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First Minister: 'Appalled by Brussels attacks'

Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones says he is "appalled at today’s attacks in Brussels".

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I am appalled at today’s attacks in Brussels.

I would like to express my sympathy and solidarity with the Belgian people and the international community which works in the city.

The scourge of terrorism must be opposed everywhere and we must resist the threat to our way of life.

We have received confirmation that all Welsh Government staff, and other occupants of Wales House in Brussels, are safely accounted for.

We are working closely with the UK Government and receiving regular advice on the situation in Brussels.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister

Cardiff Airport 'operating normally'

Cardiff Airport says it is "operating normally" following the explosions in Brussels this morning.

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Following the events at Brussels Airport this morning we would like to reassure those travelling to and from Cardiff that the Airport is operating as normal and the safety and security of our passengers and staff remains our number one priority.

Our police and security teams remain vigilant and customers may notice an increased presence in the terminal.

The Department for Transport keep aviation security under constant review and will update all UK airports as necessary.

– Cardiff Airport

As Brussels Airport is currently closed passengers due to be travelling to Brussels from Cardiff via a connecting service should contact their airline for more information.


Plan launched to help refugees rebuild their lives in Wales

A delivery plan to help refugees and asylum seekers rebuild their lives in Wales has been launched.

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The three year plan will support all refugees and asylum seekers in Wales, including Syrian refugees who have arrived since December as part of the UK Government’s Syrian Resettlement Programme.

As part of the plan the Welsh Government has committed to:

  • Helping refugees have access to a suitable home.
  • Providing access to free advice services on debt, housing, employment, benefits and discrimination.
  • Helping unaccompanied asylum seeking children to be safe and supported in order to prevent isolation and social exclusion.
  • Develop guidance to ensure asylum seekers and refugees get the healthcare services they need.
  • Provide support into employment and training opportunities.
  • Ensure access to educational opportunities
  • Tackle bullying in schools against asylum seeking and refugee children.
  • Raise awareness of support for victims of hate crime.

This plan sets out how we will work with partners to help refugees and asylum seekers make their transition to Welsh life and our culture and customs an easier one. Many of the asylum seekers and refugees living in Wales have experienced terrible atrocities and had their lives torn apart by war.

It is vital we provide them with all the help and support they need to rebuild their lives. It is also crucial we recognise the wide variety of skills asylum seekers and refugees bring to Wales and the valuable contribution they make to our society.

– Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Questions remain over Welsh soldiers' crash deaths

Captain Thomas Clarke and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas both died in a helicopter crash in April 2014. Credit: MOD/Family photos

The family of a Welsh soldier killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan two years ago says questions remain unanswered after a coroner recorded an narrative verdict.

Captain Thomas Clarke, 30, from Cowbridge and 26-year-old Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, who was born in Brecon, died alongside two others when the Lynx helicopter they were in crashed in southern Afghanistan in April 2014.

A coroner recorded a narrative verdict at the conclusion of an inquest into the four men's deaths on Monday.

In a statement released after the verdict, Captain Clarke's family said 'significant question marks' remained over the cause of the crash. Lance Corporal Thomas's family said they felt let down.

Read more on this story on the ITV News national site.


World-renowned ukulele maker hopes to make 1000th instrument despite Parkinson's diagnosis

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Most people are familiar with a ukulele and many people may know it was created in Hawaii but 7,000 miles away in Snowdonia one man and his workshop are creating some of the world's most sought after instruments.

Peter Howlett makes the instruments, but he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's.

Now he's determined to reach a lifetime target of making 1,000.

Ian Lang reports.

Calls from Wales for FIFA bidding process to made be 'bullet-proof'

The newly installed president of football's world governing body, FIFA gave a major speech in Cardiff this evening that called for the World Cup bidding process to made 'bullet-proof'.

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45-year-old FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants future competitions to be clear of corruption allegations.

His speech came ahead of the International Football Association Board AGM on Saturday.

A report into the 2006 World Cup corruption allegations has concluded a payment of 6.7million euros from the German football federation (DFB) to world governing body FIFA in April 2005 cannot be ruled out.

The award of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar have also been tainted by allegations of corruption and Infantino - who wants to start the 2026 process within three months - insisted FIFA must ensure it does not continue during future bids.

We need to make sure we do everything we possibly can, not only to prevent strange things happening around bidding processes but also to prevent the perception strange things could happen,

So, we need to make sure the bidding process that we put in place is absolutely bullet-proof.

Now, an absolute guarantee on everything as of now? It's certainly the commitment that I want to give and that I will do everything I can to make sure this happens because I think that the credibility of FIFA is, as well, at stake here and we have to get the 2026 process absolutely right.

– Gianni Infantino,
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