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President Obama has spoken with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and expressed his concern.
The President made clear FEMA stands ready to provide all available assistance as the Governor’s team responds to the storm and that he has directed his team to ensure that they are providing available resources as the response unfolds.
The President told Governor Fallin that the people of Oklahoma are in his and the First Lady’s thoughts and prayers and, while his team will continue to keep him updated, he urged her to be in touch directly if there were additional resources the Administration could provide.
State medical examiner's office have told the Associated Press that 37 people have been killed in Oklahoma tornado; the death toll is expected to rise.
The Prince of Wales and Prince William are to host a conference later today which will call for a global partnership to stop the illegal trade in wildlife.
Wildlife losses have reached unsustainable levels, with tens of thousands in some places, the World Wide Fund for Nature said.
It added that the world is currently faced with an "epidemic" of poaching and trafficking of illegal wildlife products, caused by an increase in demand, particularly from south-east Asia.
The conference, in conjunction with Defra will be the first stage in a process which will result in key countries signing a declaration at a meeting this Autumn, to end the illegal trade in wildlife.
Hospitals have reported that they are treating nearly 60 injured, including more than a dozen children, after Oklahoma tornado.
KFOR reporter Lance West has said that emergency personal at a school in Oklahoma have recovered the bodies of seven children after they were found drowned in a pool of water.
KFOR reporter Lance West at the Plaza Towers Elementary has said it is no longer a search and rescue operation and is now a recovery operation. As many as two dozen children remain in the rubble.
CORRECTION: Crews said it's no longer search & rescue mission at Moore elementary, now just recovery. Possibly 24 children still inside.From @kfor on Twitter:
The chance of developing obesity as an adult could be determined in the womb, a report has found.
The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) said that women need to know that their weight and health, during pregnancy and before they conceive, plays a key part in securing a healthy long-term future for their children.
The impact of a mother's health and eating habits on her baby, even before conception, has been studied by a task force which said obesity could be the cause of a biological cycle of maternal obesity which leads to health issues for children in later life.
Taskforce chairman Professor Tom Sanders said: "Evidence suggests that poor foetal growth, especially followed by accelerated growth in infancy, may be associated with long-term adverse consequences for health.
"Poor foetal growth may also affect kidney development, making offspring more sensitive to the blood pressure raising effect of salt and, therefore, increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease."
The Oklahoma City Chief Medical Examiner's Office has told NBC News that there are at least 10 fatalities from today's tornadoes. Those bodies are en route to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
There are no further details available at this time and no information as to where the victims were recovered from.