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Relatives of MH370 passengers hope for closure

The wife of a man who was on flight MH370 is hoping for closure after the discovery of plane debris which could be the missing aircraft.

Jacquita Gnomes' husband Patrick was among 239 people on board the Boeing 777.

She told ITV News: "We can have some sort of closure until they bring the whole aircraft back, and then I can give my husband the peace that he needs."

More plane debris expected to wash up in coming weeks

More debris from a plane believed to be the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight is likely to wash up in the coming weeks, experts have said.

Wreckage was discovered on the shores of Reunion Island, off the east coast of Africa, earlier today - and while its origins have not yet been confirmed, investigators believe it could be that of the doomed plane which disappeared in March last year carrying 239 people.

Oceanographer Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi told ITV News presenter Charlene White he and his colleagues had predicted now would be the time debris would begin to wash up.

However, he said, it was unlikely search teams would find any bodies.


Australia treating debris discovery as 'major lead'

Australia is treating the discovery of a piece of debris which could be part of the missing MH370 aircraft as a "major lead".

Six Australians were on the plane which is believed to have gone down in the Indian Ocean killing all 239 on board.

The country's transport minister Warren Truss told ITV News: "This is obviously a very significant development.

"It's the first real evidence that there is a possibility that a part of the aircraft may have been found.

"It's too early to make that judgment but clearly we are treating this as a major lead."

Extending lorry driving hours 'dangerous', says union

Lorries parked as part of Operation Stack along the M20 in Ashford, Kent. Credit: PA

Plans to extent lorry driving hours while delays continue at Calais will increase the likelihood of accidents, the Unite union has said.

The union said the move was not the right answer during Operation Stack, instead urging the Government to find a long-term solution with French authorities.

Relaxing these rules is a dangerous move. There are very good reasons for these regulations, which are about driver and public safety.

This is dreadful situation for all those at the centre of it, but reducing protections for people at work only makes matters worse.

Do not send drivers out on the road exhausted and stressed, but instead ease the bottleneck at the ports by delaying the departure of more trucks and using alternative crossings until the port routes are clear.

– Adrian Jones, Unite’s national officer for road transport

Unions line up behind Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader

Two major unions have today announced their support for Jeremy Corbyn to be the next leader of the Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn is current favourite to be voted next Labour leader. Credit: PA

The Communication Workers Union, which includes postal workers, and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, which represents rail workers, have both announced they will back Corbyn - seen by many as the most left-wing candidate in the running.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward said it was "time for change" for the party.

Jeremy agrees with the vast amount of CWU policy, ranging from opposing the selling off of Royal Mail, to offering a real alternative to austerity, and repealing anti-trade union laws.

There are no quick fixes for the Labour party, but there are some easy decisions and choosing Jeremy as its leader should be one of them. We think that it is time for a change for Labour.

– Dave Ward, CWU

It comes after Unison also declared its support for Corbyn, claiming his message "resonated with public sector workers".


Police probe 'terroristic' threats against lion-killing dentist

US police have launched an investigation into "terroristic" threats made against Minnesota dentist and trophy hunter Walter Palmer.

Palmer has become the target of global outrage after being outed as the killer of famous Zimbabwean lion Cecil.

A sniffer dog examines the scene outside Palmer's office in Bloomington Credit: Reuters

Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley said they were investigating a threat made over the phone to his officers.

A terroristic threats report related to this incident was taken by our police department yesterday and will be investigated like any other similar offence report.

– Mike Hartley, Bloomington Police
Protesters have left angry messages outside Palmer's dental surgery Credit: Reuters

An avid game hunter, Palmer has admitted to his part in the death of Cecil, who was lured from the protection of Hwange National Park before being shot - but said he believed the hunt was legal.

Palmer's dental surgery, River Bluff Dental, has been bombarded with hate mail and scathing online reviews, while protests have been held near the offices in Bloomington.

England take 85-run lead into lunch

Joe Root made 63. Credit: PA

England took a lead 85 into lunch thanks to some good batting from Joe Root, but Australia will feel they had the better of the morning session.

Mitchell Johnson got two wickets early on, while Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon took one apiece.

Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad were the two not out batsmen for the hosts, as they reached 221-7.

Taliban appoint new leader after death of Mullah Omar

The Afghan Taliban have appointed a new leader after the death of Mullah Omar.

Akhtar Mohammad Mansour will succeed one-eyed Omar, who had not been seen since 2001.

News of Omar's death was confirmed yesterday but it is thought he died more than two years ago.

Omar went into hiding after his government was forced from power by the US-led Coalition following the 9/11 attacks in the USA.

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