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Gymnast Tweddle undergoes neck surgery

Beth Tweddle was taking part in a TV show. Credit: Channel 4

Beth Tweddle has undergone surgery to fuse together two fractured vertebrae in her neck, her family has said.

Olympic gymnast Tweddle suffered the injury during the making of Channel 4 programme The Jump.

A statement from Tweddle's management company read: "Last night, following a fall whilst in training for The Jump on Saturday, Beth had surgery to fuse fractured vertebrae in her neck and is currently recovering in hospital in Austria."

22 killed as migrant boat capsizes off Turkish coast

The boat sank off Edremit on Turkey's western coast, close to the Greek island of Lesbos. Credit: Google Maps

Twenty-two people have drowned after a boat carrying migrants capsized en route to Greece, the Turkish coast guard has said.

The boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast in the Edremit area of Balikesir province, as those on board sought to reach a Greek island, an official said.

Separately, the Dogan news agency said 11 migrants died and three were rescued when another boat sank further south off the cost of Dikili in the Izmir province.

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Deepcut: New evidence may show soldier did not kill herself

New scientific evidence has shown a teenage soldier found dead at Deepcut army barracks more than 20 years ago may not have killed herself, an inquest has heard.

Private Cheryl James was one of four recruits to die at Deepcut over a seven-year period. Credit: Family handout

Private Cheryl James, 18, was discovered with a fatal bullet wound at in November 1995.

A lawyer for her family has called for a second inquest into her death to be delayed by a few weeks to allow "important" pathological evidence to be properly considered.

Alison Foster QC said: "Now there is distinguished pathological evidence showing that the shot that killed Cheryl James may not have been self-inflicted.

"Third party involvement is more than merely speculative, according to this inquest's pathologist.

"It's important such evidence is fully acquired and assimilated", she added.

Taiwan earthquake: Aunt of rescued eight-year-old also found alive

Rescuers in Taiwan have pulled a woman alive from the rubble of a building that collapsed as a result of the earthquake that hit the southern city of Tainan, according to Taiwan television stations.

The woman, identified as Chen Mei-jih, is reportedly the aunt of the eight-year-old girl who was rescued just hours earlier.

Car sunken in sand as Storm Imogen hits Cornish beach

Gale-force winds from Storm Imogen that have been battering Britain's southern coastline have also whipped up a sandstorm that left a car partly submerged on a Cornish beach.

Ian Jepson captured the remarkable scene on camera:

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Turkey drive tents over border as refugees remain held

A Turkish convoy carrying tents has crossed the border to reinforce camps on the Syrian side where thousands of refugees remain held.

ITV New Middle East Editor Lutfi Abu Aun tweeted images of trucks reaching the border gates at Bab al-Salameh.

The Turkish government is continuing to resist pressure from the EU to admit more refugees with between 30-40,000 Syrians held just over its border.

People sit on the pavement as they wait at Turkey's Oncupinar border crossing. Credit: Reuters
A 15-year old injured Syrian boy was allowed entry into Turkey for treatment, along with his father, at the Oncupinar crossing. Credit: Reuters

Taiwan rescuers pull eight-year-old alive from rubble

At least 38 people were killed in the earthquake Credit: Reuters

Rescuers in Taiwan have pulled an eight-year-old girl alive from the wreckage of a collapsed building in the southern city of Tainan, Taiwan television stations reported.

The girl, named in the reports as Lin Su-Chin, was conscious and has been taken to hospital.

Her rescue comes more than 60 hours after an earthquake struck Taiwan, leaving at least 38 people dead, according to the latest death toll.

Npower to cut standard gas tariff prices by 5.2%

Npower is cutting its standard domestic gas tariff Credit: PA

Energy firm npower has announced a 5.2% reduction in its gas prices effective from 28 March 2016.

This will lower standard domestic gas tariff prices by an average £32 a year, according to the firm.

The savings will apply to both new and existing customers and 1.2 million will benefit from this price cut, a statement on its website said.

This cut in gas prices is welcome news for many of our customers. We have balanced the wholesale price fall against increases in the other costs we are charged.

– Paul Coffey, chief executive of npower

It follows similar cuts from rival Big Six providers SSE and E.On last month.

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