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US law enforcement name second Texas gunman

The second gunman who attacked an exhibit ofcaricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a Dallas suburb has been identified as Nadir Soofi, the room-mate of the other shooter, Elton Simpson.

The New York Times and Washington Post quoted officials as saying that Soofi and Simpson opened fire on Sunday night. Both were killed by a police officer who was providing security for the event.

HMS Bulwark ready to support EU migrants rescues

A file photo of HMS Bullwark. Credit: Reuters

The Royal Navy's flagship is ready to join efforts to ease the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean after it was held back amid "discussions" with European Union partners.

The Ministry of Defence denied earlier in the day that HMS Bulwark and three Merlin helicopters had been delayed and described the discussions as "ongoing".

Previously, it had said the 19,000-tonne assault ship was due to set off on April 26.

An MoD spokeswoman said

HMS Bulwark and three Merlin helicopters are now ready to operate in the Mediterranean, working closely with the Italian Navy, and co-ordinated via Rome.

The 19,000-tonne amphibious ship will work in tandem with the surveillance helicopters to provide a wide-ranging search and rescue capability.

– Ministry of Defence

Steve Coogan joins Labour for last days of campaign trail

Comedian Steve Coogan has been out on the campaign trail showing his support for Labour.

The Alan Partridge star is the latest celebrity to back Ed Miliband's party after Russell Brand did a U-turn on his no voting policy and urged people to back the party.

Coogan said people like Brand resonated with young people and accused the Tories of being "bitter" they didn't have that kind of backing.

He told ITV News' Rags Martel: "They feel side-lined because young people don't feel anything in common with the Conservative Party.

"People like Russell Brand resonate with young people and they would kill to have that kind of support. It's just sour grapes."


Poll: Clegg to keep seat thanks to Tory tactical vote

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Nick Clegg is on course to retain his Commons seat at the General Election - thanks in large part to Conservatives voting tactically to keep out Labour, a new poll suggested.

A series of surveys have shown the Liberal Democrat leader trailing in Sheffield Hallam and in danger of being booted out by voters in the South Yorkshire seat he has held since 2005.

The party said the ICM research for The Guardian - which showed Mr Clegg seven points ahead of his Labour rival Oliver Coppard by 42% to 35% - confirmed its contention that the Deputy Prime Minister performed more strongly in polls where voters were given the names of the candidates. Without the names being given, Labour was ahead by 34% to 32%.

But the results also suggested Mr Clegg was reliant on tactical voting by Tories on what one ICM pollster called "a breathtaking scale". A full 48% of those who said they were Conservative backers nationally intended to back him, the figures suggested.

Polling by Lord Ashcroft has previously shown little evidence of active campaigning by the Tories in the seat, which Mr Clegg held with a majority of 15,284 in 2010

Arrest after man murdered in Wandsworth Prison

Wandsworth Prison in south west London. Credit: PA

A man has been murdered in Wandsworth Prison, Scotland Yard said.

Officers were called to the jail at 7.35am this morning to reports of a male prisoner dead in a cell.

The victim is believed to be aged in his 60s and though next of kin have been informed, formal identification has not yet taken place.

A man in his 40s, also a prisoner, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and is currently in police custody.

Speedboat teen died after life jacket became trapped

A 14-year-old girl died after a wave overturned a speedboat she was in causing her life jacket to become trapped, police said.

Emily Gardner was one of four people thrown overboard but the three others escaped with injuries.

Devon and Cornwall Police are continuing to investigate the tragedy but a spokesperson said: "From the enquiries conducted so far, reports suggest that the boat hit a wave before overturning.

"The four people on the boat were then thrown overboard as a result.

"It appears that Emily became trapped due to her buoyancy aid getting caught on part of the boat.

"The other people on the boat and jet ski riders tried to help Emily but could not free her.

"At this stage in the investigation we are satisfied that there are no suspicious circumstances and we believe that this was nothing more than a tragic accident."

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