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Up to 30mm of rain is expected today amid fears of coastal flooding, high tides and strong winds across the southern and western areas of England and Wales

Cuts to low-level care 'will cost billions in long term'

The Government’s “dangerous” and “short-sighted” cuts to home-based care for the elderly is a “false economy” which has put lives at risk and cost the NHS billions of pounds, a new study claims.

Devoted to others: Dale in Egypt last December

Khalil Dale: Aid worker who spent his career in the world's trouble spots

Khalil Dale was an English aid worker who for decades devoted himself to humanitarian work in some of the world's most dangerous trouble spots before meeting a brutal death in a Pakistan border town. He was abducted by armed men in January; his body was found on 29 April. His killers coldly explained that they had killed him because their demands for a ransom had not been met.

Dozens murdered at Nigeria cattle market

Robbers angered by a crowd burning one of their colleagues alive attacked a cattle market in north east Nigeria, killing at least 34 people in the latest violence fanning across the bloodied region, witnesses and an official said.

At least 34 people killed in attack on market town after failed cattle raid

At least 34 people were killed yesterday after a failed cattle raid in a northeast Nigeria market sparked a retaliatory attack by robbers angry that one of their colleagues had been burnt alive by herders.

Hospital staff carry the coffin of Red Cross worker Khalil Dale to an ambulance in Quetta, Pakistan, yesterday

Aid worker's killers threaten to release video of his execution

Red Cross appeals to Pakistan media not to broadcast Taliban film of Khalil Dale's death

Nigeria suicide attack targets police chief, killing ten

A suicide bomber targeted a convoy carrying a senior police official in Nigeria today, killing at least 10 people, rescue officials said.

PM condemns beheading of British doctor Khalil Dale

The murder of a British aid worker whose body was found dumped in an orchard in Pakistan has been condemned by the Prime Minister as a “shocking and merciless act”.

A freed captive, Jorge Romero, is helped by a doctor at the airport

Hostage release raises hopes of an end to Colombia's 48-year civil war

President welcomes 10 captives, but says Farc rebels must make more concessions

China raises pressure on Syria but Red Cross still denied access

Assad regime faces growing calls for an end to the crisis as civilians continue to suffer

Troops continue Homs shelling

Troops are shelling several districts in the rebellious central Syrian city of Homs where the government is keeping a Red Cross convoy blocked from reaching thousands stranded in the area, activists have said.

Syria blocks Homs aid convoy

Syrian authorities have blocked an aid convoy carrying emergency supplies from entering the Baba Amr district in the city of Homs, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.

Land Rover sends millionth Discovery on expedition to China

Land Rover has produced the millionth Discovery at its plant at Solihull in the British Midlands. The milestone car is being sent on an expedition to Beijing with the purpose of highlighting the Discovery's strong off-road performance and the importance of the Chinese market for the company's future.

Injured British photographer refused to be evacuated

Injured British photographer 'refused to be evacuated'

The wife of the British photographer injured in a rocket strike in Homs has said her husband refused to leave with the Syrian Red Crescent (SRC) ambulances because he was advised they could not be trusted.

An image grab taken off the official Syrian TV shows Red Crescent ambulances in the besieged Syrian city of Homs as they attempt to evacuate Syrians wounded in shelling by regime forces as well as some women and children

EU tightens 'stranglehold' on Assad regime

Europe looks to new diplomatic and economic sanctions on Syria

Red Cross begins Homs evacuation

The Red Cross has begun evacuating wounded women and children from Homs after three weeks of intense shelling by government forces.

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