Press Association 2014 LATEST

RAF jets intercept Russian bomber

Banbury Cake: A Russian Bear aircraft photographed from an intercepting RAF quick reaction Typhoon as it approached UK airspace (MoD)

1:14pm Saturday 1st November 2014

RAF Typhoons intercepted a Russian Bear bomber as it approached UK airspace yesterday, the second flypast by aircraft from Vladimir Putin's air force in three days, the Ministry of Defence said.

Online boost aids Ikea sales rise

Banbury Cake: Ikea reported 5% more visitors to its stores than during the previous year

1:13pm Saturday 1st November 2014

Furniture firm Ikea has reported that UK sales climbed by 11% to £1.4bn in the year to August 2014.

Cumberbatch: acting a 'long game'

Banbury Cake: Benedict Cumberbatch wants to carry on acting into his seventies

11:49am Saturday 1st November 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch has said he wants to continue acting well into his seventies.

Strictly judge 'has softer side'

Banbury Cake: DJ Scott Mills said cutting Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood has a softer side

11:13am Saturday 1st November 2014

DJ Scott Mills has said Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has a softer side off screen.

Jake Sims gets X Factor go-ahead

Banbury Cake: Jake Sims was said to have posted messages about cannabis on Twitter last year (SYCO/THAMES TV)

11:13am Saturday 1st November 2014

X Factor hopeful Jake Sims will perform on tonight's show after reports claimed he tweeted about drugs.

Women have more Wembley appeal

Banbury Cake: England captain Steph Houghton is set for bumper support at Wembley

10:48am Saturday 1st November 2014

England women are set to play in front of a larger Wembley crowd in their upcoming friendly against Germany than watched Roy Hodgson's men tackle Norway at the national stadium.

Westwood fades as Garcia challenges

Banbury Cake: Sergio Garcia is in contention in Malaysia

10:38am Saturday 1st November 2014

Sergio Garcia is just one shot off the lead heading into the final round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, but Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood fell well off the pace on Saturday.

Local knowledge can lift England

Banbury Cake: James Graham says England's NRL experience is aiding their Four Nations bid

10:38am Saturday 1st November 2014

Former St Helens skipper James Graham believes the increasing English presence in the NRL can bear fruit as Steve McNamara's men go in search of a first Four Nations title.

Miliband 'bottled' Lords reform

Banbury Cake: Labour leader Ed Miliband set out plans to abolish the House of Lords and replace it with an elected senate

9:47am Saturday 1st November 2014

Ed Miliband has been accused of paying "lip service" to the principle of House of Lords reform as he set out plans to abolish the upper chamber and replace it with an elected senate.

Levy sprints four clear in Shanghai

Banbury Cake: Alexander Levy was in superb form on day three

9:23am Saturday 1st November 2014

France's Alexander Levy was surprised by his own brilliant form after claiming a commanding lead in the BMW Masters in pursuit of a third win of the season.

Clark in control as he targets RWC

Banbury Cake: Calum Clark, pictured, has praised Dr Steve Peters

7:08am Saturday 1st November 2014

Calum Clark believes sessions with Professor Steve Peters have enabled him to tame the "inner chimp" which prompted an elbow-breaking incident and seven-month rugby ban.

Texas boycott denied

Banbury Cake: A boycotting of the USA Grand Prix, including Lotus, has been denied

6:48am Saturday 1st November 2014

A threatened boycott of this weekend's United States Grand Prix by a trio of Formula One's smaller teams has been comprehensively denied.

Djokovic sees off Murray

Banbury Cake: World number one Novak Djokovic, pictured, was victorious against Andy Murray (AP)

6:43am Saturday 1st November 2014

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in straight sets to book his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paris Masters on Friday.

Murder inquiry after stabbing death

Banbury Cake: Police at the scene where a teenager was stabbed to death in south London

6:03am Saturday 1st November 2014

A murder inquiry has been launched after a teenager was stabbed to death outside a convenience store.

MPs slam Government over food waste

Banbury Cake: The committee said more than a third of food waste goes to landfill, where it produces potent greenhouse gas methane

12:58am Saturday 1st November 2014

The Government has "no plans" to force councils to bring in separate food waste collections, officials have said.

Royal couple end tour in the rain

Banbury Cake: The Duchess of Cornwall arrives for a Sunset Ceremony and Reception on board HMS Argyll in Cartagena

12:58am Saturday 1st November 2014

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall ended their four-day tour of Colombia on a wet and windy note - sheltering under umbrellas.

