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Queen and Prince Charles make personal DEC donations

The royal family have donated to the DEC appeal to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Both the Queen and Prince of Wales made personal donations to the appeal launched by leading UK aid agencies.

The Queen inspects the Queen's Gurkha Engineers in 2011. Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

The Queen, and Charles and Camilla, donated undisclosed sums which will be used by the DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal to support the work of its 13-member organisations.

The royal family have a long association with Gurkha troops who fight for the UK but are drawn from the men of Nepal, with Charles Colonel in Chief of The Royal Gurkha Rifles.

At the start of investiture ceremonies the Queen enters the room attended by two Gurkha orderly officers, a tradition begun by Queen Victoria in 1876.

Eight of 'Bali Nine' executed despite family pleas

Eight of the nine prisoners held for drugs offences in Indonesia were executed moments ago by firing squad, according to local media reports.

Earlier today, families of the convicts said their goodbyes and begged President Joko Widodo for clemency.

It has been reported that eight prisoners - from Indonesia, Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and Ghana - have been executed and a female from the Philippines has been reprieved.

ITV News correspondent Neil Connery reports.


Eight of the 'Bali Nine' executed by firing squad

Eight drug convicts were executed by an Indonesian firing squad today with an unexpected reprieve for a Filipina inmate.

The eight were Indonesian Zainal Abidin, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerians Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze and Ghanaian Martin Anderson.

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines was spared, local media reported.

The Jakarta Post reported that the Attorney General's Office confirmed the executions had taken place.


Obama: Riots emphasise need for national 'soul searching'

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The riots overnight in Baltimore emphasise the need for national "soul searching" on the way police forces deal with the public, President Obama has said.

Mr Obama, speaking in his first public speech about the unrest following the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, said such instances were not new.

"This has been going on for decades," he said, "some [police] departments and communities need to do some soul searching."

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