggested Britain should look at its own dealings with Russia after David Cameron appeared to criticise the country for continuing a lucrative warship trade deal with Moscow.

David Cameron had called the French-Russian agreement
David Cameron had called the French-Russian agreement Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

Mr Cameron had told Parliament on Monday that the plans to sell two Mistral helicopter carriers to Vladimir Putin's government would be "unthinkable" in Britain following the MH17 disaster.

Speaking to TF1 television after a meeting with European foreign ministers, Laurent Fabius responded: "The English in particular were very pleasant so to speak saying we would never do that, but I told my dear British friends let's talk about the financial sector."

"I am led to believe that there are quite a few Russian oligarchs in London."

Mr Fabius was also asked if that meant Britain should take care of its own business first.

"Exactly," he replied.

UN: One child killed in Gaza every hour for past two days

One child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days, the United Nations said in their latest report into the civilian casualties of the ongoing conflict.

Palestinian boys go through the rubble of their destroyed home in Gaza.
Palestinian boys go through the rubble of their destroyed home in Gaza. Credit: Reuters
  • The conflict has so far claimed the lives of 599 Palestinians, including 443 civilians, 147 are children, 74 are women
  • 28 Israelis have been killed, including two civilians and 26 soldiers
  • 3,504 Palestinians have been injured, of whom 1,100 are children and 1,153 are women
  • 117,000 displaced people are taking shelter in UN schools
  • 44% of Gaza across a three kilometre wide strip has been declared as a "buffer zone" by the Israeli military

The United Nations has called for an immediate ceasefire and return to dialogue between Israel and Palestinian authorities.

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Paedophile Ian Watkins seeks sentence reduction

Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins will contest his 35-year sentence for a string of child sex offences today.

A panel of judges at Cardiff Crown Court will decide whether the convicted paedophile has grounds for appeal.

Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was described by the judge as a dangerous sexual predator.
Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was described by the judge as a dangerous sexual predator. Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire

The 37 year old, who is not challenging his 13 sex offence convictions, believes he was treated too harshly by sentencing judge Mr Justice Royce.

He was handed a minimum 29-year prison term and an additional six years on licence in December last year.

MH17 has shown Ukraine 'is getting out of control'

The "terrible" crash of flight has show unrest in Ukraine is "getting out of control", a former British diplomat to eastern Europe and Moscow told Good Morning Britain.

Charles Crawford, a former ambassador to Sarajevo, said it would be "difficult" to offer Russia a deal which was "not completely morally unacceptable as well as politically unacceptable."

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