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Video: Kylie denies rumours of Neighbours return

Kylie has broken the hearts of Neighbours fans the world over, by squashing the rumour that she was due to appear in the show's 30th anniversary next year. "It's just not happening" Kylie said in an interview with ITV London's appropriately named Charlene White. "It's just a little rumour that got legs".

She said she was glad that people still cared about her character Charlene, who famously married Jason Donovan's character Scott in a fabulous 80s wedding watched by millions around the world - 20 million in the UK alone. "I'm just happy that she's still around. I have such fond memories of Neighbours"

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IMF: Ebola having 'acute' financial impact on West Africa

The Ebola outbreak is likely to lead to "sharply" lower growth in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and all three of the poor West African countries may need support in future, a spokesman for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said today.

Relatives stand in line at a checkpoint outside the Ebola quarantine area of West Point in Monrovia, Liberia
Relatives stand in line at a checkpoint outside the Ebola quarantine area of West Point in Monrovia, Liberia Credit: REUTERS/2Tango

The Ebola outbreak is having an acute macroeconomic and social impact on three already fragile countries in West Africa. We are actively working with all three countries to prepare a preliminary economic assessment of the impact of the Ebola crisis, and additional financing support that may be required.

– Gerry Rice, spokesman, IMF

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Police officer charged with sexual activity with girl, 15

A South Yorkshire Police officer previously based in Rotherham has been charged with causing a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

Daniel Cookson, aged 27, appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court today to face the allegation.

The force said the charge relates to an alleged offence committed between March and November last year, and Cookson was suspended when he was arrested in November.

Cookson was bailed to appear at Leeds Crown Court on September 11.

Minister voices concern over police 'failings'

The Crime Prevention Minister has voiced concern after a report accused South Yorkshire Police of "failings" in the way it handled reports of child sexual abuse.

It comes after a report by Prof Alexis Jay said the force had treated victims with "contempt" and did not believe what they were saying.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker says he is "concerned" by the findings of the report
Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker says he is "concerned" by the findings of the report Credit: PA

Minister Norman Baker described violent attacks like rape as "devastating crimes that ruin lives", and demanded that the force acts on recommendations for improvement immediately.

We expect every report to be taken seriously, every crime to be recorded, every investigation to be conducted thoroughly and professionally, and every victim to be treated with dignity.

We are very concerned that there are now two reports that suggest that there have been failings in the way South Yorkshire Police deals with vulnerable victims.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has set out clear recommendations for improvement - both in relation to crime recording and child sexual exploitation.

We expect the force to act on these immediately to regain the confidence of victims and the wider public.

– Norman Baker, Crime Prevention Minister

Ch Supt Jason Harwin has offered an "unreserved" apology to victims.

Ukraine forces prepare to defend city of Mariupol

Separatist forces in Ukraine have gained a foothold on the Azov Sea and aim to fight their way down the coast to the Ukrainian port city of Mariupo
Separatist forces in Ukraine have gained a foothold on the Azov Sea and aim to fight their way down the coast to the Ukrainian port city of Mariupo Credit: Google Maps

Ukrainian forces have regrouped for the defence of the coastal city of Mariupol and have enough troops to stop the city being seized by enemy forces, a Ukrainian military spokesman has said.

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