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Drone from RAF Waddington used to support French airstrikes over Syria

It has been confirmed that drones controlled from Lincolnshire have been used to provide support for French airstrikes over Syria.

French President Francois Hollande authorised the action on Sunday following Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Ministry of Defence has today said that the Reaper drone - operated from RAF Waddington - was used to support French aircrews.

This is footage from an RAF Reaper strike on an ISIL vehicle on the 12th November.

Prime Minister raises detained soldier's case with Indian counterpart

Six former soldiers being held in India have been told that David Cameron raised their case with the country's Prime Minister during his state visit to England last week.

Simpson and Towers have been held in India for over two years Credit: ITV News

Nicholas Simpson from Cottingham and Paul Towers from Pocklington have been prevented from leaving India for more than two years, after they were arrested on illegal weapons charges when the ship they were working on strayed into Indian waters.

Their trial is due to restart later this week.

Sharon Wood: There should be a national campaign to raise awareness of Carbon Monoxide


Holidaymakers urged to check for Ben Needham footage

Organisers of the Facebook page dedicated to the search for missing Sheffield toddler Ben Needham are urging holidaymakers to check old holiday films if they were in Kos in 1991.

Could you have filmed missing Ben?

In a recent meeting with Calendar producer Mark Witty, Ben's grandmother recalled a tourist filming Ben at the Palm Beach Hotel in Kos - but that person has never been traced.

Christine believes the woman, who was aged approximately between 30-45, was possibly Scandinavian, based on her accent. She had long blonde hair tied up in a bun. Christine recalls Ben being filmed as he played by the hotel pool in June or July 1991.

Ben went missing on July 24 1991, as he played outside a farmhouse on the Greek island which was being renovated by his grandfather Eddie. Ben had been taken to the location in Irakles by Christine on the day he disappeared.

Messages in Danish, Swedish and Norwegian are being posted on Facebook and social media by "Help Find Ben Needham" in an attempt to reach Scandinavian tourists who may have been in Kos in the summer of 1991. Click here to be directed to the Facebook page.

Terror suspects not believed to be British nationals

It is understood that none of the four men arrested in counter-terror raids are British nationals.

Credit: Press Association

A 38-year-old from Hull and a 52-year-old from Sheffield were among four arrested in an Italian-led counter-terrorism operation.

They were among a total of 13 people were arrested in Italy, Norway and the UK as part of an investigation into a group called Rawti Shax, which it described as a "terrorist organisation of Kurdish-Sunni origin".

The arrested have been charged with international terrorism and are to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Amy Johnson tribute flight nears halfway point

A pilot who is recreating the historic flight to Australia of Hull's Amy Johnson is on the verge of reaching the halfway point.

Amy Johnson in 1930 Credit: Press Association

Tracey Curtis-Taylor is repeating the 10,000 mile journey in an antique biplane similar to the one Johnson used in 1930.

She is currently in Dubai, and is due to set off for India in the coming days.

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