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Nigerian weightlifting gold medallist fails drug test

Nigeria's weightlifting gold medallist Chika Amalaha has failed a drugs test at the Commonwealth Games.

The 16-year-old won her country's first gold medal of the Games on Friday.

Amalaha tested positive for traces of diuretics and maskings agents after providing an 'A' sample shortly after her win in the 53kg competition.

She has now been suspended and will have a 'B' sample test on July 30.


Gaza's hospitals 'will be affected by loss of electricity'

Hospitals and basic health facilities will be affected by the loss of electricity in Gaza City, the director of the area's main power plant has said.


Main power station in Gaza has been hit by Israeli airstrike, compounding plight of people here.

Mohammed al-Sharif said the power plant "served the people, therefore its existence helped ... hospitals and the normal, simple life of the people of Gaza."

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MH17 dad heads to Downing Street to demand action

The father of one of the two Newcastle United supporters killed in the Flight MH17 disaster is travelling to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.

Barry Sweeney caught a train at Newcastle Central station shortly after 9am today, for a pre-arranged meeting at Downing Street.

Mr Sweeney wants the government to do more to ensure that the bodies of all 298 victims are returned to their loved ones as soon as possible.

Barry's son Liam died alongside his friend John Alder.

They were onboard a plane which crashed after apparently being struck by a missile over Ukranian airspace. There were no survivors.

Speaking to ITV Tyne Tees as he waited to board a train this morning, Barry Sweeney spoke of his hope that today's meeting with David Cameron would result in concrete action.


Dutch mission cancels trip to MH17 site amid fighting

Dutch and Australian experts in eastern Ukraine says it has abandoned plans to go to the MH17 crash site today due to fighting along the route.

It is the third consecutive day experts were unable to do their work due to intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in the region.

Ukrainian forces have been pushing rebel units back towards their two main urban strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk and have sought to encircle them in several places, including in the wider area where the Malaysian airliner crashed on July 17.

Lee Rigby killer Adebolajo loses first stage of appeal

Michael Adebolajo has lost the first stage of a bid to challenge his conviction and sentence for the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

The Judicial Office said permission to appeal was refused by a judge, but that Adebolajo has renewed both appeals.

Michael Adebolajo was sentenced to a whole-life term for Lee Rigby's murder. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Court of Appeal will now consider both applications at a hearing in London.

Adebolajo was sentenced in February to a whole-life term for the murder of Rigby, who was mowed down and hacked to death in Woolwich in May 2013.

Adebolajo's friend Michael Adebowale, 23, was jailed for a minimum term of 45 years for his role in the 25-year-old's death.

Russia attacks 'hypocritical' UN over human rights claims

Russia's says a UN human rights report criticising pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine was "hypocritical".

The paper on fighting in the region argued that "a reign of fear and terror" had been inflicted on the people by armed militia backed by Russia.

It suggested rebels were using torture and detention to "exercise their power over the population in raw and brutal ways".

Russia's Foreign Ministry described the report as "unobjective and even hypocritical", adding that it failed to mention the detentions of Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine and the reported use of heavy rockets by the Ukrainian army against civilians.

Moeen Ali banned from wearing 'Save Gaza' wristbands

England batsman Moeen Ali has been banned from wearing wristbands featuring the slogans "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine", Reuters reported.

England batsman pictured wearing the wristbands during a test match against India.
England batsman pictured wearing the wristbands during a test match against India. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He wore the wristbands during the second day of the third test against India.

Read: Moeen Ali investigated for 'Free Palestine' wristbands

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