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Hunt for gunman who 'killed girl aged 4'

A police manhunt is under way in the US after a gunman shot and killed a four-year-old girl in a car. The child’s grandmother and three siblings, aged 7, 6, and 3, were sitting with her in the vehicle but were not hurt. A murder warrant has been issued for the arrest of the suspect, Darnell Bitting, who police described as ...

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Number of complaints over police handling of sex attacks and domestic violence soars

The number of complaints received by the police watchdog over officers’ handling of sexual assault and domestic violence cases has soared in the past five years, new figures reveal. Officers have been accused of abusing their powers for sexual gain, falsifying evidence and committing perjury in cases that campaigners say show forces are failing the most vulnerable victims in society. Complaints to ...

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Labour commits to installing sprinkler systems in all new schools as figures show less than one in three have them fitted

A Labour government would ensure all new schools have sprinkler systems in place as fresh figures show less than one in three schools built or refurbished by central government since 2010 have them installed. Party officials told The Independent that, if elected, Labour would remove a “loophole” in the existing legislation, which they claim allows a significant proportion of schools not to fit sprinklers. The ...

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Brendan Cox steps down from charities set up in murdered wife Jo's memory over 'mistakes I made several years ago'

Brendan Cox has stepped down from the charities he set up in his murdered wife’s memory following accusations of sexual harassment. The father-of-two has left his role as director of the charities More In Common and The Jo Cox Foundation after saying he would “take full responsibility” for his actions. A former colleague from Save the Children made accusations about ...

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How legal marijuana could save California's wildlife from toxic pesticides

On 1 January, Proposition 64 was welcomed with open arms and Happy New Year blunts by many Californians.  To bring in the new year, the state had become the latest in the US to legalise the drug for recreational use, following years of partial legalisation for medical purposes.  Even before full legalisation kicked in, California was already the cannabis capital of ...

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Facebook will use postcards to verify identity of ad buyers in wake of Russia meddling claims

Facebook plans to begin mailing postcards to verify the identities of political advertisement buyers. “If you run an ad mentioning a candidate, we are going to mail you a postcard and you will have to use that code to prove you are in the United States,” executive Katie Harbath said during a weekend gathering of state election officials, according to ...

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Zainab Ansari: Man given four death sentences for rape and murder of seven-year-old girl that shocked Pakistan

A man has been given four death sentences for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl in Pakistan last month. Imran Ali, 24, has also been linked to murders and sexual assaults of other girls in the region by police. Zainab Ansari was abducted, sexually assaulted and killed in Kasur, a city in the country’s Punjab region. Forensic evidence ...

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Pope reactivates sex abuse advisory commission amid criticism over handling of cases

Pope Francis has reactivated the lapsed sex abuse advisory commission and announced that new members have been appointed, amid criticism over his handling of cases. He has come under fire for his support of a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors was launched by the Pope in 2014 ...

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Mexico earthquake: At least 13 dead including three children in military helicopter crash after tremor

At least 13 people, including three children, died after a military helicopter crashed near the site of a major earthquake in Mexico. Twelve people died at the site of the incident, in southern Oaxaca state – five women, four men, two girls and a boy – according to a statement from the state’s attorney general’s office. A thirteenth person died in hospital, while 15 others were injured ...

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Brexit: Security cannot be bargained for a trade deal, Jean-Claude Juncker warns Theresa May

Britain will not be able to use its military might to win a more favourable trade deal with the EU after Brexit, the European Commission President has warned. Jean-Claude Juncker said fears that Europe’s security will be undermined by the UK’s departure must not become tangled up in the negotiations to secure an economic agreement. “I wouldn’t like to put ...

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