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European Union rules 'are a problem for UK farmers'

European Union rules on what British farmers must grow are a "problem", the Environment Secretary has said.

Liz Truss said she saw the damaging impact of the Common Agricultural Policy on the UK farming industry "all the time".

Liz Truss said there are 'benefits' and 'serious costs' to being in a single market. Credit: Stephen Rafferty/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Truss told the Sunday Telegraph: "There are benefits to being in a single market, but there are serious costs.

"The three crop rule means that Brussels bureaucrats are going to be deciding what our farmers produce, rather than what consumers want, which is a problem."

Andy Murray fiancée wears 'parental advisory' t-shirt

Kim Sears saw the funny side of her outburst. Credit: Reuters

Andy Murray's fiancee Kim Sears made light of her apparent outburst during the Scot's semi-final victory over Tomas Berdych as she took her seat for today's final wearing a 'parental advisory explicit content' t-shirt.

She was caught on camera apparently swearing last week as tensions boiled over during a fiesty encounter between Murray and Berdych.

Murray is currently one setdown against Djokovic in the Melbourne final following a tense tie break which the Serbian clinched 7-5.

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Alexander: Voting SNP 'will result in Tory government'

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said voting for the SNP at the upcoming General Election will result in a Conservative government.

"If you want change in Scotland my message is clear - the safest, securest vote is for the Labour Party because otherwise you risk David Cameron getting back into Downing Street," Alexander told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander speaks to Andrew Marr. Credit: ITV/The Andrew Marr Show

"His last best hope is now to split the centre-left vote in the United Kingdom and that's why I'm simply not going to play that game."

"She [Nicola Sturgeon] is trying to get Labour voters to vote SNP to get a Labour government. My message is vote Labour for a Labour government'."

Dry and sunny for many, wintry showers north and east

The eastern most counties of England will have a rather cloudy afternoon with outbreaks of sleet and snow.

Northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, west Wales and parts of southwest England will have a mix of sunshine and scattered wintry showers.

Dry and sunny for many, wintry showers north and east Credit: Met Office

Elsewhere it will be dry with some sunshine. There'll be a brisk and gusty northerly wind in the east, but further to the west the breeze will begin to ease.

It will feel cold with temperatures only peaking at 6C (43F).

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Climber dies in Scottish Highlands avalanche

Police have confirmed that a climber has died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.

He was one of two men from Suffolk reported missing on Friday night after they failed to return from a climb on Coireag Dubh Mor in the Torridon area of the western Highlands.

The Torridon area of the western Highlands. Credit: Google Street View

Mountain rescue teams and the Stornoway coastguard helicopter searched for the pair on Friday night but were forced to call it off because the weather was so bad. The search resumed yesterday afternoon and one of the climbers was found walking out to find assistance for the other man.

The two climbers had been caught up in an avalanche, police said. The mountain rescue team found the other man but he had already died. Police Scotland said both men were experienced climbers and had proper equipment. Heavy snow and strong winds have been persistent in the Highlands over the last month.

Jordan strongly condemns killing of Japanese hostage

Jordan has strongly condemned the killing of the Japanese hostage Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants, according to state television.

Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kesasbeh was captured when his plane went down in Syria. Credit: ITV News

The Jordanian government strongly condemns the execution of the second Japanese hostage by the terrorist organisation Daesh.

– Jordan's government spokesman

Islamic State militants released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto, whom the al Qaeda offshoot had been holding captive along with a Jordanian pilot. An official said Jordan is still ready to hand over an Iraqi prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi to Islamic State if a Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kesasbeh is released.

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