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Cheryl's husband wins payout over 'upsetting' marriage story

X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and her husband Jean Bernard Credit: PA

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's husband has accepted a payout from Bauer Media over an "upsetting" Heat magazine article that speculated about their "secret" wedding.

Businessman Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who married the 31-year-old singer and X Factor judge - better known as Cheryl Cole - in July, brought proceedings for invasion of privacy and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 against the publisher at London's High Court.

The four-page article claimed that Mr Fernandez-Versini's wife had paid for her wedding ring and that her mother was to live with the couple, his solicitor, Callum Galbraith said.

The upset and distress caused by the article was compounded by the fact that Mr Fernandez-Versini, 33, had sought to avoid the media's glare, Mr Galbraith, told Mr Justice Dingemans.

The article, published in August, also contained inaccuracies which the magazine did not put to him in advance of publication, the solicitor said.

He added that the publishers now accepted that the article amounted to an unjustified intrusion into Mr Fernandez-Versini's private and family life.

Baur Media has apologised and agreed to pay him damages and contribute to his legal costs.

Neither Mr Fernandez-Versini nor his wife were at the hearing.

Andy Burnham hits out at 'worst A&E week in years'

Figures showing the "worst week in A&E in many years" proves the Government is out of touch with the "seriousness of the situation" in the NHS, Andy Burnham has claimed.

Andy Burnham, Labour's shadow health secretary. Credit: PA Wire

"These figures show he [David Cameron] is completely out of touch and does not have a grip on the seriousness of the situation now unfolding in the NHS," the shadow health secretary said.

“This was the worst week in A&E in many years. All over England, emergency services are stretched to the limit. Seriously ill people are waiting hours for ambulances to arrive or on trolleys in hospital corridors. This is before the winter has begun in earnest."

"It is now a serious situation and the Government’s complacency is becoming dangerous.

"It proves they can’t be trusted with the NHS."


Blatter: World Cups will not be revoked

Sepp Blatter will have the report published. Credit: PA

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be hosted by Russia and Qatar, as intended

Blatter said "external legal experts" supported the view that "there are no legal grounds" to revoke the controversial vote in 2010 to award the World Cups to the respective nations.

Nearly half of Brits think NHS 'is getting worse'

Nearly half of all Britons believe the NHS is getting worse, a ComRes/ITV News Index poll suggests.

Hospitals in England have admitted more people this week than in any previous week on record. Credit: PA Wire

Some 45% say the quality of care in the health service is getting worse, with around 46% also claiming the ease of access of local services such as GPs and A&Es is deteriorating.

One in four of the 2,069 British adults interviewed said they have experienced unacceptably poor standards of care in the NHS.

Around 65% said they did not think the NHS gets the support it needs from the Government.

Fifa president Blatter: The truth will be shown

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he is pleased that Michael Garcia's report into the World Cup bidding process will be published.

Blatter hopes the publication will help boost public confidence in the organisation after the summary of the report was heavily criticised.

Sepp Blatter seems quite happy with the outcome. Credit: PA

"I am pleased they have agreed. It has been a long process to arrive at this point and I understand the views of those who have been critical," Blatter said in a statement.

"We have always been determined that the truth should be known.

"It is clear that while a summary of the report was issued, the publication of this report has become a barrier to rebuilding public confidence and trust in FIFA.

"Now it is important that the work of the Ethics Committee continues and that any instances of wrongdoing are fully investigated and their perpetrators pursued and sanctioned."


More A&E patients failing to be seen within four hours

The number of patients being seen within four hours in A&E departments is down significantly on the same period four years ago, NHS figures show.

Health officials have warned that A&E services are under increasing pressure. Credit: PA Wire

Fewer than 90% of patients were seen within four hours or less in A&E departments in the seven days up to 14 December.

In a comparable week in December 2010, 94.4% of patients were seen within four hours or less.

The percentage is down also from 92.1% in the same week last year.

The figures come as an ComRes/ITV News poll finds that 81% of British adults believed it was unacceptable to wait longer than four hours to be seen in A&E.

Some 28% of Britons blame the Government for missing A&E waiting times targets, with 71% believing the department is underfunded.

Kurdish troops battle to open key corridor in Sinjar Mt

The Kurdish forces are beginning to open up a corridor on the mountain, they said. Credit: RTV

US backed Kurdish forces have succeeded in breaking a months-long siege by the Islamic State on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, potentially opening a key corridor into the northern Syrian base of the terror group.

Peshmerga forces approaching the Sinjar mountain. Credit: RTV

It is the biggest military victory against the extremist group since it overrun large parts of northern Iraq in July.

The Pershmerga forces engaged in battles supported by US airstrikes. Credit: RTV

Ex-Cameron aide denies indecent images charges

Patrick Rock had worked with the Prime Minister for 20 years. Credit: PA

Patrick Rock, a former aide to Prime Minister David Cameron, has pleaded not guilty to child indecency charges.

Rock, who once drew up government policy on internet porn filters, denied six counts of making indecent photographs of children and one of possessing indecent images.

The offences are said to have been committed between July and August last year and relate to more than 60 images of girls aged between 10 and 14.

The 63-year-old, who had worked alongside Cameron for 20 years, will next appear at Southwark Crown Court on February 27.

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