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Irbil car bomb kills three outside US consulate

A car bomb that exploded outside the US consulate in Irbil - the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan - has killed three people and injured 14 more.

No Americans were hurt in the attack, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility.

According to the US State Department, a 'vehicle-borne improvised explosive device' went off outside the entrance to the heavily-fortified compound.

An eyewitness claimed the blast was followed by gunfire and sent a column of black smoke high above the Ankawa district, a predominantly Christian neighbourhood packed with cafes popular with foreigners.

Islamic State also claimed responsibility for two car bombings in Baghdad that killed at least 27 people on Friday.


Four members of Royal Navy charged with sexual assault

Four members of the Royal Navy have been charged with sexual assault by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS).

They have been charged with offences related to sexual assault on 10th April, 2015.

“This is a disturbing accusation of sexual assault,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer of the CFNIS. “I’m pleased with the full cooperation provided by the British authorities to support the hard work and diligence of the CFNIS team in responding to this matter.”

The Ministry of Defence are yet to comment.

The alleged offences took place at the Shearwater Naval base in Nova Scotia.

The CFNIS is a unit within the independent Canadian Forces Military Police Group who investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to Department of National Defence property, Department of National Defence employees and Canadian Armed Forces personnel serving in Canada and around the world.

The sailors are being held and are due in court on Monday.


David Cameron hails Britain's 'jobs miracle'

One of the key issues in today's campaigning was the economy as unemployment figures hit a seven year low.

David Cameron hailed it a "jobs miracle", claiming his government had created more vacancies in the last five years than the rest of the EU combined.

But Labour hit back saying most of those jobs were only part-time.

ITV News Editor James Mates is travelling with David Cameron and the Conservative campaign.

Sturgeon: Labour and SNP can lock Tories out of No.10

When asked again today whether Labour would enter a formal coalition with the Scottish Nationalists to form a government, Ed Miliband repeated that it wouldn't happen.

However, the Labour leader did stop short of ruling out some sort of post-election pact, should his party fail to win a majority.

Meanwhile, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon repeated her call for Labour to join forces, saying that only together could they lock the Tories out of Downing Street.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

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