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Putin writes to Nemtsov’s mother after murder

Vladimir Putin has written a letter telling Boris Nemtsov’s mother, Dina Eidman that he 'shares her sorrow.'

The message of condolences from the President, published on the Kremlin website, reads in part:

Please accept my deepest condolences in connection with this irreparable loss. I sincerely share your sorrow.

Boris Nemtsov has left his mark in the history of Russia, in its political and public life. He occupied significant posts in a difficult time of transition in this country. He always openly and honestly voiced and upheld his views.

We will do everything to ensure that the perpetrators of this foul and cynical crime and those who stand behind them are properly punished.

– Vladimir Putin

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Gutierrez returns to Newcastle squad after cancer battle

Jonas Gutierrez is one of the substitutes. Credit: PA

Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is back on the Newcastle bench against Aston Villa after overcoming testicular cancer.

The Argentine has not appeared int he first at St James' Park since January 2014.

Head coach John Carver said earlier in the week: "Listen, I’m telling you now, when we announce the team at the weekend and our fans hear that Jonas is on the bench, can you imagine the feeling in the stadium?

"There is going to be a feel-good factor. To actually come back and play in the Premier League again would be magnificent. He’s had a hard fight."

Gutierrez, right, embraces Shay Given. Credit: PA

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Welsh Conservative Leader calls for 'living wage'

Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives addresses Party Conference Credit: Welsh Conservatives

Welsh Conservative Leader, Andrew RT Davies says all public sector workers in Wales should earn the 'living wage'.

Speaking at his party conference in Cardiff, Mr Davies said they will seek to make the change by 2021 if the Conservatives win next year's Assembly election.

Around one in four Welsh workers earn less than the living wage.

"This sends a clear message that a future Welsh Conservative Government will tackle unfair pay and set a clear example to all employers to value and invest in their staff."

– Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives
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Disruption to flights at East Midlands Airport

Operations are likely to be suspended until 3:00pm at the earliest Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A spokeswoman for East Midlands Airport has told ITV News Central that a power failure occurred at 08:30am forcing operations to be suspended.

The airport also confirmed that reports of a fire are untrue.

There is currently disruption to flights into and out of the airport.

East Midlands Airport are advising passengers to check with their airline.

Egyptian court lists Hamas as terror group

An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, Egyptian state television said.

Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013.

An Egyptian court decision to list Hamas as a terrorist organization is "shocking and dangerous," the Islamist group said in a statement.

"The Egyptian court's decision to list the Hamas movement as a terror organization is shocking and is dangerous, and it targets the Palestinian people and its factions of resistance," the statement said.

"It will have no influence on the Hamas movement, which enjoys the respect of all the nation and the leaders of the nation."

Tearful crowds gather at site of Nemtsov's murder

People react at the site, where Boris Nemtsov was recently murdered. Credit: Reuters

Crowds have gathered at the site near the Kremlin where Boris Nemtsov was murdered last night.

Candles have been lit and flowers left as many in the crowd cried after the death of the Russian opposition leader.

Crowds gather at the site of Boris Nemtsov's murder. Credit: Reuters
People visit the site where Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in central Moscow. Credit: Reuters
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