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British Airways plane checked after 'technical issues'

A British Airways plane is being checked after its crew had to make two unscheduled landings in three days.

The British Airways plane suffered technical issues on two flights in three days. Credit: PA Wire

On Friday, the Boeing 777, flying from Heathrow Airport to Boston, USA, made an unscheduled stop at Shannon Airport due to a "suspected technical issue".

The same aircraft, carrying 220 passengers, had to be diverted to Shannon on its journey from Seattle to Heathrow on Sunday morning following a "minor technical issue".

The passengers were later flown to their destination on a replacement flight, while the plane was inspected.

A BA spokeswoman said: "Safety is always our first priority, and the aircraft diverted purely as a precaution."

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Two seriously injured in explosion in south Birmingham

Two men have been seriously injured in an explosion in a flat in south Birmingham.

Emergency services are still at the scene in Aldersmead Road, West Heath.

Emergency services are still at the scene in Aldersmead Road, West Heath. Credit: Google Maps

The cause of the explosion is not known but emergency gas crews are on their way to the scene.

The full extent of the damage to the building and neighbouring properties is still being established.

The two injured men are thought to be in their late 20s or early 30s and have been taken to hospital, and were believed to have been inside the flat at the time of the explosion. No other injuries have been reported at this time.

People in the area are being asked to return to their homes if safe to do so to give blue light services clear access.

Aldersmead Road and surrounding streets will be closed until the situation is resolved. Drivers and pedestrians should avoid the area.

US boy, 12, shot by police while brandishing fake gun dies

A 12-year-old boy shot by police in Cleveland, Ohio has died.

The boy was brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, when he was shot by a police officer responding to an emergency call.

A man who called police told emergency dispatchers before police arrived that the boy was on a swing set and pointing a pistol that was "probably fake" and scaring everyone.

The caller said the boy was pulling the gun in and out of his trousers.

"I don't know if it's real or not," the caller said.

Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, said the officers were not told the caller thought the gun might be fake.

Former soldier 'fighting with Kurds against Isis in Syria'

A former soldier is thought to be among a growing number of Brits joining the fight against Isis inside Syria. Pictures and videos suggest that James Hughes, from Reading, is in Rojava, northern Syria, helping to defend the beleaguered city of Kobani. Correspondent Dan Rivers reports.

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Family of UK woman released in Iran 'relieved and happy'

Iman Ghavami, the brother of Ghoncheh Ghavami has told ITV News his sister is overjoyed and relieved to be released from jail in Iran.

He said the family were relieved that 25-year-old Ghoncheh has been released in time for her 26th birthday, as her hunger strike has been taking a serious toll on her health.

Last month Ghoncheh was found guilty of "propagating against the ruling system" and was sentenced to a year - she has so far served five months.

Band Aid 30 tops the charts despite controversy

Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas?, which features a host of stars, stormed to the top of the singles chart today.

Band Aid 30 was already the fastest-selling single of 2014. Credit: Band Aid 30

The charity single, organised once again by Bob Geldof, shifted more than 312,000 copies to make it the year's fastest-selling single, the Official Charts Company said.

But there have been some complaints over the song's content, with some of the lyrics changed to reflect the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

One Directipon, Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran were all involved in Band Aid 30. Credit: Band Aid 30

The track, with all proceeds going toward the fight against Ebola in west Africa, has outsold the rest of the top five combined.

The massive sales haul of Band Aid 30, which features Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Rita Ora and Bastille among its star cast, outshines Band Aid 20's first-week sales in 2004 with that version selling 297,000 in its first seven days.

Hamilton: Abu Dhabi win 'the greatest day of my life'

Lewis Hamilton has tweeted his thanks for the support of his fans after he joined an elite club of Formula One world champions in securing his second drivers' championship title with a win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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