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At least six dead after simultaneous attacks in North Sinai

Militants attacked more than a dozen army and police targets in Egypt's volatile region of North Sinai today, the Associated Press reports.

At least six people were killed and 30 wounded in the simultaneous attacks that included at least one car bomb and mortar rounds, officials said.

The explosions reportedly smashed windows and shook residential areas in the provincial capital el-Arish.

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Automated phone calls blunder leads to middle-of-the-night weather warnings

Electricity North West customers were woken in the night to be told bad weather was on the way Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An energy firm has apologised to customers who received automated phone calls in the middle of the night to warn them bad weather was on the way.

Electricity North West scheduled the calls to people on its 'priority services register' yesterday afternoon, but a technical fault meant some were not received until the early hours of today.

A spokeswoman for Electricity North West said:

We sincerely apologise for the text messages and calls that customers received during the night. We can reassure people that we will not be sending any further messages out until we have resolved this issue

– Electricity North West spokesperson

Bodies found in search for Belgian fishing boat missing in Channel

The search for the missing trawler has been called off for a second night Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

Two bodies have been recovered by rescue teams searching for a Belgian trawler missing since Wednesday in the English Channel.

The RNLI confirmed the discovery after lifeboat crews were sent to investigate debris spotted by an aircraft on the French side of the Channel north-west of Boulogne.

The fishing boat was reported missing with four people on board after it disappeared yesterday afternoon in the Dover Strait. The RNLI has called off the search for a second night after darkness fell on one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

"We are aware that two bodies have been recovered," a RNLI spokesman said. "However, this is still an ongoing and sensitive operation."

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