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Family of killed British teen didn't know he was in Syria

The family of a British teenager who was killed in Syria said they had no idea he was in the war-torn country.

Abubaker Deghayes, the father of 18-year-old Abdullah, said he found out about his son's death on Facebook.

At the moment we do not have details of his death. All that we know is that he was killed in Syria. The family is mourning.

We are all in mourning. I'm trying to find out what's happened. At the moment we don't have any details. We found out on Facebook.

I hope he died for a noble cause, trying to help Syria. I need to find out. I might go and travel to see.

He was a youngster who didn't communicate a lot. With parents, once they grow, they don't tell you much about their lives.

– His father Abubaker Deghayes

Read: Tributes pour in for 18-year-old Briton killed in Syria

'It knocked a brew over' - Rutland locals tell of 3.5 quake

Rutland locals have been taking to Twitter all morning to say how the 3.5 earthquake affected them:


@therutlandtimes that's a relief - I thought I was going mad when I felt it as I walked through Hambleton Wood this morning!

Nottinghamshire and England cricketer Stuart Broad also told of his mum's cup of tea being spilled:


Mum just text saying an Earthquake knocked her brew off the table. Not normal news coming out of little Rutland!!

Read more: Bigger 3.5 earthquake hits the Rutland area


Duchess: Australia will be 'such a happy memory'

The Duchess of Cambridge has thanked everyone who has welcomed her and her son George "so incredibly warmly" on their first visit to Australia.

Speaking at the children's hospice Bear Cottage she said of her trip:

"To be here as a family has been very special and we'll always remember it as such a happy memory. Thank you for inviting us here and for such a generous welcome."

Pro-Russian separatists not bound by Geneva deal

The self-declared leader of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said that he did not consider his men to be bound by the Geneva agreement to disarm and vacate occupied buildings.

A Russian flag is seen over barricades at the police headquarters in Slaviansk. Credit: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Read: Geneva talks - The key points on Ukraine crisis

Denis Pushilin, head of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov "did not sign anything for us, he signed on behalf of the Russian Federation."

He added that his men will only consider leaving public buildings when the government in Kiev does the same.

Pushilin said he was continuing preparations for a referendum on increased autonomy from Kiev on May 11.

Read: PM calls for Ukraine deal to be 'rapidly implemented'

Labour website misspells new strategic adviser's name

David Axelrod, one of US President Barack Obama's top strategists, has been warmly welcomed by Labour after joining their election team, however that did not stop the party's website from misspelling his name.

David Axelrod is one of US President Barack Obama's top strategists. Credit:

The news release spelled his name 'David Alexrod' but the website has now corrected the error.

Read: Miliband says Axelrod will be huge asset to Labour


Lorry driver released on bail after M26 pile-up kills two

A lorry driver arrested following a five-vehicle pile-up which killed two French nationals has been released on bail.

The 45-year-old was held in connection with the crash on the M26 near Kemsing, Kent and has now been released on police bail until August 15 pending further inquiries.

Read more: Lorry driver arrested after M26 crash kills two

Tributes pour in for 18-year-old Briton killed in Syria

Tributes to British teenager Abdullah Deghayes, who was killed in Syria, have been left on social media.

Friend Louis Tierney wrote on Facebook: "Miss you like mad! Love you mate forever in my heart xxxxx."

Other friends have taken to Twitter:


R.I.P this is such a shock, can not get my head around it. Everyone's gonna miss you Abdullah Deghayes. much love xxx

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said, "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking in to it."

More: British teen, 18, killed during a conflict in Syria


Teenager from Brighton killed in Syria

An 18-year boy from Brighton has been killed in Syria.

Abdullah Deghayes died earlier this month, although the circumstances of his death are not clear.

The family of Abdullah confirmed his death and said they did not know he had travelled to the country.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said, "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking in to it."

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, "On Monday 14th April, we received information that an 18-year-old Brighton man had been killed in Syria in recent weeks.

"The circumstances of this reported death remain unclear and we are in contact with the family."

Peaches Geldof's funeral to be held on Easter Monday

Peaches Geldof's funeral is to be held on Easter Monday at the same church where her mothers funeral Paula Yates was held.

The Kent church is also where the 25-year-old married musician Tom Cohen, the father of her children, in 2012. Her family says the event will be private.

Peaches Geldof's funeral will be at the same church as her mothers, Paula Yates. Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Kent Police said her death is being treated as a "non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death".

Read more: Peaches Geldof post-mortem proves 'inconclusive'

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