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Travel chaos as US faces 'potentially historic storm'

The East Coast has been told to prepare for potentially one of the worst storms in its history. Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Thousands of flights have been cancelled and a road curfew has been issued as a storm which has been described as 'crippling and potentially historic' approaches the east coast of America.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said vehicles would not be allowed on the city's 6,000 miles of roads after 11pm local time.

Airlines cancelled about 2,700 flights, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware, including nearly 700 flights at the three main airports serving New York City.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for New York City and surrounding areas between coastal New Jersey and Connecticut, beginning 1pm (local time) on Monday and worsening overnight.

The weather service warned the approaching system would blanket the East Coast with 12 to 24 inches (30-60 cm) of snow.

The New York City area could be the hardest hit, with lashing winds topping 50 miles per hour and snowfall of three feet or more in some suburbs.

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New Greek government sends shockwaves across Europe

Greece swore in its new government today ending instability there for the time being but the election of the Syriza party sent shockwaves across Europe.

In an unusual pairing, the far left Syriza party joined forces with the far right Independent Greeks to form a coalition bent on putting an end to the painful austerity measures which, they say, have shattered the country's economy.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports from Athens:

In full: Cumberbatch apology for 'coloured' offence

Benedict Cumberbatch has been criticised for using the term 'coloured'. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

Benedict Cumberbatch has issued a statement after using the term 'coloured' on a US show during a debate about diversity.

"I'm devastated to have caused offence by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done.

I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive.

The most shaming aspect of this for me is that I was talking about racial inequality in the performing arts in the UK and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term.

I feel the complete fool I am and while I am sorry to have offended people and to learn from my mistakes in such a public manner please be assured I have.

I apologise again to anyone who I offended for this thoughtless use of inappropriate language about an issue which affects friends of mine and which I care about deeply."

– Benedict Cumberbatch
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