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Kenya police chief: Massacre victims 'mostly Christians'

Kenya's Inspector General David Kimaiyo has confirmed that the 28 bus passengers who were murdered near Mandera Town are believed to have been "mostly Christians".

At a press conference held today he also confirmed there was believed to be 60 people on the bus at the time it was hijacked, Reuters reports:

Mandera's security forces have also confirmed the attackers ordered passengers thought to be non-Muslims out of the bus before sparing those who could recite verses from the Koran.

Security force official Ahmed Maalim said: "The women and men (remaining outside) were separated, then shot at close range. None survived."


New Ebola case in Mali

A new case of Ebola has been recorded today, in Mali's capital Bamako.

The country's health ministry confirmed that the friend of a nurse who died from Ebola earlier this month has now tested positive for the disease.

To date 5,459 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia accounting for all but 15 of the deaths.

Dave Whelan: I will resign if FA find me guilty

Dave Whelan speaking to ITV News earlier. Credit: ITV News

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has told ITV News he will resign if an FA investigation finds him guilty of making racist remarks.

Mr Whelan is under fire for remarks he made defending the club's manager, Malky Mackay which have been criticised as anti-semitic and racist.

If the FA look into my affairs - and they were to find me guilty, which I hope they don't and I don't see anything like that happening because I'm absolutely anti-racist, always have been, always will be - however, if they have any questions I'm willing to answer it and, should they even suggest I'm guilty I would immediately resign from my position as chairman of Wigan Athletic.

– Dave Whelan

Two British men 'killed fighting for Islamic State'

Two British men have reportedly been killed fighting for Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

Abu Abdullah al Habashi, 21, and Abu Dharda, 20, both from London, are thought to have died in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

Kurdish fighters have been defending the town from an IS onslaught with the assistance of American air strikes.

Mr al Habashi is believed to have made comments supporting IS on social media and appeared in at least two propaganda videos put out by the extremist group.

He grew up in north London in a British-Eritrean family, and converted to Islam when he was 16, the BBC reported.


Vodafone 'monitoring' 111 and 101 services after fault

Vodafone have said they will continue to monitor 111 and 101 phoneline services after a technical issue caused the non-emergency helplines to stop working this morning.

A spokesman for the phone company said: "We will continue to monitor the services closely and will be carrying out a full investigation into the issue. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Mark Reckless: Conservatives cannot win majority

The decision to go into coalition combined, with the Government's policies means the Tories stand no chance of an overall majority at next year's general election, Ukip defector Mark Reckless has said.

Speaking at the eurosceptic Bruges Group this morning, Mr Reckless said he had not thought a Conservative victory was a "serious prospect" since David Cameron went into coalition with Nick Clegg.

Ukip MP Mark Reckless addressing an audience at the Bruges Group.

"That is largely because that decision led to unity on the left and a significant increase in the Labour vote due to departing Lib Dems," he argued.

He also hit out at Mr Cameron's leadership, saying: "How David Cameron and the Conservative-led government have governed over the last four and a half years has also tended, to put it mildly, to reduce the prospects of the Conservative Party being successfully returned at the next election."

However, he said the impact of Ukip's surge on Tory-held seats would be "small if any", whereas Ukip "can actually win seats in Labour areas from people who would never dream of voting Conservative.

Hotel guest describes 'chaos' during gas explosion

Hotel guests have spoken about last night's gas explosion at London's Hyatt Regency Hotel in Portman Square, describing the atmosphere immediately following the blast.

The scene at the Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel in Portman Square, central London Credit: Olivia Rudgard /PA Wire

Raymund Reyes, 40, said it was 'chaos' on the street outside the hotel as some guests waited in the cold for an hour and a half waiting to find out what was happening.

Mr Reyes said at first he thought the explosion was a drill but realised it was more serious when he left his room. He said: "The floor shook and there was a loud explosion simultaneously. The power went out, it was pitch dark. I go into the hallway and it was pitch black - no lights, nothing."

Stewart Dyer, 40, who was staying at the hotel with his wife and nine-month-old daughter, added: "It was scary because we couldn't get the security lock off the door in the dark, and hence we couldn't get the door open. Someone thankfully heard us and gave the door a push and we were able to get out."

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