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Cyclist insists 'Save Gaza' gloves 'not political'

A Malaysian cyclist who wore gloves saying 'Save Gaza' during the Commonwealth Games has insisted he was not engaging in a political protest.

Azizulhasni Awang was competing in the men's sprint at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow when he held up his gloves to cameras to reveal the words.

Malaysia's Azizulhasni Awang holds up his gloves to the camera.
Malaysia's Azizulhasni Awang holds up his gloves to the camera. Credit: Facebook/Azizulhasni Awang

Writing on his Facebook page, Awang said: "I feel sorry to the people who misinterpret my message. There's no such thing with political protest."

"It's from the bottom of my heart to express humanitarian. Since when expressing humanitarian considered as political?"

He also revealed he had been given a warning by Commonwealth organisers but would be able to continue in the competition as long as he does not wear the gloves.

Read: Conflict leaves babies stranded in Gaza hospital


David Cameron confuses Tyne and Tees in interview

David Cameron on the River Tyne in 2006.
David Cameron on the River Tyne in 2006. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

David Cameron appeared to get his regions confused today when he repeatedly referred to examples of economic prowess on Tyneside - despite speaking to BBC Tees.

Eventually presenter Lisa McCormick cut in: "You keep mentioning the River Tyne. That's not our region Prime Minister. I'm sorry, we are the River Tees."

Mr Cameron replied "I'm sorry, I thought I was doing...." before talking about £90 million of government investment in the Tees Valley - an amount brushed off by the presenter as a "drop in the ocean".

Mum found it 'hard to love' the son she killed

The internet history from a mother who admitted to killing her three-year-old son showed searches including "I find it hard to love my son", "Why am I so aggressive with my son" and "Get rid of bruises," a court heard.

Using her phone, Rosdeep Adekoya also looked up, "I love all of my children except one," shortly before she battered Mikaeel Kular to death, the High Court in Edinburgh heard.

Adekoya, 34, pled guilty to culpable homicide.


Tulisa to seek appeal for guilty verdict on assault

Tulisa Contostavlos makes a statement
Tulisa Contostavlos makes a statement outside court after guilty verdict. Credit: PA

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has said she is "outraged" at her conviction for assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival. The N-Dubz star was found guilty of hitting Savvas Morgan during an altercation at V-Festival in Chelmsford.

She said: "This has been a rollercoaster week for me. I never wanted any of this. I did not assault Vas J Morgan and I am outraged at this decision. I will be appealing it.

"I am determined to clear my name as I have already done once this week. I repeat - I did not assault Vas J Morgan. I am innocent".



Morgan 'vindicated' by Tulisa guilty verdict

The celebrity blogger assaulted by Tulisa Contostavlos has told ITV News, that he is "delighted" by the guilty verdict.

I'm delighted that we can finally put an end to this and move on. It's been a difficult time for everyone involved and I would just like to put it behind me. I've had my character questioned and now feel vindicated by the verdict.

– Vas J Morgan

Russia says Ukrainian shells fired on border region

Russia said around 40 mortar shells fired by Ukrainian forces landed on the border territory of Rostov, near where Kiev is fighting pro-Russian separatists, state news agency reports.

Around 40 mortar shells have fallen from Ukraine ... in Rostov province.

– Vasily Malayev, Russia Federal Security Service

Read: Dutch PM says Russia is still arming Ukraine separatists

Rocket 'strikes residential building' in Ashkelon

The Israeli Defence Forces says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a residential building in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.


A rocket fired from Gaza hit an apartment building in the Israeli city of Ashkelon this morning.


The IDF said another three missiles had been intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system.


A short while ago, the Iron Dome intercepted 3 rockets over the Ashkelon area.

Read: Palestinian death toll in Gaza 'passes 800'

Miliband: 'I look like Wallace' but image isn't important

Labour leader Ed Miliband admitted to a likeness with "Wallace" from the popular "Wallace and Gromit" films, but he said that politics rather than his image was what was important to him.

Ed Miliband has admitted he looks a bit like Wallace.
Ed Miliband has admitted he looks a bit like Wallace. Credit: PA

In a wide ranging speech to the Royal Institute of British Architects he said: "I am not from central casting. You can find people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace. "You could probably even find people who look better eating a bacon sandwich."


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He added: "If you want a politician who thinks that a good photo is the most important thing, then don’t vote for me. Because I don’t."

Praising David Cameron, he said the Prime Minister "is a very sophisticated and successful exponent of a politics driven by image."

But he said he was not going to compete with that and wanted to "offer something different."

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