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Skin cancer survivor: Speed of disease was 'terrifying'

A skin cancer survivor described the speed with which a mole on her face became cancerous as "quite terrifying".

Loti Jackson, 28, from West Sussex explained to Daybreak how catching the cancer early had saved her life, but expressed concern at the rapid pace of the disease.

"Being on the side of my face, I had noticed it had gotten raised a bit. But to go from August to November of being fine to needing it removed was quite terrifying."


Bob Geldof 'devastated' by the death of Peaches

Bob Geldof will be "devastated" by the death of his 25-year-ol daughter, Peaches, after suffering "a form of madness" when the family first broke up during his divorce from Paula Yates, according to a longtime family friend.

Gerry Agar, a former close friend of Peaches' mother, told Daybreak, the Live Aid chief had felt so depressed at the loss of his children, he had "travelled out into the night, calling out their names".

Teachers abused online 'feel very personally hurt'

Teachers who are abused online by their own pupils "feel very personally hurt" by the vitriol directed at them on the internet, a headmaster of an east London school told Daybreak.

Ges Smith, the headmaster of a school in Walthamstow, said there were "two elements" to the effects of online abuse.

"One, it can be professionally and credibly damaging. And two, I have seen people who have been abused by young people online and they actually feel very personally hurt by it."

Ferry crew actions 'murderous', says President

South Korea president Park Geun-hye.
South Korea president Park Geun-hye. Credit: APTN

The captain of the sunken South Korean ferry told passengers to stay put before he and members of his crew made their escape, the country's President has claimed.

Park Geun-hye told a cabinet briefing that the captain and some crew members committed "unforgivable, murderous acts" during the disaster, which has left more than 300 people dead or missing.

She said the alleged decision of the captain and crew members to escape before ensuring their passengers' safety was "legally and ethically [...] an unimaginable act".

Read: Ferry captain's actions 'tantamount to murder'


Teen stowaway 'traveled to Hawaii on plane wheel well'

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The teen reportedly stowed away on a Hawaiian Airlines flight. Credit: AP

A runaway teen reportedly stowed away in the wheel well of a plane as it flew from California to Hawaii, surviving a journey halfway across the Pacific Ocean at 38,000 feet.

The Associated Press reports that a 16-year-old boy from Santa Clara, California was questioned after arriving on the tarmac at Kahului Airport - the flight's destination - without any identification.

Security footage showed the teen had jumped over a fence to board Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning, an FBI official told the news agency.

The FBI said the boy - who is believed to have run away from his family - will not be charged and has been referred to protective services.

Hawaiian Airlines said: "Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived."

'Britain should be unafraid to call itself Christian'

Downing Street has hit back amid criticism of the Prime Minister's claim that Britain is a "Christian country".

A spokeswoman said Mr Cameron had made clear as far back as December 2011, in a speech to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, that he believed the UK was a Christian country "and should not be afraid to say so".

"He also added that this was not to say in any way that to have another faith - or no faith - was somehow wrong," she said.

"He has said on many occasions that he is incredibly proud that Britain is home to many different faith communities, who do so much to make the UK a stronger country."

Read: PM criticised for claiming Britain is a 'Christian country'

Govt to launch register of 'true company owners'

A law making companies publicly declare who their true owners are is set to be launched in the Queen's Speech as part of the Government's crackdown on tax evasion, it has emerged.

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The register is backed by Vince Cable (left) and David Cameron (right). Credit: PA

Business Secretary Vince Cable confirmed ministers are ready to go ahead with plans for an open, publicly available register of beneficial ownership of firms in a drive against what he called the "darker side of capitalism".

The move will be popular with anti-poverty campaigners, who have long argued the world's poorest countries lose out on billions in tax revenue because firms use shadowy "shell companies" to shield profits.

David Cameron announced last October that the register - which he originally proposed as part of Britain's chairmanship of the G8 - would be made available to the public as well as to tax authorities - a key demand of the campaigners.

Firms registered in Britain will be required to supply information on individuals with an interest in more than 25% of the shares or voting rights, to a central register held and maintained by Companies House.

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