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Cloudy but dry for most on Friday

A cloudy but dry day for most, however there will be a little rain and drizzle around, this most likely in the northeast where the rain could be a heavier at times.

Conditions will be dry for most on Friday. Credit: Met Office

Western and northwestern parts will have some sunshine and it should turn brighter in the southeast through the day as well.

It will be breezy though, especially in the southwest where there is the risk of gales, which will make it feel chilly despite the mild temperatures.

Immediate safety review launched after Hughes death

Australia's cricket board is to launch an "immediate" review into player safety in the wake of Phillip Hughes' death.

Phil Hughes died on Thursday, three days after suffering a head injury in a freak accident. Credit: Reuters

The 25-year-old's death, two days after he was struck by a ball in a "freak accident", has sparked an outpouring of grief from around the world, symbolised by the #putoutyourbats campaign.

"Statistics say it is clearly a freak incident, but one freak incident is one freak incident too many, so that of course puts us in a position of looking into that," Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland said.

He said the board would work with manufacturers and regulators to review safety measures and seek improvements.

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Pele says he is 'doing fine' amid heath fears

Brazilian football legend Pele has said he "is doing fine" as he attempted to play down concerns over his health.

The 74-year-old also denied reports that he had been placed in intensive care.

Darren Wilson 'will never return to policing'

The Ferguson police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown is unlikely to ever return to policing, his lawyer has said.

Darren Wilson, the Missouri police officer who shot dead Michael Brown. Credit: Reuters

A grand jury announced its decision on Tuesday not to press criminal charges against Darren Wilson over the death of Brown, sparking violent riots in Ferguson and protests in dozens of US cities.

"Realistically speaking, Darren will never be a police officer again, and he understands that," Jim Towey told NBC station KSDK.

"Going forward it will be school, and trying to carve out a new niche, new career, for he and his family."

Neal Bruntraeger, Wilson's other lawyer, said his client understood the risk he was taking by speaking publicly for the first time, revealing that people had "offered bounties on his life" after the fatal shooting.

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Police receive 'multiple calls' to Black Friday stores

Police have responded to "multiple calls" over Black Friday sales in London.

Scotland Yard said officers were called to four supermarkets following reports that large crowds had gathered in a bid to grab a bargain on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

No injuries were reported at the three Tesco stores in Edmonton, Willesden and Surrey Quays or the Asda in Edgware, a spokeswoman told ITV News.

Police made no arrests at any of the four locations.

Cooper: David Cameron has failed on immigration

David Cameron has "completely failed" to deliver on his immigration targets, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has criticised David Cameron's record on immigration. Credit: PA Wire

Ahead of David Cameron's much-anticipated speech outlining his plans to tighten immigration laws, Ms Cooper said: "Immigration is important to Britain - that's why it needs to be controlled and managed so that the system is fair.

"But David Cameron's 'no ifs, no buts' immigration target has completely failed.

"Four and a half years into his Government, his promises on an immigration target are in tatters.

"Rather than ramping up the rhetoric, David Cameron must now set out sensible, practical plans."

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Children tested for Ebola in Newcastle

Two children are currently being tested for the Ebola virus are in the infectious diseases unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The RVI in Newcastle is one of only three centres outside London equipped to handle ebola cases

It is not known yet where in Africa the children are from or how recently they arrived in the UK. They are also being tested for malaria.

Public Health England said it was "unlikely" that the children would test positive for Ebola, although results would take 24 hours.

A spokesman would not confirm the age or gender of the children but described them as young children, rather than teenagers.

The hospital is one of three centres outside London able to treat cases of Ebola - none of the others are within the North East region.

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