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Rescuers have recovered more bodies after monsoon rains triggered flash floods on Indonesia's Sumatra Island, bringing down torrents of cold lava and mud, leaving 43 people dead and another 15 missing.

The heavy rains, along with a landslide of mud and cold lava from Mount Marapi, caused a river to breach its banks.

The deluge tore through mountainside villages along four districts in West Sumatra province just before midnight Saturday.

The floods swept away people and submerged hundreds of houses and buildings, while forcing more than 3,100 people to flee to temporary government shelters in Agam and Tanah Datar districts, said National Disaster Management Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari.

Cold lava, also known as lahar, is a mixture of volcanic material and pebbles that flow down a volcano's slopes in the rain.

Rescuers on Monday recovered more bodies, mostly from villages that were worst hit in Agam and Tanah Datar districts, bringing the death toll to 43, Mr Muhari said in a statement.

A shadow minister said Sir Robert Buckland's decision to "sit on" claims about Natalie Elphicke should be "looked into".

Asked whether the former justice secretary's claims that Ms Elphicke lobbied ministers over her then-husband's sexual assault case should be investigated, Catherine McKinnell said: "I'm really baffled by this because this happened four years ago and he has said on these concerns, that he says are very serious to a newspaper, and has not done anything about it for four years.

"So I'm as baffled as anybody else by these assertions.

"Obviously Natalie says they are not true, it's not her recollection of the meeting and so, she says it's nonsense."

"I just can't quite understand why, if something is this important and as serious as he is alleging, why it wasn't addressed at the time.

"That's very concerning to me, I think that's something that probably does need to be looked into."

Three men have been charged under the National Security Act with allegedly assisting the Hong Kong intelligence service and foreign interference, the Metropolitan Police said.

A Conservative MP who led a parliamentary inquiry into birth trauma has said there is a "postcode lottery for maternity care" in the UK.

Theo Clarke, MP for Stafford, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think what came through very strongly (in the inquiry) was that there does seem to be a postcode lottery for maternity care in this country, and that's something that I don't think is acceptable - that depending on where you live, you will literally be offered a different level of care in terms of how you're given support during childbirth and afterwards."

Ms Clarke said she was calling on the Government to publish a national maternity improvement strategy led by a new maternity commissioner who would report directly to the Prime Minister, but added it had been working "very constructively" with the inquiry.

Describing her own experience, she said: "I remember pressing the emergency button after I'd come out of surgery and a lady came in and said she couldn't help me, said it wasn't her baby, wasn't her problem and walked out and left me there.

"So we need to make sure there are safe levels of staffing."

Bafta TV awards 2024: Happy Valley and Top Boy celebrate major wins

British dramas Happy Valley, Top Boy and The Sixth Commandment were the big winners at the Bafta television awards.

Sarah Lancashire was named best leading actress for her portrayal of no-nonsense Sergeant Catherine Cawood in the swansong of Sally Wainwright’s Yorkshire-set thriller.

Read more here.

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I loved Clauda Winkleman's stylish white suit that she chose to wear to the BAFTA 2024 Television Awards | getty

John Swinney to pledge to 'dedicate every fibre in my being' to driving economic growth.

First Minister John Swinney will today seek to woo business with a pledge to drive economic growth “for all” after his deputy Kate Forbes promised to cut red tape and “get stuff done”.

Mr Swinney will say he will “dedicate every fibre in my being” to achieving economic growth in Scotland.

It comes after Ms Forbes promised to remove bureaucratic barriers for businesses to help boost the economy and make Scotland attractive as a place for global investment.

Read more here.

John Swinney chairs his first Cabinet meeting since taking up the role, at Bute House yesterday (Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire)John Swinney chairs his first Cabinet meeting since taking up the role, at Bute House yesterday (Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire)
John Swinney chairs his first Cabinet meeting since taking up the role, at Bute House yesterday (Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire)

A Guinness World Record breaking cyclist is to don his Lycra again to ride the length of Wales to raise awareness of climate change's link to modern slavery.

Gordon Miller, 60, is to follow the national Lon Las Cymru cycling route, where he will cycle from Cardiff to Holyhead via Brecon, Rhayader, Corris and Porthmadog between May 13 and 17.

He said he is "very excited" for the 254-mile cycle, especially because he will be joined by Ffion James, a former professional road cyclist who is now a development officer for Welsh Cycling, on day one.

"It'll be my first time (cycling with Ms James)," Mr Miller, who lives in London, told the PA news agency.

"It's a real privilege to ride with one the Welsh nation's best-known cyclists.

"The fact that she knows the route well will take the pressure off me having to read my onboard navigation system too!"

Starting off with our top story of the day... Police Scotland chief constable Jo Farrell hits out at delays in 'inefficient' Scottish courts as overtime bill soars to £3 million.

The chief constable of Police Scotland has said judicial change is not happening fast enough with overtime spend on officers’ attendance at court adding up to £3 million in the past year despite the majority not being required to give evidence. Read more here.

Police Scotland chief constable Jo Farrell briefs officers before going out on patrol in Glasgow city centre. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA WirePolice Scotland chief constable Jo Farrell briefs officers before going out on patrol in Glasgow city centre. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Police Scotland chief constable Jo Farrell briefs officers before going out on patrol in Glasgow city centre. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
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