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Thai Police arrest more suspects during raids

Police hunting the killers of two British backpackers have carried out a number of raids on the Thai island where the pair were found murdered.

Thai Police carried out raids on the island of Kao Tao Credit: ITV News

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were discovered on a beach on Koh Tao on Monday.

Four more men are believed to have been arrested in connection with the deaths following the raids.

DNA tests have found no matches to link the two British backpackers to earlier suspects detained by Thai Police.

Thai Police arrested a number of suspects during the raids Credit: ITV News

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Ambulance death: Darren Millar calls for inquiry

Shadow Health Minister, Darren Millar, has called for a "Keogh-style" inquiry into the Welsh NHS.

It comes after a woman died in an ambulance whilst waiting in a queue outside Morriston hospital yesterday.

Darren Millar AM says 'all is not well in the Welsh health service' Credit: ITV News Wales

He said: "The evidence is stacking up, demonstrating that all is not well in the Welsh health service and an independent inquiry could help identify problems and put them right, before it's too late.

Experienced medical experts are saying that without an inquiry, some NHS services are facing imminent meltdown - a disturbing warning that Labour ministers must heed.

Do-gooders who defensively act as cheerleaders for their local health board and reject any sort of review are putting Welsh patients at risk.

We love the NHS and want to help staff deliver the best possible service for patients, but that is only possible if we have the courage to hold a thorough inquiry to identify any problems and put them right.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minsiter

Women guilty over £21m 'pyramid scheme'

A group of women have pleaded guilty to operating a £21 million "pyramid" scheme which left thousands of investors out of pocket.

The scheme, called Give or Take, urged women in the West Country and Wales to "beg, borrow or steal" £3,000 with the promise that they would receive a payout of £24,000 when they reached the top of their "pyramid."

Mary Nash, 65; Susan Crane, 68 and Hazel Cameron, 54, have all admitted operating and prompting the scheme at Bristol Crown Court and will be sentenced next month.

Three other women, including the scheme's chairman, were each jailed for nine months in 2012 following a trial while a further three received suspended jail terms.

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Chinese online giant Alibaba set to break stock record

Chinese tech giant Alibaba is expected to set the price of its shares in what could be a record-breaking initial public offering (IPO).

Jack Ma founded Alibaba 15 years ago. Credit: Reuters

Alibaba is the online shopping leader in China, controlling four-fifths of all e-commerce in the world's second biggest economy. It handles more transactions than Amazon and eBay combined.

But unlike its western rivals, Alibaba does not own most of the goods it sells. Instead, it connects buyers with sellers - some of which offer rather unusual items.

The stock price for when the company enters New York Stock Exchange is expected to range between $66 and $68 a share due to the strong demand.

At the top end of that range, the IPO would raise almost $22 billion (£13.5 billion).

Alibaba plans to expand its business in the United States and Europe after the deal.

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Woman dies in ambulance queue outside Swansea hospital

The patient was waiting in an ambulance outside the hospital Credit: PA

A woman has died in an ambulance whilst waiting in a queue outside Morriston hospital.

The patient, who hasn't been named, died this afternoon at approximately 3.40pm after being transferred from another hospital.

In a joint statement Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service said a review is being launched into what happened.

The Emergency Department at Morriston Hospital has been very busy with a high number of ambulances arriving in a short space of time. Escalation plans have been activated and staff across the hospital are working closely with colleagues from WAST to keep delays to a minimum.

At approximately 3.05pm this afternoon, Thursday 17 September, a patient arrived via ambulance at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital from another hospital.

The patient was assessed immediately upon arrival and remained in the care of a doctor and the ambulance crew whilst waiting to be admitted into hospital.

Sadly, at approximately 3.40pm the patient passed away. We wish to express our sincere condolences to the patient’s family.

We will be urgently reviewing the circumstances to ensure we have a proper and full understanding of what happened. It is too early at this stage to comment any further.?

– ABMU Healthboard & Welsh Ambulance Service

Royal and Ancient Golf Club set to reveal results of female membership vote

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews will announce whether it will allow female members for the first time Credit: PA Wire

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is set to announce whether it will allow female members for the first time in its 260-year-old history.

Women who made a "significant contribution" to golf will be first in line to join if the club votes in favour of the move.

Existing members of the club have voted via postal ballot with the result expected later today.

A spokesman for the club said: "Over 2,400 ballot papers have been sent out and the vote is independently scrutinised by Electoral Reform Services. A simple majority is required to effect the proposed change. Should the outcome be in favour of welcoming women members the decision will take immediate effect".

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