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The death toll from landslides in Japan could rise significantly with 52 people still missing.
At least 39 people have been confirmed dead following the disaster on the outskirts of Hiroshima on Wednesday.
Rescue workers were forced to abandon search efforts overnight amid fears further landslides could occur due to the ongoing heavy rain.
Among those killed was a rescue worker who died as he attempted to carry a small child to safety.
The Islamic State demanded the release of Dr Afia Sidiqqi who has links to al-Qaeda in exchange for James Foley, it has emerged.
Addressed as "a message to the American government and their sheep like citizens", the group claim it offered the United States chances to release Foley though "cash transactions" and the release of Dr Afia Sidiqqi.
Sidiqqi, who was trained as a neuroscientist in the United States, is currently serving an 86-year prison sentence in Texas for attempting to kill US soldiers while she was being questioned on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks against American citizens.
"You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted," the email said.
"We have also offered prisoner exchanges to free the Muslims currently in your detention like our sister Dr Afia Sidiqqi, however you proved very quickly to us that this is NOT what you are interested in."
Thousands of commuters will face travel disruption today when Tube drivers strike over disputes with London Underground.
Members of Aslef on the Central Line will walk out for a 24 hours, with the Waterloo & City Line also set to be affected.
London Underground has warned that services will be "severely disrupted", with parts of or all of both lines suspended and trains running at a reduced frequency.
Passengers have been told to plan ahead of their journey.
The Policy Exchange's report into housing estates in Britain cites the work of "dedicated individuals" in tackling social problems.
The Halcon Estate in Taunton suffered decades of trouble, blighted by unemployment, severe drug problems, domestic violence and burglary.
Local police officer Andy Murphy, who grew up in the local area, is credited with transforming the estate.
- He helped increase the reporting of crime by introducing a police base at a local supermarket
- Established a children's centre providing parenting courses and increasing the number of youth activities
- The Halcon estate has seen a 28% drop in crime since Murphy's reforms
The think tank uses this case study as an example of the effectiveness of small-scale and "locally-minded" projects.
The introduction of safe standing at football grounds would guarantee fans a "better atmosphere and cheaper tickets", the Liberal Democrats have said.
Party spokesman John Leech MP told BBC Sport standing areas have proved successful at grounds across Europe and could have beneficial effects for supporters in Britain.
– John Leech
Safe standing is allowed in many other sports and we do not believe that the top level of football should be an exception.
Safe standing offers supporters more choice, a better atmosphere and cheaper tickets.
It is an idea whose time has come and I am proud that it is the Liberal Democrats who are the first political party to commit to delivering this.
The remains of 20 people killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine have arrived in Kuala Lumpur.
The victims, the first to be repatriated from the flight to the country, arrived in a Malaysia Airlines jet on a national day of mourning.
A minute's silence will be held to honour the victims, while the Malaysian government has requested people to wear black as a mark of respect.
All 298 passengers and crew on board died when the plane was shot down over a rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine.
Forty-three Malaysian nationals were among the victims.
Britain's housing estates are "nothing short of a national embarrassment" with little being done to tackle crime, unemployment and gang violence, a leading think tank has said.
The Policy Exchange suggests housing estates are "entrenched" with social problems including drug abuse, child neglect and domestic violence, following "decades of neglect and ghettoization".
"The state of many of Britain's social housing is nothing short of a national embarrassment," the report says.
"Too often, crime, unemployment, gangs and violence are rife. The human cost is heartbreaking; the cost to the public purse immense."
The think tank called on the government to establish "estate recovery teams", featuring representatives from local schools, hospitals and social workers, to tackle "deep-rooted" problems on estates.
David Cameron is facing increasing calls to toughen laws to combat the threat of Islamist extremism following the murder of US journalist James Foley, allegedly by a British jihadist.
Conservative MP Julian Lewis called for more action to tackle extremist ideology, telling the Guardian: "We should not be neutral between Islamist totalitarianism and democracy."
Former Middle East minister Alistair Burt said the government should reconsider the decision to scrap control orders.
"If the authorities believe someone to be dangerous - what sort of monitoring is possible of that individual?
"It is time to revisit control orders. These were cancelled when we came into office. But circumstances have changed," he told the newspaper.
Doctors must be held to account for their actions, the industry's regulator has said as it unveiled new proposals to toughen sanctions.
A new consultation from the General Medical Council (GMC) suggests doctors should be made to apologise to patients or their families for mistakes.
And the regulator's chief executive says stronger action against failing doctors is needed to maintain patients' trust.
– Niall Dickson
In the vast majority of cases one-off clinical errors do not merit any action by the GMC.
But if we are to maintain that trust, in the small number of serious cases where doctors fail to listen to concerns and take action sooner to protect patients, they should be held to account for their actions.
There have been occasions when we have been prevented from taking action in serious cases because the doctor has been able to show that they have subsequently improved their practice. We believe that doctors and patients want stronger action in these serious cases.