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Teenager from Brighton killed in Syria

An 18-year boy from Brighton has been killed in Syria.

Abdullah Deghayes died earlier this month, although the circumstances of his death are not clear.

The family of Abdullah confirmed his death and said they did not know he had travelled to the country.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said, "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking in to it."

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, "On Monday 14th April, we received information that an 18-year-old Brighton man had been killed in Syria in recent weeks.

"The circumstances of this reported death remain unclear and we are in contact with the family."

Peaches Geldof's funeral to be held on Easter Monday

Peaches Geldof's funeral is to be held on Easter Monday at the same church where her mothers funeral Paula Yates was held.

The Kent church is also where the 25-year-old married musician Tom Cohen, the father of her children, in 2012. Her family says the event will be private.

Peaches Geldof's funeral will be at the same church as her mothers, Paula Yates. Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Kent Police said her death is being treated as a "non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death".

Read more: Peaches Geldof post-mortem proves 'inconclusive'

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Bigger 3.5 earthquake hits the Rutland area

Another earthquake measuring 3.5 has struck the Rutland area of the East Midlands, which has come 24 hours after a 3.2-magnitude hot the area.

More: 3.2 magnitude earthquake in Rutland, East Midlands

Initial data released by the British Geological Survey (BGS) said the latest quake struck the Oakham area at around 7.50am today.

A map from the British Geological Survey shows the point of impact. Credit: BGS Website

In comments posted on the BGS Facebook page, residents in the Rutland area and neighbouring Lincolnshire claimed the latest quake was more powerful than the first.

Facebook user Dave Stevens said: "Yesterday's was a sudden loud bang. This morning's felt more like the 2008 Market Rasen quake. It really rattled the doors of my shower!"

Kate suggests solution for William's bald patch

The Duchess of Cambridge poked fun at her husband during their tour of Australia after she suggested that the perfect solution for his bald patch would be an alpaca toupee.

Kate and William at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. Credit: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP

Read: Kate says Australia trip will always be 'fondly' remembered

The royal couple met exhibitor Lyn Crejan, 67, at the prestigious Sydney Royal Easter Show, who showed Kate and William a tuft of alpaca wool - which was a similar shade of brown to the Duke's hair.

The Duchess, who wore a white Zimmermann dress, joked about her husband using it as a wig.

Ms Crejan, a farmer from the settlement of Glenn Innes in New South Wales, said: "The Prince was interested in the alpaca and as I showed it to them the Princess said he should put it on his head.

"She said, 'you need it more than me', and pointed to his head and he laughed."

Pictures: Duke and Duchess watch life-saving displays on beach

Kate: Australia trip will always be fondly remembered

The Duchess of Cambridge has thanked Australia for the warm welcome she and baby Prince George have received and said the visit "will always be remembered with fond and happy memories".

The Duchess of Cambridge (right) visits children and relatives at Bear Cottage in Sydney Credit: Mark Large/PA

Kate, who was visiting a children's hospice in Sydney with William, praised many people including prime minister Tony Abbott and thousands of well-wishers who have greeted the Cambridges since their tour began a few days ago.

The Duchess toured Sydney's Bear Cottage - one of only two children's hospices in Australia - and praised the centre as a "haven" that was "inspirational".

Kate, who is royal patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospice (Each), said in a speech: "If I may, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has welcomed me and George so incredibly warmly on our first visit.

"To be here together as a family has been very special and we will always remember it with fond and happy memories."

The Duchess added: "First class delivery of children's palliative care is life changing. When families are confronted with the shattering news that their children have a life limiting condition, their world can fall apart. It is at those times that professional support is imperative."

Pictures: Duke and Duchess watch life-saving displays on beach

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Cameron 'stung by jellyfish' on holiday in Lanzarote

Prime Minister David Cameron has been stung by a jellyfish while on holiday in Spain, The Mirror have reported.

The incident happened on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, while David Cameron and his wife Samantha were enjoying a spring break.

Prime Minister David Cameron (back) and his wife Samantha stop for a drink by the beach. Credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/PA Wire

Ex-pat Alan Lambert, said that one traditional cure for a jellyfish sting is for someone to urinate on the affected area.

He joked: “There would have been no shortage of volunteers to administer the treatment if he’d needed it. We were all having a laugh about it in the bar.”

Diver: 'We can't see the ship's white colour'

A diver tasked with getting information from the sunken ferry has told relatives that they "cannot even see the ship's white colour".

Divers prepare for a search and rescue operation for the South Korean ferry "Sewol". Credit: REUTERS/Issei Kato

Diver Kim Chun-il said that two divers had to return to the surface when an air pump stopped and said strong tides were impeding the rescue and that the divers are only "touching the hull with their hands."

Rescuers have pumped air into the vessel, but divers have not yet entered areas of the ship where many of the missing are believed to be.

Read: Captain not at helm when South Korea ferry capsized

Nepal Tourism Ministry: 'Nine killed, many missing'

An avalanche that swept down a slope of Mount Everest at the beginning of the main climbing season, has killed nine Nepali mountaineering guides, a Tourism Ministry official said.

The avalanche hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak and three Nepali guides were injured and some people may be missing, Tilak Ram Pandey, an official at the ministry's mountaineering department said.

(File photo) Climbers ascending from the snowy left side the mountain. Credit: REUTERS/David Gray

Madhusudan Burlakoti, a senior official at the ministry, said helicopters and rescuers on foot had been sent to the site.

Read more: Six dead and nine missing after Everest avalanche

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