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First pictures of two accused over Cecil the lion killing

These are the two men accused of illegal poaching after Zimbabwe's best loved lion Cecil was shot dead.

Game park owner Honest Ndlovu and hunter Theo Bronkhurst are accused of illegal poaching. Credit: Reuters

Game park owner Honest Ndlovu and hunter Theo Bronkhurst are accused of illegal poaching after it was alleged a US dentist paid them £32,000 so he could shoot the lion.

Cecil, who was a much-loved tourist attraction and the subject of a university study, was then skinned and beheaded.

Walter Palmer from Minneapolis admitted killing Cecil but claims he was told the hunt was legal. It is not yet known if he will also face charges over the killing.

Kent council chief: Operation Stack 'not fit for purpose'

Lorries queue along the north and southbound carriageways of the M20 in Kent on Wednesday. Credit: PA

The leader of a Kent district hit by Operation Stack has said it is "not fit for purpose".

Shepway District Council leader, Councillor David Monk, called for a new booking system to replace the existing 'turn-up-and-go' service for lorries wanting to cross the Channel.

The M20 runs through part of the district and Operation Stack has been implemented on 24 of the past 40 days. Mr Monk said the operation has had a "massive impact" on residents and local businesses.

It is not acceptable to turn the M20 into a car park and to make it impossible for people to make local journeys because of the congestion this causes.

One of the things that should be considered is a new booking system to replace the turn-up-and-go service for lorries using cross-channel ferries.

Lorries should not be entering Kent if there is no place for them on a ferry.

– Councillor David Monk, Shepway District Council


Pakistan suspicious over reports of Taliban leader death

Reports that Mullah Mohammad Omar have been met with scepticism in the Pakistan military ahead of with peace talks with the Afghan government.

Mullah Mohammad Omar went into hiding after 911 Credit: Reuters

A senior official from the Pakistani military, which historically has close ties to the Afghan Taliban and other Islamist militant groups in the region, said he could not confirm Omar's death.

"It is worth asking why this news has come out now, when we are two days away from the second round of peace talks," said the official.

"Especially in light of reports that he died two years ago... why is this news being released now? It raises questions about the intentions of people who don't want talks to go forward."

Outnumbered French police facing migrant 'explosion'

French police are "completely outnumbered" as they try to control thousands of migrants in Calais, as ITV News correspondent Emma Murphy reports.

A police union spokesman in France told ITV News that Britain "needs to get its own house in order" and make it clear to migrants that the UK is not a "promised land".

He also said many migrants want to travel to England because they believe they can get work on the black market.


May pushes for further Eurotunnel security measures

The Home Secretary said the Government is pushing for new security fencing to be put up "as quickly as possible" to stop migrants entering the Channel Tunnel.

Speaking after a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee, Theresa May also said the Department for Transport would be asked to find an urgent solution to the disruption being caused by Operation Stack.

Mrs May said one outcome of the meeting was to look at further measures to increase security at the Eurotunnel site.

However, she stopped short of joining calls for the Army to be brought in to help control the crisis.

Mrs May said anyone who made it through the tunnel to the UK would be dealt with like anyone else seeking asylum.

France to send 120 extra police to protect Eurotunnel

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve made the announcement on Wednesday. Credit: PA

France is to send an extra 120 police officers to Calais to secure the Eurotunnel site, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has announced.

The news comes after a letter written by Mr Cazeneuve was reportedly leaked to the French press in which he criticised Eurotunnel for not doing enough to battle the crisis.

The letter reportedly said: "In my analysis, the Eurotunnel group, which has jurisdiction of the security, hasn't made enough effort in light and proportion to the worsening situation."

Calais crisis 'costing Kent economy £1.5 million a day'

Attractions such as Leeds Castle in Kent have suffered because of the crisis. Credit: PA

Delays on both sides of the Channel caused by the Calais crisis are costing the Kent economy around £1.5 million a day, the county council estimates.

This figure includes lost revenue to tourist attractions such as Leeds Castle, but not the cost to other authorities such as the police and highways which implement Operation Stack.

Meanwhile, the UK logistics industry is losing around £750,000 a day because of Operation Stack, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

FTA Deputy Chief Executive James Hookham said: "This is the country’s GDP and export standing still in these horrendous queues caused by the situation in Calais."

The operation has been implemented on 24 of the past 40 days, largely due to problems with migrants in France and ferry strikes.

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