Crosses placed in tribute to fallen

Banbury Cake: Scott McDonnell, 24, from the Royal Artillery, puts in a cross for his friend Dougy Dalzell who was killed in Afghanistan in Saltwell Park, Gateshead

12:58am Saturday 1st November 2014

Thousands of wooden crosses with the name of fallen servicemen and women will be planted as a moving Field of Remembrance.

Man dies after shooting incident

Banbury Cake: A man has died after being shot near a food wholesaler's in Manchester.

12:58am Saturday 1st November 2014

A man has died after being shot near a food wholesaler's.

Jim Murphy in apology to voters

Banbury Cake: Jim Murphy formally launches his campaign to become Scottish Labour leader at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh

12:58am Saturday 1st November 2014

Scottish Labour should "apologise" for not listening to voters after electoral defeat, leadership candidate Jim Murphy has said.

Cautions scrapped in system revamp

Banbury Cake: Ministers want to replace existing disposals available to police officers, which include cautions and cannabis warnings

12:58am Saturday 1st November 2014

Cautions are set to be scrapped in England and Wales as part of an overhaul of out-of-court disposals.

Fire victims' families tell of loss

Banbury Cake: The fire brigade at the scene of the blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford where two men have been found dead

12:58am Saturday 1st November 2014

The families of two men believed to have died in a fire at a fireworks warehouse have spoken of their devastation.

Firefighters strike in pensions row

Banbury Cake: Euston fire station in central London, as firefighters in England and Wales.

12:58am Saturday 1st November 2014

Firefighters have walked out on strike for the weekend in their bitter row with the Government over pensions, ahead of a series of firework displays across the country.

New child abuse inquiry head sought

Banbury Cake: Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf has resigned as the head of the inquiry into historic child sex abuse

12:58am Saturday 1st November 2014

The Government is facing a search for a new head for the inquiry into historical child sex abuse after the chairwoman announced she was stepping down amid a barrage of criticism over her "establishment" links.

Branson to persevere with space bid

Banbury Cake: Wreckage lies near the site where a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded and crashed in Mojave (AP)

12:58am Saturday 1st November 2014

Sir Richard Branson has said he will persevere with his space tourism venture following the death of a pilot killed when a rocket crashed during a test flight in California.

Treviso denied a point at the end

Banbury Cake: Nikola Matawalu scored the game's only try

11:07pm Friday 31st October 2014

Nikola Matawalu scored the only try of the match as in-form Glasgow claimed a hard-fought 17-9 Guinness PRO12 victory over Treviso.

14 celebs who just can't get enough of Hello Kitty

Banbury Cake: 14 celebs who just can't get enough of Hello Kitty

10:05pm Friday 31st October 2014

Because she is just as cute as a real cat.

Olympic star Wilson quits shooting

Banbury Cake: Peter Wilson has retired from competitive shooting

9:02pm Friday 31st October 2014

Double trap Olympic gold medallist Peter Wilson has announced his retirement from competitive shooting.

Little to separate Mercedes pair

Banbury Cake: Lewis Hamilton topped the charts in both sessions at the United States Grand Prix (AP)

9:02pm Friday 31st October 2014

Formula One's sparring championship protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg again proved there is little to separate them.

Murray toppled in Paris

Banbury Cake: Andy Murray, pictured, had no answer to Novak Djokovic in Paris (AP)

8:54pm Friday 31st October 2014

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in straight sets to book his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paris Masters on Friday.

Murray toppled in Paris

Banbury Cake: Andy Murray, pictured, had no answer to Novak Djokovic (AP)

8:51pm Friday 31st October 2014

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in straight sets to book his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paris Masters on Friday.

Brother willing to die in Syria

Banbury Cake: Abubaker Deghayes speaking from his home after he said that a second of his sons had been killed in war-torn Syria

7:45pm Friday 31st October 2014

A young British jihadi whose two brothers have died fighting in war-torn Syria tonight revealed he was willing to suffer the same fate.

Pilot dies in Virgin rocket crash

Banbury Cake: This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in southern California's Mojave Desert (AP/KABC TV)

7:29pm Friday 31st October 2014

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson's space tourism venture crashed during a test flight .

