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Watson condemns Twitter trolls as 'cowards'

Heather Watson has branded online trolls "cowards" for levelling death threats against her on Twitter, ahead of a likely Wimbledon meeting with Serena Williams.

Heather Watson said the trolls 'had no life' Credit: PA Wire

The 23-year-old said abuse online had become a "usual occurrence" and she was often targeted by gamblers who had lost money on her matches.

After her second round win over Daniela Huntuchova , Watson said she no longer checks whether she is being abused online because it happened so regularly in the past.

"It's become such a usual occurrence that it doesn't really mean much to me,'' she said.

"Those people, they've got no life. They're just kind of cowards thinking they can say whatever they want on the Internet. They don't understand that we're just people at the end of the day."

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Appeal to find 5-year-old girl missing in Birmingham

Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police have appealed for help in finding a five-year-old girl who disappeared today.

Shante Edwards from Edgbaston in Birmingham became separated from her mother on Wednesday evening and has not been seen since.

She is described as black with black hair tied back in a bun, and is wearing a knee length green and white-checked school dress.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Emergency calls rocket as elderly and sick suffer in heat

Hundreds more people called emergency services today as the older and more vulnerable suffered health problems in the heat.

Britain baked in the hottest July day on record, with the mercury peaking at 36.7C (98.06F) at Heathrow in London.

Staying hydrated is key Credit: PA

Centra Pulse, which provides personal alarms and fall detectors, said it received an average of 500 calls an hour compared to the usual 300. And ambulance services also reported a spike in calls.

Calls to South East Coast Ambulance Service doubled overnight, and shot up 18 per cent compared to Wednesday last week.

A spokeswoman said most were from elderly or long-term sick people suffering from the heat, and not from sunburn or heat exhaustion.

And London Ambulance Service said it had seen a 28 per cent rise compared to last week, with a 29 per cent increase in reports of breathing problems and a 35 per cent increase in people fainting.

Staying hydrated and keeping to the shade are among recommendations by health experts.

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Airline price fixing allegations investigated by US

An investigation has been launched in the US into whether airline companies are conspiring together to keep ticket prices high, according to The Associated Press (AP).

It is not known which airlines are involved in the investigation Credit: Reuters

A document, seen by AP, reveals that the country's Justice Deparment has requested information from certain companies as part of an 'antitrust' investigation, which is looking into whether airlines are deliberately growing at a slower pace to keep prices from dropping.

Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce confirmed officials were looking into potential "unlawful coordination", but declined to comment further.

It is not known which airlines are involved in the investigation.

Gordon Brown praises 'real hero' Sir Nicholas Winton

Gordon Brown met Sir Nicholas at Downing Street in 2010 Credit: PA Wire

Gordon Brown has paid his own tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton, the man who saved 669 children from the Nazis in 1939.

The former Prime Minister met Sir Nicholas at a reception at Downing Street to honour Britons who helped save Jews and other persecuted groups during the Second World War.

"Nicholas Winton was a real hero of our times," Mr Brown said.

"Anyone who had the privilege of meeting him immediately felt admiration, respect and were in awe of his courage.

"That courage led him to risk his life to save the lives of some of the most vulnerable people. His inspiration will live on."

Home Secretary Theresa May, MP for Maidenhead where Sir Nicholas lived, also called him a "hero".

She said: "Maidenhead is rightly proud of all that he did, and we must ensure that his legacy lives on by continuing to tackle anti-Semitism and discrimination wherever it arises."

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