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Afghan suicide bomber was riding a motorcycle

A suicide bomber who targeted a British embassy car was riding a motorcycle according to the Afghan deputy interior minister, General Ayoub Salangi.

The blast was powerful enough to wound 33 Afghan bystanders and destroy three cars nearby, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed that a British Embassy vehicle was attacked in Kabul. She said: "A number of staff have been injured. We are working with the Afghan authorities to establish details of the incident."

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Virgin trains consortium chosen to run East Coast main line franchise

A consortium involving Sir Richard Branson's train company Virgin Trains has been chosen to run the East Coast main line franchise from next year.

Virgin Trains has been chosen to run the East Coast main line franchise Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Department for Transport (DfT) said the consortium involving Virgin and transport company Stagecoach, who already run the West Coast line, will start the East Coast franchise in March 2015.

There has been speculation that a consortium of Eurotunnel and French company Keolis which is 70% owned by French state railway SNCF, had been chosen as the new East Coast operator.

But Eurotunnel/Keolis have now missed out, as have the other shortlisted bidder, FirstGroup (correct) which has recently also lost its First Capital Connect and ScotRail franchises.


England: Phil Hughes was admired and respected by all

The England cricket team has paid tribute to Australian batsman Phil Hughes, saying the 25-year-old was "admired and respected by all he played with and against".

Phil Hughes has died after suffering a severe head injury on Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Phil Hughes’ family, friends and teammates at this incredibly sad time," a statement issued by the England team said.

"Phil was admired and respected by all he played with and against and will never be forgotten by the cricket community."

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