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Outbreaks of rain will spread to most parts of the UK

Outbreaks of rain will spread from the southwest to most parts of the UK Credit: Met Office

Outbreaks of rain will spread from the southwest to most parts of the UK, giving heavy downpours in places, particularly across southwest England and south Wales where local flooding is possible.

The rain will be accompanied by strengthening winds which will reach gale force in places.

The northeast of Scotland should escape the worst of the rain, with a few bright spells developing here after an icy start in places.

Although parts of southeast England will also remain largely dry it will become very windy here later too.

Top temperature 13 Celsius (55F).

Three British special forces 'injured in Iraq ambush'

British special forces in Iraq were wounded in an ambush in Iraq according to a report. Credit: Lewis Whyld / PA Wire/PA Images

Three British special forces personnel were injured in an ambush by so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

The men from the SAS and its naval counterpart, the SBS, were part of a 25-strong unit of allied troops spying on IS positions near the northern city of Mosul.

They suffered shrapnel injuries when they were fired upon with rocket propelled grenades, the newspaper reported.

After receiving treatment on the ground they were given a medical evacuation back to Britain. The allied forces are said to have called in an air strike to tackle the fighters, who mounted the attack from captured US Humvee vehicles armed with heavy machine guns.

Around 30 IS insurgents were killed in the 15-minute firefight that took place around 10 miles south of the city's airport last week, the newspaper said.

The Ministry of Defence declined to comment.


Taiwan earthquake: Number of dead rises to five

A powerful earthquake in southern Taiwan has killed at least five people including a 10-day-old baby girl.

Several buildings in Taiwan have been left partially damaged by the earthquake. Credit: CCTV

The baby and three of the other dead were removed from a collapsed 17-storey building which fell when the 6.4 magnitude tremor hit at around 4am local time on Saturday morning.

Elsewhere in the city of two million people, several buildings are tilting at alarming angles but a fire department official said rescue efforts are now focused entirely on the apartment block where over 250 people lived.

The quake was centered 27 miles (43 km) southeast of Tainan, at a depth of 23 km (14 miles), the US Geological Survey said.

Several powerful aftershocks have also been felt in Tainan.


Newborn baby among Taiwan earthquake victims

At least three people have been killed in the earthquake that stuck Taiwan. Credit: APTN

A 10-day old baby is reportedly one of three victims of the earthquake in Taiwan, according to reports.

Taiwan's official news agency said the baby and a 40-year-old man were pulled out of a 17-story residential building but were later declared dead. The identity of the other victim is not yet known.

At least 150 people have also been hospitalised following the 6.4 magnitude tremor which struck in the early hours of Saturday morning,

Four buildings collapsed after the quake and several have been left partially damaged. Rescue workers have pulled out 221 people but are still trying to free several others trapped in the rubble.

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