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Afghanistan: Karzai cousin killed by suicide bomb

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's cousin, has been killed in a suicide bomb attack at his home, officials in Kandahar say.

Hashmat Karzai, a close ally of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was hosting an event for the Eid al-Fitr holiday at his home in the province when a well-dressed man posing as a guest set off hidden explosives as Karzai greeted him, the governor's office said.

The attack comes as the country is caught in a political deadlock over a disputed election to replace Hamid Karzai as president.

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Russia sanctions could harm our business, BP warns

Oil giant BP has warned that further international sanctions on Russia could harm the company's profits.

BP warned sanctions on Russia could affect its business in Russia.
BP warned sanctions on Russia could affect its business in Russia. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The UK business owns a 19.75% stake in Russian oil firm Rosneft, which is the subject of sanctions preventing it from using US financial institutions for new loans over a period longer than 90 days.

In its second-quarter results, BP said further international sanctions on Rosneft or on Russia could have a "material adverse impact" on its investment in Rosneft, its business in Russia and its own financial position.

Profits for the quarter to June 30 were $3.18 billion (£1.87 billion), up by a third on the same period a year earlier but down 8% on the previous quarter.

The investment in Rosneft, which is Russia's biggest oil producer, was a factor in the improved performance by BP as profits from the relationship nearly doubled to just over $1 billion (£589 million) in the second quarter.

Putin 'thuggish and dishonest', says top British diplomat

Sir Peter Westmacott is UK ambassador to the UK.
Sir Peter Westmacott is UK ambassador to the UK. Credit: Kevin Dietsch/Pool/DPA

Vladimir Putin is "thuggish, dishonest and wreckless", a top British envoy has told American television.

Sir Peter Westmactott, UK ambassador to the United States told US network MSNBC the Russian President's move to "steal" Crimea was beginning to "look like the wrong call" in light of the MH17 air disaster and anticipated EU sanctions.

He added that Russia had met none of the conditions required to avoid further sanctions and had in fact shown more cross-border interference in Ukraine since the airliner came down.

"The usual KGB playbook - a pack of lies - doesn't convince anybody," he added.

Read: US accuses Russia of violating nuclear treaty

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Chris Sherrington: 'This is the Royal Marine's medal'

A former marine who won gold in Judo at the Commonwealth Games said his medal was not just for him but for "the Royal Marines, the Royal Navy, all the armed services".

Team Scotland's Chris Sherrington, 30, denied he had suffered from alcoholism but admitted to blowing £8,500 on drink after quitting the armed forces and credited Judo with helping him overcome his demons.

Rumble of jets continues across the skies of Gaza

By Dan Rivers: ITV News Correspondent

We've had a number of enormous explosions very near our hotel. I'm just watching several buildings that are still on fire after they were hit about two hours ago just near the port in Gaza.

We've seen targets being hit across Gaza; a pro-Hamas TV station, the finance ministry, the house of a former prime minister, all being hit by, we think, F-16s dropping what sounded like very large missiles or bombs.

Palestinians stand in front of a mosque which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike.
Palestinians stand in front of a mosque which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike. Credit: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

The rumble of jets is still continuing across the skies of Gaza.

I think a ceasefire at the moment is looking completely dead. We've got to wait and see whether Israeli ground troops move further into Gaza City itself or whether this will largely continue to be a war from the skies

Prince Harry photobombs New Zealand rugby coach

New Zealand officials got more than they expected when they posed for a picture at the Commonwealth Games yesterday, with Prince Harry sticking his head in the frame for a "royal photo bomb".

Sir Gordon Tietjens (left), Trevor Shailer (centre) and Gary Hermansson (right) with Prince Harry (centre,back) and William (right,back).
Sir Gordon Tietjens (left), Trevor Shailer (centre) and Gary Hermansson (right) with a smiling Prince Harry (centre,back) and William (right,back). Credit: Trevor Shailer/Facebook

Former Olympic boxer Trevor Shailer (centre), posted the photo on Facebook, showing himself alongside rugby sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens (left) and sports psychologist Gary Hermansson, with Harry and brother William both seen in the background.

The royals were watching swimming at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, while they also caught other events such as hockey and gymnastics.

Read: Commonwealth athletes sneak Queen into their selfies

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