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Brits held in Turkey pictured after 'trying to cross Syria border'

The group covered their faces as they were escorted into a building by Turkish security services. Credit: AP Direct

Nine Britons being held in Turkey, who were allegedly trying to cross illegally into Syria, have been seen for the first time being escorted into a building by Turkish security services.

The group covered their faces as they were escorted into a building by Turkish security services. Credit: AP Direct

The group is believed to include four children ranging in age from two to 10-years-old.

The group covered their faces as they were escorted into a building by Turkish security services. Credit: AP Direct

E.ON to pay £7.75m to Citizens Advice for overcharging customers

E.ON Credit: PA Wire

E.ON is to make a payment of £7.75 million to Citizens Advice after regulator Ofgem said the energy company incorrectly charged exit fees and overcharged customers following price rises.

The package of help for vulnerable customers is in addition to the £400,000 E.ON has already paid back to potentially affected customers.

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Dry and sunny for many but staying cold

Dry and sunny for many but staying cold Credit: Met Office

It will be dry and sunny for many central and eastern areas today, although cloud and rain across the west and southwest will slowly edge eastwards later in the day. The rain will turn heavy and persistent at times, especially across Northern Ireland throughout this afternoon.

It will also feel cold beneath the cloud and rain with temperatures struggling to reach 8 Celsius (46F), but further east temperatures will reach a maximum of 11 Celsius (52F) in the sunshine.

Gunmen storm college in Kenyan town of Garissa

Kenyan media and Red Cross said that gunmen stormed a Kenyan college campus in the north eastern town of Garissa in the early hours of this morning, setting off explosions and exchanging gunfire with security services for several hours.

The stand-off was ongoing at the Garissa University College, Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper and Capital FM radio station said. No group has claimed responsibility for the raid yet. In the past, Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab has carried out several attacks in Garissa and across Kenya, including the 2013 attack on an upscale shopping mall in the capital Nairobi.

Ukraine signs new deal to buy Russian gas

The Ukrainian energy ministry has said in a statement that Ukraine has signed a new agreement to buy Russian gas over the next three months at $248 per thousand cubic metres.

The agreement extended all the other terms of the 'winter package' which has just lapsed between Ukraine's state gas concern Naftogaz and Russia's gas giant Gazprom, the statement said.

The agreement represented a "victory" for an economic approach to relations between Naftogaz and Gazprom over a political one, Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn was quoted as saying on the energy ministry's website.

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17 more business leaders back Tory economic plan

17 more business leaders back Tory economic plan. Credit: PA

The Labour leader Ed Miliband's clash with business leaders has deepened as 17 more major business leaders signed a letter backing Tory economic plans, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The newspaper reported 17 more senior figures have now added their names to the letter, including Paul Kelly, the CEO of Selfridges, David Suddens, the chairman of Dr Martens, and Simon Pryce, the CEO of BBA Aviation, which employs 13,000 people.

Rescue captain: 63 saved from Russian trawler

An officer at a maritime rescue coordination centre in the area said that at least 54 people have died and 15 are missing after a Russian trawler sank late on Wednesday in the Western Pacific Ocean near the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Viktor Klepikov, coordinating captain of the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky maritime rescue coordination centre, told Reuters that there were 132 people on board the Dalniy Vostok freezer trawler. He said 63 people had been rescued.

Death toll on Russian trawler rises to 54

At least 54 people of a Russian trawler died and more than two dozen were missing after the vessel sank in freezing waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Western Pacific Ocean late on Wednesday, Russia's Emergency Ministry said.

Sixty-three of the 132 people on board the Dalniy Vostok were rescued with the sea's temperature near zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), the ministry said. The ship was carrying 78 Russian nationals, as well as 54 foreign nationals from Myanmar, Ukraine, Lithuania and Vanuatu.

The trawler sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, 330 km (205 miles) west of Krutogorovsky settlement in the Kamchatka region and 250 km south of the city of Magadan. The home port of the trawler, which was owned by Magellan LLC, was Nevelsk in Russia's Sakhalin region.

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