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Cancer patient Stephen Sutton hits £1m charity target

Teenage cancer patient Stephen Sutton has succeeded in raising his charity target of £1 million after donations for the 19-year-old flooded in this morning.

Donations to Stephen's chosen charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust, passed £750,000 overnight after he posted a message on his Facebook page revealing that his condition had deteriorated.

Charity fundraising was top of Stephen Sutton's 'bucket list'. Credit: Stephen's Story/Facebook

The next quarter of a million pounds was raised in just a few hours this morning, while Stephen remained in hospital fighting for his life, and funds continue to pour in on his Just Giving page.

The teenager - who was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 15 - initially wrote on his 'bucket list' last year that he aimed to raise £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Hague urges Russia to take 'visible steps' on Ukraine

Foreign Secretary William Hague has told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that Russia needs to take "visible steps" to put in place the agreement reached in the multilateral talks in Geneva last week.


Have spoken to Foreign Minister Lavrov to urge Russia to take visible steps to implement Geneva #Ukraine agreement

Read: Geneva talks: Key points on Ukraine crisis


David Cameron: 'We will always be greater together'

David Cameron has delivered his St George's Day message, urging the public to reflect on England's role in sustaining "the world's greatest family of nations, the United Kingdom".

The Prime Minister said the English patron saint's day had been overlooked "for too long" but people were now comfortable coming together to celebrate the nation's achievements.


Flowers and tributes left outside New Malden property

Flowers and soft toys have been left outside a property in New Malden where a four-year-old girl and two boys aged three were found dead on Tuesday night.

The bodies of the three young children were found yesterday. Credit: ITV News
Members of the public have left tributes outside the property. Credit: ITV News
The family who lived at the property were originally from South Africa, according to reports. Credit: ITV News

Read: Family who live at property 'really, really lovely people'


Pro-Russian forces hold journalist hostage in Slaviansk

Pro-Russian separatists are holding an American journalist in the Ukrainian town of Slaviansk.

Simon Ostrovsky, who works for Vice News, is apparently being held in the local headquarters of the Ukrainian security services, which have been seized by pro-Russian forces.

Journalist Simon Ostrovsky pictured with a masked pro-Russian gunman Credit: Associated Press

A spokeswoman for the insurgents said Mr Ostrovsky is "fine" but is "suspected of bad activities" and is under investigation, according to the Associated Press.

'Possible debris' found washed up on Australian beach

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre have reported that the West Australian Police have attended a report of material washed ashore, 10 kilometres east of Augusta.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau are also examining photographs of the material to identify if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370.


Possible debris found washed up on Australian beach. Not confirmed as relating to #mh370 but been taken away for analysis.

The ATSB has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team.

Read more: MH370: No trace yet as underwater search nears end


Neighbours 'shocked and saddened' by deaths

by Ronke Phillips, Senior Correspondent

Ethel Winstanley who lives opposite said she was "shocked and saddened" by the news that three children had been found dead at the property.

Joy Devis, who lives a few doors away and knew the family, said she was devastated, describing them as a "lovely family".

Read: Four-year-old girl and three-year-old boys found dead at property in New Malden

Kremlin: Russia will retaliate to attack on its interests

Russia's Foreign Minister has issued a stark warning to the Ukrainian government, saying that his country will retaliate if its interests are threatened.

Sergei Lavrov's words came as Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister announced a new phase of "anti-terrorist" actions against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has promised his country will retaliate to any action which threatens its citizens Credit: Associated Press

“If we are attacked, we would certainly respond. If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law,” he told Russia Today.

Mr Lavrov also claimed that the Americans were now "running the show" in Ukraine".

Read: Ukraine: Easter truce over after politician 'tortured'

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