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UK prepares for snow amid travel and health warnings

Parts of the UK are preparing for more snow amid warnings of travel disruption.

The scene in Cumbria earlier this month as forecasters warn of further snowfall in the UK. Credit: PA Wire

Yellow "be aware" weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for parts of England, from the North West to East Anglia, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Temperatures are expected to drop by as much as 10C to below zero overnight into Thursday.

Around 3-8cm of snow is predicted to fall over parts of northern England, possibly reaching as far as Yorkshire and Humber and the Midlands, and up to 5-10cm of snow could blanket much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Forecasters have warned the public to be aware of possible travel disruption as a result of the "winter hazards", while health officials have also urged people to take extra care in the conditions.

Two men due in court charged with Nicola Payne murder

Two people are due to appear in court today charged with the murder of young mother Nicola Payne, who went missing 23 years ago.

Nicola Payne has been missing since 1991. Credit: PA Wire

Nigel Barwell, 51, of Copperas Street, and Thomas O'Reilly, 50, of Ribble Road, both Coventry, were charged yesterday with killing 18-year-old Nicola Payne.

They will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

Ms Payne, who had a seven month old son at the time of her disappearance, has not been seen since leaving her boyfriend's house and for her parents' home in Coventry in 1991.

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Japanese PM condemns 'despicable' IS hostage video

The Japanese Prime Minister has condemned a video appearing to show journalist Kenji Goto, who is being held by Islamic State militants, saying he could be killed in 24 hours.

Kenji Goto was captured by Islamic State militants after travelling to Syria to save his friend last October.

A message, released on Tuesday, warned that Goto had "only 24 hours to live" unless Jordan releases Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber who is being held on death row.

Shinzo Abe, who described the video as "despicable", said Japan was working closely with Jordan to secure Mr Goto's release.

Earlier, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tokyo was making every effort in close coordination with Jordan to secure the release of Goto and Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh.

Fallon: Military must sell more assets to support frontline

Military airfields, barracks and vehicles must be sold to ensure frontline forces are properly resourced, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is to warn.

Michael Fallon has warned that further savings need to made maximise resources for the frontline. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Fallon will say today that despite efficiencies made over the past five years the job "is far from over", and the Government has to keep "sweating our buildings and lands" to make savings.

The Defence Secretary will insist that Britain needs to go further in "rationalising our defence estate".

"With continuing demands on our resources, with the cost of manpower and equipment rising, and with competition from emerging nations increasing efficiency in defence cannot be a one-off," he will say in a speech to the Institute for Government (IfG).

"Every year we should be looking to take out unnecessary cost, to improve productivity, and to sweat our buildings and land so we can better support the front line."

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