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Oktoberfest: The world's biggest beer party starts

The beer is once again flowing in Munich as this year's Oktoberfest kicked off in the Bavarian capital. The beloved German beer feast is the world's largest beer festival.

Visitors toast with their one-liter beer mugs. Credit: Reuters

The festival is held annually in Munich, with many local breweries hosting huge parties. Beer is traditionally served in one-liter glasses served by men and women wearing traditional Bavarian costumes.

Visitors enjoy a beer during the opening day of the 181st Oktoberfest. Credit: Reuters

The 16-day festival runs until the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending.

People enjoy the opening day of the 181th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich. Credit: PA Wire

Nato: Ukraine truce 'in name only'

Fighting in Ukraine is continuing and the truce there is a ceasefire "in name only", Nato's top military commander said. "The situation in Ukraine is not good right now," U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove told reporters in Vilnius.

"Basically, we have ceasefire in name only," he added.

A Ukrainian serviceman secures the area during an exchange of prisoners-of-war near Donetsk. Credit: Reuters

Ukraine's government and pro-Russian rebels have agreed to strengthen an earlier ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine.

More than 3,000 people have been killed since fighting began in the region five months ago.


NYPD officer saves choking motorist on camera

A New York police officer's quick thinking, which saved a motorist who was chocking on a lozenge while driving, has been filmed on his dashboard camera.

Officer Gregory Zakoscielny saved the 49-year-old woman by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre.

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Actress Polly Bergen dies aged 84

Actress Polly Bergen who has died at the age of 84. Credit: Steven Bergman/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

Emmy-winning US actress and singer Polly Bergen, who played the terrorised wife in the original Cape Fear film and the first woman president in Kisses for My President, has died at the age of 84.

Publicist Judy Katz said Ms Bergen died today at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, surrounded by family and close friends.

She had battled emphysema and other ailments in the late 1990s, a result of 50 years of smoking.

Police release CCTV of 'road rage' attack

CCTV footage of a 'road rage' attack on a woman in Birmingham has been released by West Midlands Police.

The video shows a female motorist attacking a 44-year-old woman shortly after being asked to move the car she was in because it was blocking the road.

West Midlands Police say the victim suffered a lump to her head and bruising.


'English question' to dominate Labour conference

Questions over constitutional changes in England took a back seat at the Labour Party conference which begins this weekend.

Ed Miliband wanted to focus on political and social change but the debate on how England could be governed - in the wake of the no vote - is threatening to overshadow the agenda.

ITV News Political Correspondent Emily Morgan reports:

Thousands of Alfie Deyes fans meet their hero

Thousands of fans of video blogger Alfie Deyes have been tweeting their excitement after meeting him at a book signing in London.

About 8,000 people turned up for the event at the Excel centre in London's Docklands for the 21-year-old's 'The Pointless Book' which has already topped the Amazon best-sellers list and accompanies his blog.

Prince William jokes Malta 'would not survive' George

The Duke of Cambridge has joked about how Malta would not "survive" a visit by Prince George, as he joined the country for celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of its independence.

Prince William talks with participants after a re-enactment of a 16th century military parade Credit: Reuters

William was a last minute replacement for his pregnant wife Kate, forced to withdraw with severe morning sickness.

Prince William meets Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Credit: Reuters

When the Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca asked the Prince about bringing his young son next, the second-in-line to the throne quipped: "Malta may not survive baby George".

Hinting at the damage his 13-month-old son could wreak he looked around the lavishly decorated room and said "there's a lot of precious things here".

The Duchess of Cambridge was forced to cancel her trip to Malta due to sickness. Credit: PA Wire
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