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Dozens killed in Libya as western diplomats flee

At least 36 people were killed during the weekend's clashes between Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants in Benghazi, security officials said.

The government said more than 150 people have died, many of them civilian, in the capital Tripoli and Benghazi in two weeks of fighting as clashes forced UK and other foreign diplomats to pull out of the country.

Militants and government forces clash in Benghazi.
Militants and government forces clash in Benghazi. Credit: Reuters

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Gault misses out on 19th Commonwealth medal

Shooter Michael Gault's bid to become the outright most successful Commonwealth athlete of all time is over after he missed out on a place in the final of the 50m air pistol.

Competing at his sixth Games, the 60-year-old Norfolk grandfather drew level with fellow shooter Phillip Adams on Saturday when he won his 18th medal, taking bronze in the 10m discipline.

Michael Gault from Norfolk missed out on a place in the final of the 50m air pistol at the Commonwealth Games.
Michael Gault from Norfolk missed out on a place in the final of the 50m air pistol at the Commonwealth Games. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Afterwards Gault said he had achieved what he came out of retirement for, and that he would be "chillaxing" when he stepped back on to the range for today's event.

But despite shooting a competitive total of 529 from his six rounds, Gault bowed out of the competition in 13th place.

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Mick Gault set to make Commonwealth history

Norfolk shooter Mick Gault could become the most decorated Commonwealth athlete in history later.

Mick Gault
Mick Gault Credit: PA Images

The 60-year-old grandfather from Dereham equalled the Commonwealth Games record of 18 medals over the weekend by winning bronze in the 10m air pistol competition. He's hoping for another podium place in this afternoon's 50 metre event.

Scottish bronze medal winner celebrated with Irn-Bru

Scotland's 13-year-old Commonwealth Games hero Erraid Davies has revealed she celebrated her bronze medal-winning swim with some Irn-Bru.

Erraid told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I was just really happy - I didn't expect it. All I wanted was a PB [personal best]."

Erraid Davies took the bronze medal for Scotland in the Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9 Final.
Erraid Davies took the bronze medal for Scotland in the Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9 Final. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Asked how she had celebrated her win, she replied: "My mum and dad were just really happy and I got a huge hug and a 'well done'.

"When we got back we went to the dining hall of the hotel and I had some Irn-Bru."

Russia ordered to pay $50bn to former oil magnates

Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaking in Donetsk, Ukraine, in April.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaking in Donetsk, Ukraine, in April. Credit: Reuters

Russia must pay shareholders in defunct oil giant Yukos around $50 billion (£29 billion) for seizing the company once controlled by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an international arbitration court has ruled.

The court in Hague said it had awarded the shareholders group just under half of their $114 billion (£67 billion) claim as damages for money they lost.

Mr Khodorkovsky, who is not part of the current arbitration case, was arrested at gunpoint in 2003 and convicted of theft and tax evasion in 2005.

His company, once worth $40 billion (£24 billion), was broken up and nationalised, with most assets handed to Rosneft, a company run by Igor Sechin, an ally of President Vladimir Putin.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would most likely appeal the decision.

South Korea ferry: Young survivors give evidence

Young survivors of the South Korean ferry disaster have begun giving testimony at the trial of the 15 crew members charged with abandoning the sinking ship.

The Sewol ferry sank in April, killing 304 people.
The Sewol ferry sank in April, killing 304 people, including around 250 students. Credit: Reuters

The children, whose identities have been protected, said they were repeatedly told to stay in their cabins when the ship began to take on water.

"We were waiting and, when the water started coming in, the class rep told everyone to put on the life vests ... the door was above our heads, so she said we'll float and go through the door and that's how we came out," one of the teenagers said.

Others told the hearings that coastguard officials waited outside the stricken ferry for passengers to swim out rather than go into the ship to try and rescue them.

"We said to ourselves, 'why aren't they coming in?'" one said.

The crew members on trial, including the captain, have said they thought it was the coast guard's job to evacuate passengers. Video footage of their escape triggered outrage across South Korea.

Read: Death of South Korea ferry boss confirmed

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Sanctioned Russia will 'not take tit-for-tat measures'

Moscow will not take tit-for-tat measures or act "hysterically" in response to sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union over the Ukraine crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Credit: Associated Press

"We're not preparing to act on the principle of 'an eye for an eye'," Mr Lavrov told a news conference. "We want to tackle the situation with a sober head and the president has already said that of course we can't ignore it. But to fall into hysterics and respond to a blow with a blow is not worthy of a major country," he said.

Read: Experts cancel MH17 site visit over disputed security threat

Fracking: Campaigners attack 'threat to public health'

Campaign groups have lined up in opposition to fracking as the bidding process for licences gets underway, with claims that the process is bad for the environment and unsafe to the public.

Campaigners have long opposed fracking in Britain.
Campaigners have long opposed fracking in Britain. Credit: Martin Gerten/DPA

Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth say plans to protect National Parks will not quieten protesters, adding that communities should be offered the same safeguards.

Today the risk of fracking has spread. This threat to the environment and public health could now affect millions more people.

– Tony Bosworth, Friends of the Earth's energy campaigner

Ministers waited until the parliamentary recess to make their move, no doubt aware of the political headache this will cause to MPs whose constituencies will be affected.

– Louise Hutchins, Greenpeace UK energy campaigner
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