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Liam Payne: Zayn's departure 'the worst time for band'

Liam Payne said Zayn Malik's departure did not mean the end for One Direction. Credit: Ian West / PA WIRE

One Direction star Liam Payne has described Zayn Malik's departure as "the worst" time for the band, but reassured fans it did not mean the end for the group.

The 21-year-old singer posted a heartfelt message on Twitter after the announcement that Malik had left the world's biggest boy band.

Payne said he felt "deeply saddened" but promised there was more to come from the group.

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Four in 'critical condition' after apparent NY gas blast

The apparent gas explosion in New York damaged buildings containing 49 apartments. Credit: APTN

Four people are in 'critical condition' after three apartment buildings collapsed in New York's East Village neighborhood from an apparent gas explosion, authorities said.

The blast injured a total of 19 people and sent flames leaping into the sky.

Bloodied victims ran from the buildings, collapsing on the street, witnesses said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference that preliminary evidence indicated it was a gas-related explosion.

A Fire Department spokesman said four buildings had caught fire and three had collapsed or partially collapsed.

Advice for parents on leaving children home alone

Parents are reportedly confused about the age when a child can be left home alone. Credit: Geoff Kirby / Freelance Contributors

A parent is arrested every day for leaving their child or children at home alone, according to new figures, but the law does not specify at which age a child can be left without supervision.

Here is what the NSPCC says about leaving children at home alone:

  • Never leave a baby or young child home alone, not even for a few minutes, regardless of whether they are sleeping or awake.
  • If your child is under the age of 12 they may not be mature enough to cope with an emergency. If you do need to leave them, ensure it is only for a short time. Make sure the obvious dangers such as medicines, matches and sharp objects are out of reach.
  • If leaving older children alone make sure they are happy about the arrangement and know when and how to contact you and emergency services.
  • If your child is under the age of 16 they should not be left alone overnight.
  • Teach your child about what to do if there is ever a problem. Keep your mobile phone with you and make sure your child knows your number so they can call you if you are needed. Leave a list of people you trust for them to go to or call, such as a neighbour, relative or close friend.

Miliband: Battle wounds with brother 'have not healed'

Ed Miliband's relationship with his brother David was "strained" and " has still not healed", almost five years after he beat him to the Labour leadership, he has admitted during a live Q&A session.

But Mr Miliband said he believed he had done a better job than his older sibling would have as the head of the party.

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Key points from Q&A show with Cameron and Miliband

David Cameron and Ed Miliband have taken part in the first interview and Q&A show ahead of the General Election.

Below are the key points from both leaders.

David Cameron:

David Cameron admitted he would not be able to live on an exclusive zero-hours contract. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA WIRE
  • Admitted that he would not be able to live on an exclusive zero-hours contract.
  • Said the UK was "immeasurably stronger" after five years of his premiership and claimed that "we've turned the economy round".
  • Accepted that his Government had failed to meet the "no ifs no buts" pledge he made in 2010 to get net immigration down.
  • Insisted he would serve "every day of a full second term" if re-elected in May.
  • Pressed on further cuts to the welfare budget he said: "We know there will be difficult decisions and we will have to go through every part of the welfare budget."

Ed Miliband:

Ed Miliband said his relationship with his brother David was still Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA WIRE
  • Miliband said his relationship with brother David was still "healing" after their bruising battle for the Labour leadership.
  • He said wealth creation is an incredibly important part of building a more prosperous society and a fairer society.
  • Mr Miliband said democratic socialism remained an important Labour value.
  • Firmly defended his decision to rule out an in/out EU referendum, arguing that it was not a priority for the country.
  • Refused to put a figure on a maximum population for the country and admitted Labour "got it wrong" on immigration.

Ed Miliband says 'Cameron can't defend his record'

Ed Miliband said the Prime Minister "cannot defend his record" and he "will fight for working families" after taking part in the Battle for Number 10 interview and Q&A.

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