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Family tribute to 'wonderful son, grandson, boyfriend and friend'

The family of Zac Evans have paid tribute to him as a "happy chap" who "constantly gave us endless laughter, fun and immense pride."

Zac Evans was killed in a suspected machete attack. Credit: Zac Evans/Facebook

He was a happy chap and from the start we knew he would make something of his life. Even at a young age he knew exactly what he wanted and made it happen.

As he grew older, Zac and his twin brother Nathan were the best of friends and constantly gave us endless laughter, fun and immense pride. Zac was always very creative and took immense pride in taking things apart and putting them back together.

Zac would always go out of his was way to make someone feel happy. He was very proud and close to his family, friends and girlfriend Beth, and would step in to help anyone if they were in trouble. He was one of the bravest, kindest young people, I have ever had the privilege to meet. The fact he was our son, was an added bonus. Zac was a truly wonderful son, grandson, boyfriend and friend.

– Statement from Zac's family


Tennis star Murray might go commando for wedding

Andy Murray says he doesn't know if will wear full Scottish attire for his wedding.

The tennis star, who beat Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open on Sunday, is set to marry long-term partner Kim Sears in October.

Murray was quizzed on the subject by on-court interviewer Hamish McLachlan following the Scot's victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday.

Chief among McLachlan's interests was whether Murray would be wearing a suit or a kilt on his wedding day.

Andy Murray and Kim Sears will marry alter this year. Credit: PA

Murray, clearly taken a little aback by the question, replied: "I think... I am going to have both options and see what I feel like in the morning when I wake up."

Traditionally Scots do not wear any underwear beneath their kilts.

When quizzed on whether he would be wearing a kilt "properly", Murray replied: "Yeah, obviously proper kilt, yeah."

When asked if that meant he would be going "freeball" - i.e. without any underwear - Murray replied with a smile: "Exactly."

Pro-democracy protests in Egypt leave 11 people dead

Tensions is high in Egypt as protests mark the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. Credit: Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

The death toll in pro-democracy protests in Egypt on Sunday climbed to 11, according to security sources, Reuters reports.

Tight security in Cairo and other cities failed to contain protests marking the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Last year several demonstrators were killed as protests to mark the anniversary turned into running battles between pro and anti-government camps.

Green government would let people join IS or Al Qaida

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett says people should not be punished for their opinions. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

People in Britain would legally be allowed to join terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Al-Qaida under the Green Party, its leader has confirmed.

Speaking on BBC's Daily Politics show, Natalie Bennett said that people should be free to think what they want, though warned that anyone inciting or committing acts of violence would feel the "full extent of the law".

"What we want to do is make sure we are not punishing people for what they think or what they believe," she said.

Bennett also spoke about plans to reduce the army - replacing it with a smaller home defence force.

She added that the Greens would progressively ease immigration controls.

"What we have to do is stop the race to the bottom on immigration rhetoric that we have been hearing, led by Ukip and sadly followed by the other [parties]," she said.


Footage shows shell exploding in busy Ukraine street

Shocking dashcam footage appears to show the moment shells exploded in the streets of the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol yesterday.

At least 30 people were killed and more than a hundred injured when rocket fire rained down on the area yesterday.

The Ukrainian president has described the shelling as a terror attack, while Nato and the US demanded Russia withdraw support for rebels in the region.

Russia says it does not support the rebels, but Western governments say the amount of heavy weaponry in their possession suggests otherwise.

Murray progresses after tough Dimitrov test

Andy Murray got there in the end. Credit: PA

Andy Murray has made it through to the fifth round of the Australian Open after a testing encounter with Grigor Dimitrov.

The Scot won the opening set, but lost the second on a tie-break.

After cruising the third set, it looked like he was setting himself up for an easy victory, but Bulgarian went 3-0 up in the fourth, but Murray fought back strongly to win the set.

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