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Canadian cyclist forced out of Games after crash

Canadian cyclist Nic Hamilton has been forced out of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games track cycling events after crashing into an official in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Hamilton suffered concussion while the Glasgow 2014 official was knocked out and suffered a suspected broken collarbone in the accident.

Canadian cyclist Nic Hamilton has been forced out of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games after a collision at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Cyclists can reach speeds of up to 40mph in the velodrome.
Canadian cyclist Nic Hamilton has been forced out of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games after a collision at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Cyclists can reach speeds of up to 40mph in the velodrome. Credit: Reuters

A Team Canada statement read: "Nic has been assessed by Canada's medical staff and does not have any serious injuries other than his concussion.

"As per concussion treatment protocol, he will not be able to compete for at least seven days, which forces his withdrawal from the track events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow."

The velodrome had to be closed for 30 minutes, delaying a visit from the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Read: Royals meet Commonwealth Games athletes

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Scores of Palestinians flee Khan Younis

Long lines of Palestinians are fleeing Israeli strikes in Gaza's Khan Younis area, with many walking away with belongings and no where to go.

Khan Younis is one of the main focal points of Israel's recent missile assaults, but residents have said it is only civilian homes that are being hit.

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A family sit on a wagon to try and leave the Khan Younis region. Credit: Reuters
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A elderly woman is pushed along in wheelchair in Khan Younis. Credit: Reuters

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The Last Post is played as MH17 victims' bodies arrive

A trumpeter played The Last Post as the bodies of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines flight landed in Holland.

As the Dutch king and queen looked on, two transport planes carrying 40 coffins flew into Holland's Eindhoven airport.

A motorcade of hearses were at the airport to take the coffins to the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks, where the long-process of identifying the bodies will begin.

Read: Parents of MH17 victims say they are living 'in a hell beyond hell'

Royals meet Commonwealth Games athletes

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have been meeting and greeting athletes ahead of tonight's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, due to start at 8pm.

Prince Charles greets members meets members of the Wales badminton team during the build-up to Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Prince Charles greets members of the Wales badminton team during the build-up to Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Credit: Reuters
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with members of the England badminton team during a visit to the Commonwealth Arena and Velodrome in Glasgow.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with members of the England badminton team during a visit to the Commonwealth Arena and Velodrome in Glasgow. Credit: Reuters
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watches members of India's boxing team during a training session.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watches members of India's boxing team during a training session. Credit: Reuters

The Queen, as head of the Commonwealth, is to formally open the Games in Glasgow. Organisers have said the spectacle is to be the most prestigious live event in Scotland.

Read: Glasgow promises 'spectacular' Commonwealth Games

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Claudia's father hopes arrest is 'vital piece in jigsaw'

The father of Claudia Lawrence hopes today's arrest of a 46-year-old man by police investigating her disappearance "is another vital piece in the jigsaw", his spokesman said.

Peter Lawrence, the father of missing Claudia Lawrence.
Peter Lawrence, the father of missing Claudia Lawrence. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Peter remains very grateful for all the hard work that North Yorkshire Police are continuing to put in to finding Claudia.

It is to be hoped that this is another vital piece in the jigsaw of information that needs to come in to the police: it is much better if people volunteer information than wasting valuable police time in them having to find it out for themselves and then come looking for people.

– Martin Dales, spokesman for Peter Lawrence, Claudia’s father

Read: Police search York pub in Claudia Lawrence search

Parents of MH17 victims: 'We live in a hell beyond hell'

The parents of three Australian children who were killed with their grandfather in the MH17 crash said they are living in a "hell beyond hell" in the wake of the disaster.

Mo, Otis and Evie Maslin, aged 12, eight and 10, and their grandfather Nick Norris, 68, were among the 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was apparently shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17.

Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris said the "people who shot our whole family out of the sky" do not deserve the "intense and relentless" pain they are suffering.

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Mo, Otis and Evie Maslin were killed along with their grandfather in the MH17 disaster.

"We live in a hell beyond hell. Our babies are not here with us – we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives," the parents said in a statement.

"No one deserves what we are going through. Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky.

"No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for our children, for Mo, for Evie, for Otis. No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for Grandad Nick. No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other. This is a revelation that gives us some comfort."

Read: Australia mourns MH17 victims at memorial service

The children caught-up in the Middle East conflict

The Middle East conflict has left children in Gaza with serious injuries as both sides continue attacking one another.

The conflict has seen children on both sides injured and killed.
The conflict has seen children on both sides injured and killed. Credit: ITV News / Sean Swan

The children pictured are just two of those being treated at Khan Yunis Hospital, Gaza.

This young boy is being treated at Khan Yunis Hospital in Gaza.
This young boy is being treated at Khan Yunis Hospital in Gaza. Credit: ITV News / Sean Swan

ITV News also met three-year-old Randa Al Shaer - who is not pictured because of the severity of her injuries - who suffered third degree burns and lost both her mother and grandfather in an Israeli airstrike.

Read: 'Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies' hashtag goes viral

Sri Lankan cyclists on motorway spark police response

Four members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games cycling team caused a police response after being spotted going for a ride down one of Scotland's busiest stretches of motorway.

STV News reported that four Glasgow 2014 athletes were seen cycling down the M74 before police intervened and informed them they were breaking the law.

Johnathan Brownlee, the 2012 Triathlon World Champion, snapped the cyclists before tweeting: "I suppose it's a nice wide road!"

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Just seen the Sri Lankan cycling team on the M74. Suppose it is a nice wide road!! http://t.co/1sMV3ZDAin

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The triathlete's brother Alistair Brownlee tweeted a second picture of the team members.

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The Sri Lankan cycling team cruising down the M74, lovely spot for a bike ride. http://t.co/NYr17Pp6So

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A police spokeswoman said: "Police attended. Advice and assistance was given and the cyclists were advised to get off the road."

The spokeswoman confirmed they were from the Sri Lankan team and said the cycles were loaded on to a team vehicle and they left the area.

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