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Ceasefire must be extended: Hammond

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is holding talks with foreign ministers from other nations in Paris

There is an "absolute humanitarian necessity" to see the 12-hour ceasefire currently taking place in Gaza extended, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

Probe into Big Society payments

Prime Minister David Cameron set up the Big Society Network two months after winning power in 2010

A regulator is investigating the awarding and use of taxpayer-funded grants by the charity set up to lead the Prime Minister's Big Society initiative amid Labour calls for an investigation into political influence.

Tax urged on out-of-town shops

Councils want a tax on large out-of-town shops and supermarkets

Cash-strapped town halls need a tax on large out-of-town shops and supermarkets to pay for improvements to local shopping areas, a group of councils said.

Rape trial judge 'fell asleep'

The rape trial was being heard at Manchester Crown Court

An investigation has been launched following claims a judge fell asleep in court, causing a child rape trial to be halted.

EU's Russia sanctions extended

Dutch investigators examine pieces of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Rassipne, eastern Ukraine (AP)

The EU has extended sanctions against senior Russian officials in the wake of the shooting down of the Air Malaysia flight last week.

Bolt to take part in relay heats

Jamaica's Usain Bolt is the biggest name competing in the Commonwealth Games

Fans will be treated to a double dose of Usain Bolt at the Commonwealth Games, as the world's fastest man arrived in Glasgow.

Eleanor Bron joins The Archers cast

Eleanor Bron is to join the cast of The Archers as Carol Treggoran (BBC/PA)

Veteran actress Eleanor Bron has joined the cast of radio soap The Archers - as the character of Carol Tregorran returned to the show tonight after 34 years away.