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Farage: Send Navy to help Mediterranean migrants

The Royal Navy should be sent to the Mediterranean to help thousands of migrants following the latest boat disaster, Nigel Farage has said.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Credit: PA Wire

After accusing David Cameron yesterday of "directly causing" the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea by bombing Libya in 2011, the Ukip leader said if he was Prime Minister he would send the Royal Navy to help.

Speaking in Rochester, Mr Farage said: "We could help. We could send the Royal Navy down, but it's a question of what's the signal - is the signal 'If they keep on coming we'll keep on taking you' or is the signal 'We're very sorry, we can't take you'?"

Asked what he would do as Prime Minister, Mr Farage said: "I would say there is a horrible humanitarian crisis going on, we'll send the Royal Navy - what's left of it - to help, we will divert part of our £20 billion a year aid budget."

He said Mr Cameron has a "very big challenge" when he attends a summit on the migrant crisis at the European Council in Brussels on Thursday.

US Navy sends warships to Yemen waters

Helicopters fly from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Credit: US Navy

The US Navy has sent two warships to Yemen waters but say that there is "no specific mission" to intercept Iranian arms.

Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy moved into the Arabian Sea yesterday to conduct maritime security operations, a Pentagon spokesman said.

The spokesman, Army Colonel Steve Warren, denied reports that the ships were on a mission to intercept Iranian arms shipments.

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Britons 'killed in plane crash in Dominican Republic'

Two Britons have reportedly been killed in a plane crash in the Dominican Republic.

The crash occurred on the east of the island earlier today. Credit: Google Maps

The British nationals were said to be among seven people who died when the single-engine Piper PA-32 crashed shortly after take-off in the east of the island earlier today.

The Foreign Office confirmed it was investigating the reports.

"We are looking into reports of an incident involving a light aircraft in the Punta Cana region on the Dominican Republic," a spokesperson said.

"The British embassy in Santo Domingo is liasing with local authorities to urgently gather more information and stands ready to offer consular assistance if required."

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