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Police officer Otis Goldsmith charged with murder of his wife

Police officer Otis Goldsmith charged with murder of wife, according to the Northamptonshire force.

In a statement, police said he was charged with murder following the death of a woman at 11, Wootton Hall Park on Thursday, March 26.

Goldsmith, 49, will appear ar Corby Magistrates' Court this morning.

A forensic post mortem examination took place yesterday at Leicester Royal Infirmary when the cause of death was confirmed to be head injury.

Saudi-led air forces strike Yemeni Houthi fighters convoy

Saudi-led air forces struck a convoy of Yemeni Houthi fighters advancing on Aden from the east on Saturday, residents said, and the Saudi navy evacuated diplomats from the southern port city.

The Iranian-allied Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters, seeking to overthrow the Western- and Saudi-allied President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, have continued to make gains since the Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes against them early on Thursday.

On Friday, the Houthis and allied army units gained their first foothold on Yemen's Arabian Sea coast by seizing the port of Shaqra, 100km (60 miles) east of Aden, allowing them to open a new front to march on the south's main city.

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Elton John's mother says David Furnish is 'controlling'

Sir Elton John's mother says his husband David Furnish is 'controlling' of the singer Credit: PA Wire

Sir Elton John's mother has spoken of their seven-year rift with her son, saying that she believes David Furnish has a controlling influence over the singer.

Prompted by her milestone 90th birthday, Sir Elton got in touch with his mother Sheila Farebrother for the first time in seven years.

But the widow told the Daily Mail it is up to her son to try and reconcile the relationship, but that she wants nothing to do with Furnish.

I am happy now. I've got over all the hurt of those seven years. I've got over all the nasty things and the hurtfulness.

And really, Furnish doesn't want to be with me and I certainly don't want to be with him.

– Sheila Farebrother, Elton John's mother

She said that the rift with her Grammy award winning son started when he asked her to cut ties with two of her oldest friends, who had also been part of his early success, Bob Halley and John Reid, which she refused.

Mrs Farebrother has still not met the couple's two sons but the singer continues to support his mother financially paying for her home and medical bills.

Corden 'overwhelmed' at response to US TV debut

James Corden prepared for a 'terrible onslaught' of criticism following his debut on The Late Late Show Credit: PA Wire

Actor and comedian James Corden has said that the widely positive response to his first week as a late night talk show host in America has been "overwhelming".

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, he said he prepared for a "terrible onslaught" of criticism following his debut on The Late Late Show on the CBS network.

In terms of reaction to the show, it's been a little overwhelming really.

We had gathered ourselves for a terrible onslaught of criticism and you never think these things are going to be met with such praise.

But the truth is it is far too early to judge our show or any of these type of shows because, had the reviews or reaction been awful, we would have all been saying 'well these things never break straight away and we have to take time'.

You have to give it the same logic if the response is good because these shows grow with familiarity.

– James Corden

Nigeria President seeking second four-year term

President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking a second four-year term as leader of Africa`s most populous nation against a strong challenge from the main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari.

The vote has been seen as a referendum on Jonathans record over the past four years, with an escalation in the Boko Haram insurgency and the continents top economy hit by the global shock in oil prices.

This is a great day for our son, and we are set to return him to power. He has done well. He deserves a second term.

– Laurence Banigo, a civil engineer, in the president`s home town of Utuoke, Bayelsa state

Buhari, a former military ruler who has a reputation for fighting corruption, also charges that Jonathan has done little to tackle rampant graft in government, particularly in the oil and gas sector.

The election was postponed from February 14 because of military operations against Boko Haram in the northeast, which has since seen a series of claimed successes against the militants.

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Polling stations open in Nigeria for election vote

Polling stations opened in Nigeria its electoral commission said, as voters went to the polls to elect a new president in what is being seen as the closest campaign in the country's history.

Polling stations open in Nigeria for election vote. Credit: PA

"Polling stations have opened. Accreditation has started," Independent National Electoral Commission spokesman Kayode Idowu told AFP, despite reports of delays to the 7am (GMT) start. Reporters said the process had not started at some locations in Kano, Lagos and Abuja because of the late arrival of INEC officials and election materials. Voting proper is due to start at 1:30 pm local time.

UN evacuates staff from Yemini capital Sanaa

The United Nations has evacuated its staff from Yemini capital Sanaa due to the security situation, according to a UN source.

The source said the staff, numbering more than 100, were heading to the airport and were expected to relocate to several countries including Jordan.

United Nations Special envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar was due to join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the annual Arab summit in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the source added.

Germanwings co-pilot was 'obsessed' with the Alps

Andreas Lubitz running during the Aerportrace in Hamburg, Germany Credit: PA Wire

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz who crashed a plane in the French Alps was "obsessed" with the region and took gliding holidays there.

Lubitz took lessons at a school in Montabaur, his home town, in holidays from the age of nine according to the French newspaper Le Parisien.

Member of the Sisteron school Dieter Wagner said that he was "passionate about the Alps and even obsessed [with them]".

Mr Wagner said that Lubitz knew the crash area well and he had last seen him several years ago when he took part in a course with his niece.

Lubitz deliberately crashed the Germanwings flight 4U 9525, killing all 150 people on board, according to investigation reports.

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