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Chelsea agree record-breaking sponsorship deal

Chelsea have more than doubled the size of their sponsorship deal in a new £40 million a year agreement with Japanese firm Yokohama Rubber.

Chelsea will be the second highest-earning club in English football Credit: Reuters

The deal has smashed the club's previous record, and dwarfed the agreement with current sponsors Samsung - which is worth £18 million a year.

The company's logo will be on shirts from next season from youth through to senior teams.

It means Chelsea's earnings will be the second highest of all English football clubs - behind only Manchester United's £53 million a year deal with Chevrolet.


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CAGE: Emwazi was 'kind, gentle and softly spoken'

CAGE, the UK-based advocacy group who had contact with Mohammed Emwazi, the man identified by US security sources and US journalists as Mohammed Emwazi, are holding a press conference on their dealings with him. UK Editor Rohit Kachroo Kachroo reports.

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CAGE: Kind Emwazi unrecognisable as 'Jihadi John'

Asim Qureshi, a research director from advocacy-group CAGE, said the Mohammed Enwazi that he worked with was kind, generous and gentle.

Qureshi said the Washington Post recorded his comments incorrectly, and that he said there was a striking similarity between Enwazi and 'Jihadi John', but did not say for certain. He said:

"While I think there are striking similarities, I can't be 100% sure certain. He has got a hood on, come on guys, the guy has a hood on his head."

Train grinds to a halt in a tunnel after filling with smoke

A train filled with smoke ground to a halt in a tunnel in north London today after developing a fault. The East Midlands Trains service which was destined for St Pancras got as far as West Hampstead when a passenger activated the alarm.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, one passenger said some people began crying:

The smoke was thick and strong and we had people coughing - I'm sure a few people are feeling decidedly dodgy now. I've still got a headache.

– Robin Johnston, passenger

East Midlands Trains said there was no danger to passengers:

All passengers were kept safe at all times. Engineers attended the train and staff kept passengers updated. The service resumed at around 14.10 and continued on to London St Pancras. The train is now in our depot being examined.

– East Midlands Trains


Sol Campbell's big ambition to replace Boris Johnson

Think of potential candidates for London mayor and Sol Campbell won't be a name that springs to mind, until now. The former Tottenham and Arsenal player has big ambitions to replace Boris Johnson.

Sol Campbell Credit: PA

Speaking to The Sun, Campbell said:

We’ll see what happens. A few more conversations need to take place.

– Sol Campbell

Speaking previously to The Guardian he said:

I have got so much to offer. I think it is very important for the black vote. If the 'black vote' votes it will clearly push someone over the line. I am for getting people from my background to vote.

– Sol Campbell
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Researchers believe 'Jihadi John' identity is accurate

The widely reported identity of so-called "Jihadi John" is accurate and correct, researchers say.

Mohammed Emwazi, the man reported to be 'Jihadi John'. Credit: ITV News

The White House and Downing Street have so far refused to officially confirm whether Mohammed Emwazi is the Islamic State militant featured in a series of brutal beheading videos.

A statement from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College London said: "We believe that the identity and name published by the Washington Post and now in the public realm, to be accurate and correct."

The statement added: "British fighters have clearly demonstrated that they are not in this conflict to take a back seat. They are full participants in this war, operating as suicide bombers, hostage takers, and executioners."

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