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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt married

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reportedly wed.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reportedly wed. Credit: PA

Hollywood star couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married in France on Saturday, a spokesperson for the couple said.

The pair wed in a small chapel in a private non-denominational civil ceremony attended by family and friends.

Before the ceremony they obtained a marriage licence from a California judge, who also conducted the ceremony at the Chateau Miraval.

The pair have been together since 2005 when they met on the set of the blockbuster Mr & Mrs Smith, which they co-starred in.

The pair who share seven children together, including four who were adopted, announced their engagement in 2012.


'Direct invasion' of Ukraine by Russian military

Ukraine's envoy to European security body the OSCE said regular Russian forces had seized the south-eastern city of Novoazovsk, but his Russian counterpart said no Russian forces were crossing the border.

Ihor Prokopchuk, Ukraine's representative to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters that "what we registered is a direct invasion of the Russian military into the eastern regions of Ukraine". He said Ukraine viewed it as an "act of aggression".

Ukraine has reported Russian army 'movements' across the border.
Ukraine has reported Russian army 'movements' across the border. Credit: RTV

Russian Ambassador Andrey Kelin separately told reporters during an extraordinary meeting of the OSCE: "No Russian forces are crossing in any point the border of Ukraine."

A Reuters reporter today saw a column of armoured vehicles and soldiers near a Russian village about two miles from the border with Ukraine.

The reporter said the column was driving away from the border and consisted of two armoured personnel carriers, six military trucks and one military excavator.

Labour: Tory immigration promises 'in tatters'

Labour say today's net migration figures show David Cameron's pledge to bring numbers down to below 100,000 is "in tatters".

Yvette Cooper hit out at the Government over immigration.
Yvette Cooper hit out at the Government over immigration. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"David Cameron and Theresa May must now admit that their net migration target is in tatters and they have utterly broken their grand immigration promises," Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said in a statement.

"David Cameron promised "no ifs, no buts" that net migration would fall to the tens of thousands. Instead it has gone up by nearly 70,000 in the last year," she added.

Read: Clegg hits out at 'meaningless' Tory migration target

Up to 10,000 Ebola vaccines to be made during trials

Up to 10,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine will be produced at the same time that clinical trials of the drug are taking place so they can be ready for emergency deployment if it proves effective.

GlaxoSmithKline said Phase I trials would start on the vaccine they are co-developing with the US National Institutes of Health, as soon as they received ethical and regulatory approvals.

It is expected to be given to healthy volunteers in Britain and the United States to determine whether the vaccine is safe and if it provokes a protective immune response, from about mid-September.

The tests, which they aim to complete by the end of 2014, will then be extended to Gambia and Mali, after which vaccines could be deployed on an emergency basis.

GSK also plans to begin making up to about 10,000 additional doses of its vaccine at the same time as the initial clinical trials, so if they are successful vaccine could be made available immediately for an emergency immunization program.

UN: 'Humanitarian assistance will continue in Gaza'

The UN has tweeted that they will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza following the end of the recent conflict between the Israeli military and Hamas.


In light of the ceasefire, we are continuing our humanitarian assistance and restarting early recovery activities in #Gaza.


We will support the displaced civilians in our #Gaza schools and provide them with food, water and non-food items.



WHO: Over 20,000 could be infected with Ebola

More than 20,000 people could be infected by the current outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organisation said.

Health workers at an isolation camp in Guinea's Monrovia.
Health workers at an isolation camp in Guinea's Monrovia. Credit: Reuters

They said the actual number of cases in four West African nations could already be two to four times higher than the reported 3,069, as they issued a strategic plan to combat the outbreak.

They said: "The actual number of cases may be 2-4 fold higher than that currently reported."

They added that their road map "acknowledges that the aggregate case load of Ebola Virus Disease could exceed 20,000 over the course of this emergency."

They said: "Response activities must be adapted in areas of very intense transmission and particular attention must be given to stopping transmission in capital cities and major ports, thereby facilitating the larger response and relief effort."

Clegg hits out at 'meaningless' Tory migration target

Nick Clegg has attacked his Tory coalition partners over immigration, claiming their target of bringing net migration down to the tens of thousands is "meaningless".

The Deputy Prime Minister was speaking after new figures showed net migration - the difference between the number of people entering and leaving the UK - was 243,000 in the year to March.

This was a "statistically significant" increase from the previous year's total of 175,000, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Nick Clegg made the comments on his weekly radio phone-in.
Nick Clegg made the comments on his weekly radio phone-in. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Speaking on his weekly LBC phone-in, Mr Clegg said: "It's a slightly meaningless target, you could have a million people leave this country and 1 million come in and hey, presto, you've met your target of no net immigration, so I don't think it makes a great deal of sense."

He also said the public's confidence in the immigration system had been "very, very badly shaken" in recent years.

Read: Government 'remains focused on controlling migration'

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