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Boy shot by US police named as 12-year-old Tamir Rice

Tamir Rice was holding a toy gun when he was shot in Ohio. Credit: Facebook

A 12-year-old boy shot dead by police in America has been named as Tamir Rice.

Officers in Cleveland, Ohio, opened fire on the youngster in a children's playground after reports he had a gun.

The 911 caller is said to have told police they did not believe the weapon was real. It later emerged it was a toy pellet gun.

Most pellet guns have bright orange tips so they are not confused with real guns but police said this had been removed.

Tamir was shot in the abdomen and underwent emergency surgery but died in hospital on Sunday.

The two officers involved in the incident have been placed on leave while an investigation is carried out.

The shooting is the second incident to shake the city over the weekend. On Friday police said four people, including a pregnant woman, was shot and killed.

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NHS staff take to picket lines across country

More than 400,000 NHS workers are expected to join picket lines across the country today after they were refused a 1% pay rise by the Government.

Members of 11 unions are striking in England and Northern Ireland. The action will be followed by work to rule for the rest of the week.

Unions accuse Government of lies as NHS staff strike

Dave Prentis Credit: PA Wire

Unions have accused the Government of lying over NHS pay as health workers across the country take to the picket lines.

The Government said it had put forward plans to guarantee all staff would get at least 1% this year and next, but they had been rejected by the unions.

Unison leader Dave Prentis said: "It's ludicrous that the Government is keeping up the pretence that all staff are getting a 1% pay rise, and it doesn't matter how often they say it; it's simply not true."

He said the 1% pay rise recommended by the independent NHS Pay Review Body for all NHS workers had been rejected by the Government.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "NHS staff are our greatest asset and we want to make the current pay system fairer - which is why we have put forward proposals that would guarantee all staff would get at least a 1% pay rise this year and next, but these have been rejected by the unions.

"We have taken tough decisions to increase the NHS budget, but we can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs."

Judge to decide if Dewani case should be thrown out

Shrien Dewani in court in South Africa. Credit: Reuters

A judge in South Africa is expected to decide later if the case against Shrien Dewani should be dismissed.

The care home owner, 34, has always denied plotting to kill his new wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town four years ago.

But prosecutors claim bisexual Dewani arranged the "hijack-gone-wrong", in which he would escape unharmed, to get out of his marriage.

The state alleges Dewani paid less than £1,000 to set up the hijacking in November 2010.

Dewani maintains the money was actually for a surprise helicopter trip which taxi driver Zola Tongo was helping to arrange.

Tongo was jailed for 18 years over his part in the attack. Another man Mziwamadoda Qwabe is serving 25 years.

Gunman Xolile Mngeni, who fired the fatal shot, was jailed for life but died of cancer in prison last month.

Judge Jeanette Traverso has already dismissed sections of the prosecution case, describing evidence on Dewani's sex life as irrelevant.

If she feels there is insufficient evidence to support the claims she could direct a not guilty verdict, which would see Dewani walk free.

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Dry conditions for most with highs of 9C

Most areas will have a dry day, and once overnight frost and fog lifts there'll be plenty of sunshine.

Most areas will be dry and sunny on Monday. Credit: Met Office

However, cloud will gradually thicken in the northwest bringing rain, some of which could be heavy, especially across western parts of Scotland.

A brisk wind will accompany the rain, but much lighter winds are expected across England and Wales.

Top temperature 9C (48F).

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