At least 22 people have been killed in explosions across Iraq, including a suicide car bomb attack on a military post in western Anbar province, police and medical sources told Reuters news agency.
The deadliest attack came when a car packed with explosives was detonated at an army checkpoint near the town of al-Nukhaib, an outpost on the route to Syria and Saudi Arabia, killing at least seven soldiers.
Another six people were killed and 17 others wounded when a car bomb went off near Khilani Square in central Baghdad.
Syrian government aircraft have bombed the north-western town of Jisr al-Shughour, after insurgents from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and Islamic rebel factions captured two key areas.
The Syrian military has been relying heavily on its air power to try to tackle the opposition tide.
The Local Co-ordination Committees activist collective and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said today's air strikes - up to 20 of them, according to the Observatory - targeted the town of Jisr al-Shughour. There was no immediate word on casualties.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised to "fight inequality at home and abroad" during a campaign speech on international development.
Mr Miliband also pledged to tackle tax avoidance which he said was "depriving poor countries of a chance of development".
International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced £5 million in UK funding to contribute towards the Nepal earthquake relief effort, it has been announced.
Earlier today, Justine Greening chaired a Cobra emergency meeting to discuss the UK's response to the Nepal earthquake.
The £5m package of UK support in response to the Nepal earthquake includes:
- £3m released under the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) so partners can address immediate needs on the ground; and
- £2m for the British Red Cross.
In excess of 38,000 fundraisers, amateur runners and elite athletes took part in the Virgin Money London Marathon today, making it the biggest in the event's 35-year history.
The family of Tracey Woodford, whose body was found at a flat in Pontypridd on Friday have paid tribute to her saying she was a "kind-hearted and a selfless person who would go out of her way to help anyone".
South Wales Police is continuing its appeal for witnesses.
In particular they would like to establish Tracey’s movements during the days leading up to the discovery of her body on Friday.
They would like anybody who saw Tracey since she was last seen by family at 12.45pm on Tuesday. In particular they want to hear from anyone who may have seen Tracey in the Skinny Dog public house, between 9pm and 11pm on 21 April.
Tracey is around 5ft 7 inches tall with shoulder length ginger hair. She was wearing a black cardigan at the time she was last seen.
David Cameron has said the economy is the issue at the heart of the campaign as he continued on the election trial with a speech in Norton-sub-Hamdon in Somerset.
Mr Cameron set out the Conservatives' programme for government in its first 100 days if it is re-elected to power and said Labour should not be given a second chance with the country's finances.
Postal workers have been urged to make official requests for any information held about them if they suspect their names were kept on a "blacklist" of thousands of workers.
The secret file of over 3,200 mainly construction workers was uncovered in 2009 after a raid by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on the Consulting Association.
Workers were included on the blacklist for raising health and safety concerns on building sites, or merely for being union activists, and were often denied work for years as a result.
It has recently been revealed that other workers, including firefighters, teachers and postal staff, also had their details included on the blacklist.
Dave Smith, of the Blacklist Support Group, told the annual conference of the Communication Workers Union, that postal workers should contact the ICO if they suspected their names were on the blacklist.
"People in this hall will definitely have been spied on by undercover police," he told the Bournemouth conference.
The Department for International Development has confirmed that a Cobra meeting, being chaired by International Development Secretary Justine Greening, was being held this afternoon to discuss the UK's response to the Nepal earthquake.
Victoria Beckham has said how proud she is of her son Romeo who completed the London Mini-Marathon today.
Romeo, 12, was raising money for UNAIDS, the joint United Nations programme on Aids, and David Beckham's Unicef 7 fund.
He completed the three mile course course in 18 minutes and 54 seconds.