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London-New York flight 'circling in Channel' after take-off

The airliner's path is shown on a flight tracking website. Credit: Airlive.net

A United Airlines flight from Heathrow to New York appears to have been circling in the English Channel for two hours since shortly after taking off.

Officials at Heathrow Airport and United Airlines were unable to immediately comment on what was causing the flight to divert from its planned path.

However, the airline said in a reply to a question on Twitter that it had received no information "that there is any plan to return to Heathrow".

Flight tracking website Airlive.net suggested on Twitter that the flight was "burning fuel before returning" to Heathrow.

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Grand jury to consider charges in NY stairwell shooting

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A grand jury will consider whether to bring charges against a police officer who shot dead a black man in a New York stairwell.

Akai Gurley, 28, was gunned down in Brooklyn in the latest in a string of fatal police shootings causing public outrage in what many view as racial violence.

Police say the officer who fired the shot, Peter Liang, may have discharged his gun by accident.

Gurley's family called the shooting part of a "series of modern day lynchings".

It comes after a jury said they would not prosecute a New York policeman over the death of Eric Garner, who died after being put in a 'choke hold'.

White police officer Darren Wilson will also face no further action over the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson.

William and Kate set to make whistle-stop New York trip

Prince William and Kate will make a quick three-day trip to New York next month, which will see the couple visit the September 11 memorial and watch an NBA basketball game.

The royals will arrive in the US on December 7 and return to the UK two days later for a first trip to America since their visit to California in 2011.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to New York for the first time as a couple, though son Prince George will stay at home. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

William will also fly to Washington DC on the trip's middle day to attend a wildlife conference, while the pregnant Duchess will remain in New York to visit a local child development centre with city mayor Bill de Blasio's wife Chirlane McCray.

The list of engagements includes the NBA game as the basketball league supports the wildlife initiatives which the prince is involved with.

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Real Madrid legend Raul joins New York Cosmos

New York Cosmos have pulled off a coup by signing former Real Madrid striker Raul.

The Spaniard, who is the record goalscorer at the Santiago Bernabeu, will also take on the role of technical director, before working with the club's academy upon retirement.

Raul is still a hero at the Santiago Bernabeu. Credit: PA

The 37-year-old former Schalke forward said: "Everyone throughout the soccer world knows the Cosmos name and the legacy of the players that played for this team previously. They helped establish soccer in America and I’m honored to follow in their footsteps. I believe in this club’s vision and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Ground zero trio die on same day from '9/11 illnesses'

Three retired firefighters who worked at ground zero in New York have died on the same day from illnesses that are believed to be related to dealing with the 9/11 terror attacks.

Lieutenant Howard Bischoff and firefighters Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund all died on Monday, NBC News has reported.

New York Fire Department commissioner Daniel Nigro said the men's deaths are "a painful reminder that 13 years later we continue to pay a terrible price for the department's heroic efforts" in September 2001.

The three men were among the first FDNY responders in the aftermath of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Credit: Reuters-Peter Morgan

One had leukaemia, another had oesophageal cancer and a third had colon cancer.

The Uniformed Fire Officers Association said 99 per cent of first responders reported suffering at least one new respiratory illness after 9/11.

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