A survey has put Ukip seven points in the lead as the polls open for today’s European parliament elections. Millions of people will be casting a ballot in the European election and local council polls in England and Northern Ireland. The Electoral Commission has warned voters not to take selfies in the booths, as they could accidentally reveal how someone else votes.
THAI ARMY CHIEF STAGES COUP D'ETAT
Thailand's army chief has seized power, announcing that the military has taken control of the country's government. The move follows months of protests, which led to the declaration of martial law earlier this week. In a televised statement the army chief said the military would restore order and bring about political reform.
ROW OVER CHARLES’ ‘NAZI’ COMMENT
A diplomatic row has erupted after Prince Charles compared Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. A senior Russian ambassador will meet a Foreign Office official today after Moscow officials asked whether the Prince of Wales’ remarks represent an “official position”. As many as 20m Russians were killed during world war two, including relatives of Putin.
‘TERRORIST’ ATTACK KILLS 31 IN XINHAU
At least 31 were killed and 90 injured in a violent attack in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi. Two vehicles ploughed into a market and explosives were thrown, says the official Xinhau news agency. The attack took place around 8am local time. The region has seen sporadic violence in recent times. Beijing says it faces terrorism from a separatist movement there.
POLICE PROBE DAVID MOYES ASSAULT CLAIM
Police are investigating a claim of assault involving former Manchester United manager David Moyes in a wine bar on Wednesday night. The incident took place in the Emporium in Clitheroe, where there were reports of a "minor scuffle" between two men, aged 51 and 23. No-one has been arrested and police said there were differing accounts of what happened.
CLARE BALDING ‘TO REPLACE INVERDALE’
Clare Balding will replace John Inverdale as the host of Radio 5’s Wimbledon coverage following Inverdale’s controversial remarks about champion Marion Bartoli, says The Sun. He sparked a storm last year when he said of Bartoli on Radio 5: “I wonder if her dad did say to her when she was 12, 13, 14, ‘Listen you’re never going to be a looker'.”
LE PEN: EBOLA WOULD SOLVE IMMIGRATION
The deadly Ebola virus would solve France’s immigration problems “in three months”, says Jean-Marie Le Pen. The founder of the far-right Front National, the party now led by his daughter, was speaking of a “risk of submersion” caused by immigration when he said: "Monsieur Ebola can solve the problem in three months."
US WOMAN FOUND AFTER 10 YEARS
A 25-year-old woman who went missing in California 10 years ago has been found. The unnamed woman has told police she was forced to marry her captor and to give birth to his child. A 41-year-old man called Isidro Garcia has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment. He had previously dated the victim’s mother.
SUSSEX CRICKETERS FACE FIXING CHARGES
Two cricketers are to be charged with match-fixing by the ECB. New Zealander Lou Vincent and his former Sussex team mate, Naved Arif, are accused rigging the outcome a Clydesdale Bank 40-over match between Sussex and Kent at Hove in 2011, which Kent won by 14 runs. It could be the first proven case of the result of a county match being fixed.
HOT TICKET: MUSEUM UNWRAPS MUMMIES
A new exhibition of mummified ancient Egyptian remains, Ancient Lives: New Discoveries, opens at the British Museum today. The show presents a selection of Egyptian and Sudanese 'mummies' from the museum's collection newly revealed through CT scans and 3D graphics. "Revelatory," says The Times. Until 30 November.