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US to provide $9 million towards Nepal relief fund

The US will contribute $9 million towards relief and recovery efforts in Nepal, US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced.

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Rescue teams sleep on runway ahead of Khatmandu flight

Search and rescue teams have been pictured sleeping on the runway of an airport in Delhi as they await permission to fly to Kathmandu to help the earthquake relief efforts.

French rescue and medical teams arrive in Nepal

Credit: RTV

Rescue teams from France arrived in Nepal today to help with the search and rescue mission after the devastating quake that has killed over 4,000 people.

Aid workers brought medical supplies and other provisions Credit: RTV

Medical and rescue teams carrying supplies and several sniffer dogs arrived in Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport to assist local authorities.

Sniffer dogs were among the arrivals Credit: RTV

Rescue missions are further complicated by a shortage of drinking water, food and electricity and the government has appealed for international help.

An aid worker arrives at the airport Credit: RTV

Many of Kathmandu's one million displaced residents have slept in the open since Saturday's quake.

Increasing education spending a Lib Dem coalition 'red line'

The Liberal Democrats would insist on an increase in education spending in any coalition deal Nick Clegg has said.

The Liberal Democrat leader says he would not enter coalition with any party that does not agree to protect per pupil funding from nursery to 19-years-old, in real terms, by the end of the parliament.

I can confirm a Liberal Democrat red line - a pre-condition for Government - is increasing spending on education. The Liberal Democrats will not allow our children and grandchildren to pay the price of this generation’s mistakes.

So the next Government must increase spending on nurseries, schools and colleges. That means education spending must rise with both prices and pupil numbers. Without investment in education, there can be no deal with the Liberal Democrats.

– Nick Clegg

Brown: Miliband 'emerging with great stature as a leader'

Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said Ed Miliband has "ideas for the future" and is "emerging with great stature as a leader".

Mr Brown also said there was "no chance" of a coalition deal with the SNP and "it's a Labour government we need".

He added that he believed people will turn to his party in the coming days because "they recognise we have answers to the problems that they face".

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Nurse who filmed himself raping unconscious patients jailed

A nurse who filmed himself raping two unconscious women patients in a hospital has been jailed for 18 years.

Andrew Hutchinson, 29, carried out the assaults on women brought in to the accident and emergency department at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where he worked, after they had drunk too much on nights out.

Andrew Hutchinson, 29. Credit: Thames Valley Police

He also recorded himself sexually assaulting two other unconscious drunk women while volunteering in the medical tent at a local music festival, Oxford Crown Court heard.

The staff nurse's crimes came to light after he was arrested for voyeurism in November 2013 for illicitly filming young girls, including one aged just nine, at a leisure centre.

Police searched his home and found footage of the sex attacks on his phone and computer equipment.

His victims were completely unaware of what he had done until detectives traced them.

Hutchinson, of Garford, near Abingdon, admitted 27 charges of rape, sexual assault, voyeurism, outraging public decency, making indecent images of children, theft of medical equipment and theft/possession of controlled class B drug ketamine at a hearing in March.

Britain to play a 'leading role' in Nepal aid operation

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has said that Britain will play a "leading role" in delivering aid to earthquake-struck Nepal.

After chairing a Cobra emergency meeting today to discuss the UK's response to the Nepal earthquake, she confirmed a number of measures to help the humanitarian effort, including:

  • Department for International Development (DFID) and foreign office staff to help the humanitarian response on the ground
  • A Royal Air Force plane stocked with humanitarian supplies including shelter and life-saving supplies is being prepared to fly to Nepal
  • A team of Gurkha engineers to be dispatched
  • Match funding for the first £5 million donated from the British public to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)

This is the beginning of the British response to the Nepal earthquake.

It's a terrible, terrible tragedy that continues to unfold. It's clear that we're not the only country that's involved in that response but we'll certainly be a leading role with a country that we've got some clear historic links.

– Justine Greening

Osborne jokes as he almost 'takes out the press' with truck

George Osborne managed to find some time to have some fun on the campaign trail today when he was given the chance to load a low loader.

The Chancellor grinned as he lifted the pallet of bricks on to the truck, and seemed to purposefully misdirect the haul at the waiting press line, with one onlooker remarking: "you're going take the press corps out like that."

Mr Osborne joked as he moved the bricks on to the truck: "Just trying to keep you on your toes."

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