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Russian hackers ‘stole Mueller inquiry evidence’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Russia has been accused of carrying out cyber-attacks across the globe, which it denies Russian hackers stole and then misrepresented evidence connected to the continuing prosecution of Russian companies accused of leading a propaganda campaign to influence the 2016 US election, a court has heard. Twitter user @HackingRedstone had broken into a Russian server in October, the court heard. And they had then posted a link to an online file-sharing portal that they had said had contained special counsel Robert Mueller’s documents about “the IRA…

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Woman arrested in Rebecca Hall cold case murder inquiry

Image copyright West Yorkshire Police Image caption Rebecca Hall went missing from her home in the Little Horton area of Bradford on 13 April 2001 A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a sex worker who was killed in a “vicious attack” nearly two decades ago. Rebecca Hall went missing from her home in the Little Horton area of Bradford on 13 April 2001. She suffered severe head injuries and her body was found two weeks later in an alleyway in Thornton Street. A 37-year-old woman was detained…

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MSPs to hold inquiry over Alex Salmond row

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Salmond and Ms Sturgeon – pictured in 2014 – have not spoken since July 2018 MSPs are to hold an inquiry at Holyrood into the Scottish government’s handling of the Alex Salmond investigation. The government admitted in court on 8 January that the way it dealt with sexual harassment complaints against the former first minister was unlawful. On Sunday, Nicola Sturgeon said she would refer herself to parliament over claims she broke the ministerial code. And in a new development on Tuesday it was…

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Las Vegas police seek DNA from soccer star Ronaldo in sexual assault inquiry

(Reuters) – Police in Nevada have formally asked Italian authorities to obtain a DNA sample from Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in the investigation of accusations that he raped a woman a decade ago in Las Vegas, police said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – World Cup – Portugal Departure – Zhukovsky International Airport, Moscow Region, Russia , July 1, 2018. Cristiano Ronaldo walks at the airport before the departure. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/File Photo Ronaldo, 33, widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, has maintained…

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Scottish government admits Salmond inquiry failure

The Scottish government has admitted it did not follow the correct procedures while investigating sexual harassment claims against Alex Salmond. Allegations against the former first minister, which he denies, were made to the Scottish government a year ago. The government has now admitted it breached its own guidelines by appointing an investigating officer who had “prior involvement” in the case. As a result, it has admitted defeat in its legal battle with Mr Salmond. The government’s admission that it had not followed the correct procedures came during a hearing at…

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Second child death prompts inquiry into Trafford care home

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Jordan-Lee Fitton was 17 when he died at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in August 2017 A coroner is investigating the death of a teenager in a care home in Greater Manchester, a year after a four-year-old girl died at the same facility. In April, another coroner published a formal report into EAM House in Partington saying that “action should be taken to prevent future deaths”. Nurses and carers “lacked the ability to act”, it said. Health inspectors also found the home to be…

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Grenfell Tower inquiry: LFB ‘failed residents and firefighters’

Image copyright Grenfell Tower Inquiry Image caption Dany Cotton, second from right, in Grenfell Tower on the night of the fire Grenfell Tower residents and firefighters were let down by London Fire Brigade’s leaders, a lawyer for the victims has said. Sam Stein QC told the public inquiry into the fire that commissioner Dany Cotton and her leadership team were “not fit to run” the emergency service. The brigade said it would be unfair for it to be judged before all the evidence was heard. A total of 72 people…

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Grace Millane: Police start murder inquiry

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old graduated from university in September and went travelling shortly afterwards New Zealand Police have announced they believe missing British backpacker Grace Millane has been murdered. The 22-year-old from Essex – described by her father as “lovely” and “family-orientated” – was last seen in New Zealand a week ago. Det Insp Scott Beard said evidence they had located so far told them Grace was “no longer alive”. A 26-year-old man is currently being held in connection with the murder, Det Insp Beard…

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Randox forensics inquiry: Forty drug-driving offences quashed

Image copyright Press Association Image caption Police chiefs said the cases were dropped after a “most serious breach” of forensic science standards At least 40 motorists convicted of drug-driving offences have been cleared after evidence of manipulation was found in the forensic testing process. The motorists were banned from driving and in some cases fined, but their convictions have since been overturned. About 10,500 test results are being reviewed after data was allegedly manipulated at Randox Testing Services. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) described it as a “most serious…

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Grenfell Tower inquiry: Expert says fridge-freezer started blaze

Image copyright PA Image caption The relay compressor compartment recovered from the fridge freezer from flat 16 The fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower probably started due to overheated wiring in a fridge-freezer, according to one expert. John Glover told the inquiry into the blaze that a connector in a Hotpoint FF175BP in flat 16 of the block had a “poor crimp connection”. That meant the wires were not gripped as tightly as they should be and the connector overheated, he said. A total of 72 people died as the result…

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