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Archbishop passes on victims' letters

The Archbishop of Canterbury is on a visit to Egypt Credit: PA

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has personally handed over letters of condolence from the families of British terror victims to the leader of the largest Christian minority in the Middle East.

The gesture, believed to include letters from the family of murdered British aid worker David Haines, was made to Bishop Tawadros, the Pope of Egypt's Coptic Christians, as the archbishop made a whirlwind visit to Egypt.

The two-day trip, described as a "visit of condolence", follows the murders of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. The migrant workers were kidnapped and beheaded by Islamic State (IS) militants in February.


Video: PM joins Vaisakhi parade in Kent

David Cameron and wife Samantha joined the Vaisakhi celebrations in Gravesend today.

The Prime Minister, wearing a traditional orange patka, and Mrs Cameron, in a blue headscarf, chatted with the faithful and posed for selfies at the Gurdwara. It's among the largest in Europe and opened five years ago.

After briefly joining thousands of people in a parade carrying the Sikh holy book to the temple, Mr Cameron delivered a speech in the main hall.

He told the audience the Vaisakhi festival was a "big, bold" sign of their devotion.

"I wanted to make sure Downing Street was part of this too, and I'm proud to be the first Prime Minister to host a Vaisakhi reception at Number 10," he said.

Vaisakhi festival - huge crowds in Gravesend

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha were among thousands joining the Vaisakhi celebrations in Gravesend.

It is one of the most important dates in the Sikh religious calendar, a harvest festival which also marks the founding of the Sikh faith.

We spoke to some of the people joining today's parade. Also to Gurvinder Sandher from the Kent Equality Cohesion Council - and Teja Harbhajan Singh Biring, architect of Gravesend's Gurdwara.


Archbishop of Canterbury pays tribute to shooting victims

Archbishop Justin Welby leads the Easter Service Credit: PA

The Archbishop of Canterbury has used his Easter Sunday sermon to pay tribute to the victims of the university shootings in Kenya.

He told the congregation at Canterbury Cathedral that those killed in the massacre were martyrs who died for their faith.

The Archbishop met members of the congregation after the service Credit: PA
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Memorial to Sikhs of the Great War

They left their farms in Northern India to fight alongside allied soldiers on the Western Front ..Now the first national monument to Sikhs who served during the First World War is about to be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum. The memorial was a labour of love for a foundry in Basingstoke in Hampshire, who've handcrafted this historical masterpiece Divya Kohli reports.

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