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Wife and children of Robin Williams set for court battle

The late actor Robin Williams Credit: Reuters

The wife and children of Robin Williams are set for a legal battle today over the late comedian and actor's estate.

Lawyers for both parties are due to appear before a San Francisco probate judge over who should get clothes and other personal items the actor kept at one of his Northern California homes.

In December, papers filed by Williams' wife, Susan, claimed some of the late actor's personal items were taken without her permission.

She has asked the court to set aside the contents of the home she shared with Williams from the items he said the children should have which include jewellery and memorabilia.

Williams' children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody, say Susan Williams is trying to change the trust agreement.

Oscar-winning actor Williams died last August, aged 63, after he hanged himself in his home.

Nigel Farage: There's plenty of time for a referendum in 2015

Nigel Farage said that he would 'hold David Cameron's feet to the fire Credit: Good Morning Britain

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has told Good Morning Britain that if Ukip had to do a deal with the Conservative Party, he would like to see an EU referendum held before the end of the year.

Speaking on the first official day of the general election battle, he said: "There's no reason we can't have it this year," he said. "We've got loads of time...we're still in March, there's plenty of time to do this."

He said that British people should have the choice over whether to stay in the EU and it would be his job to "hold David Cameron's feet to the fire" to make sure his referendum promises were not a "stitch up".

A ComRes survey for ITV News last week found Ukip was up two points at 12%, ahead of the general election on May 7.

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Election battle officially begins: What to expect today

David Cameron will meet the Queen at midday Credit: PA

One of the most closely-contested general elections for decades begins today.

David Cameron will meet the Queen at midday, before officially firing the election starting gun.

He will then give a speech accusing Labour of planning a £3,000 tax hike for every working family, and will warning the country it faces a "stark choice".

Ahead of the prime minister's speech, Labour leader Ed Miliband will warn that an EU referendum proposed by Cameron would lead to two years of Tory in-fighting.

The Conservative Party will start the battle ahead by four points - its biggest lead since 2010.

  • 11:00am: Ed Miliband will launch his business manifesto and is expected to warn that an EU referendum proposed by David Cameron will "play havoc" with business, The Guardian reported
  • Midday: Cameron will hold a symbolic final audience of his term in office with the Queen at Buckingham Palace
  • 12:30pm: Cameron is expected to follow the visit with a speech outside Downing Street in which he will warn of the "stark choices" facing voters
  • 3:00pm: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will focus on the NHS at a Midlands seat the Liberal Democrats are fighting to hold.
  • Ukip leader Nigel Farage will also set out the Eurosceptic party's key election pledges today.

Weather: Bright conditions for most on Monday

Many places will be bright for a time this morning but across Scotland there will be further wintry showers with some sunshine in between.

Many places will see bright weather on Monday. Credit: Met Office

Cloud, rain and strong winds will spread into Northern Ireland this morning and then spill eastwards through the afternoon and evening to all but Northern Scotland, where the showers will continue.

Gales will develop around many coasts but especially in the west and southwest.

Top temperature 12 Celsius (54F).

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David Cameron warns of 'stark choice' at election

David Cameron will warn voters that they face a "stark choice" between him and Ed Miliband on May 7.

David Cameron will outline his election message today. Credit: PA Wire

His party will head into the first official day of the election campaign encouraged by an ITV News/Daily Mail poll showing the party four points ahead of Labour.

The Prime Minister will reiterate his message that Britain is on the "right track" and must avoid the "economic chaos" he says a Labour government would deliver.

He will accuse Ed Miliband of planning a £3,000 tax hike for every working family if the party returned to power - a claim Labour described as "totally made up".

Mr Cameron will say: "Ed Miliband pays lip service to working people while planning to hike taxes and increase debt. After five years of effort and sacrifice, Britain is on the right track. This election is about moving forward - and as Prime Minister here at Number 10, that's what I will deliver."

Miliband: Tories pose 'danger' to business with EU plans

Ed Miliband has warned that Tory plans to hold a referendum on Britain's membership with the European Union pose a "clear and present danger" to jobs and prosperity.

Ed Miliband will outline his fears for business if an EU referendum is held in 2017. Credit: PA Wire

The Labour leader will use the first day of the official campaign period to warn that David Cameron's plans for a referendum in 2017 will lead to "two years of uncertainty".

In a speech at Bloomberg in London today, Mr Miliband will say businesses will face years of "chaos" and will be left unable to plan for the future if the the Tories win power on May 7 and the referendum goes ahead.

Miliband will say that his party will not "condemn this country to years of uncertainty, years of insecurity, by threatening our European future".

IS expanded since start of air strikes, Assad claims

Islamic State has expanded since the start of US-led air strikes last September, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Credit: Reuters

Asked how effective the strikes had been in fighting the terror group, Assad told CBS: "Sometimes you could have local benefit but in general if you want to talk in terms of ISIS, actually ISIS has expanded since the beginning of the strikes."

Assad claimed that there were some estimates that IS was attracting 1,000 recruits a month in Syria.

He also warned the group were expanding into new territory in Iraq and Libya.

The Syrian president - who has been involved in a brutal civil war with rebels since 2011 - said he would leave power when he no longer retained public support, or felt he could not represent "the Syrian interests, and values."

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