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Carswell plans Westminster 'shake up' after defection

Defecting Conservative MP Douglas Carswell says he want to "shake up" the Westminster "clique" with his move to Ukip.

Carswell said the Conservative's failure to take a stand against the European Union was at the heart of his decision.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

Michel Platini does not rule out future Blatter 'fight'

Uefa president Michel Platini has announced he will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of world football's governing body, Fifa.

Speaking at a press conference in Monaco, the Frenchman did not rule out a future contest, saying: "I said I can beat Mr Blatter, but perhaps we will know in four years or six years or ten years if there will be a fight with Mr Blatter."


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt married

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reportedly wed.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reportedly wed. Credit: PA

Hollywood star couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married in France on Saturday, a spokesperson for the couple said.

The pair wed in a small chapel in a private non-denominational civil ceremony attended by family and friends.

Before the ceremony they obtained a marriage licence from a California judge, who also conducted the ceremony at the Chateau Miraval.

The pair have been together since 2005 when they met on the set of the blockbuster Mr & Mrs Smith, which they co-starred in.

The pair who share seven children together, including four who were adopted, announced their engagement in 2012.

Miliband: Carswell defection shows 'divided' Tories

Ed Miliband has tweeted that Douglas Carswell's defection show the Conservatives are "too divided to stand up for hard-working families".


Douglas Carswell’s defection is not just a blow to David Cameron. It shows the Tory Party too divided to stand up for hard-working families

Read: Carswell: 'Tories aren't serious about change UK needs'

Council 'clearly failed young and vulnerable children'

No-one on Rotherham Council can be proud because they "clearly failed" young and vulnerable children, according the former deputy leader.

Speaking exclusively to ITV News Jahangir Akhtar said that he "wasn't around" and had not been part of the executive when reports of the abuse first surfaced.

A recent report has revealed more than 1,400 children were abused during 2005 and 2010.


'Direct invasion' of Ukraine by Russian military

Ukraine's envoy to European security body the OSCE said regular Russian forces had seized the south-eastern city of Novoazovsk, but his Russian counterpart said no Russian forces were crossing the border.

Ihor Prokopchuk, Ukraine's representative to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters that "what we registered is a direct invasion of the Russian military into the eastern regions of Ukraine". He said Ukraine viewed it as an "act of aggression".

Ukraine has reported Russian army 'movements' across the border.
Ukraine has reported Russian army 'movements' across the border. Credit: RTV

Russian Ambassador Andrey Kelin separately told reporters during an extraordinary meeting of the OSCE: "No Russian forces are crossing in any point the border of Ukraine."

A Reuters reporter today saw a column of armoured vehicles and soldiers near a Russian village about two miles from the border with Ukraine.

The reporter said the column was driving away from the border and consisted of two armoured personnel carriers, six military trucks and one military excavator.

Labour: Tory immigration promises 'in tatters'

Labour say today's net migration figures show David Cameron's pledge to bring numbers down to below 100,000 is "in tatters".

Yvette Cooper hit out at the Government over immigration.
Yvette Cooper hit out at the Government over immigration. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"David Cameron and Theresa May must now admit that their net migration target is in tatters and they have utterly broken their grand immigration promises," Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said in a statement.

"David Cameron promised "no ifs, no buts" that net migration would fall to the tens of thousands. Instead it has gone up by nearly 70,000 in the last year," she added.

Read: Clegg hits out at 'meaningless' Tory migration target

Up to 10,000 Ebola vaccines to be made during trials

Up to 10,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine will be produced at the same time that clinical trials of the drug are taking place so they can be ready for emergency deployment if it proves effective.

GlaxoSmithKline said Phase I trials would start on the vaccine they are co-developing with the US National Institutes of Health, as soon as they received ethical and regulatory approvals.

It is expected to be given to healthy volunteers in Britain and the United States to determine whether the vaccine is safe and if it provokes a protective immune response, from about mid-September.

The tests, which they aim to complete by the end of 2014, will then be extended to Gambia and Mali, after which vaccines could be deployed on an emergency basis.

GSK also plans to begin making up to about 10,000 additional doses of its vaccine at the same time as the initial clinical trials, so if they are successful vaccine could be made available immediately for an emergency immunization program.

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