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Six men charged in Syria 'terror fraud' probe

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Counter-terrorism police investigating fraud allegations linked to extremists travelling to Syria have charged six men with conspiracy to defraud, Scotland Yard said.

Five of the men are in their twenties and from London, while a sixth man, aged 38, comes from Luton.

Five of the men will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court today, while another will appear in custody at Dunstable Magistrates Court.

A 32-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of money laundering has been bailed.

Israel PM Netanyahu strikes last-minute coalition deal

Netanyahu has struck a deal with Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett. Credit: Reuters

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formed a last-minute coalition government, shortly before a deadline to do so was set to expire.

The coalition will rule by a slender majority after receiving the support of the far-right Bayit Yahudi (Jewish Home) party following hours of discussions over cabinet positions.

The announcement came two months after Netanyahu won victory in Israel's elections, and only two hours before a deadline mandated by law.

As well as Bayit Yahudi and the Prime Minister's leading Likud party, the coalition will include the orthodox United Torah Judaism and Shas parties, and Kulanu, a centrist faction - forming a government of 61 out of parliament's 120 seats.


Election day weather outlook: Mostly dry and sunny

Weather conditions are likely to be mostly dry across the United Kingdom today as voters prepare to cast their ballots in the General Election.

Despite recent rain and high winds, sunny spells are expected to be commonplace in the main, though there is an outside chance of some passing showers in parts of south-east England and south Wales as the day goes on.

Election 2015: Britons set to cast their votes

Voters will decide on 650 Westminster MPs. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Election day has arrived in Britain, with six weeks of campaigning set to officially end when polling stations open at 7am.

Booths will be closed to the public at 10pm, with the first results expected to come in from around an hour later and the last anticipated around lunchtime on Friday.

In total, 650 members of parliament will be elected to represent the nation in Westminster, with a total of 3,971 candidates running.

Voters in England will also be choosing candidates for around 10,000 local council seats, with six mayors also due to be elected.

One arrested, another released after ex-IRA chief shot dead

Forensic officers at the scene of the shooting on Tuesday. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A man has been arrested and another released following the fatal shooting of a former IRA commander in Belfast.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said a 27-year-old man had been detained on Wednesday evening in relation to the murder of Gerard "Jock" Davison, who was gunned down in the street a day earlier.

A 41-year-old man arrested earlier has been released without charge, the force said on Twitter.

Earlier, police appealed for the public's assistance after Davison, a 47-year-old grandfather and father of three, was shot numerous times while walking in the staunchly-republican Markets area close to the city centre.

As the IRA officer commanding in Belfast, he was among the best-known republican figures in the city.


Lib Dem battle bus egged on eve of election

Nick Clegg's election battle bus has been egged on the final stop of its campaign tour.

Egg is seen dripped down the side of the Lib Dem battle bus. Credit: ITV News

The Liberal Democrat leader travelled 1,000 miles across the country in a late bid to win votes today.

Tonight he flew from the Highland town of Thurso down to Sheffield, where he will be contesting his Hallam seat in Thursday's poll.

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