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Paratroopers commemorate WWII Battle of Arnhem

Paratroopers from Europe and the US commemorate the Battle of Arnhem. Credit: British Army

Paratroopers from Europe and the US have commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem with a mass jump in the Netherlands.

Operation Market Garden, which was the brainchild of Field Marshal Montgomery, saw Allied forces land behind German lines. It was one of the most controversial operations of World War Two and was portrayed in the highly acclaimed film “A Bridge Too Far”.

The British Army said today's events are among the largest multinational parachute jumps to take place in Europe this year.

Operation Market Garden was intended to inflict a decisive blow on the Germans, ending the war by Christmas 1944. In all, over 1,500 British soldiers were killed and nearly 6,000 British men were captured.

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SNP membership surges despite referendum 'No' vote

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has seen its membership surge by almost 5,000 following its defeat in the independence referendum, party officials said.

The party says its membership now stands at 30,486, a rise of 4,884 from Thursday when it was 25,642.

The independence debate sparked a massive interest in politics, leading to the highest ever turnout in any UK ballot and SNP business convener Derek Mackay said many of those who had joined the party since the vote would be new to politics.

SNP membership has risen despite a 'No' vote in the independence referendum. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive/PA Images

Seeing our membership spike by nearly 5,000 is incredibly encouraging...many will be new to politics and they will continue the legacy of the referendum, and the amazing level of engagement we saw.

– SNP business convener Derek Mackay

Mother charged with murdering newborn baby

A Bristol woman has appeared in court charged with murdering a newborn baby. Police discovered the child's body after being called to a house in Knowle last Monday.

The 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder the following day. She remains in custody and is due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday.

Gorilla runners raise £100,000 for charity

Monkey-ing around - charity runners taking part in the London Great Gorilla Run. Credit: PA

More than 600 people wearing gorilla costumes and other fancy dress have raised £100,000 so far during a charity run in aid of gorillas.

People taking part in the 'London Great Gorilla Run' are raising money to save the lives and preserve the habitat of gorillas which are considered an endangered species.

One of the runners who raised thousands in aid of gorillas. Credit: PA

TV conservationist Bill Oddie and magician Uri Geller handed medals to everyone who ran, jogged or walked the 8km route which passed sites such as St Paul's Cathedral and The Tower of London.

The charity run passed sites such as the Tower of London. Credit: PA

There are only 800 gorillas left on this planet so it is great to see so many of you supporting them in this way. Your mind power is giving the gorillas the energy to survive and my mind power gave you the energy to get through 8km."

– Magician Uri Geller
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Alice Gross: Biggest search operation since 7/7

Alice Gross. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Scotland Yard has confirmed that the hunt for missing schoolgirl Alice Gross is the biggest search operation since the 7/7 bombings in 2005.

The Metropolitan Police has been searching for the 14-year-old since she went missing on 24 August. They've deployed 600 officers from eight forces to search nine square miles of open land and 3.4 miles of canals and rivers.

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Cunningham rules out SNP leadership bid

A former candidate for the leadership of the SNP has ruled out standing for the position again in the wake of Alex Salmond's sudden resignation.

Scottish Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham Credit: PA

After Scots voted against independence, Mr Salmond announced he will be stepping down from the position of both SNP leader and First Minister.

Roseanna Cunningham stood for the leadership of the party against Mr Salmond in 2004.

A spokesman for Ms Cunningham, the community safety minister in the Scottish Government, said: "Roseanna wants to make it quite clear that she has absolutely no intention or desire to stand for either the leadership or the deputy leadership of the party.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already emerged as the clear favourite to take over from Mr Salmond, when he formally steps down at the SNP annual conference in November.

Hidden gas chambers discovered in WWII Nazi camp

Archaeologists have uncovered Nazi gas chambers at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland, which the Germans tried to hide after a prisoner revolt in 1943.

During the war, the camp was dismantled, covered with earth and planted over with pine trees to conceal its location.

Archeologists dig inside the perimeter of a Nazi death camp in Sobibor. Credit: Reuters

More than 250,000 Jews were murdered at the camp during the year and half it operated.

A medallion in the shape of the Star of David was discovered at the site. Credit: Reuters

The Germans closed the camp after a prisoner revolt in October 1943, when several hundred inmates tried to escape, killing several German officers and guards.

Many of the prisoners fled the camp, but nearly all were killed by guards or died in water ditches and mine fields surrounding the camp.

A rusty road sign is seen outside the perimeter of a Nazi death camp in Sobibor. Credit: Reuters

Marilyn Monroe negative sells for over £4,000

An image from Marilyn Monroe's first professional photoshoot. Credit: Henry Aldridge and Sons/ PA

A negative from Marilyn Monroe's first professional photoshoot has sold at auction for £4,250.

The estimate had been between £5,000 and £8,000 but auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said he was "happy with the result".

The image dates back to when the blond bombshell was a 20-year-old factory worker who dreamed of being a model and was still known as Norma Jean Baker.

"It was an exceptionally unusual item and to be able to include the copyright added another dimension as we only usually sell the physical item....There is an enduring interest if you like the cult of celebrity and are interested in that era."

– Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge

Emotional welcome for freed Turkish hostages

Turkish intelligence agents brought 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey after more than three months in captivity.

An employee of Turkey's consulate in Mosul is welcomed by her relatives in Ankara. Credit: Reuters

The hostages, including Turkey's consul-general, diplomats' children and special forces soldiers, were brought to the southern Turkish city of Sanliurfa.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu celebrates with the daughter of Turkey's Mosul Consul General Ozturk Yilmaz during a welcoming ceremony in Ankara. Credit: Reuters

Turkish authorities declined to give details on the circumstances of the hostages' release.

Freed hostages at the airport in Ankara Credit: PA

The group was seized from the Turkish consulate in Mosul on June 11 during a lightning advance by Islamic State insurgents.

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