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Two British men drown off Malta coast

Two British men, thought to be in their 30s, have died after drowning off the coast of Malta, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

The Blue Lagoon in Comino off Malta Credit:

Local police say that they got into difficulties at around 3.30pm on Saturday, while swimming in the Blue Lagoon in Comino.

An FCO spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of two British nationals in Malta on May 23. We are providing assistance to their families at this difficult time."

Members of the Armed Forces of Malta immediately attended the scene to assist and one man was taken on a private boat to the nearby town of Imgarr, while the other was airlifted to hospital.

But the Malta police said that both the 35-year-olds died.

The men have not yet been identified, but the BBC reports that one is believed to be from Birmingham.

Russell Crowe 'stunned' at death of John Nash

Russell Crowe was nominated for an Oscar for his role in A Beautiful Mind. Credit: Reuters

Russell Crowe has said he was "stunned" to hear of the death of John Nash, the mathematician who he portrayed in the film A Beautiful Mind.

The actor tweeted: "My heart goes out to John & Alicia [Nash's wife who was also killed in a car crash]. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts."


'A Beautiful Mind' mathematician dies in car accident

John Nash with his wife Alicia, who also died in the crash. Credit: Reuters

Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash, who inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind," has been killed in a car accident with his wife in New Jersey, ABC News reports.

The couple were in a taxi cab whose driver lost control and crashed into a guard rail, the network reported, citing state police.

Nash was 86 and his wife Alicia was 82, according to ABC News, which reported the couple were living in Princeton, New Jersey.

The academic, a Princeton University scholar, was awarded the Nobel Price for economics in 1994.

Air force: Libya's warplanes attack ship off port of Sirte

Warplanes from Libya's official government attacked a ship off the Libyan port of Sirte on Sunday, the air force commander said.

The Libyan port of Sirte. Credit: Google Maps

"Our jets warned an unflagged ship off Sirte city, but it ignored the warning," Saqer al-Joroushi told Reuters.

"We gave it a chance to evaluate the situation, then our fighting jets attacked the ship because it was unloading fighters and weapons," he added. An oil official said the ship was actually a tanker which had been carrying 25,000 tonnes of gas-oil.

US police: 71 people arrested in Cleveland

Police said some 71 people were arrested in Cleveland overnight during protests that flared after a police officer was found not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman following a high-speed car chase in 2012.

Protests were mostly peaceful after the verdict was announced on Saturday, Police Chief Calvin Williams told a news conference. Later in the day, some people "crossed the line," assaulting bystanders in a downtown restaurant area, briefly blocking a major highway and disrupting business at a shopping center, he said.


Farage: Labour 'dragged unwillingly' to EU vote U-turn

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said that the Labour Party has been Labour "dragged unwillingly" to in to a U-turn over an EU referendum.

Farage: Labour 'dragged unwillingly' to EU vote. Credit: Farage: Labour 'dragged unwillingly' to EU vote.

Mr Farage said: "The Labour Party has been dragged, unwillingly, to accept the inevitable that there will be an in/out EU referendum in the next two years. But Harman and Benn's position shows quite how little they have learned from their defeat and how much more they have to learn about the European Union debate in the UK.

. "They grudgingly accept that it is the will of the British people to have a say on their future, but they make it clear that they will campaign for in, whatever the result of Mr Cameron's negotiations."

Police hunt man with spider tattoo over Didcot murders

Police in Oxfordshire have launched a murder investigation after the bodies of a man, a woman and a 6 year-old girl were discovered last night. Police have appealed for help in tracing 21 year-old Jed Allen who has a distinctive spider tattoo on his left hand.

ITV News report Glen Goodman has the latest from Didcot:

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Gary Barlow surprises bride at Merseyside wedding

Take That star Gary Barlow gave a Merseyside bride a wedding she'll never forget when he appeared and sang on her big day.

Anita Jayne Morrissey-Booth had just got married to her new husband Alex in Knowsley when the Take That frontman appeared and sang A Million Love Songs at her reception.

It comes after Gary pledged in January that he would sing at three weddings in 2015 and since then has stayed true to his word.

Bono: Ireland now a country of peace and equality

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U2 frontman Bono has celebrated Ireland's vote for gay marriage.

On the second night of their latest tour in the US, the star dedicated Pride (In The Name Of Love), one of the band's top hits, to mark the historic day.

On stage, in front of thousands, he said: "It's a moment for us to thank the people who bring us peace to our country. We have peace in Ireland today ...and in fact on this very day we have true equality in Ireland,"

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