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Libya asks for international help amid fighting

Libya has asked for international help after an oil depot caught fire amid clashes over the country's international airport in Tripoli.

The country's interim government said in a statement posted on its website that the fighting between rival militias caused the blaze, which could trigger a "humanitarian and environmental disaster."

Tripoli airport
Tripoli International Airport was heavily damaged during shelling last week. Credit: Reuters

It appealed for "international help" but did not specify what sort of help it wants.

Libyan TV stations called on residents to evacuate areas within a three-mile radius of the airport. Many Libyan families responded to the call and scrambled to leave their homes.

Read: Embassy convoy attacked as Brits told to flee Libya



'Support Team England' poster appears in North Wales

Commonwealth poster
Credit: Derek Bellis

Commonwealth Games backers have confirmed they are investigating a giant poster on the North Wales seafront, which reads 'Proud to support Team England'.

The image, at Rhos-on-Sea in Conwy, features English Paralympic athlete Jade Jones.

SSE and its supply brands, including SSE SWALEC, are proud supporters of Glasgow 2014 and the four home nations, Team Wales, Team England, Team Scotland and Team Northern Ireland.

We are concerned about the placement of this advert and will work with the media owner to investigate.

– Scottish Southern Electric

BBC rapped over 'racial' Jeremy Clarkson comment

The BBC's Top Gear has been ruled to have breached Ofcom's broadcasting rules over a "racial" term used by Jeremy Clarkson.

Jeremy Clarkson was recently given a
Jeremy Clarkson was recently given a Credit: James Moy Photography

The ruling by Ofcom involved a scene in which the presenters were involved in the construction of a makeshift bridge over the River Kwai during a special episode filmed in Burma.

Viewers were shown an Asian man walking on the bamboo crossing while Clarkson declared: "That is a proud moment - but there is a slope on it."

Two viewers were concerned that using the word "slope" when watching an Asian man walk over - sometimes used as a derogatory word for people of Asian descent - was an offensive racist term.

Jeremy Clarkson used the word 'slope' to refer both to an Asian man crossing a bridge, and the incline of the bridge. This was scripted in advance. The BBC failed to take the opportunity, either during filming or post-production, to check whether the word had the potential to offend viewers.

– Ofcom

The ruling comes just three months after Clarkson apologised and was given a "final warning" by the BBC after an unaired clip showing him using the 'n-word' emerged.

Read: Clarkson given 'final warning' over n-word claims

Civilians killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine

At least eight civilians were killed in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine as government troops pressed ahead with their campaign against pro-Russian rebels, taking a strategic point close to where Malaysian flight MH17 crashed, officials said.

MH17 crash site
Armed pro-Russian separatists guard a crash site of MH17. Credit: Reuters

Fierce fighting in the vicinity of the airliner crash site prevented international monitors from reaching it yesterday to investigate the downing of the plane with the loss of all 298 people on board.

Experts are due to renew their efforts to reach the crash site, still in rebel-held territory.

Read: Experts cancel MH17 site visit over disputed security threat


Gault announces retirement from competitive shooting

Commonwealth Games England wrote on Twitter after Michael Gault missed out on a place in the final of the 50m air pistol:


BREAKING: Michael Gault OBE announces his retirement from competitive shooting after equalling the all-time Commonwealth Games medal tally.


Dozens killed in Libya as western diplomats flee

At least 36 people were killed during the weekend's clashes between Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants in Benghazi, security officials said.

The government said more than 150 people have died, many of them civilian, in the capital Tripoli and Benghazi in two weeks of fighting as clashes forced UK and other foreign diplomats to pull out of the country.

Militants and government forces clash in Benghazi.
Militants and government forces clash in Benghazi. Credit: Reuters

Read: Embassy convoy attacked as Brits told to flee Libya

Gault misses out on 19th Commonwealth medal

Shooter Michael Gault's bid to become the outright most successful Commonwealth athlete of all time is over after he missed out on a place in the final of the 50m air pistol.

Competing at his sixth Games, the 60-year-old Norfolk grandfather drew level with fellow shooter Phillip Adams on Saturday when he won his 18th medal, taking bronze in the 10m discipline.

Michael Gault from Norfolk missed out on a place in the final of the 50m air pistol at the Commonwealth Games.
Michael Gault from Norfolk missed out on a place in the final of the 50m air pistol at the Commonwealth Games. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Afterwards Gault said he had achieved what he came out of retirement for, and that he would be "chillaxing" when he stepped back on to the range for today's event.

But despite shooting a competitive total of 529 from his six rounds, Gault bowed out of the competition in 13th place.


Mick Gault set to make Commonwealth history

Norfolk shooter Mick Gault could become the most decorated Commonwealth athlete in history later.

Mick Gault
Mick Gault Credit: PA Images

The 60-year-old grandfather from Dereham equalled the Commonwealth Games record of 18 medals over the weekend by winning bronze in the 10m air pistol competition. He's hoping for another podium place in this afternoon's 50 metre event.

Scottish bronze medal winner celebrated with Irn-Bru

Scotland's 13-year-old Commonwealth Games hero Erraid Davies has revealed she celebrated her bronze medal-winning swim with some Irn-Bru.

Erraid told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I was just really happy - I didn't expect it. All I wanted was a PB [personal best]."

Erraid Davies took the bronze medal for Scotland in the Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9 Final.
Erraid Davies took the bronze medal for Scotland in the Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9 Final. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Asked how she had celebrated her win, she replied: "My mum and dad were just really happy and I got a huge hug and a 'well done'.

"When we got back we went to the dining hall of the hotel and I had some Irn-Bru."

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