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Army suicide tragedy as three women from same regiment take their own lives in a year

soldiers from the same unit have taken their own lives in the last year. All of the women were serving with the Royal Artillery at the time of their deaths.Gunner Sophie Madden, 23, was found hanged inside an Army camp in Kent three weeks ago. READ MORE: Brit troops must be ready 'to fight and win' to stop Putin, says top army chiefShe was serving with 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery when she died.Her death followed that of 19-Year-old Gunner Jaysley-Louise Beck, who was found dead at Larkhill Barracks on Salisbury Plain last December.Jaysley was serving with 14 Regiment Royal Artillery Recruitment Team when she died.Iraq and Afghan war veteran, Bombardier Nadine Askew, 31, was found dead in July last year.Known as Skew or Dotty, she completed a tour of Iraq, two of Afghanistan and joined peacekeeping duties in Estonia.She had served with 26th Regiment Royal Artillery, before becoming an instructor, training recruits on an AS-90 armoured vehicle with the 1 Royal Horse Artillery.Three weeks before her death, she joined a Queen’s gun salute in Edinburgh, with her role making her one of the few women to be in command of the gun.At the time of her death, her mum Amanda, said: “She was loved, she was cherished, she had a heart of gold and if there was any trouble, she would deal anybody out.“She had two families, she had us and she had her girls, her Army friends, and they were great friends and looked after each other.
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GMB fans fume as Richard Madeley shows Iraq prisoner's family how much water he'll get
Good Morning Britain fans couldn't believe what they were seeing as host Richard Madeley produced a tiny water bottle to show a terrified family how much water their relative will get in an Iraqi prison.British geologist Jim Fitton, 66, has been arrested in Iraq for collecting 12 stones and bits of broken pottery on a recent geology and archaeology tour of the country - which he insists he was told he was allowed to take.Mr Fitton insisted he had no idea he was breaking the country's laws.And his devastated family, who are desperately appealing for his release, admitted on the programme that they'd learned the news just yesterday from a journalist and were still in shock as Richard began questioning them.But it was as he brought out a tiny water bottle to demonstrate how much water Mr Fitton will receive per day that viewers at home had to suspend their disbelief.With Jim's daughter and son-in-law chatting to the hosts via video link, Richard said: "I don't want to distress you any more, but we know the conditions in Iraqi prisons are awful, by and large."One of the statistics to come out is horrific! This is what the World Health Organisation says an average adult needs to drink in terms of water every day," he said, gesturing to a large bottle he had on the desk."Every 24 hours you need a minimum of two litres."Producing a tiny bottle of water beside it, Richard went on: "And this is routinely all that a prisoner gets in that 24 hour period. They give them 250 millilitre bottles, that's what they're given."He then asked: "Have you any more detailed knowledge of the kind of conditions he's been kept in?"Which is when Mr Fitton's family admitted: "We have no idea where he's even going to end up at the moment.
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'Apocalyptic' dust storm that will stop you breathing could hit the UK in two weeks
apocalyptic dust cloud, so thick it can choke you, has taken over parts of the Middle East – and it could hit the UK next week.Parts of Syria, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are currently caked in a deep orange dust cloud.The Gulf states have been experiencing the weather system since April, which even saw the sand-filled winds hit UK shores.The Saharan dust cloud created a “blood rain” effect in London, and left UK streets covered in dust but this time, it appears to be much worse.Hospitals in Syria have been treating numerous patients who are unable to breathe due to inhaling the dust, while most Gulf states declared a state of emergency two weeks ago.And Muge Akpinar-Elci, dean of the school of public health at the University of Nevada told The Guardian: “It is very concerning.“Dust storms do not just impact one country or specific location in the world and can have far-reaching consequences globally.”According to weather service Accuweather, the UK will experience level eight UV rays on the UV index from Saturday, June 18 – which is rated as “unhealthy”.It is set to last for three days, until Monday, June 20.This is the same rating London had when the “blood rain” hit the country last month – and could be a sign that the deadly dust clouds are coming our way.Syria's healthy ministry spokesman, Seif al-Bard confirmed that three people had died from the dust in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, and he issued an ominous warning to the rest of the world.He said: “The impact of dust storms exceeds regional and continental boundaries.“So this is not somebody else’s problem, this is everyone’s problem.”In May, a Met Office spokesman said: “Each year on several occasions the UK will see rain
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Bruce Willis' poignant Memorial Day as military link in family revealed
Bruce Willis is no doubt facing a rather emotional day ahead as he marks the long Memorial Day weekend with the rest of the country.MORE: Rumer Willis moves fans with emotional family update on dad Bruce WillisALSO: HELLO! launches Jubilee T-shirt collection to celebrate Queen Elizabeth in styleHowever, the day holds a lot more meaning to him as he comes from a father who was in the military, and it even extends beyond that.VIDEO: Bruce Willis to step away from acting career after aphasia diagnosisBruce was born to David Willis in 1955, who was serving in the military in West Germany, crediting the actor's birthplace to the town Idar-Oberstein.David had met his mother, the German Marlene, during his tenure in the country and the two wed while there. MORE: Bruce Willis' wife Emma Heming Willis shares sweet video of the star amid her own health issuesIn 1957, David was discharged and then moved his family, including Bruce's three younger siblings, Florence, Robert, and David, to New Jersey.While the Die Hard star has rarely spoken of his military upbringing, he has shown his respect for the armed forces with several tributes and charitable acts over the years.Bruce has been a constant supporter of the militaryIn 2015, he partnered with Wounded Warrior Project to pay homage to fallen and wounded men and women in New York and has previously also performed with his band for soldiers in Iraq and been part of several TV commercials advocating for their benefit.During Christmas 2014, he also released a message on behalf of the USO as a tour veteran, saying: "So many of our nation's service men and women serving abroad, far away from their families and friends this December."MORE: Bruce Willis' wife Emma reveals her own health
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Ukrainian troops mock Putin using playing cards with his face and 'other war criminals'
Ukrainian troops have mocked bonkers Russian President Vladimir Putin by playing cards that have his face on.The brave soldiers have printed pictures of him alongside other “war criminals” onto the deck, in a similar move to US fighters against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.There are two editions of the cards, including one featuring Putin and the Russian government and another with photos of their top military officers.Ukrainian armed forces chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi worked alongside volunteers from the international intelligence community InformNapalm to produce the cards.He declared: “By the joint efforts of the military and volunteers, by the efforts of all people of goodwill…racism will inevitably be beaten.”Ukrainian soldiers who use the cards to play games as they relax will be able to identify people of interest – such as a Russian soldier accused of killing an innocent 62-year-old bloke, who was the first soldier to go to court for war crimes this week.Tank commander Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is accused of using an assault rifle to shoot the unarmed civilian as he rode his bicycle along the street.Stay in the loop with all the latest Daily Star news by signing up to one of our free newsletters here.Tragically, it isn’t the only alleged war crime – a Ukrainian government statement believes Russian military personnel have carried out over 10,000 possible war crimes.
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