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Britain signs £14bn trade deals with China

Deals worth £14bn between Britain and China were signed as David Cameron and premier Li Keqiang held talks in Downing Street. The Prime Minister hailed the burgeoning trade links between the two countries as "central" to the plan to revitalise the UK's economy.

Chinese investment into the UK in the last 18 months is more than in the last 30 years, a Press conference at Downing Street heard.

Birthing pool baby catches bug

Health bosses are warning against using a type of heated birthing pool at home after a baby born in one was infected with Legionnaires' disease.

Public Health England (PHE) is temporarily advising against the use of pools which have built-in heaters and recirculation pumps and can be filled up two weeks before the birth.

The alert comes after a case of the Legionnaires' lung disease was identified in a baby born in the specific type of birthing pool at home.

The child is in intensive care in hospital. It is the first reported case of Legionnaires' disease linked to a birthing pool in England, PHE said.

Samples taken from the birthing pool used confirmed the presence of legionella bacteria, which causes the disease.

Experts are carrying out tests to establish if it is the same strain as that which infected the baby. Professor Nick Phin, PHE's head of Legionnaires' disease, said: "This is an extremely unusual situation, which we are taking very seriously.

"As a precaution, we advise that heated birthing pools, filled in advance of labour and where the temperature is then maintained by use of a heater and pump, are not used in the home."

Lost jet search 'in wrong area'

The most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet has yet to be searched, a UK satellite firm has claimed.

A search for Flight MH370 has been under way since it vanished with 239 passengers and crew after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8.

Hourly electronic connections received by telecoms experts Inmarsat revealed that the Boeing 777 had to have come down in the southern Indian Ocean.

Scientists from the company told BBC's Horizon programme they had calculated the plane's most likely flight path to a 'hotspot' on the ocean floor.

But an Australian search vessel, the Ocean Shield, never reached the site because it picked up other signals some distance away

These 'pings' were investigated during a search of 850 sq km (328 sq m) of sea bed north west of Perth in Australia, but the source was not found.

Chris Ashton from Inmarsat, said: "It was by no means an unrealistic location, but it was further to the north east than our area of highest probability."

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