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William meets elephant as China tour nears end

William approaches Ran Ran during the visit. Credit: Tim Ewart/ITV News

Prince William had a run-in with an elephant named Ran Ran during a visit to Yunnan Province in China this morning.

The Duke of Cambridge had the encounter during a visit to Dai communities, who co-exist in the region with wild elephants.

It comes on the final day of William's tour of China, during which he is also due to visit an elephant rehab sanctuary and reflect on his trip in a speech at a wildlife conference.

Speaking after the walkaround, William said he would discuss the issue of ivory trading - an issue on which he has campaigned previously - in a speech later of the day.

Radio DJs' Kate hoax was illegal, Australian court rules

Australian radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian. Credit: Reuters

Two radio DJs broke the law when they prank-called a hospital caring for the Duchess of Cambridge, Australia's high court has ruled.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian were put through to a nurse at King Edward VII, who gave information about the Duchess' condition after being told the call was from the Queen and Prince Charles.

Indian-born Jacintha Saldana, 46, committed suicide three days later.

The decision in favour of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) came after a challenge by radio station 2Day FM, which argued that the watchdog did not have the authority to rule that the actions were illegal.

Following the high court ruling, the station could be fined or lose its licence.

Greig and Christian have since apologised for the prank, with Greig attending Saldana's inquest in London.


Farage outlines 'ethical' Ukip immigration plans

Ukip will unveil its immigration policy today. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA

Nigel Farage has pledged that Ukip would impose an "ethical" visa system if the party took power, as he ruled out any "arbitrary targets" on immigration.

The eurosceptic leader, who will today unveil his party's immigration policy, wrote in the Telegraph that his party did not want to "stigmatise" immigrants.

However, he wrote that he would propose a migration control commission and abolish rules discriminating between EU and non-EU nationals.

Farage added that Ukip's proposals would include a points-based system for visas, as seen in Australia, with the aim to bring down migration levels that were "unsustainable, unfair and unethical".

He also said there would be a five-year block on visas for unskilled workers, barring them from claiming benefits during that time.


Ex-Royal Marine 'first Briton killed fighting IS in Syria'

A former royal marine has been named in reports as the first Briton to be killed while fighting against Islamic State in Syria.

According to the BBC, the man was named by the Kurdish People's Protection Units as Konstandinos Erik Scurfield from Barnsley.

A statement on the Kurdish Question website read: "We can confirm that Konstandinos Erik Scurfield died in battle, probably in Hasakah although the full details are yet to be announced by YPG."

The MailOnline reported that the news had been confirmed by Kurdish rights campaigner Mark Campbell, who said he had informed Scurfield's family.

Women stage protest at Yarl's Wood detention centre

A protest has taken place at Yarl's Wood detention centre tonight after a Channel 4 investigation uncovered allegations that inmates were described by staff as "animals".

A spokesman for Bedfordshire Police said it was aware of a "small" and "peaceful" protest at the immigration removal centre.

A Serco spokesman said around a dozen women were involved in the demonstration and "we are talking to them".

Treasury to sell Eurostar stake for £757.1m

The government has agreed to sell Britain's entire stake in Eurostar for £757.1 million, it has been announced.

The government had a 40% stake in Eurostar. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The 40% stake in the company will be taken over by a consortium of investors Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure for £585.1 million.

Eurostar also agreed to redeem preference shares owned by the government, which will add a further £172 million to Treasury funds.

The sale comes as part of an effort by the government to raise £20 billion by selling corporate and financial assets by 2020.

In a statement, the Treasury said it had achieved its "key objective" of maximising "value for money for the UK taxpayer" through the sale.

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