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The head of the Metropolitan Police said it is vital police take action on the allegations resulting from the Ellison report into Stephen Lawrence's murder investigation.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "This sort of allegation shocks me, it shocks my colleagues and it clearly shocked the public so it is vital that we take it seriously and do something about it."
A Ukrainian athlete was greeted by rapturous applause as he took part in the opening ceremony to the Paralympic Games in Sochi.
Mykailo Tkachenko was the only athlete from Ukraine's team of 31 to participate in the ceremony.
Ukraine agreed to compete in the Games despite the country's tense stand-off with Russia in the Crimea region over the past week.
Downing Street has insisted David Cameron followed all the "proper processes" after it emerged his family's Nepalese nanny has been granted British citizenship.
Questions were raised about Mr Cameron's use of foreign domestic help after a minister deplored the effects of the "metropolitan elite" using cheap migrant workers.
Home Office minister James Brokenshire said yesterday the wealthy had been the main winners from Britain's openness to labour from abroad, because they had to pay less for tradesmen and services.
US sanctions against Moscow "would hit the United States like a boomerang", Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has warned the US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Mr Lavrov also warned Mr Kerry against "hasty and reckless steps" that could harm relations with Russia during a phone conversation.
A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of an inmate at Cardiff Prison.
45-year-old Darren Thomas was found in his cell by prison staff early yesterday morning. An ambulance was called, but he was later pronounced dead.
Colin Capp is due to appear at Cardiff Magistrates' Court tomorrow.
A police spokesperson said, "Mr Thomas’ family are devastated by what has happened and continue to be supported by a family liaison officer."
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has told ITV News that it was "pretty awful" to hear the findings of the report into Stephen Lawrence's murder investigation.
"As a professional police officer and then to see the reaction of Mr and Mrs Lawrence who were clearly distraught by what it had heard having lost their son so many years ago, at any level, human or professional, it is pretty awful to hear that list of terrible events," he said.
The head of the IPCC has apologised to the Lawrence family for the police watchdog's part in prolonging the "family's search for the truth".
At the age of 19 former British tennis number one Elena Baltacha was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic liver condition which affects the immune system.
Elena managed the condition throughout her career with medication and regular blood tests. She went on to win 11 singles titles.
She has been a patron of the Children's Liver Disease Foundation since 2010.
A spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin has said calls for Russia to start talks with Ukraine under western mediation "make us smile".
Earlier, Barack Obama urged Mr Putin to accept the terms of a potential diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis.
Russian president Vladimir Putin's spokesman has said there will be no new Cold War with the West despite "deep disagreement" over Ukraine, adding that common ground can be found.
"There still remains hope...that some points of agreement can be found as a result of dialogue - which our partners, thank God, have not yet rejected," state-run RIA quoted spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
"I believe that it (a new Cold War) has not started and I would like to believe it will not start," he added.
Russia's foreign ministry said they would not "accept the language of sanctions and threats" from the European Union, after leaders agreed to freeze talks on visa-free travel.