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Mubarak called to courtroom

Egypt's prosecutor general formally summoned Hosni Mubarak to appear at his trial, giving the clearest indication that the ousted president will be brought to the Cairo courtroom despite questions about his health.

If he does appear at Wednesday's opening session at the national police academy, Mubarak will face an audience of 600 people, including relatives of some of the 850 protesters killed in the crackdown on the 18-day uprising that forced him from power in February.

Pippa shines in top tan survey

Celebrity sun-seekers have been left in the shade by Pippa Middleton after her tan was voted the most desirable of the summer.

She saw off competition from Cheryl Cole and Christine Bleakley to top the poll, picking up almost two-thirds (60pc) of the vote.

Cole was second with 26pc, while Daybreak star Bleakley came in third with 8pc.

Experts drew up a celebrity tan-tone colour chart to help people decide which was their favourite and christened Middleton's skin Royal Mocha.

Older drivers more helpful

Older drivers are much more likely to be Good Samaritans on the road and help motorists who have broken down, an AA survey revealed today.

As many as 24pc of those polled would be concerned that a request for help could be a con trick.

Asked what they would do if they saw someone by the roadside (not a motorway) who had appeared to have broken down, 12pc said they would definitely not stop.

Only 10pc of over-65s but 16pc of 18 to 24-year-olds would definitely not stop.

Typhoon kills 4 in Philippines

A powerful typhoon is blowing away from the northern Philippines after leaving at least four people dead despite not making landfall.

Office of Civil Defence chief Benito Ramos says slow-moving Typhoon Muifa was packing sustained winds of 175 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of 210kph as it blew away from northern Luzon Island's eastern coast towards southern Taiwan and Japan.