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Artists decorate cakes to look like world leaders

Artists in Russia have baked three cakes made to look startlingly like three world leaders, before eating them.

Cakes decorated to look like US President Barack Obama, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Credit: REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

The performance was entitled 'Sweet Sanctions. Let's eat each other only for fun' and took place at Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre in Siberia.

Russian artist Yelena Zelenskaya puts the finishing touches to an President Obama cake Credit: REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

The world leaders were chose to represent three human races and continents and the performance was held to oppose war, racism, and confrontation of cultures.

Artists hold a tea party at the Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre in Siberia Credit: REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Barroso: £1.7 bn EU demand 'should not be a surprise'

Jose Manuel Barroso has said that the £1.7 bn surcharge levied against the UK, "should not come as a surprise," as it was calculated from figures provided by the UK.

The European Commission President was answering a question from ITV News Europe Editor James Mates, on David Cameron's claims the payment was "not acceptable".

When pressed on what would happen if the UK does not make the payment on 1st December, when it is due, Mr Barroso said: "I cannot now speculate on non-payment."

Mr Cameron has said he will not allow the payment.

US probing claim Islamic State used chemical weapons

The United States is investigating reports that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons against Iraqi security forces.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the allegations, reported by the Washington Post, are "extremely serious" and confirmed his department was "seeking additional information" to determine their accuracy.

US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed the US was hunting more details of the alleged chemical attack. Credit: Reuters-Brian Snyder

The Post said poisonous chlorine gas was the diagnosis for 11 Iraqi police officers who were rushed to a government hospital with severe breathing problems after an attack, purportedly by Islamic State extremists, last month.

The newspaper said an official at Iraq's ministry of defence supported the claims of the Iraqi forces, though the report added that details of two other apparent chlorine attacks were "sketchy".

Gillingham charged over race victimisation

The Football Association have charged League One club Gillingham and chairman Paul Scally over the dismissal of their former striker Mark McCammon, who was racially victimised according to the governing body.

Both the club and Scally are charged with breaching FA rule E3.

Mark McCammon Credit: PA

It is alleged McCammon, who previously won £70,000 from an employment tribunal, was victimised due to his race by the club.

The club and Scally are said to have "failed to act in the best interests of the game, and/or brought the game into disrepute by committing an act of race victimisation by dismissing Mark McCammon".

Gillingham and Scally have until November 14 to respond.

The club have refused to comment on the matter.

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Dolce & Gabbana founders cleared of tax evasion

Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been cleared of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from Italian tax authorities by the country's top court.

The Italian pair appealed the suspended 18-month jail sentence that had been upheld earlier this year for tax evasion charges.

Italian designers Domenico Dolce, right, and Stefano Gabbana, left, had faced jail for an alleged plan to avoid paying a higher rate of tax. Credit: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The star designers were accused of using a Luxembourg holding company, Gado, to avoid paying taxes on royalties of about 1 billion euros.

Today's verdict, reported by Reuters, overturns the guilty verdict first delivered in 2013 and upheld by an appeals court in Milan in April.

Human safety trials sped up to get out Ebola vaccines

Drugmakers have pledged to work together to speed up Ebola safety trials in human volunteers in a bid to produce an estimated 200,000 doses of experimental vaccines by the middle of 2015.

Two leading vaccine candidates, from GlaxoSmithKline and NewLink Genetics, are in human clinical trials while another five experimental vaccines are set to begin clinical trials next year.

A researcher holds a package of an experimental candidate vaccine against the Ebola virus at the University hospital in Geneva. Credit: Reuters/Mathilde Missioneiro/WHO

High risk groups, including frontline health workers in West Africa, are front of the queue to receive the vaccines by early next year.

"Vaccines are not a magic bullet, but when ready they may be a good part of the effort to turn the tide against the epidemic," the WHO's Marie-Paule Kieny said after a meeting of industry executives, global health experts, drug regulators and funders in Geneva.

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