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A world record has been broken in Birmingham this lunchtime for the longest Christmas cracker pulling chain.
749 people were involved in the biggest simultaneous cracker pull, which took place in Brindley Place.
David Cameron has been sarcastically thanked for saving an MP's marriage by offering a "sweet £150 tax break".
Labour's Tom Harris joked that his wife Carolyn was "just about to sign the divorce papers" when she heard reports of the allowance for married couples.
Mr Cameron hit back with his own joke as he suggested Labour leader Ed Miliband only tied the knot with Justine Thornton when the Government proposed the idea.
The married couple's tax allowance is expected to be worth up to £200 a year for an estimated four million couples from 2015.
The South African government has asked mourners to stop travelling to Nelson Mandela's coffin in Pretoria today, with thousands of people currently queuing up to see the anti-apartheid leader for the last time.
ITV News Africa correspondent Rohit Kachroo added:
South African government appeals for calm during Nelson Mandela's lying in state. "Mourners must ... be prepared to wait in line."
Vitali Klitschko, the leader of the Ukranian opposition party, believes overnight action against anti-government protesters by police in Kiev to remove barricades and tents from a camp has closed the path to any kind of compromise.
The home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu was burgled during Nelson Mandela's memorial service in Johannesburg yesterday, AFP reports.
The BBC's governing body has asked former news executive Nick Pollard for an explanation about a recording which has been published online in which he discusses his failure to include some evidence in his report into the Savile scandal.
In the phone recording he talks about why he did not include a claim by the BBC's former director of news Helen Boaden that she had informed then-director-general Mark Thompson that a proposed Newsnight report was looking into sex abuse allegations against late DJ Jimmy Savile.
Mr Pollard led a review into the sequence of events surrounding Newsnight's shelved report into Savile's activities which eventually led to a huge crisis at the corporation and the departure of a later director-general, George Entwistle, after only 54 days in the post.
The edited recording, which lasts more than five minutes, was posted on the Guido Fawkes political blog, includes former Sky News chief Mr Pollard explaining that he did not include Ms Boaden's claim in the report because he did not recognise its significance at the time.