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1. Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit the Queen on first trip to UK in two years
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the Queen in Windsor on Thursday, marking the first time both have returned to the UK since they stepped back from Royal duties two years ago.
The couple are also understood to have seen the Prince of Wales. Read the full story.
2. Russia’s Black Sea flagship Moskva has sunk, Kremlin confirms
Russia on Thursday said the Moskva, the flagship of its Black Sea fleet, has sunk after Ukraine claimed to have struck the vessel with missiles.
The Russian defence ministry said the ship, which was told to “go f— yourself” by Ukrainian soldiers on Snake Island, was set on fire by an explosion of ammunition and sunk as it was being towed back to port. It said the cause of the fire was being investigated. Read the full story.
3. Russian state TV parades captured Briton Aiden Aslin
A British man fighting in Ukraine was paraded on Russian television on Thursday night after being captured and apparently severely beaten.
Aiden Aslin, 28, originally from Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, was seen handcuffed, with a large red gash on his forehead and a swollen eye. His mother said she was “in bits” and described him as “my hero”. Read the full story.
4. Exclusive: Tories set to lose 800 council seats – and Sir Keir Starmer on course to be PM in 2024
The Conservatives are on course to lose more than 800 council seats in next month’s local elections in results that, if repeated at the next general election, would see Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, become prime minister.
Pollsters Electoral Calculus and Find Out Now are forecasting a five per cent swing from the Tories to Labour at the local elections in England and Wales on May 5. Read the full story.
5. Doctor-turned-priest claims to have solved ‘mystery’ of Jesus’s death
Jesus died of fatal bleeding caused by a dislocated shoulder from carrying the cross, a doctor-turned-priest has claimed.
The London-based doctor analysed work conducted by forensic and medical experts on the Shroud of Turin, also known as the Holy Shroud. Read the full story.