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£1m cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton 'still fighting'

Stephen Sutton, the 19-year-old cancer patient who has raised more than £1.5m for charity, has tweeted to say he is "still fighting" after thinking he had lost his battle with the illness earlier this week.

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Hi everyone, it's Stephen here- still here and still fighting!!! Throughout the whole journey I've been realistic... http://t.co/s6F2wzmv7k

He wrote on his Facebook page: "I genuinely thought I was a goner.... But hey, I'm still here!!"

"I am still in a very vulnerable position," he continued.

"I am very limited in what I can do and am still permanently hooked up to oxygen.

"But I am in high spirits and blessed to have so much love and support around me.

"To get to see the million pound fundraising target being reached was just phenomenal!"

Corrie star Barbara Knox bailed on drink driving charge

Coronation Street star Barbara Knox pleaded not guilty to a charge of drink driving at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court today .

The 80-year-old, who plays Rita Tanner in the ITV soap, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in March.

She was represented in court by high-profile criminal defence solicitor Nick Freeman.

The actress was bailed until July 23rd, ITV News Granada correspondent Matt O'Donoghue reported.

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Mr Loophole, Nick Freeman, has admitted his client did drive on a car park with excess alcohol in her system. Barbara Knox pleads not guilty

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Barbara Knox has been bailed until July 23rd on charges of drink driving. http://t.co/AHDfpxh9mL

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Putin warns Ukraine against using army on population

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Ukraine will face "consequences" if Kiev uses its army against its own people.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Ukraine against using the army on its own population
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Ukraine against using the army on its own population Credit: REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

The warning follows confirmation from Ukraine's foreign ministry that "up to five" militants were killed in the separatist-controlled town of Slaviansk in the east of the country.

Mr Putin told Russian media: "If these people have advanced to the so called 'acute

phase' [of confrontation with protesters], this is not an acute phase, it is just a punitive operation.

"It will of course incur consequences for the people making these decisions, including [an effect] on our interstate relations."

Read: Ukraine troops re-take checkpoint from pro-Russians

Clegg: Brits in Syria 'one of the biggest security threats'

Nick Clegg has backed the initiative to stop Brits from joining the Syria conflict, warning that the return of radicalised fighters from Syria was "now one of the biggest security threats we face as a country".

"I don't think we should under-estimate the gravity of this now," the Deputy Prime Minister said during his weekly phone-in on LBC radio.

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Nick Clegg said the return of radicalised fighters from Syria was 'now one of the biggest security threats we face as a country'. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"The security threat to us as a country - on British streets, British towns, British cities, British communities - from people going to Syria and coming back radicalised with violent intentions is now one of the biggest security threats we face as a country.

"It is something the Prime Minister, myself and other members of the Government are very focused on so of course I support the work of the security services and the police."

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Obama reassures Japan on disputed Senkaku islands

US President Barack Obama has reiterated his commitment to the defence of Japan and its territories, including the disputed Senkaku islands which are claimed by Japan and China.

During a state visit to Japan, Mr Obama reaffirmed that existing US defence treaties with Japan would be honoured, but urged peaceful dialogue with China over the islands, called Diaoyu in Chinese.

Read: Japanese activists make 'unauthorised landing' on disputed island

NASA astronaut captures an 'out of this world' selfie

NASA astronaut Rich Mastracchio, who is currently working on the International Space Station, has taken a impressive selfie during a routine spacewalk - raising the bar for everyone.

Mastracchio even tweeted the image afterwards to his 66 thousand followers down on Earth:

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An EVA selfie. The space suit makes it very difficult to get a good selfie. I tried several today. http://t.co/GvMEOj3ewu

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Ukrainian forces kill 'up to five' alleged militants

Ukrainian forces have killed "up to five" militants in Slaviasnk and government troops have destroyed three illegal checkpoints, according to Ukraine's Interior Ministry.

Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian militants as they closed in on the separatist-held city of Slaviansk, seizing rebel checkpoints and setting up roadblocks as helicopters circled overhead.

A Ukrainian military detachment with five armoured personnel carriers took over a checkpoint on a road north of the city in late morning after it was abandoned by separatists who set tyres alight to cover their retreat, said Reuters.

Read: Ukraine troops re-take checkpoint from pro-Russians

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Man arrested 21 years after murder of schoolgirl

14-year-old Johanna Young was killed in Watton, Norfolk in 1992 Credit: Norfolk Police

Norfolk Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a schoolgirl in Norfolk more than 21 years ago.

A man in his 40s from the Watton area was arrested in connection with the death of 14-year-old Johanna Young in 1992.

The man remains in custody and police enquiries continue.

The schoolgirl was last seen on 23 December 1992 and her body was discovered a few days later on Boxing Day.

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