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Radio DJs' Kate hoax was illegal, Australian court rules

Australian radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian. Credit: Reuters

Two radio DJs broke the law when they prank-called a hospital caring for the Duchess of Cambridge, Australia's high court has ruled.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian were put through to a nurse at King Edward VII, who gave information about the Duchess' condition after being told the call was from the Queen and Prince Charles.

Indian-born Jacintha Saldana, 46, committed suicide three days later.

The decision in favour of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) came after a challenge by radio station 2Day FM, which argued that the watchdog did not have the authority to rule that the actions were illegal.

Following the high court ruling, the station could be fined or lose its licence.

Greig and Christian have since apologised for the prank, with Greig attending Saldana's inquest in London.

Ex-Royal Marine 'first Briton killed fighting IS in Syria'

A former royal marine has been named in reports as the first Briton to be killed while fighting against Islamic State in Syria.

According to the BBC, the man was named by the Kurdish People's Protection Units as Konstandinos Erik Scurfield from Barnsley.

A statement on the Kurdish Question website read: "We can confirm that Konstandinos Erik Scurfield died in battle, probably in Hasakah although the full details are yet to be announced by YPG."

The MailOnline reported that the news had been confirmed by Kurdish rights campaigner Mark Campbell, who said he had informed Scurfield's family.

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Lawyers for Emwazi's father: No evidence son is 'Jihadi John'

Lawyers for Mohammed Emwazi's father have told ITV News there is no evidence that his son is 'Jihadi John' saying "his face is covered".

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Prince meets young footballers as China tour continues

The Duke of Cambridge today met youngsters at a school in Shanghai where premier league football coaches are working to promote the game among the students.

The Prince was shown around by Paul Hughes, a former coach at Reading, Millwall and Southampton football clubs, who is helping to coach the students under a British Council-run scheme called Premier Skills.

He went on to visit a Shanghai festival showcasing British design, ingenuity and technology before rounding off his day by meeting Paddington Bear at the Chinese premiere of the movie.

ITV News' China Correspondent Lucy Watson reports:

Obama: 'Nothing thing new' from Benjamin Netanyahu

Barack Obama has told reporters "as far as I can tell, there was nothing new" in Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress in which the Israeli Prime Minister slammed the US-led nuclear talks with Iran.

Obama: 'Nothing thing new' from Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: PA

"The prime minister didn't offer any viable alternatives," the US President said, urging Congress to wait to evaluate a nuclear deal with Iran until an agreement is finalised. Obama said that he would only agree to a deal that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Pelosi 'near tears' during 'insulting' Netanyahu speech

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has expressed her extreme dismay over the comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to the US Congress.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement immediately after Netanyahu's speech. Credit: Reuters

In a statement released online, she said:

As one who values the U.S. – Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.

Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated something we all agree upon: a nuclear armed Iran is unacceptable to both our countries. We have all said that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons is the bedrock of our foreign policy and national security. As President Obama has said consistently, all options are on the table for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.

– Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader
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