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Rifkind: Tougher Russia sanctions required

Former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has called for tougher sanctions to ensure Russia changes policy in eastern Ukraine, describing previous measures against Vladimir Putin "pretty useless".

Sir Malcolm Rifkind was foreign secretary in John Major's government.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind was foreign secretary in John Major's government. Credit: PA

"When you get into the situation of preventing them having access to financial markets, preventing high quality technology exports to their energy industry, that goes to the very heart of the Russian economy," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Sir Malcolm said world leaders must make clear to Mr Putin that he needs to leave the Ukrainians to "resolve their own problem", by ceasing to provide military equipment and other support to separatist rebels.

However, he described Nick Clegg's call for Russia to lose hosting rights to the 2018 World Cup as "pretty amateur", adding: "A heck of a lot is going to happen between now and then."

William and Harry show off their football skills

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry showed off their football skills at a leisure centre in Glasgow today.

The royals joined a group of youngsters to play a game of five-a-side football, where they were seen jostling each other for the ball.

Rating William and Harry's skills, one observer said: "They were saying they were rubbish but they're not too bad."

Watch: Prince Harry tries out boxing with young coaches

Overseas-only job adverts could be banned

The Government is consulting on plans to ban overseas-only advertising of jobs, by legally requiring employment agencies to seek applicants for posts in Britain.

Theresa May says reforms will make Britain "less attractive" for those coming for the "wrong reasons".
Theresa May says reforms will make Britain "less attractive" for those coming for the "wrong reasons". Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

New plans to restrict the number of JobCentre Plus vacancies automatically advertised on an EU-wide employment portal will also be floated.

Home Secretary Theresa May said: "We are building an immigration system that is fair to British citizens and legitimate migrants, but tough on those who abuse it or flout the law.

"The Immigration Act is a landmark piece of legislation that will make Britain a less attractive place for those who come here for the wrong reasons, and allow us to remove more people when they have no right to remain."

PM calls for 'unconditional, immediate' Gaza ceasefire

David Cameron has called for an "unconditional, immediate, humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza to bring a halt to more than three weeks of violence which has claimed the lives of about 1,100 Palestinians and 55 Israelis.

David Cameron blames Hamas for provoking the latest conflict.
David Cameron blames Hamas for provoking the latest conflict. Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

Speaking during a visit to Slough, Berkshire, Mr Cameron said: "What we're seeing is absolutely heartbreaking in terms of the loss of life.

"The pictures that everyone has seen on their television screen are really heart-rending and everyone wants to see this stopped, so an immediate unconditional ceasefire, that is what is required."

The Prime Minister made clear that he blames Hamas, the political movement which controls Gaza, for the outbreak of the current rounding of fighting, saying: "Hamas must stop attacking Israel with rocket attacks. That is how this started. It's completely unjustified and they need to stop as part of the ceasefire."


Prince Harry tries out boxing with young coaches

Prince Harry tried his hand at boxing in Glasgow today, as day six of the Commonwealth 2014 Games got underway.

The Prince - who later joined his brother the Duke of Cambridge in a game of five-a-side football - arrived at the Gorbals Leisure Centre to meet young people training.

Prince Harry was yesterday captured in a "royal photobomb" of a selfie taken by New Zealand officials.

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Airlines to discuss post-MH17 flight routes

Heads of global aviation firms will meet today to discuss potential changes to airspace plans following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over east Ukraine.

Aviation experts are likely to discuss plans for "neutral" advice on airspace.
Aviation experts are likely to discuss plans for "neutral" advice on airspace. Credit: Reuters

The meeting, hosted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is likely to hear calls for wider international powers to intervene when a country fails to monitor threats to its airspace.

The Malaysia Airlines crash occurred after Ukraine left open air corridors that lay within the range of the missile blamed for destroying the jet.

Airlines, represented by International Air Transport Association, will tell the meeting they urgently need improved access to "neutral information" to help them make decisions on where to fly, an industry source said.

"Some countries will never, ever say there is a problem with their airspace even if there really is a problem with their airspace," the source added. "This does not make it easy for airlines."

Stan Collymore's Twitter abusers spoken to by police

Four teenagers who sent racist and threatening tweets to former footballer Stan Collymore have been spoken to by police.

Stan Collymore was the target of abuse on the social media site earlier this year. Credit: PA Wire

But Staffordshire Police said it had been unable to trace other abusive users after Twitter failed to pass on their details.

The ex-Liverpool player, who received the tweets between January and May, praised the police force for their response to the abuse.

"Cannock and Staffordshire Police have been exceptional. It's Twitter refusing to give info. Twitter, beyond UK law. For now," he tweeted on Monday.

Images show evacuation of city in southern Gaza

The British Red Cross has released pictures of its international staff evacuating people from Khuzaa in southern Gaza yesterday.


Despite limited access, @icrc_ilot were able to evacuate some people in need and some corpses from Khuzaa #Gaza

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