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One week to go before NATO summit

The so called ring of steel
A so called ring of steel surrounds Celtic Manor Resort. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

There is just a week to go before the NATO Summit is held at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

Security fences have been put up in Newport and Cardiff.

The security operation has been described as one of the largest in British history with around 9,500 officers from across the UK being drafted in.

A number of demonstrations are being held in the run up to the event which will see some 150 world leaders attending.

Llanelli backpacker found dead in Thailand

Jay Davies
Jack Davies, also known as Jay, was found dead while travelling in Thailand. Credit: Wales News Service

A 21-year-old backpacker from Llanelli has been found dead while travelling in Thailand.

Jack Davies, also known as Jay, was staying on the island of Ko Phi Phi, off the coast of Phuket, when he is understood to have died suddenly.

The cause of his death is still being investigated.

In a statement, his parents Christine and Jonathan Davies said: "He was a lovely boy and everybody loved him."

Mr Davies, who was a former pupil of Old Road Primary School, Bryngwyn Comprehensive and Coleg Sir Gar, had been following his dream of travelling.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Ko Phi Phi, Thailand, on 24 August 2014.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."


Rise in the number of hate crimes reported in Wales

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The information was obtained following a Freedom of Information request. Credit: PA

Hate crime rose by a fifth in Wales in 12 months, according to information obtained by Plaid Cymru. The majority of hate crimes reported across the country were related to racial hatred.

According to South Wales Police, hate crime in the South Wales area rose from 989 incidences in 2011-12 to 1,224 in 2013-14.

Police also say the number of crimes rose after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in May last year.


Newport set for day of NATO-themed celebrations

Red Devils
The Red Devils, the display team from the Army's Parachute Regiment, will deliver the match ball for Newport County's game against Burton Albion Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

A day full of NATO-themed celebrations is being held in Newport today as part of the 'Host City Celebrations.'

Organised by the UK Government and supported by Newport City Council, the event will see serving soldiers from across the army demonstrating military vehicles and equipment and army chefs will be giving visitors a taste of the food they cook up for soldiers on the frontline.

A performance from the Band of the Household Cavalry will start the proceedings at 11.30am, with music, entertainment and children's activities taking place throughout day, alongside a food festival featuring cuisine from the NATO alliance's 28 member countries.

In the afternoon, members of the Parachute Regiment and the Red Devil will perform a display over Rodney Parade ahead of Newport County's league two match against Burton Albion, before skydiving on to the pitch to deliver the match ball to the referee.

A flypast by Spitfire and Hurricanes from the Battle of Britain flight is billed as one of the highlights of the day.

The plans caused controversy among anti-war protesters earlier this week. Read more here.

Cardiff woman in Libya fears being beheaded or 'gunned down in the street'

A Cardiff woman living in Libya says she fears being beheaded or gunned down in the street as the country descends into violence. The woman, along with her children and grandchildren, are trapped in Benghazi which is under fire from Islamist militants. Her family and MP say the Foreign Office isn't doing enough to help her escape the fighting and return to Wales.

Political Editor Adrian Masters reports.

MP urges to Foreign Office to help Cardiff woman trapped in Libya

Labour MP Stephen Doughty says the Foreign Office must act to evacuate a Cardiff woman caught up in escalating violence in Libya. The woman's family says they've not received the help that others have to escape the country.

Stephen Doughty says the Foreign Office must offer help despite internal political problems and the pressure of other world conflicts.

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