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Skin cancer rates 'five times higher than in 1970s'

Skin cancer rates have soared since the seventies, Cancer Research UK says.
Skin cancer rates have soared since the seventies, Cancer Research UK says. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Rates of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, are five times higher in the UK than they were in the 1970s, new figures show.

More than 13,000 people are now developing the disease each year compared about 1,800 in 1975.

The dramatic rise is partly down to the huge increase in package holidays to sunny European destinations, a boom in sunbed use, and the fashion for a "healthy" tan, according to Cancer Research UK which released the figures.

However, survival rates for the disease are among the highest for any cancer, with more than eight in 10 people now surviving it, the charity says.


'Poker history' nets Victoria Coren Mitchell £400K prize

Victoria Coren's second European Poker Tour win has netted the TV personality and journalist nearly £400,000, as well as making poker history.

Poker player Victoria Coren takes part in the PokerStars London Poker Festival in 2013. Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Archive

Coren Mitchell became the first ever two-time winner of the European Poker Tour by winning the latest season of tournament in Sanremo, Italy.

She beat off 556 competitors to win a cash prize of £391,000 (476,100 euros) and a watch worth more than £4,000.

Coren Mitchell became the first woman to win an EPT event in London in 2006 for £500,000 prize money.

More: Coren Mitchell wins second European Poker Tour event

Russia accuses Ukraine of 'violating Easter truce'

Russia accused Ukraine of "violating" an Easter truce after at least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

Pro-Russian militant walks past burnt cars near a checkpoint in Slaviansk. Credit: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

The separatists said armed men from Ukraine's Right Sector nationalist group had attacked them.

The Right Sector denied any role, saying Russian special forces were behind the clash in Slaviansk.

"The Easter truce has been violated," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.


18 killed in bomb attacks across Iraq

Members of the Iraqi security force pose as they guard the site of a suicide attack at Imam al-Kadhim University. Credit: Reuters\Ahmed Saad

A succession of attacks, including an organised assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, has killed at least 18 people and wounded 50 across Iraq.

Today's deadliest attack took place outside the southern city of Samawah, where two car bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial area, killing seven civilians and wounding 17, police said. The Shiite city is located 230 miles south east of Baghdad.

A dramatic attack on a college in Baghdad killed four policemen and wounded another 18 people.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the bombings.

Katherine Jenkins to wed filmmaker partner

Katherine Jenkins holding her OBE with partner Andrew Levitas. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins has announced that she will marry boyfriend Andrew Levitas.

In response to earlier media reports that she was engaged to boyfriend Andrew Levitas, Jenkins tweeted: "Thank you for all your lovely wishes of congratulations. They mean so much to us. Happy Easter!"

Mr Levitas, 36, is a filmmaker, fine artist and producer, who also teaches at New York University.

Coren Mitchell wins second European Poker Tour event

British journalist and TV presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell has won her second European Poker Tour Main Event title, becoming the first ever professional player to do so.


Congratulations to Team Pro @victoriacoren on becoming the first double European Poker Tour champion!


Coren Mitchell has been playing poker since her teens and has won over $1m during her career, according to her website.

The Only Connect presenter took to Twitter to express her excitement and to thank her friends and fans for their support.


Sorry for that language on Easter Sunday. But I WON!!!!!! That is at least partly thanks to the amazing support, God bless everyone xxxxxxx

Actor and comedian David Mitchell, her husband, also tweeted his praise.


My wife just won her second EPT Main Event. Nobody's ever been able to say that before. She's amazing. #resistingexclamationmarks #EPTLive

Eight die in parachute plane crash in Finland

Eight people died when a small plane carrying parachutists crashed to the ground and caught fire in Finland.

Detective Superintendent Petri Kangas said three people survived the accident after they parachuted from the aircraft above Jamijarvi airfield, about 45 miles east of the south western town of Pori.

Jamijarvi airfield is located in southwest Finland. Credit: Google Maps

Mr Kangas said investigators did not know the cause of the accident but that "apparently some parts fell off the plane before it crashed".

Police said the eight victims were found in the badly burned aircraft - a Comp Air 8 kit aircraft, popular among parachutists. The three survivors are being treated for minor injuries.

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