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Watch live: EC President makes parting plea to Britain

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso is set to make a plea to Britain to stay in the European Union - warning that leaving would be a "historic mistake".

You can watch the speech - which will be his last in Britain before the end of his tenure - live below or on the Chatham House website from 8.30am.

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Actress Lynda Bellingham dies after cancer battle

Lynda Bellingham Credit: PA

Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had been suffering from cancer, died yesterday "in her husband's arms", her agent Sue Latimer said today.

The 66-year-old star, best known for her long-running role as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts, had been battling colon cancer, which later spread to her lungs and liver.

In a statement on behalf of Bellingham's family, Latimer, said:

Lynda died peacefully in her husband's arms yesterday at a London hospital.

Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff for their tremendous care and support.

Actor, writer and presenter - to the end Lynda was a consummate professional.

– Family statement
Lynda Bellingham with fellow Loose Women presenters earlier this month. Credit: Rex / ITV

Bellingham's decision to end her treatment was revealed in a newspaper serialisation of her forthcoming autobiography.

She had said she would like to see one last Christmas.

Bellingham said: "The decision to give up chemo was a huge relief because I took back some control of myself. It's there on the table if I want it.

"I don't want the boys or my husband to see me die a little sad old lady. I want to go out there as I am."

Among those paying tribute to the actress and presenter were Carol McGiffin and Denise Welch - former co-stars on ITV's Loose Women.

Another, Nadia Sawalha - who also worked with Bellingham on the famous Oxo adverts - told ITV's Lorraine she was "heartbroken" by the news.

We're just all heartbroken because her real, her last wish was that she would spend this Christmas with her family. Anyone that knew Lynda and knew her well, knew that she was this absolute live wire. She would come into a room and light the place up. Everybody loved her.

– Nadia Sawalha

Sawalha also said Bellingham had urged her and her fellow Loose Woman presenters to "have a big party" for her when she passed away.

"That's Lynda though and through," she said.


Widow: Online conmen 'are professionals now'

A widow who was conned out of £11,000 by someone she met on an online dating website has warned other people in her position to be more careful with who they meet on the internet.

Anne Mather lost her husband of over 30 years to pancreatic cancer last year and began online dating when she was "ready to move on".

However, the friendly man she met online turned out to be her worst nightmare after she started giving him money to help him fund a business transaction.

Anne told Good Morning Britain she was involved in the man's life and business over a four month period, and his behaviour "was all believable".

She had fallen for the stranger's pack of lies because he knew exactly which buttons to push.

Anne explained: "This is an international business now. They are professionals. They know exactly how to hook you in, they know exactly how to target your vulnerability."

Online dating fraud in the UK costs victims a heart-breaking £24.5 million every year, with over 2,800 reported online dating related crimes in 2013 alone.

Weekend clashes ahead of talks in Hong Kong

A protester sleeps on a barricade in downtown Hong Kong this morning. Credit: Reuters

Dozens of people were injured in clashes over the weekend in the densely populated Mong Kok district of Hong Kong.

Read: Fresh clashes between Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and police

Local media said 22 police officers were injured over the weekend and four people were arrested for assault.

Protesters hold mirrors up to reflect the images of police, this morning in downtown Hong Kong. Credit: Reuters

This morning, calm has been been restored, and protesters remain on the streets. Talks between student protesters and the government are scheduled tomorrow and will be broadcast live. Student Woody Wong, one of those camped out overnight said:

I don't expect much from tomorrow's meeting, but I still hold some hope for the talks. I will keep doing this until the government listens to our voice.

– Woody Wong, 21-year-old student

Lufthansa cancels 1,450 flights due to pilots strike

Lufthansa has warned of disruptions to its services today and tomorrow as a result of industrial action by some of its pilots.

Reuters reports that the German airline has cancelled 1,450 flights.

The strike, organised by the pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit, will begin at 1pm CEST (12 noon UK time) today and last until 11:59pm CEST (10:59pm UK time) on Tuesday.

Lufthansa said it would initially affect short- and medium-haul flights and would be extended to intercontinental services on Tuesday.

The airline advises all passengers to check the status of their flight


Treating mental issues in new mums 'cost effective'

It is more "cost effective" to treat new mums with mental health issues than to ignore faults in the system, Good Morning Britain's medical expert said.

Dr Hilary Jones said "hundreds of thousands" of pregnancies were effected by post-natal depression and psychosis, which had "long-term repercussions" for mother, baby and immediate family.

British nurse who survived Ebola returns to Sierra Leone

William Pooley. Credit: PA Wire

The British nurse who survived Ebola after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone has returned to the West African country to continue treat others who are infected.

William Pooley, 29, said he was delighted to be back in the country and would attempt to prevent "as many unnecessary deaths as possible".

The 29-year-old, who was the first confirmed Briton to contract Ebola and was flown back to UK for treatment in August, arrived in the capital Freetown on Sunday.

He will now resume work in an Ebola isolation unit run by UK medical staff.

Mr Pooley said: "The real emergency is in West Africa, and the teams out there need all the support we can give them.

"I am now looking forward to getting back out there and doing all I can to prevent as many unnecessary deaths as possible."

UK family 'stockpiles food and gas' in case of Ebola

A family of six takes the threat of a "handful of cases" of Ebola in the UK so seriously they have stockpiled a year's worth of supplies should the worst happen.

Only a handful of Ebola cases are predicted in the UK over the coming months, but the Tiler family are taking no chances.

The Bradford based family have already collected long-life food, water, candles, toilet roll and even bottles of gas for a stove in case there is a widespread Ebola outbreak across the UK.

Mum Emma and Dad Chris already have their four children trained to put on military suits and gas masks in case the hemorrhagic fever spreads across the country.

Chris Tiler admitted the family "worried about it quite a lot" and accused the government "aren't taking it seriously enough".

Emma told Good Morning Britain:

It's definitely not over the top. It's better to have more than not have enough. If there were riots in the streets and you couldn't go outdoors and couldn't go out and get anything, then you've got something saved.

– Emma Tiler
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