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Former republican hardliner shot dead in Belfast

The man shot dead in Belfast this afternoon was a former leader of the hardline republican group the Continuity IRA.

Tommy Crossan headed the CIRA after splitting from the more mainstream Provisional IRA during the Northern Ireland peace process.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for Mr Crossan's death, although ti has been reported that he was the subject of death threats from some of his former republican allies.

Signing up Axelrod 'can hardly hurt Miliband's chances'

Although there are significant differences between the US and British electoral systems, Ed Miliband's decision to take on one of Barack Obama's key strategists, David Axelrod, can hardly hurt the Labour leader's chances.

ITV News Political Correspondent *Romilly Weeks *reports.

Read: Obama strategist Axelrod joins Labour's election campaign


Residents survey damage after Mexico earthquake

A car crushed by a collapsing wall Credit: Associated Press

Houses and cars were badly damaged after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck central and southern Mexico this morning.

A man inspects his car after it was hit by a tree during the earthquake Credit: Associated Press

The quake centred in the Guerrero province, south of the capital, Mexico City.

This house was abandoned after sustaining damage during the earthquake Credit: Associated Press

Eight injured in serious Lincolnshire crash

Three people have been airlifted to hospital with potentially serious injuries after a crash near Alford in Lincolnshire, in which a total of eight people were hurt. Four air ambulances and four land ambulances have taken the casualties to four different hospitals.

The accident, which is thought to have involved two vehicles, happened at 4.30pm on Good Friday on the A1104 at Snape Hill at Saleby, near Alford. The East Midlands Ambulance Service says air ambulances took two patients to hospital in Hull and one to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Four patients have been taken to hospital by East Midlands Ambulance Service crews; two to Boston's Pilgrim Hospital, one to hospital in Hull, and one to Grimsby. Air ambulances from as far away as Yorkshire and Warwickshire were despatched as well the helicopters from Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.


Police say Aberdeen incident 'involved petrol'

Police in Aberdeen have issued a statement confirming that a seven-year-old boy suffered burns this afternoon after an incident that "involved petrol".

A seven-year-old boy is undergoing treatment following an incident in Bedford Avenue in Aberdeen. It was reported to us at 2pm this afternoon. The incident involves petrol and the boy has quite serious burns. Police are at the scene and following a positive line of inquiry."

Seven-year-old burns victim 'screaming and crying'

Eyewitnesses have described the scenes after a seven-year-old boy suffered burns in an incident in Aberdeen this afternoon.

Victoria Jayne Pirie said the boy was on fire from "the neck downwards", while Shona Henderson described the boy's clothes "sticking to his skin" before somebody poured water over him to douse the flames.

Police have said they are investigating the incident and trying to establish whether petrol was involved.

Read: Seven-year-old in hospital after Aberdeen 'petrol incident'

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