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Palestinian woman gives birth to quadruplets in Gaza

A Palestinian woman gave birth to quadruplets in Gaza last night amid intense fighting in the region.

Dr Bassel Abuwarda tweeted:

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Dr. Qadoura: Despite the pain, Palestinian mother gave birth to quadruplets last night in #Gaza. http://t.co/QVfDRWOCG2

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British Gas owner defends charging higher tariffs

British Gas owner Centrica has come under pressure to cut bills after watchdog Ofgem pointed to falling wholesale gas and electricity prices.

British Gas say average bills are set to be £90 lower this year.
British Gas say average bills are set to be £90 lower this year. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Customers are paying higher tariffs this year after they were hiked 9.2% last autumn, though the rise was scaled back following the Government's shake-up of so-called green levies on bills.

But Centrica said the average bill was expected to be £90, or 7%, lower this year reflecting warmer weather and energy efficiency measures.

The company reiterated that tariffs were not expected to change during 2014 "recognising competitive conditions in the UK energy supply market".

Centrica has defended its stance by pointing to the way it buys much of its energy in advance and that the benefit of lower wholesale prices for next year is offset by higher costs elsewhere.

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UN school in Gaza hit in strike leaving people injured

Another UN school in Gaza has been hit in an apparent Israeli strike, leaving several people injured.

Children were treated at a hospital in Gaza.
Children were treated at a hospital in Gaza. Credit: Reuters

Wounded children were brought to a hospital in Gaza after the strike on Beit Lahiya school this morning.

The strike hit a school in Beit Lahiya.
The strike hit a school in Beit Lahiya. Credit: Reuters

One eyewitness at the school told Reuters: "Women here were surprised when they hit the building. Children and women were sleeping on the mattresses."

Read: Every hour an innocent child dies in the Gaza conflict

Emma Pooley takes silver for England in road cycling

The London-born rider announced on Tuesday she will retire from cycling after Sunday's team road race at the Commonwealth Games.
The London-born rider announced on Tuesday she will retire from cycling after Sunday's team road race at the Commonwealth Games. Credit: PA

British Olympic silver medalist Emma Pooley has won Commonwealth silver for England in the women's 30km time-trial.

The London-born rider announced on Tuesday she will retire from cycling after Sunday's team road race at the Commonwealth Games.

The 31-year-old will concentrate on triathlon and running in the future.

Pooley led the way for some of the race, but New Zealand's Linda Villumsen dug deep in the final stages to take gold.

Read: Paralympic hero David Weir hoping for more gold in Glasgow

Experts reach MH17 crash site for first time in a week

International monitors say they have reached the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 for the first time in almost a week.

According to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, a new access route has been used to take the team and four experts from the Netherlands and Australia.

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OSCE SMM monitors reach #MH17 crash site for 1st time in almost week, accompanied by 4 Dutch, Australian experts. Used new route to access

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Glasgow 2014 official: Bolt row doesn't damage Games

Commonwealth Games officials have insisted comments reportedly made about the event by Usain Bolt have not damaged Glasgow 2014.

Bolt was reported to have said the "Olympics were better".
Bolt was reported to have said the "Olympics were better". Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said that the games have gone "fantastically" and have not suffered from the comments "in any way".

Bolt was quick to declare the Games as "awesome" yesterday, just 24 hours after the Times claimed he had called them "a bit s***".

Mr Bolt made his position very, very clear yesterday. I don't believe it's in any way damaged the Games. This is a fantastic event, it has gone fantastically.

The man has made his position very clear. As far as we're concerned that's the end of the matter.

– Mike Hooper, Games Federation chief executive

Poisoned spy's wife: 'Whole world will know the truth'

The widow of a Russian spy poisoned in London has said the "whole world" will know the truth about what happened to her husband as a public inquiry into his death formally opened.

Marina Litvinenko, the widow of Alexander Llitvinenko.
Marina Litvinenko, the widow of Alexander Llitvinenko. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Marina Litvinenko said outside the Royal Courts of Justice she was positive the inquiry into her husband Alexander's death would get under way in January next year.

Sir Robert Owen, chair of the inquiry, praised the widow in the hearing for her patience in the face of "highly regrettable" delays.

Ms Litvinenko said today was a "special" day and she was confident the inquiry will start on schedule.

"Everybody all around the world will know the truth," she added.

Read: Public inquiry into Russian spy death opens

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