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Coleman to remain as Wales boss for 2018 World Cup qualifiers

Wales boss Chris Coleman. Credit: PA

Chris Coleman has agreed a two-year contract extension to lead Wales in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Coleman, who succeeded the late Gary Speed in January 2012, has guided Wales to Euro 2016 - the country's first major finals since the 1958 World Cup.

But Coleman's current deal expires after the tournament and talks have been ongoing for several months over new terms for the 45-year-old.

The Football Association of Wales have called a news conference on Monday when it is understood that Coleman's contract extension will be announced.

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Welsh first minister welcomes Ukip's Neil Hamilton

Newly elected to the Welsh Assembly, Ukip member Neil Hamilton shook hands with Wales first minister Carwyn Jones outside the Senndd building.

The sight of the first minister welcoming Mr Hamilton would have been an unusual one for the Welsh electorate.

The former member of the Conservative party lost his seat in 1997 after becoming embroiled in the cash for questions scandal, but has now found himself back in public office as representative for Mid and West Wales.

Mr Hamilton, along with another former Tory, Mark Reckless, were among seven UKIP AMs elected via the regional lists.

Labour secures fifth successive Welsh Assembly term

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones. Credit: Press Association

The Labour Party is preparing for a fifth successive Welsh Assembly term after winning 29 seats from a possible 60 following the declaration of the last result - in an election which also saw UKIP claim its place in the Senedd for the first time ever.

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Neil Hamilton elected as Ukip assembly member in Wales

Neil Hamilton has become the sixth Ukip candidate to take a seat in the Welsh Assembly.

Nigel Farage's Ukip made history after winning their first place in the Senedd - despite the party being opposed to the Assembly's existence until 2013.

Neil Hamilton has been elected as Ukip Assembly member in Wales Credit: PA

Nathan Gill and Michelle Brown were selected for the North Wales regional list, Mark Reckless and David Rowlands were elected in in South Wales East, while Caroline Jones won a seat in South Wales West.

Hamilton, who is the party's deputy chairman, rose to fame implicated in the 1990s but later dropped out of the public eye when he was implicated in a cash for questions scandal.

Ukip wins first seats in Welsh Assembly

Ukip has won the party's first seats in the Welsh Assembly, with five members elected.

Nathan Gill and Michelle Brown were selected for the North Wales regional list, Mark Reckless and David Rowlands were elected in in South Wales East, while Caroline Jones won a seat in South Wales West.

Leader Nigel Farage recalled surviving a plane crash six years ago as he hailed the party's gains on Twitter.

Farage suffered serious injuries in the accident, which happened as he fought an unsuccessful bid to become MP for Buckingham. He later made a full recovery.

Ukip was opposed to the Assembly's existence until 2013.

Labour remains on course to retain power in the Senedd for a fifth successive term.

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