Vettel to start from pit lane

Banbury Cake: Sebastian Vettel will start from the pit lane for Sunday's United States Grand Prix

6:12pm Friday 31st October 2014

Sebastian Vettel will start from the pit lane for Sunday's United States Grand Prix as penalty for a power-unit change.

Travel delay payout legal bid fails

Banbury Cake: The Supreme Court has refused applications by airlines to appeal against the Court of Appeal's decision about liability to pay compensation after travel delays

6:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

An attempt to challenge a legal judgment which could potentially be worth billions of pounds to air passengers who have suffered flight delays has failed.

Scott Mills to dance at 1D star's wedding

Banbury Cake: Scott Mills to dance at 1D star's wedding

5:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

Scott Mills is planning to show off his dancing skills at Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik’s wedding.

Ferdinand responds to FA ban

Banbury Cake: Rio Ferdinand is unhappy with his punishment

5:22pm Friday 31st October 2014

Rio Ferdinand appeared to endorse a tweet sent on Friday accusing the Football Association of applying double standards in handing him a three-match ban.

Find out who told Usher 'You're not a great singer'

Banbury Cake: Find out who told Usher 'You're not a great singer'

5:16pm Friday 31st October 2014

Usher has revealed his son has told him he doesn’t think he’s a very good singer.

Hamilton sets pace in Austin

Banbury Cake: Lewis Hamilton, pictured, got the better of team-mate Nico Rosberg

5:10pm Friday 31st October 2014

In-form Lewis Hamilton led a truncated Formula One field at the end of the first practice session ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

Alicia Keys blooms as belle of the ball

Banbury Cake: Alicia Keys blooms as belle of the ball

4:47pm Friday 31st October 2014

Alicia Keys showed off her baby bump with husband Swizz Beatz at Keep A Child Alive’s 2014 Black Ball.

RWC too soon for Burgess - Corry

Banbury Cake: Sam Burgess arrived in Bath this week

4:17pm Friday 31st October 2014

Former England captain Martin Corry doubts Sam Burgess has enough time to prove himself worthy of a place in Stuart Lancaster's World Cup squad.

Van Gaal not envious of City squad

Banbury Cake: Louis van Gaal will experience his first Manchester derby

4:17pm Friday 31st October 2014

Louis van Gaal insists he has no reason to be jealous of Manchester City's stellar squad.

Paediatrician admits child sex

Banbury Cake: Raza Laskar, a doctor working in paediatrics, has pleaded guilty to a number of charges including sexual activity with a child (Greater Manchester Police/PA)

4:11pm Friday 31st October 2014

A doctor working in paediatrics has admitted a string of sex offences against children.

Gwyneth Paltrow praises ex Chris Martin at gala

Banbury Cake: Gwyneth Paltrow praises ex Chris Martin at gala

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow paid tribute to ex-husband Chris Martin as she hosted the amfAR Inspiration Gala.

Baftas for Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Robert Downey Jr

Banbury Cake: Baftas for Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Robert Downey Jr

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Dame Judi Dench and Emma Watson were among those honoured at the Bafta Los Angeles Britannia Awards.

Bus crash to cause chaos on Coronation Street

Banbury Cake: Bus crash to cause chaos on Coronation Street

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Simon Gregson’s character Steve McDonald will drive the ill-fated minibus that crashes on Coronation Street.

Michael Eavis: No Fleetwood Mac for Glastonbury

Banbury Cake: Michael Eavis: No Fleetwood Mac for Glastonbury

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Fleetwood Mac are not available to headline Glastonbury 2015, according to festival head Michael Eavis.

Ed Sheeran duets with Sam Smith on stage

Banbury Cake: Ed Sheeran duets with Sam Smith on stage

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Ed Sheeran joined his pal Sam Smith on stage for a surprise duet at the Albert Hall in Manchester.

Take That have a pyjama party for video

Banbury Cake: Take That have a pyjama party for video

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Pop trio Take That have filmed their new music video, These Days, in their pyjamas.

BBC refuses to apologise over Top Gear Argentina special

Banbury Cake: BBC refuses to apologise over Top Gear Argentina special

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

The BBC has said no to the Argentinian ambassador’s request for a public apology over the Top Gear special filmed in the country.

Jet returns after part falls off

Banbury Cake: Thomas Cook passengers were being put on a replacement flight

2:52pm Friday 31st October 2014

A passenger jet was forced to return to Gatwick Airport part-way through its flight to Egypt after a part plunged to the ground.

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