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Prince keeping busy as he celebrates his 93rd birthday

The Duke of Edinburgh turns 93 today – but shows no signs of slowing down amid a packed programme of engagements.

Philip has a busy run of events coming up this week despite having just returned from a high profile three-day State visit to France to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

He will spend part of his birthday at a palace garden party, when 8,000 invited guests will descend on the royal residence for tea in the gardens.

He will then make a day trip to Germany on Thursday to present medals in Fallingbostel in his role as Royal Colonel of The Highlanders, Fourth Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Taliban behind blitz on airport

The Pakistani Taliban says it was behind a brazen five-hour assault on the country's busiest airport which left 18 people dead.

Gunmen disguised as police guards stormed the international terminal in Karachi, set off explosions and killed 18 people.

The Taliban said the assault on the Jinnah International Airport was in revenge for the killing last November of the militant group's leader in a US drone strike.

The claim further diminished prospects for a resumption of Government-led peace talks with the Taliban.

The assault started late on Sunday when 10 gunmen opened fire with machine-guns and rocket launchers, triggering a gun battle with police during which all the attackers were killed, a Pakistani military official said. Some of the gunmen wore the uniform of the Airport Security Force.

Heavy gunfire and explosions were heard coming from the terminal, used for VIP flights and cargo, as militants and security forces clashed.

A major fire rose from the airport, illuminating the night sky in an orange glow as the silhouettes of jets could be seen.

Just before dawn, Pakistani security forces regained control.

Independence battle heats up

Leaders on both sides of the independence debate made a fresh appeal to voters as the long campaign over Scotland's future entered its final 100 days.

Both Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins and Better Together leader Alistair Darling issued rallying cries as the campaign reached its "sharp end".

Mr Darling vowed he would use the next 100 days "to bring together most of us in this nation around a common vision of Scotland leading the United Kingdom after September 18, not Scotland leaving the United Kingdom".

He added that pro-Union campaigners were offering what the "overwhelming majority" of Scots want, as the main Westminster parties have all now put forward proposals to devolve more power to Holyrood in the event of a No vote.

Meanwhile, Mr Jenkins said: "Over the next 100 days I appeal to every single person who believes in Yes to make it their business to talk with and persuade those who remain undecided to come our way."

Police: dead backpacker not involved in a fight

Police in Malaysia have denied that a British backpacker was involved in a fight shortly before he went missing in the jungle.

Police said on Sunday they were investigating claims that Gareth Huntley (34) was involved in a fight before he went missing. It was reported that he may be have been murdered, and there were claims his throat had been cut.

But a senior police officer has denied the suggestion. He told a local newspaper a post-mortem examination had revealed no external injuries.

World's oldest man dies at the age of 111

The world's oldest man, a retired chemist and parapsychologist, has died in New York City aged 111.

Alexander Imich's niece said he died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. Karen Bogen said his health declined about two weeks ago and he did not recognise her when she saw him on Saturday.

Mr Imich was born in 1903 in a town in Russia which is now part of Poland. He and his wife fled after the Nazis invaded in 1939. They eventually moved to the US in 1951.

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