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Rain clears ahead of severe gale force winds

Today's weather outlook Credit: ITV

Outbreaks of rain will clear in the southeast of England, and more slowly from northeast Scotland, leaving all areas with a mixture of sunshine and squally showers.

It will generally be very windy with severe gale force winds affecting some exposed areas.

A mild start in the southeast it will feel cold everywhere this afternoon given the extremely blustery conditions.

Highs of 12C.

Pistorius due to be sentenced for killing his girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius. Credit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius is expected to be sentenced today after being found guilty of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Prosecutors say Pistorius should serve at least ten years in jail, while defence counsel have called for a community sentence or house arrest.

Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce Pistorius' sentence today after finding him guilty last month of culpable homicide for negligently killing Ms Steenkamp. The judge acquitted him of murder.

Pistorius killed his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013 when he shot through the bathroom door and into Ms Steenkamp. The athlete, who had his legs amputated as a baby, said he thought he was firing at intruders.

Read more here: Carl Pistorius: We will stand together regardless of Oscar's sentence

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De la Renta's family 'heartbroken' at loss

The stepdaughter of Osca de la Renta has said the designer died with his family and friends around him on Monday.

Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband Alex Bolen said they were "heartbroken" at the news but that his hard work, intelligence and love of life would remain at the heart of the fashion label.

While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much us. Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company.

All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar's example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.

– Eliza and Alex Bolen

Former US First Lady Laura Bush pays tribute to 'dear friend' de la Renta

Laura Bush pictured with Oscar de la Renta. Credit: Reuters

Former US first lady Laura Bush has paid tribute to "dear friend" designer Oscar de la Renta.

George and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta. We will miss Oscar's generous and warm personality, his charm, and his wonderful talents.

My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favorite clothes, including Jenna's wedding dress. We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.

George, Barbara, Jenna, and I send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Annette de la Renta, Alex and Eliza Bolen, and all of Oscar's loving family and friends.

– Laura Bush

Tributes pour in for designer Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Credit: Reuters

Models, fellow designers and celebrities have begun paying tribute to legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who has died at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer.

He had battled the disease since 2006 and is survived by his wife, Annette Engelhard, and a son, Moises, ABC News reported.

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Fashion legend Oscar de la Renta dies aged 82

Oscar de la Renta watches supermodel Karlie Kloss wear one of his designs at his spring/summer 2013 show. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

One of the leading lights of American fashion, Oscar de la Renta, has passed away at the age of 82, according to ABC News.

The Dominican-born designer broke onto the international fashion stage as one of the designers to dress American first lady Jackie Kennedy.

He worked for renowned fashion houses Balmain and Lanvin during his long career, and his red carpet designs were a favourite among the A list.

His last high profile design was Amal Clooney's wedding dress.

Total CEO De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Christophe de Margerie. Credit: PA Wire

The chief executive of French oil firm Total has been killed in a plane crash in Moscow, airport officials confirmed.

Christophe de Margerie died in an accident at Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night, a spokeswoman for the airport said.

The spokeswoman said: "Tonight, a plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine.

"Three crew members and a passenger died. I can confirm that the passenger was Total's head de Margerie"

In a statement posted on the Total website, the firm said: "The thoughts of the management and employees of the Group go out to Christophe de Margerie’s wife, children and loved ones as well as to the families of the three other victims."

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