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US spy suspect Paul Whelan speaks to BBC in Moscow court

[ad_1] A former US marine accused of spying in Russia has told the BBC's Sarah Rainsford he is "holding up well" after two months in custody but said he couldn’t comment publicly on the charge against him for fear of making his situation worse. Paul Whelan, who also has British, Irish and Canadian citizenship, spoke while in a Moscow courtroom, where he was appearing for a hearing on extending his
UK News

Viktorija Sokolova: Life term for rape and murder

[ad_1] Image copyright Family handout Image caption Viktorija Sokolova's body was found by a dog walker in West Park, Wolverhampton A boy has been detained for life for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in a park.Now 17, his trial heard he "smashed" Viktorija Sokolova's head with a hammer-like object in a "sustained and ferocious" attack on 11 April 2018.Her lifeless and partially clothed body was found by
Business

SFO drops investigations into Rolls-Royce and GSK

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has dropped its investigations into aerospace firm Rolls-Royce and drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline.The SFO said there was "either insufficient evidence" or it was "not in the public interest" to continue.Rolls was being investigated over concerns about bribery and corruption, which led the firm to enter into a deferred prosecution agreement in 2017.GSK's probe concerned "commercial practices" at the company. SFO director
Entertainment

Jussie Smollett suspended from Empire TV show

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jussie Smollett will not appear in the final episodes Jussie Smollett will not appear in the final two episodes of Empire, the shows executive producers have said.In a statement, they said the past few weeks had been "incredibly emotional" for the team.They called the allegations that Mr Smollett had falsely claimed he was the victim of a hate crime "disturbing".The 36-year-old African-American actor
UK News

Shamima Begum in Syria: Where now for IS bride?

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionShamima Begum: "I got tricked and I was hoping someone would have sympathy with me" I saw her approach through the crowded camp and recognised her from her shoes. They peeked out from underneath her black abaya; like a child's trainers they were red, blue and gold but almost in pieces. I'd spotted them when we first met two days earlier.
Entertainment

Leah Bracknell: Ex-Emmerdale actress talks of cancer ‘nightmare’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Former Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell has said the debilitating effects of terminal cancer have left her feeling like she is "trapped in a cage".Bracknell, who played Zoe Tate in the soap for 16 years, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2016.In an update on her blog, she said that "having a moan and a whinge does not come without a sizable chunk of
Politics

Police chief appointed to anti-slavery role

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP A senior police officer has been announced as the government's new anti-slavery commissioner. Sara Thornton, who currently chairs the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), will begin the role in May. She will be responsible for giving independent advice on tackling modern slavery over the next three years. The appointment comes ten months after her predecessor resigned, citing ministerial interference.Kevin Hyland, who quit in May last year,
Politics

Brexit: Can Remainers and Leavers come together?

[ad_1] A Remainer from Glasgow and a Brexiteer from Liverpool visited Westminster to meet MPs, questioning them and giving their views, on the UK's exit from the EU.The pair meet for a Politics Live film in January as part of panels watching Theresa May's Brexit plan being rejected by a majority of 230.UK viewers can watch the full programme for 30 days from transmission [ad_2] Source link
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India Catholic Church defends Cardinal Gracias over ‘failed abuse victims’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India is home to about 19 million Catholics The Indian Catholic Church has defended itself over how it handled allegations of sexual abuse reported by the BBC. On Thursday, a senior cardinal admitted he could have better handled the allegations that were brought to him.The BBC reported two cases where Cardinal Oswald Gracias was claimed to have failed to respond quickly or offer
Politics

Brexit: Irish government hopes no-deal plan ‘sits on shelf’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimon Coveney said he hoped the legislation "proves redundant" The Irish deputy prime minister has said he hopes that major legislation his government has prepared to manage a no-deal Brexit will never be used.Simon Coveney unveiled the wide-ranging bill on Friday, bringing together work by nine government departments.He said a "disorderly" Brexit would be a "lose, lose, lose" for the UK,