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Hackers 'praise Sony for cancelling The Interview showings'

The hackers of Sony's computer system have sent a message to the company praising it for cancelling showings of movie The Interview, CNN has reported.

Sony pulled the a film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this week after hackers apparently threatened to launch terrorist attacks on cinemas that showed the film.

Sony faced criticism from leading figures in the film industry for cancelling showings of the controversial new release. Credit: Reuters

The CNN report came as a US official said an investigation had determined North Korea was behind the hacking operation, with potential help from within China.

The probe into the hacking found there may be a Chinese link either through collaboration with Chinese actors or by using Chinese servers to mask the origination of the hack, the anonymous official said.

Ex-Liverpool boss Dalglish describes Hillsborough 'mayhem'

Kenny Dalglish wore a '96' badge to the inquest. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has finished giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquiry.

Dalglish, 63, was questioned for two hours at Warrington Coroners Court about the tragedy that saw 96 Liverpool fans died.

The Scot described the situation at the ground as 'mayhem' during the questioning.

"It was mayhem. Nobody knew what was going on. There were stories coming from every angle," Daglish told the jury.


Taliban 'vow to attack more schools and civilians'

The Taliban ringleader of the Peshawar school massacre has vowed to hit more children and civilian targets in a newly-released video, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Khalifa Omar Mansoor said the group would strike in revenge for Pakistani military operations in the country's Northern Waziristan province, on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

This is something we cannot accept anymore, and if you continue to target our women and children, then your children will not be safe anymore. We announce that we will not discriminate in our attacks any longer, and will be as unconcerned as you are. I want to tell the Pakistan government, and the directors, teachers and students of the army’s affiliated institutions, that you are the ones strengthening this un-Islamic democratic system.

– Khalifa Omar Mansoor

A&E doctor's concern over capacity to cope this winter

An A&E doctor has told ITV News that he believes the service does not have any spare capacity to cope with increased pressures this winter.

Dr Duncan Carmichael speaking to ITV News. Credit: ITV News

"Things are often very challenging this time of year," Dr Duncan Carmichael, A&E consultant at Whittingdon Hospital, said.

"We're seeing fairly similar pressures to previous winters, but I think each year it feels as though we are underneath even more pressure and as if there isn't any spare capacity."


Duggan family lose Court of Appeal bid over shooting

Court of Appeal judges have rejected a challenge by the family of Mark Duggan over police procedures following fatal shootings by armed officers.

Mark Duggan was shot by police in 2011. His death sparked rioting across the capital and several other cities. Credit: PA Wire.

Read: Duggan family react furiously to lawful killing verdict

The Duggan family lawyers argued the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) was operating a policey of allowing police officers to confer - which was inconsistent with the stance of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The lawyers argued the IPCC had decided that key officers involved in a death should normally be separated from one another and not allowed to confer.

But three judges rejected the challenge and dismissed the family's claim for a declaration that the current Acpo policy is unlawful and contrary not only to IPCC thinking but also to Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The judges also rejected a challenge brought by the family of Ryszard Delezuch, who died after being detained by Leicester Police.

Duggan was killed after armed officers forced a taxi he was travelling in to stop, based on intelligence that he had collected a gun.

The inquest jury found in January this year that unarmed Duggan was lawfully killed by a police marksman.

Blatter: The Fifa crisis stops today

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he will turn round the organisation following a period of 'crisis'.

Blatter, who intends to stand for the presidency for a fifth time, was speaking after it was announced Michael Garcia's report into the World Cup bidding process would be published.

Sepp Blatter wants to end the crisis. Credit: PA

Blatter told journalists: "It's not the first time we have been in a critical situation. We will fight. But we need your help, you are making public opinion.

"We have been in a crisis, but today the crisis stopped. I will bring back FIFA. But not alone. I need my Exco & the FIFA family."

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.

Bauer 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.

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