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White House intruder was 'armed with knife'

An intruder who made it into the White House after breaching security was allegedly armed with a knife, a court document has revealed.

Oscar Gonzalez was filmed running towards the presidential residence.

Oscar Gonzalez, 42, climbed over the fence and made it through an entrance to the White House on Friday night - just minutes after President Obama and his daughters had left the presidential residence.

Gonzalez was charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a "deadly or dangerous weapon," the US Attorney's Office said.

The Secret Service previously said Gonzalez was unarmed.

Sir Richard Branson 'most admired business leader'

Sir Richard Branson has been voted Britain's most admired business leader.

Sir Richard Branson is Britain's most admired business leader, a new poll suggests. Credit: PA Wire

The Virgin boss was was the runaway winner in the survey of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 chairmen, chief executives, lawyers, accountants and headhunters.

Branson was recognised for his "longevity and impact across a big number of industries."

Among the runners up in the poll, published today in the Sunday Times, was the vacuum cleaner designer Sir James Dyson.

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Toddler in serious condition after falling from balcony

A toddler is in a serious condition in hospital after falling from a balcony at a hotel.

The incident occurred at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool's city centre. Credit: Google Maps

The two-year-old boy fell from the mezzanine floor to the lobby of the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool's city centre on Saturday evening.

The child sustained serious head injuries in the incident, Merseyside Police said.

Hilton Liverpool said it was liaising "closely with the child's parents, police and local hospital", adding that the safety of guests was of "paramount importance".

White House security increased after intruder scare

Security at the White House will be increased after a man managed to jump over a fence and enter the doors of the building, the Secret Service said.

Journalists were evacuated after a man managed to evade security and enter the White House. Credit: Reuters

The director of the Secret Service Julia Pierson has ordered the "immediate enhancement of officer patrols and surveillance capabilities along the Pennsylvania Avenue fence line".

An internal investigation into security procedures is also under way following the breach, the service added.

The White House was partially evacuated on Friday night after Omar J Gonzalez evaded security and entered the doors of the executive mansion.

The Secret Service said agents displayed "tremendous restraint and discipline" in dealing with Gonzalez.

Hostage's wife: Don't allow world to see Alan dying

The wife of British hostage Alan Henning has pleaded with Islamic State militants not to "allow the world to see a man like Alan dying".

Ina statement released through the Foreign Office, Mr Henning's wife Barbara said she has sent messages to IS urging them to release her husband but has received no response.

I am Barbara Henning the wife of Alan Henning.

Alan was taken prisoner last December and is being held by the Islamic State.

Alan is a peaceful, selfless man who left his family and his job as a taxi driver in the UK to drive in a convoy all the way to Syria with his Muslim colleagues and friends to help those most in need.

When he was taken he was driving an ambulance full of food and water to be handed out to anyone in need.

His purpose for being there was no more and no less. This was an act of sheer compassion.

I cannot see how it could assist any State's cause to allow the world to see a man like Alan dying.

I have been trying to communicate with the Islamic State and the people holding Alan. I have sent some really important messages but they have not been responded to.

I pray that the people holding Alan respond to my messages and contact me before it is too late.

When they hear this message I implore the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband Alan Henning.

– Barbara Henning

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Paratroopers recreate Battle of Arnhem jump

The skies above a Dutch town were filled with parachutes today just as they were 70 years ago as hundreds of paratroopers recreated the airborne assault that inspired the film 'A Bridge Too Far'.

Thousands of allied troops died during the disastrous nine days of fighting that became known as the Battle of Arnhem.

ITV News' Sue Saville reports:

Police looking at 'multiple suspects' in Thai murders

Police in Thailand said they still have not "come up with the exact number of the suspects" following the brutal murders of two British tourists, but confirmed they are looking for more than one.

David Miller and Hannah Witheridgewere murdered in Thailand Credit: PA

Six days after the bodies of Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were found with severe head wounds on a beach on the island of Koh Tao.

A spokesman for Royal Thai Police would not confirm that DNA from Miss Witheridge's body reportedly matched that of two Asian men.

Labour conference: Miliband pledges £8 minimum wage

Ed Miliband has kick-started Labour's final conference before the general election with a pledge to hike the minimum wage to at least £8.

Ed Miliband has pledged to hike the minimum wage to at least £8. Credit: PA

The party leader said the rise over the next parliament, from the £6.50 level it will hit next month, was needed to stop ordinary workers being left behind.

The increase would add around £3,000 a year to the pay packets of those earning the minimum wage.

The planned increase, which would affect around 1.4 million jobs, would be introduced in annual stages by the Low Pay Commission before October 2019.

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