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Wallace cries 'for freedom' after golden win in the pool

Scottish swimmer Daniel Wallace has channelled one of Scotland's most famous sons as he celebrated a golden home win at the Commonwealth Games with a victory cry "for freedom!"

Wallace came from behind to win the men's 400m individual medley before smashing his arms into the water in delight as his victory was confirmed.

The cry for "freedom" is a reference to the speech delivered by his near-namesake, William Wallace, to Scottish rebels fighting for independence at the turn of the 14th century that was made famous by the 1995 film Braveheart.

England top medal table after day two of Glasgow 2014

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England's Owen Livesey (left) with his medal after winning the men's 81kg Judo final. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

England are leading the medal table with 32 medals - 12 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze - in the late evening of day two at the Commonwealth Games.

Australia are currently in second place with 31 medals - 10 gold, nine silver and 12 bronze - followed by Scotland in third place with 14 medals - seven gold, three silver and four bronze.

Wales are now in tenth place with three silver and three bronze medals while Northern Ireland was 17th equal with one bronze.

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US official: Israel to begin 12-hour ceasefire tomorrow

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel will begin a 12-hour pause in hostilities in Gaza from 7am local time tomorrow, a US official has told Reuters.

The official made the comment when asked about Mr Kerry's statement that Mr Netanyahu had inferred to him that Israel was willing to undertake a pause as a goodwill gesture.

The Israeli government did not immediately comment on the report.


France revises Air Algerie AH5017 death toll to 118

French government officials have revised the death toll of the Air Algerie plane crash to 118, without explaining the reason for the change.

They also raised the number of French killed from 51 to 54.

Aerial footage of the site where Flight AH5017 crashed was also released by regional military authorities this evening.

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PM 'saddened' by British man's death on AH5107

David Cameron said he was Credit: Reuters

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "deeply saddened" by the death of a British man on the Air Algerie flight AH5107.

"Thoughts very much with friends and family," he added.

Mr Cameron has also written to Mr Hollande "to send sincere condolences for the loss of so many French citizens", Downing Street said.

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Kerry plays down claims of Israeli truce rejection

US Secretary of State John Kerry has played down claims Israel's security cabinet has rejected a truce in Gaza, saying a formal proposal had not been put to the body.

Mr Kerry said the cabinet may instead have rejected some "language" of plans towards a truce agreement.

Speaking from Cairo, he said negotiators were making "serious progress" on a truce but had more work to do as he called for fresh focus on the opening of key crossings into the Gaza Strip.

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