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'Hundreds of thousands' sign up to Ashley Madison website

People flock to the infidelity dating site, even after hackers leaked details of millions of users. Credit: PA

Hundreds of thousands of people signed up for infidelity website Ashley Madison in the last week, even after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients, the parent company Avid Life said today.

Recent media reports predicting the imminent demise of Ashley Madison are greatly exaggerated. Despite having our business and customers attacked, we are growing."

– Statement from Avid Life

Earlier this month, hackers released Ashley Madison customer data after demanding the site be shut down. A second data dump contained thousands of emails and other company documents.

The company also hit back at reports that the site had few genuine female users, saying internal data released by hackers had been analysed incorrectly.

"Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform," Avid Life said, adding that 87,596 women had also signed up for Ashley Madison last week.

On Friday Chief Executive Officer Noel Biderman had left the company by mutual agreement.

President Obama to run wild with Bear Grylls in Alaska

The president will join the survival expert to see the impact of climate change first hand. Credit: Reuters/PA

Barack Obama is to venture into the Alaskan wilderness with British survival expert Bear Grylls to explore the impact of climate change on the environment for at elevision programme, it has been announced.

The special edition of Running Wild with Bear Grylls will be broadcast later this year on NBC.

President Obama will meet with Grylls while visiting Alaska to observe the effects of climate change on the area. The two will then come together in the Alaskan Wilderness.

President Obama will become the first US president to receive a crash course in survival techniques from Bear Grylls. The visit will be taped and aired on NBC later this year.

– NBC statement

Located on the northwest tip of America, Alaska is known for its icy terrain, mountains and freezing temperatures.

Grylls, who has served with the SAS and wrestled sharks and alligators, has taken a string of celebrities on one-on-one adventures to test their survival skills on the series.

So far, actresses Kate Winslet and Kate Hudson and Magic Mike star Channing Tatum have all taken part in the show.


Family of Triathlete speak of their devastation

The family of Paul Galligawk pay tribute to a 'brilliant son'. Credit: Facebook

The family of Paul Gallihawk who died while competing in the swimming leg of a triathlon have spoken of their devastation.

Words cannot express how we feel and what Paul meant not only to us but to all of his family and friends.

Paul was a brilliant son and brother to Nick. He would do anything to help anyone and would always put them first. He had such a caring nature and will be sadly missed by all the family, extended family and friends.

– Malcolm and Linda Gallihawk , parents and Nick Gallihawk, brother

His girlfriend, Hayley Wright, added: "Paul and I had been together for five years and he was the most amazing and thoughtful partner. He was incredible in every way and he always put others before himself. I loved him to bits and always will."

The 34-year-old disappeared during a 750m swim at the start of the Ocean Lake Triathlon at Leybourne Lakes in Kent on Saturday morning.

The hunt for Mr Gallihawk, from Maidstone, resumed this morning and his body was later found in the lake by search teams.


Austria begin spot checks on trains carrying migrants

Austrian police begin spot checks on trains to begin returning migrants who have applied for asylum elsewhere. Credit: Reuters

Austrian police have begun checking the hundreds of refugees who have boarded trains from Budapest bound for western Europe - and will return those who have already applied for asylum in Hungary.

The remaining migrants will be given two weeks to apply for asylum in Austria or be returned to their last transit country.

Trains are being stopped at Hegyeshalom on the border with Hungary, with police confirming that no Vienna bound services have left the station as yet.

Four missing and four injured after explosion in Spain

Four people are missing and four were seriously injured after an explosion at a fireworks factory near Zaragoza in Spain, emergency services have said.

The cause of the explosion at the factory on the outskirts of the city, near the city's airport, is still unknown.

The blast at the factory, which makes fireworks and matches, was heard across the city.

State television RTVE also said emergency services could not get to the source of the blast because explosions were still happening. Credit: RTVE/Twitter
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