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Thousands of Alfie Deyes fans meet their hero

Thousands of fans of video blogger Alfie Deyes have been tweeting their excitement after meeting the video blogger at a book signing in London.

About 8,000 people turned up for the event at the Excel centre in London's Docklands for the 21-year-old's 'The Pointless Book' which has already topped the Amazon best-sellers list and accompanies his blog.


Prince William jokes Malta 'would not survive' George

The Duke of Cambridge has joked about how Malta would not "survive" a visit by Prince George, as he joined the country for celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of its independence.

Prince William talks with participants after a re-enactment of a 16th century military parade Credit: Reuters

William was a last minute replacement for his pregnant wife Kate, forced to withdraw with severe morning sickness.

Prince William meets Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Credit: Reuters

When the Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca asked the Prince about bringing his young son next, the second-in-line to the throne quipped: "Malta may not survive baby George".

Hinting at the damage his 13-month-old son could wreak he looked around the lavishly decorated room and said "there's a lot of precious things here".

The Duchess of Cambridge was forced to cancel her trip to Malta due to sickness. Credit: PA Wire

Paratroopers commemorate WWII Battle of Arnhem

Paratroopers from Europe and the US commemorate the Battle of Arnhem. Credit: British Army

Paratroopers from Europe and the US have commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem with a mass jump in the Netherlands.

Operation Market Garden, which was the brainchild of Field Marshal Montgomery, saw Allied forces land behind German lines. It was one of the most controversial operations of World War Two and was portrayed in the highly acclaimed film “A Bridge Too Far”.

The British Army said today's events are among the largest multinational parachute jumps to take place in Europe this year.

Operation Market Garden was intended to inflict a decisive blow on the Germans, ending the war by Christmas 1944. In all, over 1,500 British soldiers were killed and nearly 6,000 British men were captured.

SNP membership surges despite referendum 'No' vote

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has seen its membership surge by almost 5,000 following its defeat in the independence referendum, party officials said.

The party says its membership now stands at 30,486, a rise of 4,884 from Thursday when it was 25,642.

The independence debate sparked a massive interest in politics, leading to the highest ever turnout in any UK ballot and SNP business convener Derek Mackay said many of those who had joined the party since the vote would be new to politics.

SNP membership has risen despite a 'No' vote in the independence referendum. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive/PA Images

Seeing our membership spike by nearly 5,000 is incredibly encouraging...many will be new to politics and they will continue the legacy of the referendum, and the amazing level of engagement we saw.

– SNP business convener Derek Mackay


Mother charged with murdering newborn baby

A Bristol woman has appeared in court charged with murdering a newborn baby. Police discovered the child's body after being called to a house in Knowle last Monday.

The 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder the following day. She remains in custody and is due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday.

Gorilla runners raise £100,000 for charity

Monkey-ing around - charity runners taking part in the London Great Gorilla Run. Credit: PA

More than 600 people wearing gorilla costumes and other fancy dress have raised £100,000 so far during a charity run in aid of gorillas.

People taking part in the 'London Great Gorilla Run' are raising money to save the lives and preserve the habitat of gorillas which are considered an endangered species.

One of the runners who raised thousands in aid of gorillas. Credit: PA

TV conservationist Bill Oddie and magician Uri Geller handed medals to everyone who ran, jogged or walked the 8km route which passed sites such as St Paul's Cathedral and The Tower of London.

The charity run passed sites such as the Tower of London. Credit: PA

There are only 800 gorillas left on this planet so it is great to see so many of you supporting them in this way. Your mind power is giving the gorillas the energy to survive and my mind power gave you the energy to get through 8km."

– Magician Uri Geller
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Alice Gross: Biggest search operation since 7/7

Alice Gross. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Scotland Yard has confirmed that the hunt for missing schoolgirl Alice Gross is the biggest search operation since the 7/7 bombings in 2005.

The Metropolitan Police has been searching for the 14-year-old since she went missing on 24 August. They've deployed 600 officers from eight forces to search nine square miles of open land and 3.4 miles of canals and rivers.

Cunningham rules out SNP leadership bid

A former candidate for the leadership of the SNP has ruled out standing for the position again in the wake of Alex Salmond's sudden resignation.

Scottish Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham Credit: PA

After Scots voted against independence, Mr Salmond announced he will be stepping down from the position of both SNP leader and First Minister.

Roseanna Cunningham stood for the leadership of the party against Mr Salmond in 2004.

A spokesman for Ms Cunningham, the community safety minister in the Scottish Government, said: "Roseanna wants to make it quite clear that she has absolutely no intention or desire to stand for either the leadership or the deputy leadership of the party.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already emerged as the clear favourite to take over from Mr Salmond, when he formally steps down at the SNP annual conference in November.

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