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Police investigate after Balotelli receives racist abuse on Twitter

Police are investigating racist abuse which targeted Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli on Twitter.

We can confirm officers are looking into offensive comments made on Twitter about Mario Balotelli earlier today.

– Merseyside Police

The abuse was triggered after Balotelli's reacted to Manchester United's shock defeat to Leicester City. Balotelli, part of the Reds side that lost 5-3 at, tweeted:

Balotelli has been singled out for racist abuse in the past. He was heckled by Italy supporters during a pre-World Cup training camp in May and was on the receiving end of numerous instances of racist abuse during his time at Internazionale and, more recently, AC Milan.

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Fire breaks out at derelict Wednesfield High School building

The fire has broken out at a derelict Wednesfield High School building Credit: Barney Mua

Around 25 firefighters are currently tackling a large fire at a derelict Wednesfield High School building.

There are also five fire engines at the blaze which is on Lakefield Road, Wolverhampton.

It is not yet known what has caused the fire.

Firefighters are currently tackling the blaze Credit: Pete Thomas

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Miliband tries to shift attention from English votes for English laws

The Labour party conference began today with Ed Miliband trying to shift attention away from the row over English votes for English laws. But despite announcing the first of his policies ahead of next spring's election he is facing questions on little else.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

A chilly night ahead

With clear skies tonight, it will be a chilly night with a grass frost likely in some rural areas. Whilst this isn't unusual for this time of year, it is by contrast to the very mild nights we have seen of late.

Looking ahead at weather patterns for the week ahead, tomorrow is going to be a fine day for most, dry with sunny spells and light winds.

Thicker cloud will build across the far northwest however, with rain arriving into northwest Scotland and Northern Ireland later in the day.

Beyond that it turns increasingly unsettled from the northwest, although southern and eastern counties of England stay mostly dry.

Army identifies veteran as White House intruder

The man accused of scaling a fence and getting inside the White House is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army has said.

An armed agent is seen following the evacuation. Credit: Reuters

Authorities have identified the intruder as Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, from Texas.

He served from 1997 to 2003, when he was discharged, and then again from 2005 to December 2012, when he retired.

Gonzalez is expected to appear in federal court on Monday to face charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.

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Pope condemns 'perverted' IS militants

Pope Francis has stepped up his criticism of Islamic State militants, accusing the group of "perverting" religion.

He said no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be "the armour of God".

Pope Francis waves as he arrives in Tirana. Credit: Reuters

Let no one consider themselves the 'armour' of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression.

– Pope Francis
Pope Francis speaks with Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama. Credit: Reuters

Francis made his comments during a one-day visit to Albania, an impoverished Balkan country hailed by the pontiff as a model of inter-faith harmony because of good relations between its majority Muslim community and its Christian denominations.

More than 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone lockdown

More than 50 new cases found in Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown Credit: Reuters

At least 56 new cases and 92 bodies have been discovered in Sierra Leone's Ebola lock down.

There is a "very strong possibility" the national curfew will be extended beyond the scheduled finish later today, an emergency official has said.

Sierra Leone is staging a three-day lockdown aimed at stemming the worst Ebola epidemic on record.

Prince William scores winning goal in table football

The Duke of Cambridge scored the winning goal during a game of table football when he joined a group of Maltese teenagers for a lunchtime match.

The Duke of Cambridge plays table football as he visits a young people's centre in Vittoriosa. Credit: PA Wire

William showed off his skills during a visit to a centre providing a range of services for youngsters and adults from an impoverished area of Malta.

The Duke went on to play an Xbox football game with three teenage boys, taking one of his computer footballers on a mazy run before getting tackled.

The Duke of Cambridge plays computer games in Malta. Credit: PA Wire

Earlier today, the Prince attended a mass to commemorate Malta's 50 years of independence.

The Duke is welcomed at the St John's co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta. Credit: PA Wire

The second-in-line to the throne has travelled to Malta in place of his pregnant wife Kate who withdrew due to a severe form of morning sickness.

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Thousands join People's Climate March

People's Climate March. Credit: Tamanna Rahman@tamannarahman

Thousands of people marched through Central London earlier to highlight the climate change crisis to the UK government. Similar rallies also took place simultaneously across the globe.

People's Climate March. Credit: Sophie Yeo@rtcc_sophie
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