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Pakistan state TV off air after protesters storm HQ

Pakistan's national PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after protesters stormed its headquarters in central Islamabad.

"They have stormed the PTV office," a news anchor said just before the screen went blank.

"PTV staff performing their journalistic duties are being beaten up."

Another TV channel, Express, showed images from inside the building, with protesters, some wearing gas masks, massing inside the channel's newsroom but there were no signs of violence.


Balancing work and childcare 'is a juggling act'

Parents of a five-year-old girl starting full time education said balancing earning money with wrap around childcare was "a juggling act".

Barry Woodham and partner Emma Harrington told Good Morning Britain they have been forced to hire a childminder to care for their daughter Ruby when she enters full-time education in October.

Russia: There will be no military intervention in Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said there will be no military intervention from Russia in Ukraine.

Speaking ahead of talks taking place in Minsk later he called for an "immediate ceasefire without conditions".

He added Russia would defend its economy, citizens and businesses in response to any sanctions imposed on them.

Already 'plenty' of guidance for hospital car parking fees

There is "plenty" of guidance for hospitals on how they should run their car parks so patients' relatives are "not ripped off", a former member of the NHS Foundation Trust said.

Roy Lilley told Good Morning Britain hospitals would "have to charge" to pay for the wear and tear of the car park, but they should keep their prices reasonable.


Deadline for new EU law on powerful vacuum cleaners

At 2,100 Watts, this vacuum - still for sale on the Tesco website - will be outlawed.
At 2,100 Watts, this vacuum - still for sale on the Tesco website - will be outlawed. Credit:

Consumers are expected to snap up the last of the most powerful vacuum cleaners on the market as a new law banning those rated above 1,600 watts comes into effect today.

The new EU energy label means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 1,600 watts from today, and then 900 watts by 2017.

Current models boast an average of 1,800 watts.

Tesco said sales had risen by 44% over the past two weeks, with customers snapping up the most popular 2,000 watt models, and the Co-operative Electrical shop reported a rise of 38%.

A dull start for England and Wales, but turning brighter

It will be a dull start for England and Wales with occasional rain and drizzle.

Brighter conditions will spread from the northwest, though some southeastern parts remaining murky with perhaps the odd sharp shower.

Today is a generally bright picture, with some rain in southern areas.
Today is a generally bright picture, with some rain in southern areas. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It will turn breezier in the far northwest with a few showers.

Tonight there is a chance of further drizzle, low cloud and increasing amounts of hill fog in southeastern areas, otherwise it should be fine with fog patches in prone rural spots and chilly in the north and west.

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