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Avalanches hamper final day of Nepal rescue operation

Small avalanches hampered the search for Nepali porters and guides missing for six days after a devastating Himalayan storm, officials said today.

A military helicopter aiding the rescue effort in Kathmandu, Nepal Credit: APTN

"Today is the last day of the search and rescue operation," said Keshav Pandey of the Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal.

"After this we can only hope that those who are missing will establish contact with us or their families.

"We don't think that any tourist is missing now. I am getting reports that some local porters and tour guides who were on the trek have not been traced so far."

Husband had 'prayed' Bellingham would see Christmas

Michael Pattemore with wife Lynda Bellingham after she received an OBE earlier this year. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Lynda Bellingham's husband recently said he hoped to spend one final Christmas with his wife after her decision to end chemotherapy treatment.

In an interview with Yours magazine, Michael Pattemore had said: "I just don't know what the next few weeks will bring or how I'm going to cope."

The only thing that's giving me comfort is that Lynda is very much at peace with everything; we've managed to sort everything out. I just pray to God she gets to see Christmas Day again. It's what she wants.

– Michael Pattemore, Yours magazine

Pattemore, who married Bellingham in 2008, added: "Unfortunately it doesn't matter how positive I am on this one, the Good Lord is going to take her. End of.

"It's scary and it's going to create the biggest hole in my life."


Watch live: EC President makes parting plea to Britain

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso is set to make a plea to Britain to stay in the European Union - warning that leaving would be a "historic mistake".

You can watch the speech - which will be his last in Britain before the end of his tenure - live below or on the Chatham House website from 8.30am.

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Actress Lynda Bellingham dies after cancer battle

Lynda Bellingham Credit: PA

Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had been suffering from cancer, died yesterday "in her husband's arms", her agent Sue Latimer said today.

The 66-year-old star, best known for her long-running role as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts, had been battling colon cancer, which later spread to her lungs and liver.

In a statement on behalf of Bellingham's family, her agent, Sue Latimer, said:

Lynda died peacefully in her husband's arms yesterday at a London hospital.

Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff for their tremendous care and support.

Actor, writer and presenter - to the end Lynda was a consummate professional.

– Family statement

Widow: Online conmen 'are professionals now'

A widow who was conned out of £11,000 by someone she met on an online dating website has warned other people in her position to be more careful with who they meet on the internet.

Anne Mather lost her husband of over 30 years to pancreatic cancer last year and began online dating when she was "ready to move on".

However, the friendly man she met online turned out to be her worst nightmare after she started giving him money to help him fund a business transaction.

Anne told Good Morning Britain she was involved in the man's life and business over a four month period, and his behaviour "was all believable".

She had fallen for the stranger's pack of lies because he knew exactly which buttons to push.

Anne explained: "This is an international business now. They are professionals. They know exactly how to hook you in, they know exactly how to target your vulnerability."

Online dating fraud in the UK costs victims a heart-breaking £24.5 million every year, with over 2,800 reported online dating related crimes in 2013 alone.

Weekend clashes ahead of talks in Hong Kong

A protester sleeps on a barricade in downtown Hong Kong this morning. Credit: Reuters

Dozens of people were injured in clashes over the weekend in the densely populated Mong Kok district of Hong Kong.

Read: Fresh clashes between Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and police

Local media said 22 police officers were injured over the weekend and four people were arrested for assault.

Protesters hold mirrors up to reflect the images of police, this morning in downtown Hong Kong. Credit: Reuters

This morning, calm has been been restored, and protesters remain on the streets. Talks between student protesters and the government are scheduled tomorrow and will be broadcast live. Student Woody Wong, one of those camped out overnight said:

I don't expect much from tomorrow's meeting, but I still hold some hope for the talks. I will keep doing this until the government listens to our voice.

– Woody Wong, 21-year-old student


Lufthansa cancels 1,450 flights due to pilots strike

Lufthansa has warned of disruptions to its services today and tomorrow as a result of industrial action by some of its pilots.

Reuters reports that the German airline has cancelled 1,450 flights.

The strike, organised by the pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit, will begin at 1pm CEST (12 noon UK time) today and last until 11:59pm CEST (10:59pm UK time) on Tuesday.

Lufthansa said it would initially affect short- and medium-haul flights and would be extended to intercontinental services on Tuesday.

The airline advises all passengers to check the status of their flight

Treating mental issues in new mums 'cost effective'

It is more "cost effective" to treat new mums with mental health issues than to ignore faults in the system, Good Morning Britain's medical expert said.

Dr Hilary Jones said "hundreds of thousands" of pregnancies were effected by post-natal depression and psychosis, which had "long-term repercussions" for mother, baby and immediate family.

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