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Prince William scores winning goal in table football

The Duke of Cambridge scored the winning goal during a game of table football when he joined a group of Maltese teenagers for a lunchtime match.

The Duke of Cambridge plays table football as he visits a young people's centre in Vittoriosa. Credit: PA Wire

William showed off his skills during a visit to a centre providing a range of services for youngsters and adults from an impoverished area of Malta.

The Duke went on to play an Xbox football game with three teenage boys, taking one of his computer footballers on a mazy run before getting tackled.

The Duke of Cambridge plays computer games in Malta. Credit: PA Wire

Earlier today, the Prince attended a mass to commemorate Malta's 50 years of independence.

The Duke is welcomed at the St John's co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta. Credit: PA Wire

The second-in-line to the throne has travelled to Malta in place of his pregnant wife Kate who withdrew due to a severe form of morning sickness.

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Thousands join People's Climate March

People's Climate March. Credit: Tamanna Rahman@tamannarahman

Thousands of people marched through Central London earlier to highlight the climate change crisis to the UK government. Similar rallies also took place simultaneously across the globe.

People's Climate March. Credit: Sophie Yeo@rtcc_sophie


'More than 3,000 killed' in Ukraine conflict

Thousands of Russians protested against the armed conflict in Ukraine in the first major anti-war rally in Moscow since the start of the standoff between Kiev and pro-Russian rebels.

Supporters of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass and Luhansk clash with the anti-war rally protesters in Moscow. Credit: Reuters

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and the West blame on Russia's support of the separatist armed groups, has killed more than 3,000 people since April, although this month's ceasefire has brought a relative calm.

Supporters of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass and Luhansk shout slogans before an anti-war rally in Moscow. Credit: Reuters

The organisers of "The March for peace" said over 50,000 people were expected to take the streets in Moscow alone to deliver a strong message to President Vladimir Putin: stop the war.

What does Labour's minimum wage pledge mean?

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said a Labour government would "write the next chapter" in the battle against low pay.

Labour leader Ed Miliband Credit: PA Wire

Earnings have lagged behind inflation since the 2008 financial crisis.

The main rate is due to increase to £6.50 an hour on October 1, but Labour promised further £1.50 increase by 2020, if it wins the General Election next year.

Here is what you need to know about the pledge:

  • The £1.50 increase would be introduced in annual stages
  • It would amount to a rise of just over 4% a year
  • That is more than in recent years: Since 2010 election, the minimum wage increased on average 2.1% a year
  • The planned increase would affect around 1.4 million jobs
  • It would add around £3,000 a year to those working 40 hours week

The promised rate is said to be similar to that in force in Australia and EU countries such as Belgium and Germany, but still lower than in France and New Zealand.


Witheridge family say they have brought their 'beloved Hannah' back to the UK

The family Hannah Witheridge said they have brought the body of the British holidaymaker who was brutally murdered together with a fellow tourist in Thailand back to the UK

Hannah 23, was found with severe head wounds next to David Miller, 24, on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

We can confirm that we have now returned to the UK with our beautiful Hannah.

As a family we feel enormous relief to have Hannah back at home where she belongs.

We continue to work closely with officers to assist in the investigation and bring those responsible to justice.

Our family is broken and require time to grieve in private - as do Hannah's many friends. With the support of our fantastic family liaison officers we will make further statements as required and when we feel able.

As such, we would be very grateful for time and privacy to try and come to terms with our devastating news.

– Family statement

Her family said today that they had travelled to Bangkok on Tuesday to bring their "beloved Hannah" home and find out more about the investigation.

Ed Balls leaves player bloodied in football match

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls as he left an opponent bloodied in the annual football match between Labour and Lobby journalists.

Ed Balls makes a tackle. Credit: @CllrSimonHogg

The shadow chancellor was involved in a nasty clash with Northern Echo hack Rob Merrick as the politicians struggled to overturn a goal deficit at Manchester City's Etihad complex.

The pair were contesting a 50-50 ball on the edge of the Lobby penalty area when a stray elbow from Balls left a slash under the reporter's right eye.

Merrick had to leave the pitch for medical treatment as blood covered his shirt - but later returned to be named man-of-the-match.

Prince William: Kate is 'so sad' not to be in Malta

Prince William joining a commemoration of Malta's 50 years of independence is believed to be the first time the second-in-line to the throne has attended a public mass.

Kate was forced to withdraw from the two-day trip - scheduled to be her first official solo overseas visit - as she is still suffering from a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum.

Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cambridge in August. Credit: BR/Dana Press Photos/Press Association Images

When William was officially welcomed by Maltese president Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca yesterday, she asked about his wife and the Duke said she was "so-so", adding "she's so sad not to be here".

The cathedral was built in the 16th century as the church of the Order of the Knights of St John, former rulers of Malta and is lavishly decorated in the baroque style.

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