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Barclays shareholders stick boot in over bonuses

Barclays chairman Sir David Walker told shareholders at the bank's annual general meeting that staff had to be given higher bonuses in order to stop them leaving, but his speech was met with calls to "sack" the remuneration committee.

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Barclays chairman tells shareholders bonuses had to rise as resignation rates at investment bank doubled. "Genuine threat" to business.

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"We're paying for Manchester United, we're getting Colchester Utd" - another Barclays shareholder stick boot in over level of bonuses.

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Warm applause for shareholder who says "I think the remuneration committee should be sacked".

Putin: Ukraine sanctions 'damaging but not critical'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that sanctions imposed against Moscow for its annexation of Crimea were hurting the economy, but the damage was unlikely to be critical.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said sanctions imposed following Crimea's annexation are not critical
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said sanctions imposed following Crimea's annexation are not critical Credit: Utrecht Robin/ABACA/Press Association Images

Mr Putin said: "Overall they are causing [damage], because [credit] ratings are being reviewed, loans could become more expensive and so forth. But this is of no critical character,"

Read: US votes to supply aid to Ukraine and sanction Russia

He condemned the use of the sanctions as an instrument of interstate policy, saying they damage the global economy and are "dishonourable on the part of those who use those types of tools".

Read: Putin warns Ukraine against using army on population

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UK police chiefs release Syrian travel warning

The Association of Police Chiefs has released a document giving information and advice on travel to Syria. This comes on the day a national campaign is launched to stop would-be British terrorists visiting Syria.

The MET police document outlined terrorism risks, what could happen to you if you visited Syria, what the UK government is doing to help Syrians and how you help the Syrian people.

Some of the points outlined in the document are as follows:

  • Families may face ransom demands.
  • Assad uses the presence of UK nationals in Syria to support claims that his regime is fighting foreign terrorists.
  • If you travel for humanitarian reasons, you are very likely to come into contact with terrorist groups and you may get drawn into their activities.

Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing Helen Ball will be hosting a live webchat on the MET website at 2pm.

Ukraine forces abandon Slaviansk checkpoint

Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from a checkpoint they had taken over from pro-Russian forces this morning.

A pro-Russian armed man stands guard near the state security service building in Slaviansk
A pro-Russian armed man stands guard near the state security service building in Slaviansk Credit: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Pro-Russian separatists moved back in and began to reinforce the position with sandbags in the East of Ukraine near the village of Khrestyshche.

The Ukrainian troops, with armoured vehicles, pulled back after about two hours at the checkpoint, said Reuters.

Read: Ukraine troops re-take checkpoint from pro-Russians

Coulson accused of 'pure hypocrisy' over Blunkett affair

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson told the Old Bailey hacking trial that he regrets exposing David Blunkett's affair with Kimberly Fortier as he was accused of "pure hypocrisy" over the 2004 story.

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson told the hacking trial that he regrets exposing former David Blunkett's affair Credit: PA

During cross-examination by co-defendant Clive Goodman's lawyer, David Spens QC, the 46-year-old said the "irony" was not lost on him that he was being unfaithful to his own wife at the time.

Mr Coulson also conceded that reporter Neville Thurlbeck, who played him the former Home Secretary's voicemails in relation to the affair, had escaped disciplinary action and was not reported to the Press Complaints Commission.

He said he had never asked Mr Thurlbeck how he obtained the messages.

Mr Coulson denies one count of conspiring to hack phones and two counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.

Russia: Ukraine 'must take first step' to resolve crisis

Ukrainian authorities must take the first step to resolve its national crisis, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Ukraine must take the first step to resolve its crisis
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Ukraine must take the first step to resolve its crisis Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Lavrov also said the US should use its influence to persuade Kiev to implement commitments it made under an international accord on Ukraine that was signed last week.

Mr Lavrov said: "We have no doubts whatsoever that the first steps must be taken by the Kiev authorities, that is absolutely unarguable.

"To try to get away from that, to try - as our western partners are doing, to present things as if Kiev is ruled by angels who make no mistakes - that's just wrong."

Read: Putin warns Ukraine against using army on population

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Ferry firm owner 'to take responsibility' for Sewol

The family that has a major stake in companies controlling the operator of the capsized Sewol ferry in South Korea are willing to take "legal and social responsibility" for the incident, its lawyer said.

Yellow ribbons dedicated to the missing and dead passengers onboard the capsized Sewol ferry
Yellow ribbons dedicated to the missing and dead passengers onboard the capsized Sewol ferry Credit: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

But the lawyer for Yoo Byung-un did not say that the family was assuming liability for what he called a "tragic accident", and said the family had not been summoned by prosecutors.

"Yoo and his family will take all legal and social responsibility for this tragic accident if they have to as major stakeholders of the company," the lawyer Son Byoung-gi told Reuters.

£1m cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton 'still fighting'

Stephen Sutton, the 19-year-old cancer patient who has raised more than £1.5m for charity, has tweeted to say he is "still fighting" after thinking he had lost his battle with the illness earlier this week.

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Hi everyone, it's Stephen here- still here and still fighting!!! Throughout the whole journey I've been realistic... http://t.co/s6F2wzmv7k

He wrote on his Facebook page: "I genuinely thought I was a goner.... But hey, I'm still here!!"

"I am still in a very vulnerable position," he continued.

"I am very limited in what I can do and am still permanently hooked up to oxygen.

"But I am in high spirits and blessed to have so much love and support around me.

"To get to see the million pound fundraising target being reached was just phenomenal!"

Corrie star Barbara Knox bailed on drink driving charge

Coronation Street star Barbara Knox pleaded not guilty to a charge of drink driving at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court today .

The 80-year-old, who plays Rita Tanner in the ITV soap, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in March.

She was represented in court by high-profile criminal defence solicitor Nick Freeman.

The actress was bailed until July 23rd, ITV News Granada correspondent Matt O'Donoghue reported.

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Mr Loophole, Nick Freeman, has admitted his client did drive on a car park with excess alcohol in her system. Barbara Knox pleads not guilty

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Barbara Knox has been bailed until July 23rd on charges of drink driving. http://t.co/AHDfpxh9mL

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