Soldiers die in Helmand

Two British soldiers died in Afghanistan's Helmand province yesterday.

Two British soldiers died in Afghanistan's Helmand province yesterday.

The two, from 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery based in Plymouth, were killed in the vicinity of Sangin village.

Earlier, an ambush involving a suicide car bomb and militant gunfire killed 16 Afghan civilians and wounded 25 people during an attack on a US military convoy in Nangarhar province.

Militants then fired gunfire from several directions and coalition forces returned fire, the US military said.

Wealth map

LONDON and Hampshire have the greatest concentration of wealthy people in the UK, according to a "wealth map" published.

The capital is home to 13% of the wealthiest individuals in the country, while 8% live in Hampshire.

But areas which are traditionally seen as less affluent have also made it into the map's top 10, with Yorkshire in third place at 6.1% and Lancashire in sixth (3.8%) behind home counties Surrey (5.8%) and Middlesex (4.8%).

Cheshire, famed for being home to sports stars, is in 11th position with 2.7% of the nation's wealthiest people.

Poor options

POOR families are forced to pay a £1,000 annual premium for essential goods and services in what charities called a "gross injustice".

A study by Save the Children and the Family Welfare Association found the least well off in society are likely to pay more for basic needs such as heating as a result of the payment options they choose.

The two charities called for an end to "unfair" pricing by firms that penalises the poorest households, and greater financial help from the Government for those struggling with bills.

Wogan fees

CHILDREN in Need host Sir Terry Wogan is the only celebrity to be paid for his part in the fundraising extravaganza.

The BBC have revealed that while a string of household names give their time for free, Sir Terry, 68, receives £1,300 an hour.

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act laid bare the cost of the staging the event.

They showed Sir Terry picked up £9,065 in 2005 for a seven-hour role as the Children in Need main presenter.

The BBC said the fee has been in place since 1980, when Sir Terry first presented the show, and has never been renegotiated.

Sir Terry said: "I've never asked for a fee and I would quite happily do it for nothing."


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