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More than 3m refugees amid the horror of Syrian crisis

Syria's worsening refugee crisis will pass a record three million people, amid reports of horrifying conditions inside the country, according to the UN refugee agency.

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6.5 million people are displaced within Syria. Over half are children. http://t.co/yX9M9ZEUqj

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Almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives. One in every eight Syrians has fled across the border, fully a million more than a year ago. A further 6.5 million are displaced within Syria. Over half of those uprooted are children.

– UNCR statement

Read: UN - record three million refugees flee Syria crisis

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Neighbour: Missing boy's family 'were very ordinary'

ITV News reporter Matt Price tweets from Portsmouth:

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1/2 Neighbour Peter met the family: "Very ordinary family. It wasn't obvious Ashya was poorly." #FindAshya

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2/2 Peter: "They moved out four months ago." New tenants apparently living in property. #FindAshya

Blinds and curtains closed at missing boy's former home

ITV News reporter Matt Price tweeted from outside the missing boy's former home in Portsmouth:

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House in Portsmouth has no car in drive, all blinds and curtains closed. People tell me house was 'rented.'

Read: Police warn missing boy's health 'will deteriorate rapidly'

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Children live in unfinished building after fleeing Syria

ITV News Middle East News Editor Lutfi Abu-Aun has spoken to Syrian refugees in Lebanon:

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Khalil, Ali and Hatem Syrian kids posing for photo , they are living in unfinished university building in #Lebanon. http://t.co/6kGKUX072F

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Hadeel, newly arrived Syrian refugee, with her dolls in unfinished university building in #Lebanon @itvnews @refugees http://t.co/L8iq1K7F7t

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No sign Iceland volcanic eruption could affect air travel

Scientists say a small volcanic eruption in Iceland is currently showing no signs that it could affect air travel in Europe.

Several tremors at the Bardabunga volcano over the past two weeks have prompted fears of a repeat of 2010 when the majority of airspace across Europe was closed for six days.

Iceland's meteorological office raised its alert warning to red, the highest level, as they continue to monitor the volcanic system.

Nato: Russia has illegally crossed Ukraine border

Anders Fogh Rasmussen dismissed Russia's "hollow denials".
Anders Fogh Rasmussen dismissed Russia's "hollow denials". Credit: PA

Russian forces are engaged in direct military operations inside Ukraine in a blatant violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.

Despite Moscow's hollow denials, it is now clear that Russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border into eastern and south-eastern Ukraine.

This is not an isolated action, but part of a dangerous pattern over many months to destabilise Ukraine as a sovereign nation.

– Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Cameron: No vote means security for Scotland

David Cameron has urged the No campaign to continue promoting "a secure future" for Scotland as part of the UK compared with the "insecurity" of independence.

The Prime Minister was speaking this morning at a marine engineering company in Loanhead, Midlothian that makes parts for Royal Navy submarines.

"I think it's certainty versus uncertainty, a secure future versus insecurity, the known versus the unknown and the warmth of the UK family of nations versus an irreversible decision to separate," Mr Cameron said.

"And I think if the No campaign makes that argument, which is a mostly positive argument but is not frightened of calling out the Yes campaign on their totally failing to answer the question, then I'm sure we can secure the right result."

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David Cameron visits engineering company MacTaggart Scott in Loanhead, Midlothian today. Credit: Danny Lawson/Reuters
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