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Man dies after getting into difficulty swimming in Norfolk

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A 54-year-old man has died after getting into difficulty in the water at Sea Palling beach in Norfolk.

The Coastguard received multiple 999 calls from members of the public after a group of four males were seen in distress around 800 metres from the main beach which has a lifeguard.

The group were rescued from the water at 11.47am this morning.

A 26-year-old man, who was pulled unconscious from the water, has been airlifted to hospital.

A 16-year-old and a man in his 20s were also helped by emergency crews.

Edinburgh flags at half mast in solidarity with Munich

General view of Edinburgh city Credit: PA

Flags in Edinburgh are flying at half mast in solidarity with its twin town Munich after nine people were killed by a gunman in the German city.

Edinburgh's Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: "On behalf of the citizens of Edinburgh, I offer our sincere condolences to the people of Munich and across Germany following yesterday's attack.

"Edinburgh has enjoyed a close relationship with Munich since becoming our very first twin city in 1954, so yesterday's events are particularly moving.

"Our thoughts are with the families of all those who have died and are injured."

"The flags flying above the Edinburgh City Chambers have been lowered to half mast as a mark of respect and support for all those affected."

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Merkel: Germany 'mourning with heavy heart' after attack

Angela Merkel paid tribute to those killed in the shooting attack.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the country is "mourning with a heavy heart" after the Munich shooting attack.

"We are all - and I'm saying this on behalf of the whole federal government - mourning with a heavy heart for those who will never return to their families."

She added: "To the families, the parents and children for whom everything today seems empty and pointless, I say personally and in the name of many, many people in Germany: we share your pain, we're thinking of you and we're suffering with you."

Nine people were killed when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at a shopping centre and fast-food restaurant on Friday.

Twenty-seven people have been injured, with ten in a critical condition.

At least 61 dead after Kabul protest suicide attack

The protest that was targeted Credit: Reuters

At least 61 people have died and 207 are wounded in a suspected suicide attack in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan.

Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack targeting members of the country's Hazara Shi'ite Muslim minority at a large demonstration, the group's Amaq news agency reported.

"Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi'ites in... the city of Kabul in Afghanistan," Amaq said in a statement.

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