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Mark Shand's death ruled 'an accident'

Mark Shand during a visit to the Vazhachal Forest Range, India, last year
Mark Shand during a visit to the Vazhachal Forest Range, India, last year Credit: PA Images

The death of Mark Shand, the Duchess of Cornwall's brother, has been ruled an accident. Mr Shand died after he fell and banged his his head outside a hotel bar in New York yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office in the city said the 62-year-old's death was caused by blunt impact head trauma with skull fracture and bleeding in the brain.

Mr Shand was in New York for an auction at Sotheby's in aid of a charity for underprivileged children and the Elephant Family, of which he was chairman, which aims to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction in the wild.

He was taken to hospital after reportedly slipping while lighting a cigarette and hitting his head on the pavement outside an after-party for the charity event.

Cinemas will stream Pythons' final performance

The surviving Pythons, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese
The surviving Pythons, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese Credit: PA Images

The remaining members of Monty Python have announced that what is likely to be their final performance together will be streamed live in cinemas around the world.

The comedy troupe will give its last performance on 20th July at London's O2 arena.

They had previously said their shows in London would not lead to a wider world tour. Fans will be able to see the final show at 450 cinemas in the UK and a further 1,500 worldwide.

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France to send fighter jets to Poland

A Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, of the type France are sending to Poland. Credit: Reuters

France has announced it will send four Rafale fighter jets to Poland next week as part of a demonstration of Nato's commitment to central Europe and the Baltic States to assuage concerns after the escalation of the situation in Ukraine.

The French defence ministry said that the four warplanes will be sent to Malbork in northern Poland on 28 April on a double mission: to train the Polish air force and stand ready for air patrols over the Baltic states under Nato command.

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Ukip member claimed 'Ed Miliband is Polish'

Andre Lampitt, appearing in a recent Ukip party political broadcast
Andre Lampitt, appearing in a recent Ukip party political broadcast Credit: UKIP party political broadcast

Would-be local election candidate Andre Lampitt has been suspended from the UK Independence Party after he made a series of postings on social media. His remarks were reported to include references to Islam as a "pathetic Satanic religion" and negative comments about Nigerians.

He also claimed that Labour leader Ed Miliband was "not a real Brit... he was only born here" and went on to suggest that Mr Miliband was Polish.

Mr Lampitt appeared in a recent party political broadcast by Ukip, wearing a T-shirt with the logo of his home renovation company.

In the broadcast he said to viewers: "Since the lads from Eastern Europe were prepared to work for a lot less than anyone else, I have found it a real struggle, it is getting hard to provide for my family."

Before his Twitter account was taken offline, he described himself as: "Born British in Rhodesia and proud of heritage sad at how Britain is run."

Man arrested in terrorism finance investigation

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism-related activities, the Metropolitan Police has said.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police Service said that specialist counter-terror officers arrested a 36-year-old in Greenford on suspicion of encouragement of terrorism and suspicion of terrorist financing.

A second residential address in Ealing and a business address in Fulham are also to be searched.

The arrested man remains in custody at a police station in south London.

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Farage pledges to root out extremists

Ukip leader Nigel Farage during his debates with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Credit: PA Images

Nigel Farage has pledged to root out people guilty of "real extremism and nastiness" within the UK Independence Party. The party said earlier it had suspended member Andre Lampitt for expressing "repellent" racist and anti-Islamic views on Twitter.

Ukip has had to defend itself against charges of racism over its European election campaign posters, ahead of the poll on 22nd May. Some forecasters are predicting Ukip will attract the largest share of the vote.

Read: Ukip member suspended over 'racist' tweets

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