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Drinkers stuck in remote pub

The freezing Arctic conditions delivered an unexpected bonus for some New Year's Eve revellers after they were forced to spend three days snowed in at England's highest pub.

Some 60 guests had booked to see in the New Year at the Tan Hill Inn, which stands at a height of more than 1,700ft above sea level in the Yorkshire Dales. But heavy, relentless snowstorms on New Year's Eve left the guests stranded in the pub. Resourceful landlady Tracy Daly (45), her husband Mike Peace (63) and two staff sprang into action to keep the guests watered and fed.

Resistance hero dies aged 98

Freya von Moltke, a prominent member of the anti-Nazi resistance in the Second World War, died at the age of 98, her son said.

Helmuth von Moltke said his German-born mother died after suffering a viral infection last week.

She had lived in the US state of Vermont since 1960.

In her writings after the war, Freya described her life in the resistance with her husband, Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, who co-founded the anti-Nazi Kreisau Circle and was executed for his activities.

Five in Pakistan anti-terror court

Five Americans were today due to appear in an anti-terrorism court in eastern Pakistan, after police said they will seek life sentences against them for allegedly plotting attacks in the country.

The young Muslim men, from the Washington DC area, were captured in the eastern Pakistan city of Sargodha in early December in a case that spurred fears that Westerners are travelling to Pakistan to join militant groups.

Convoy allowed to enter Gaza

An international aid convoy will be allowed to enter the Gaza Strip after organisers struck a deal with Egyptian authorities over its transit route.

Egypt's state-owned Middle East News Agency said a ship carrying the 150-vehicle convoy with hundreds of tons of humanitarian supplies will be unloaded at the Egyptian port of El-Arish after arriving. It said the British-based group Viva Palestina is accompanied by 528 activists who will also travel to Gaza.