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US: Ukraine's action to restore law & order is appropriate

The White House says it is appropriate for the Ukraine government to take action to restore law and order in the country.

It also urged Kiev to continue to to do so in a "measured and responsible" way.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters travelling on Air Force One that Kiev had responded with "admirable restraint" to destabilising actions by armed pro-Russian separatists.

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Pro-Russia separatists bid to humiliate Ukraine

Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army today in a bid to humiliate Kiev's operation to recapture towns in the eastern region.

Six armoured personnel carriers were driven into the rebel-held town of Slaviansk to shouts of "Russia! Russia!"

ITV News Europe Correspondent Emma Murphy reports

Read: It might already be too late to stop the slide into civil war in Ukraine

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Suspected unexploded mortar bomb found in York

Workmen in York discovered what was believed to be an unexploded "World War" mortar bomb this afternoon.

The park and ride site where the discovery was made at 3.55pm was evacuated as bomb disposal experts attended the scene.

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Good news confirmed by Bomb Disposal that the mortar shell is safe. Everything will revert to normal asap. Many thanks for your patience.

British scientists make 'exciting' fertility discovery

British scientists have discovered an elusive protein that forms an essential part of human fertilisation.

A fundamental key to fertility has been uncovered by British scientists Credit: PA

The molecule, named Juno after the Roman goddess of fertility, allows eggs and sperm to join together.

It may now be used by scientists to improve fertility treatments and develop new contraceptives.

Read: Girl awarded £35,000 after sperm donor mix-up

"We have solved a long-standing mystery in biology by identifying the molecules displayed on all sperm and egg that must bind each other at the moment we were conceived," said lead researcher Dr Gavin Wright, from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire.

"Without this essential interaction, fertilisation just cannot happen," he added, writing in the journal Nature.

Read: 'Fertility does not just disappear overnight' in 30s

Fertility expert Dr Allan Pacey, from University of Sheffield, described the finding as "very exciting".

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