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Man killed in eight vehicle M1 Leicestershire crash

A man has died in the eight vehicle crash Credit: ITV News Central

A man has died and a woman has been arrested after a crash involving seven cars and a lorry on the M1 near Leicester.

The road has been closed northbound between junction 21a and 22 since around 18.45 last night and is not expected to re-open until lunchtime today.

One lane remains closed on the southbound carriageway.

Three people are being treated in hospital.

Theresa May to unveil new counter-terror laws

Home Secretary Theresa May is to unveil a new package of counter-terror laws later today.

The Counter-terrorism and Security Bill will contain a range of powers aimed at stopping would-be terrorists being drawn into extremism.

They new legislation will include:

  • A statutory duty on organisations - such as colleges, universities, the police and probation providers - to help deter radicalisation. If they fail, ministers will be able to issue court-enforced directions to them.
  • Police will be handed new powers to force internet firms to hand over details that could help identify suspected terrorists and paedophiles.
  • Suspected foreign fighters will be blocked from returning to the UK.
  • Police and border staff will be given the power to seize the passports of terror suspects.
  • Insurance companies will be banned from footing the bill for terrorist ransoms.
  • Powers will be re-introduced to relocate terror suspects across the country.
  • Those found at risk of radicalisation will be offered support through the "Channel" process, which involves several agencies working to give individuals access to services such as health, education, specialist mentoring and diversionary activities.

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Dull and damp conditions across the UK on Wednesday

Damp conditions will remain across the UK today. Credit: Met Office

Many places will be dull and damp today with extensive low cloud, mist and hill fog as well as rain and drizzle.

The heavier rain should become largely confined to eastern parts.

It will be mostly dry in the northwest with some sunshine but still the risk of some fog persisting.

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24 Chinese coal miners dead in underground fire

Twenty-four coal miners have died in China following an underground fire, according to state media.

The disaster happened at a mine in Liaoning province in north-east China. Credit: Google Maps

Another 52 people were injured in the disaster at a mine in Liaoning province in the north-east of the country, Xinhua News Agency said.

The mine is said to be run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corporation.

China's mines are among the most dangerous in the world, with 1,067 fatalities reported in 2013.

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