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News Digest: 1D lead way as UK acts 13% of global sales

Chart-toppers One Direction led the UK's global sales charge last year which ensured home-grown acts accounted for one in every eight artist albums sold around the world, according to new figures.

The group's third album was the biggest-selling release internationally, giving British acts the top seller for the sixth year out of seven. It clocked up sales of four million in the space of six weeks, beating US rapper Eminem into second place.

New analysis by music industry trade body BPI for its 2014 yearbook showed UK acts took a 13% share of global sales, excluding those for compilations.

The figure is down marginally on the 2012 figure but showed Brits are still hugely popular.

Investigators reach jet crash site

An international team of investigators has managed to reach the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17.

It was the first time since the plane was brought down by a missile two weeks ago, as clashes along routes to the wreckage site between Government troops and pro-Russian separatist rebels had kept the delegation from reaching the area to retrieve bodies.

The investigators were allowed through a checkpoint leading to the crash site at the village of Rozsypne by a rifle-toting militiaman who then fired a warning shot to prevent reporters from accompanying the convoy. The militiaman said that fighting was still ongoing nearby.

The team of police and forensic experts, which comprises members from The Netherlands and Australia, are expected to focus their efforts on retrieving bodies still on the site and collecting victims' belongings.

Security for investigators has been a major concern as the Ukrainian army continues in its offensive to take back swathes of territory from the rebels.

National security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said a "day of quiet" was declared in response to a call for a ceasefire from UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.

House prices reach all-time high

House prices increased to another new all-time high of £188,949 on average in July but the pace of growth is slowing, Nationwide has reported.

Values edged up by 0.1% month-on-month across the UK, marking the smallest rise seen in 15 months as stricter mortgage lending rules helped to fuel a slowdown in activity, the building society said.

On a year-on-year basis, growth in values remained in double digits for the fourth month in a row, although the pace of the annual uplift fell back from 11.8% in June to 10.6% in July.

Robert Gardner, chief economist at Nationwide, said the winding down of price growth "was not entirely unexpected, given mounting evidence of a moderation in activity in recent months."

He added: "At least part of the slowdown in activity relates to the introduction of Mortgage Market Review measures. The modest rebound in mortgage approvals in June adds weight to the notion that the slowdown will prove temporary."

Kids among 3 Britons killed in Croatia crash

Three Britons, including two children, have been killed after their car collided with a truck in Croatia, local police say.

The driver of the car, a 37-year-old man, was killed along with the two youngsters in the incident in Slano, near Dubrovnik, at 7.50am yesterday, a force spokeswoman said.

A woman and a third child are being treated in the city's hospital after the crash. The police spokeswoman confirmed that they were all British nationals in a car with UK numberplates.

Woman is arrested over the murder of girl (7)

A 23-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a seven-year-old girl.

Nottinghamshire Police were called to a house in the Bestwood Park area of Nottingham at around 5.10am on Wednesday after concerns were raised about the child.

A 47-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Post-mortem tests are due to take place later, a force spokeswoman said.

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