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'Bridge of light' created as Shoreham remembers victims

Hundreds of people have placed candles to create a "bridge of light" spanning the centre of Shoreham in memory of the victims of last week's air crash.

A series of events have taken place throughout the day, as ITV News correspondent Martha Fairlie reports.

A minute's silence was observed at 1.20pm, the time last Saturday when the vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the busy A27 in West Sussex, and a mass balloon release was held in Littlehampton.

The disaster happened as the 1950s plane failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop stunt during the Shoreham Airshow before crashing, exploding into a fireball

United States 'deeply disappointed' by Al-Jazeera verdict

Three Al-Jazeera English journalists were given three year sentences in Egypt. Credit: Reuters

The US State Department has said it is "deeply disappointed" by the verdict handed down to three Al-Jazeera English journalists in the Egyptian court today.

We urge the government of Egypt to take all available measures to redress this verdict, which undermines the very freedom of expression necessary for stability and development.

– Statement from the US State Department

The journalists were sentenced to three years in prison for operating without a press license and broadcasting material said to be harmful to Egypt.

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Blair warns against 'Alice in Wonderland' appeal of Corbyn

Tony Blair makes a final plea to Labour supporters to reject Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: PA

Tony Blair has issued yet another warning to Labour supporters to reject the "Alice in Wonderland" appeal of Jeremy Corbyn or risk driving the party into an abyss.

Defying appeals from the leadership candidates to resist further interventions, he issued a fresh warning that the party would become unelectable.

Writing in The Observer, the former prime minister said he had as yet failed to understand the "powerful" phenomenon behind Corbyn's popularity and mocked those behind it for embracing a "politics of parallel reality."

All the evidence showed Labour lost the 2015 election because it was "anti-business and too left" and had no credible economic plan, he said.

It is like a driver coming to a roadblock on a road they've never travelled before and three grizzled veterans say: 'Don't go any further, we have been up and down this road many times and we're warning you there are falling rocks, mudslides, dangerous hairpin bends and then a sheer drop'.

In the Alice in Wonderland world this parallel reality has created, it is we who are backward looking for pointing out that the Corbyn programme is exactly what we fought and lost on 30 years ago, not him for having it.

– Tony Blair, writing in the Observer

With less than two weeks until the result of the Labour leadership election is announced, Mr Corbyn remains the bookmakers' overwhelming favourite to pull off a shock win.

UUP leaders agree to withdraw from NI government

Leaders approve the withdrawal of the party from the power-sharing government. Credit: PA wire

Senior members of the Ulster Unionist Party have voted to withdraw from Northern Ireland's power-sharing government over claims the Provisional IRA (PIRA) still exists.

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt proposed the exit in response to a police assessment that structures of the supposedly defunct paramilitary organisation remain in place and some of its members were involved in a recent Belfast murder.

The UUP's ruling executive approved Mr Nesbitt's recommendation at a meeting in an east Belfast hotel.

Mr Nesbitt has said the revelations about the IRA have shattered trust in Sinn Fein and the UUP can no longer work in coalition with the republican party.

The move will not cause a collapse of the administration but will pressure the Democratic Unionists, the largest party in the coalition, to follow suit.

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