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'More than 3,000 killed' in Ukraine conflict

Thousands of Russians protested against the armed conflict in Ukraine in the first major anti-war rally in Moscow since the start of the standoff between Kiev and pro-Russian rebels.

Supporters of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass and Luhansk clash with the anti-war rally protesters in Moscow. Credit: Reuters

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and the West blame on Russia's support of the separatist armed groups, has killed more than 3,000 people since April, although this month's ceasefire has brought a relative calm.

Supporters of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass and Luhansk shout slogans before an anti-war rally in Moscow. Credit: Reuters

The organisers of "The March for peace" said over 50,000 people were expected to take the streets in Moscow alone to deliver a strong message to President Vladimir Putin: stop the war.


What does Labour's minimum wage pledge mean?

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said a Labour government would "write the next chapter" in the battle against low pay.

Labour leader Ed Miliband Credit: PA Wire

Earnings have lagged behind inflation since the 2008 financial crisis.

The main rate is due to increase to £6.50 an hour on October 1, but Labour promised further £1.50 increase by 2020, if it wins the General Election next year.

Here is what you need to know about the pledge:

  • The £1.50 increase would be introduced in annual stages
  • It would amount to a rise of just over 4% a year
  • That is more than in recent years: Since 2010 election, the minimum wage increased on average 2.1% a year
  • The planned increase would affect around 1.4 million jobs
  • It would add around £3,000 a year to those working 40 hours week

The promised rate is said to be similar to that in force in Australia and EU countries such as Belgium and Germany, but still lower than in France and New Zealand.

Witheridge family say they have brought their 'beloved Hannah' back to the UK

The family Hannah Witheridge said they have brought the body of the British holidaymaker who was brutally murdered together with a fellow tourist in Thailand back to the UK

Hannah 23, was found with severe head wounds next to David Miller, 24, on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

We can confirm that we have now returned to the UK with our beautiful Hannah.

As a family we feel enormous relief to have Hannah back at home where she belongs.

We continue to work closely with officers to assist in the investigation and bring those responsible to justice.

Our family is broken and require time to grieve in private - as do Hannah's many friends. With the support of our fantastic family liaison officers we will make further statements as required and when we feel able.

As such, we would be very grateful for time and privacy to try and come to terms with our devastating news.

– Family statement

Her family said today that they had travelled to Bangkok on Tuesday to bring their "beloved Hannah" home and find out more about the investigation.


Ed Balls leaves player bloodied in football match

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls as he left an opponent bloodied in the annual football match between Labour and Lobby journalists.

Ed Balls makes a tackle. Credit: @CllrSimonHogg

The shadow chancellor was involved in a nasty clash with Northern Echo hack Rob Merrick as the politicians struggled to overturn a goal deficit at Manchester City's Etihad complex.

The pair were contesting a 50-50 ball on the edge of the Lobby penalty area when a stray elbow from Balls left a slash under the reporter's right eye.

Merrick had to leave the pitch for medical treatment as blood covered his shirt - but later returned to be named man-of-the-match.

Prince William: Kate is 'so sad' not to be in Malta

Prince William joining a commemoration of Malta's 50 years of independence is believed to be the first time the second-in-line to the throne has attended a public mass.

Kate was forced to withdraw from the two-day trip - scheduled to be her first official solo overseas visit - as she is still suffering from a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum.

Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cambridge in August. Credit: BR/Dana Press Photos/Press Association Images

When William was officially welcomed by Maltese president Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca yesterday, she asked about his wife and the Duke said she was "so-so", adding "she's so sad not to be here".

The cathedral was built in the 16th century as the church of the Order of the Knights of St John, former rulers of Malta and is lavishly decorated in the baroque style.

Protests worldwide ahead of UN climate summit

Demonstrations are taking place around the world ahead of a major UN conference on climate change on Tuesday.

Over 2,000 protests have taken place around the world, including in London.

Vivienne Westwood, Peter Gabriel and Emma Thompson at the London rally. Credit: ITV News

Among the speakers at the New York summit will be Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio, who was recently made a UN 'Messenger of Peace' to help promote international action on climate change.

Protesters in Melbourne ahead of the UN climate summit. Credit: PA

Prince William joins mass for Malta's independence

The Duke of Duke of Cambridge joined a solemn mass attended by leading national figures to commemorated Malta's 50 years of independence.

The Duke of Cambridge waves to well-wishers before departing from the independence day service at St John's co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In the majestic setting of St John's Co-Cathedral in the capital Valletta, prayers were said and hymns sung in thanksgiving for five decades of self rule.

Prince William, a last minute replacement for his pregnant wife, sat in the front pew with Britain's high commissioner to Malta Rob Luke during the hour-long mass.

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