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Police running out of time to question Becky suspects

Police must either charge or release the two suspects in the Becky Watts murder investigation by this afternoon as time to question them further will run out.

Under UK law, suspects can only be held in custody for a maximum of 96 hours. A 28-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were arrested on Saturday.

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Tributes to British 'disciplined warrior' killed fighting IS

A former US soldier who said he fought next to an ex-Royal Marine reported to be killed while fighting with Kurdish forces against Islamic State militants has paid tribute to his former comrade.

Posting on Facebook, Jordan Matson said he was "honoured" to have fought next to Konstandions Erik Sculfield, praising his discipline and dedication.

We were together from his first day here and you couldn't ask for a more disciplined warrior.

Kosta as we call him was from the United Kingdom and was born a Greek citizen. He served both in the Greek army and as a British Royal Marine commando up until he came here. He served with me in Jezza and Shengal.

Kosta volunteered for every attack and guard duty opportunity. He wanted nothing more than to bring the fight to the enemy.

I'm going to carry on your legacy brother, I will never forget you. I love you man.

Save me a place up there bug guy.

– Jordan Matson


'More than 30 dead' after explosion at Ukraine mine

More than 30 people have been killed in an explosion at a coal mine in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported, citing a local official.

"Rescue workers have not yet come to the place of the explosion, they are removing the poisonous gas and then will go down," Vladimir Tsymbalenko, head of the local mining safety service, said.

Frosty and icy start to turn dry and bright for many

It will be a frosty and icy start for most this morning, with crisp sunshine.

There will be showers to the northwest which will ease through the day.

It will be a frosty and icy start for most this morning. Credit: ITV Weather

Most places will see decent spells of sunshine with the best of the brightness to the northeast.

Top temperature will be 10C (50F).


Man arrested in connection with teen's stabbing death

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of teenager Alan Cartwright, who was stabbed to death in Islington, north London.

The man was arrested on suspicion of murder in the early hours of this morning after attending a north London police station, the Metropolitan Police said. He currently remains in custody.

Alan Cartwright, 15, was stabbed to death in Islington, north London. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Alan, 15, was riding his bike with friends on Friday evening when he was attacked.

The teenager managed to continue cycling a short distance after he was stabbed in the chest on Caledonian Road, Islington.

Clegg calls for decriminalisation of personal drug use

Nick Clegg will pledge a Lib Dem overhaul of drug laws. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Young people caught with small amounts of drugs for their own use should not receive criminal convictions, Nick Clegg will say today.

In a speech alongside Virgin owner Sir Richard Branson, the Deputy Prime Minister will attack the "ludicrous" status quo that allows people to be unable to get work in later life if they make a "youthful mistake".

He will announce Liberal Democrat proposals to take users out of the criminal justice system, instead introducing either treatment, education or a civil fine for those caught in possession of drugs for personal use.

Under current rules, someone cautioned for such a crime would have to declare it for six years when applying for certain jobs.

If they are fined for the same offence that increases to 11 years, while it will have to be declared for the rest of their lives if they receive a prison sentence.

William meets elephant as China tour nears end

William approaches Ran Ran during the visit. Credit: Tim Ewart/ITV News

Prince William had a run-in with an elephant named Ran Ran during a visit to Yunnan Province in China this morning.

The Duke of Cambridge had the encounter during a visit to Dai communities, who co-exist in the region with wild elephants.

It comes on the final day of William's tour of China, during which he is also due to visit an elephant rehab sanctuary and reflect on his trip in a speech at a wildlife conference.

Speaking after the walkaround, William said he would discuss the issue of ivory trading - an issue on which he has campaigned previously - in a speech later of the day.

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