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Turkish Foreign minister: Prosecutor dies after stand-off

The Turkish Foreign Minister has said on Twitter that the prosecutor injured in a hostage standoff has died.

The prosecutor was critically injured and two of his captors were killed after security forces stormed the courthouse where a far-left group had taken the prosecutor hostage, Istanbul's police chief said.

Members of Turkish police special forces unit as they prepared to enter the Justice Palace in Istanbul. Credit: Reuters

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Mehmet Selim Kiraz had been shot three times in the head and twice in the body. Kiraz was leading an investigation into the death last March of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who died after nine months in a coma from a head wound sustained in anti-government protests.

The leftist group DHKP-C said on its website it wanted the police officer it blames for Elvan's death to confess on television, the officers involved to be tried in "people's courts", and charges against those who attended protests for Elvan to be dropped.

New First Lady of Nigeria hails 'truimph of democracy'

The new First Lady of Nigeria has hailed a "triumphant show of democracy" after her husband and opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari won the country's election.

All Progressives Congress leader Buhari, who said he had been "converted" to democracy after first seizing power three decades ago in a military coup, is the first Nigerian to oust a sitting president through the ballot box.

Opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari has won the election Credit: Reuters

His wife, Aisha Buhari, took to Twitter to share her joy as the results rolled in, saying she was "so proud" of her husband and his team.


Scenes of jubilation in Nigeria after APC claim victory

Voters in Nigeria have taken to the streets waving banners and flags in celebration after the opposition All Progressives Congress took power after the country's general election.

Supporters of the APC celebrate after the election Credit: Reuters

APC leader Muhammadu Buhari claimed victory over President Goodluck Jonathan's People's Democratic Party in the election - the first time in the country's history that a sitting government has been ousted in a purely democratic vote.

Celebrations spilled out into the streets as the election results poured in, with young men performing motorbike stunts and dancing as reports emerged claiming Jonathan had conceded defeat, allaying fears he might refuse to relinquish power.

APC supporters ran through the streets with flags and banners Credit: Reuters
The APC is the first party to oust a sitting government in a purely democratic election in Nigeria's history Credit: Reuters

Damage from high winds blocks roads and railways

High winds have continued to wreak havoc across the country as fallen trees blocked railway lines, and busy road-bridge routes had to be closed, including the Dartford Crossing QEII Bridge on the M25, the Ouse Bridge on the M62, and the M48 Severn Bridge.

Worsley in Greater Manchester where a 20ft tree had fallen onto a house. Credit: PA

Trains had to run at reduced speed in north west England, with delays of up to an hour in the Warrington Bank. Quay/Oxenholme Lake District area and in the Carnforth area. A tree on the line led to delays between Exeter St Davids in Devon and Taunton in Somerset, while another fallen tree meant hold-ups between Salisbury in Wiltshire and Romsey in Hampshire.

A tree on the line also caused delays to trains between Aylesbury and London. In East Anglia, overhead wire problems between Diss and Stowmarket were causing delays of up to an hour to services between Norwich and Ipswich. To add to commuters' problems, a signalling problem led to delays to trains between Brighton and Haywards Heath in Sussex.

Turkish gunmen killed in hostage rescue shootout

Two members of a banned left-wing group who held a prosecutor hostage in his office inside a courthouse in Istanbul have been killed in a shootout with Turkish police.

Istanbul police chief Selami Altunok said the prosecutor was seriously wounded, and he has been taken to hospital.

Members of special security forces enter the main courthouse in Istanbul, Turkey. Credit: PA

Police had negotiated with the gunmen for six hours before the violent end to the hostage situation, Altunok said. It was not clear how the assailants sneaked the arms into the courthouse.


Ed Miliband: I will be paying mansion tax and that's fine

Ed Miliband admitted his own house may be liable for his proposed increased rate on homes worth £2 million Credit: ITV News Granada

Ed Miliband has admitted that his own home may be liable for Labour's proposed mansion tax - and said that would be "fine" with him.

The Labour leader told ITV News Granada that the NHS, tax avoidance and the mansion tax are live issues "on the ballot paper" - to which he was asked about his own home's eligibility for the tax.

"It might well yes, I think it will, I will be paying the mansion tax and that's fine," he said.

Questioned again about his personal popularity and image, Mr Miliband said: "I don't care about the attacks on me, I care what's going to happen to the British people in the next five years."

Jobseekers in Grimsby tell of struggles to find work

When a hotel advertised 30 jobs in Grimsby last week, applicants queued around the town's job centre for a chance to apply.

Following David Cameron's pledge to create two million extra jobs if he is re-elected in May, residents in the East Marsh area of the town tell ITV News Correspondent Damon Green about the challenges of finding work:

Labour and the Conservatives clash over the economy

George Osborne has hailed a "hat-trick of good economic news" - a claim supported by Nick Clegg, who said the Liberal Democrats were a "crucial influence" on the latest figures.

However, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls countered that working people have been left struggling by the "slowest recovery in 100 years," while Ed Miliband said the Conservatives "just don't get" the lives of British people.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship spoke to George Osborne, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg:

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