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Chris Evans breakfast show breaks audience record

BBC Radio 2 breakfast host Chris Evans has hit another audience high, with a new record number of listeners to his show.

Chris Evans has hit a record audience high.
Chris Evans has hit a record audience high. Credit: PA

The 48-year-old now pulls in 9.91 million each week, giving his show the biggest audience recorded in the UK since the current measurement methods were launched 15 years ago.

Evans is almost four million ahead of his Radio 1 breakfast rival Nick Grimshaw, who has himself seen a slight boost in his numbers to 5.97 million - up from 5.89 million this time last year.

Radio 3 has seen its audience slip below that of the BBC's digital-only 6 Music for the first time.

Former DPP Starmer plans to run for Labour in 2015

Former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer has confirmed he will put his name forward to stand as a Labour parliamentary candidate.

Sir Keir Starmer pictured at the CPS in 2010.
Sir Keir Starmer pictured at the CPS in 2010. Credit: PA

The human rights lawyer said he will seek selection in the Holborn and St Pancras constituency if the party does not run an all-woman shortlist.

Sir Keir was strongly tipped to fight the seat after former Cabinet minister Frank Dobson last week announced he would stand down at the 2015 general election.

He told the New Journal: "It would be an honour for anyone to succeed Frank Dobson.

"It will now be for the party to agree the process and timetable but if it is an open shortlist I intend to seek selection from members of Holborn and St Pancras, my home for over 15 years."

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Former royal aide charged with sexually abusing girl

A former aide to the Duke of Edinburgh has been accused of sexually abusing a girl in the early 1970s.

Benjamin Herman, 79, is charged with three indecent assaults against the youngster, who was about 12, between 1972 and 1974.

During this time Herman served as the Philip's equerry, or personal assistant.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "Benjamin Herman, 79, will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on Monday. He is charged with three counts of indecent assault between 1972 and 1974 on a girl aged around 12."

Two US volunteers exposed to Ebola virus victims

Two US Peace Corps volunteers have been isolated and under observation after being exposed to a person who later died of the deadly Ebola virus, a Peace Corps spokeswoman said.

"Two Peace Corps volunteers have had contact with an individual who later died of the Ebola virus," the spokeswoman said.

"These volunteers are not symptomatic and are currently isolated and under observation."

The spokeswoman said the volunteers will return to the United States after they are cleared to travel.

Earlier, the Peace Corps said it was pulling volunteers out of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone due to the increased spread of the virus.

Israeli military: Mortar fire came from near UN school

Lt Col Peter Lerner from the Israeli army said they were currently reviewing what happened in this morning's "tragic" incident, when at least 15 Palestinian refugees were targeted as they slept in UN school shelter.

Speaking to ITV News Presenter Mark Austin he said what he did know at this stage is that mortar was fired at the army from near the school, and soldiers returned fire.

More: UN Gaza representative breaks down in ceasefire plea

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Man held after brawl at Athletes' Village

A man was detained in the early hours of this morning after a brawl broke out at the Athletes' Village of the Commonwealth Games, officers from Police Scotland have confirmed.

A 30-year-old man was being being held in police custody after officers were called to the village at 6am. The nationality of the man, who was staying at the site in Glasgow's east end, is not yet known.

Officers attended the scene in Dalmarnock, where 6,500 athletes are staying during the Games, after receiving reports of a disturbance

UN Gaza representative breaks down in ceasefire plea

UN representative in Gaza Chris Gunness broke down in tears following an interview with Al Jazeera Arabic this evening, after making an impassioned plea for the rights of Palestinians and their children.

His interview begins 22 seconds into the clip.

His appeal came after the UN said the attack on a school where thousands of Palestinians had fled for shelter killed at least 15 people this morning.

Read: Gaza school shelling 'killed refugees as they slept'

The UNRWA spokesman said his staff working across Gaza are overwhelmed and called for immediate international action to hold Israel accountable for crimes against Palestinian civilians.

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The three weeks of fighting has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis.

Watch: Gaza death toll rises relentlessly with more casualties

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