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'More than 30 dead' after explosion at Ukraine mine

More than 30 people have been killed in an explosion at a coal mine in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported, citing a local official.

"Rescue workers have not yet come to the place of the explosion, they are removing the poisonous gas and then will go down," Vladimir Tsymbalenko, head of the local mining safety service, said.

Frosty and icy start to turn dry and bright for many

It will be a frosty and icy start for most this morning, with crisp sunshine.

There will be showers to the northwest which will ease through the day.

It will be a frosty and icy start for most this morning. Credit: ITV Weather

Most places will see decent spells of sunshine with the best of the brightness to the northeast.

Top temperature will be 10C (50F).

Man arrested in connection with teen's stabbing death

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of teenager Alan Cartwright, who was stabbed to death in Islington, north London.

The man was arrested on suspicion of murder in the early hours of this morning after attending a north London police station, the Metropolitan Police said. He currently remains in custody.

Alan Cartwright, 15, was stabbed to death in Islington, north London. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Alan, 15, was riding his bike with friends on Friday evening when he was attacked.

The teenager managed to continue cycling a short distance after he was stabbed in the chest on Caledonian Road, Islington.

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Clegg calls for decriminalisation of personal drug use

Nick Clegg will pledge a Lib Dem overhaul of drug laws. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Young people caught with small amounts of drugs for their own use should not receive criminal convictions, Nick Clegg will say today.

In a speech alongside Virgin owner Sir Richard Branson, the Deputy Prime Minister will attack the "ludicrous" status quo that allows people to be unable to get work in later life if they make a "youthful mistake".

He will announce Liberal Democrat proposals to take users out of the criminal justice system, instead introducing either treatment, education or a civil fine for those caught in possession of drugs for personal use.

Under current rules, someone cautioned for such a crime would have to declare it for six years when applying for certain jobs.

If they are fined for the same offence that increases to 11 years, while it will have to be declared for the rest of their lives if they receive a prison sentence.

William meets elephant as China tour nears end

William approaches Ran Ran during the visit. Credit: Tim Ewart/ITV News

Prince William had a run-in with an elephant named Ran Ran during a visit to Yunnan Province in China this morning.

The Duke of Cambridge had the encounter during a visit to Dai communities, who co-exist in the region with wild elephants.

It comes on the final day of William's tour of China, during which he is also due to visit an elephant rehab sanctuary and reflect on his trip in a speech at a wildlife conference.

Speaking after the walkaround, William said he would discuss the issue of ivory trading - an issue on which he has campaigned previously - in a speech later of the day.

Radio DJs' Kate hoax was illegal, Australian court rules

Australian radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian. Credit: Reuters

Two radio DJs broke the law when they prank-called a hospital caring for the Duchess of Cambridge, Australia's high court has ruled.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian were put through to a nurse at King Edward VII, who gave information about the Duchess' condition after being told the call was from the Queen and Prince Charles.

Indian-born Jacintha Saldana, 46, committed suicide three days later.

The decision in favour of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) came after a challenge by radio station 2Day FM, which argued that the watchdog did not have the authority to rule that the actions were illegal.

Following the high court ruling, the station could be fined or lose its licence.

Greig and Christian have since apologised for the prank, with Greig attending Saldana's inquest in London.

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