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British film stars Russell Brand and Simon Pegg are the latest big names to show their support for Stephen Sutton - a terminal cancer patient who has raised more than £1 million for charity.
One of the UK's greatest cultural icons, William Shakespeare, has been commemorated up and down the country as part of the 450th anniversary of his birth.
ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports:
Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been told of the death of Mark Shand, while on their royal tour of Australia.
From Canberra Tim Ewart said: "It's 7am in the morning here in Canberra. William and Kate have spent the night here with their son Prince George in an official residence. Their public engagements are about to start here in a couple of hours time.
"This tour is winding up and sadly, this event is going to cast a shadow over the last couple of days, of what has been a long and so far very successful and very happy tour.
"Both William and his brother Harry have become very close to the Duchess of Cornwall, despite all the family history and the background of the Diana affair.
"They were a close family and this statement from Clarene House, using the expression 'utterly devastated', applies to all the family.
"But royal duties here will carry on today, as they were going to before."
Common bacteria found in water and soil talk to each other using language in much the same way as we do, scientists have discovered.
The bugs display a level of "combinatorial" communication previously thought to be unique to humans and certain other primates, which involves using two signals together to transmit a message that is distinct from them both.
Until now this type of communication had only been observed in humans and their closest relatives. However, the study published in the Public Library Of Science ONE found that the Psuedomonas aeruginosa microbe is similarly capable using chemicals instead of words.
Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington and comedian Sarah Millican have become the latest celebrities to show their support for cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton who has raised more than £1m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Earlier, comic Jason Manford who had been supporting the campaign before it reached the £1m mark, urged people to keep donating to see if they could reach £2m.
The total on Stephen's Just Giving Page had reached nearly £1.5m at the time of writing.
Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organisation have announced a unity pact, President Mahmoud Abbas has said.
The move has widened divisions in US-brokered peace-talks with Israel.
The reconciliation comes after seven years of internal bickering within the Palestinian groups and raises the possibility of a unity government and national elections within six months.
However, Israel has criticised the deal, saying that President Abbas has chosen "Hamas over peace" and cancelled a session of peace talks in Jerusalem.
Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party, has proposed a new high speed rail link heading south from Scotland. Our correspondent Martin Geissler was in Carlisle tonight listening to Mr Salmond's speech on the benefits of Scottish independence for England.
Salmond promises study into new high speed rail link heading south from Scotland. No detail re route or timeframe, however.
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