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Royals wave goodbye as journey home begins

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince George, have boarded their first flight on the journey back home as their Australian tour draws to an end.

ITV News' Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:


Will and Kate place poppies in war memorial

The Duke and Duchess have each placed a poppy in honour of fallen military personnel from Australia and New Zealand.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge place a poppy on The Roll of Honour for Anzac Day on their final day in Australia.



US and Japan announce 'historic' security deal

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hailed an "historic" success as he and US President Barack Obama signed an agreement on security issues and made progress in bilateral trade talks.

The two countries issued a joint statement saying they oppose attempts to assert territorial or maritime claims by coercion and specifying that their bilateral security treaty covers Japanese islands claimed by China.

They failed to reach a bilateral trade deal that is key to both leaders' agendas. But Abe said they achieved a "key milestone" by making progress on the talks, which they said will inject "fresh momentum" into attempts to reach a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership pact.

Read: Barack Obama: negotiating Asia's troubled waters

William and Kate appear at Anzac Day parade

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have joined a memorial parade in Canberra to mark Anzac Day.

William wore his military service medals to the ceremony, while Kate wore a Poppy brooch given to her by the wife of an Australian Victoria Cross holder.

William and Kate at an Anzac Day event in Australia. Credit: APTN

The service falls on the final day of the royals' tour of the country.

Read: Royals remember Australia's war dead on Anzac Day

'Safety failures found' on Sewol sister ship

Life rafts and escape chutes on a sister ship to the sunken Sewol ferry have been found to not work properly, the Reuters news agency has reported investigators as saying.

More than 300 people, most of them students and teachers from the Danwon High School near Seoul, are dead or missing presumed dead after the April 16 disaster.

The confirmed death toll currently stands at 181.

Claimant commitment 'strengthens' staff support

Plans to bind jobseekers to a series of commitments before they can claim unemployment benefit have "strengthened" staffs' ability to support those looking for work, according to a minister.

Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud said:

With Universal Credit, we are creating a modern and sustainable welfare system that is fit for the 21st century - one that supports people when they need it and helps them become independent.

The Claimant Commitment redefines the relationship between jobseekers and the state. Claimants receive greater support to get into work from their work coach and we expect them to do all they can to find a job as quickly as possible as part of the deal for receiving their benefit.

Staff have told me it has strengthened their ability to support people into work at the earliest opportunity.

– Lord Freud
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