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Britons donate £38m to DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Britons have donated £38 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal, the group of 13 UK aid charities confirmed.

Army dousing a partially collapsed house in Kathmandu, Nepal. Credit: PA

Chief executive Saleh Saeed said: “Supplies are arriving from India by road and at the one international airport, but damage to the runway is slowing the process. Fuel shortages, limited electricity, damaged roads and landslides are also hampering efforts."

It said the funds would enable DEC members to scale up efforts to reach more of the estimated eight million people affected by the devastating earthquake, which struck west of the capital Kathmandu on April 25.

Two arrested over 1997 housefire death of 7-year-old

A man and a woman, both in their 60s have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a seven-year-old boy who died in an arson attack 18 years ago.

Joe McCafferty died after an accelerant was poured through the letterbox and set alight at his aunt's home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, on 3rd May 1997.

Joe was staying with his aunt, brother and two cousins in the house in Haywood Avenue in Huddersfield. Credit: Google Maps

A 65-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman, both from the Huddersfield area, are being held in connection with Joe's death, West Yorkshire Police said.

Joe was staying with his aunt, brother and two cousins in the house in Haywood Avenue, Marsh, when the fire was started in the early hours of the morning.

The blaze spread through the property and Joe was pronounced dead on arrival at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Sunday marked the 18th anniversary of Joe's death.


Jimmy Greaves faces 'long, slow road to recovery'

Former Tottenham and England striker Jimmy Greaves faces a "long, slow road to recovery" after suffering a severe stroke, his wife has said.

Jimmy Greaves is in intensive care after suffering a stroke. Credit: PA Wire

Greaves, 75, was rushed to hospital on Sunday and remains in intensive care.

In a statement, his wife Irene said he was aware of the seriousness of the stroke he suffered.

She said: "Jimmy is having to do what he is told, and understands the seriousness of what has happened to him. It is going to be a long, slow road to recovery and he is in the best possible hands.

"On behalf of Jimmy and our family, We would like to thank the many thousands of you who have voiced your support and concern. We would greatly appreciate it if the media would allow us privacy for what is going to be a long period of rehabilitation."

Dozens feared dead in new migrant tragedy in the Med

Dozens are feared dead amid reports of a new migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean, with survivors saying many of their fellow passengers fell out of a rubber boat and likely drowned as a rescue vessel neared.

Boats of migrants are rescued almost daily in the Med. Credit: Reuters

Giovanna di Benedetto from Save the Children, who is in Catania, Sicily, said that several survivors in interviews with aid groups reported that "dozens" of people fell into the sea and couldn't swim, but the exact death toll is not known.

She said the incident was believed to have occurred on Sunday in the sea between Libya and Sicily when a commercial vessel approached to rescue the migrant boat. The vessel arrived in Catania on Tuesday.


Counter-terror police arrest four British men at Gatwick

Scotland Yard has confirmed counter-terrorism police have arrested four British men at Gatwick Airport.

Officers detained the men, in their 30s, after they were refused entry to Turkey last week, Scotland Yard said. They were arrested under the Civil Aviation Act 1982 after being flown back to the UK on Saturday, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

He said: "On Saturday May 2, officers from the Met's counter-terrorism command arrested four men aged 36, 38, 37 and 32. "They were arrested for an offence under the Civil Aviation Act 1982. "The men were taken to south London police stations and bailed to return to a date in mid-June."

The men were stopped at Antalya airport in Turkey on April 29, police said. It is not known why the Turkish authorities refused them entry.

PM tells Brits in Lib Dem-held seats: 'Vote Conservative'

David Cameron has said anyone in a Liberal Democrat-held seat should vote Conservative to avoid the prospect of a Labour-SNP government.

Asked whether he will need Nick Clegg to form a government after May 7, the prime minister told ITV News' James Mates: "I have a clear message for anyone in a Liberal Democrat held seat and that is vote Conservative.

"If you vote Liberal Democrat you don't know what you are going to get. Nick Clegg was very clear at the weekend he's just as likely to support an Ed Miliband-SNP government - that would bring the country to a juddering halt - than he is to support the Conservatives."

Nicola Sturgeon: Voters have 48 hours to get Tories out

Nicola Sturgeon has told voters they have "48 hours to get the Tories out" as she accused David Cameron of descending "into desperation".

The SNP leader behind the children's playhouse in Livingston today. Credit: PA Wire

After the prime minister warned of "five long years" of a minority Labour government reliant on "bribes" to the SNP, Ms Sturgeon said David Cameron's campaign "had descended into desperation".

Speaking at an event in Livingston, the SNP leader said: "(There are) 48 hours to get the Tories out, to get an alternative to austerity and to make Scotland's voice heard."

She went on: "The fact of the matter is, if there's an anti-Tory majority on Friday morning, I want to see that anti-Tory majority come together to get the Tories out, but then make sure that it's replaced with something better."

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