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Australia: Mother charged with children's murder

An Australian woman has been charged with murder over the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home.

Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at a Queensland hospital where she is recovering from stab wounds.

The children four girls and four boys, were aged between two and 14


Memorial service held in US for Lockerbie victims

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The 270 people who lost their lives in the Lockerbie bombing exactly 26 years ago will be remembered at a memorial service in the United States today.

Scottish law officers will be among those attending the service at the Arlington cemetery in Washington to mark the anniversary of the 1988 atrocity.

Leading the delegation will be Scotland's top prosecutor, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland.

He has reaffirmed his belief in the guilt of the only man convicted of the bombing, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, and vowed to track down his accomplices.

Archbishop seeks to 'bridge' gay marriage split

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is trying to bridge the split within the Anglican church over the issue of same-sex marriage.

Expanding on comments he made earlier this month, the Most Rev Justin Welby told BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs that he was determined to try to listen to both sides. And he admitted he has "moments" of frustration about the issue.

In human terms it looks impossible and many people say that we shouldn't be bothering to try.

The reality is that when I listen to people I know that I'm listening to people for whom not just the issue of sexuality but the whole way in which the Church lives and exists and reaches out to people, what it looks like to be a holy church, is something on which they feel passionately and are deeply, deeply, deeply disagreeing.

And if you love them you listen carefully, and in obedience to the work of the spirit of Christ, we have to seek to love one another.

– Justin Welby

White House planning international response to Sony hack

The Obama administration is consulting the UK, Australia and New Zealand, among other countries in hopes of organizing an international response to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures that it has pinned onNorth Korea, a White House official told Reuters.

The US is also consulting South Korea, Japan, China and Russia for help reining in North Korea.


'Assassinated' New York police officers named

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The two New York police officers who were shot and killed in their patrol car have been named as Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos by the NYPD commissioner.

"They were quite simply assassinated," William Bratton told reporters at a press conference.

The suspect, who fled to a nearby underground station before shooting himself, has been identified as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

Brinsley also shot and seriously wounded his girlfriend in the city of Baltimore earlier in the day before coming to New York, the commissioner said.

Theresa May: I'll kick out foreign graduates

Foreign students could face being sent back to their home countries after their courses finish under hardline plans reportedly being considered by Home Secretary Theresa May.

The move would mean non-European Union students would have to return home in order to apply for a work visa if they wanted to continue to live in the UK after they graduated.

The Sunday Times reported that Mrs May wants a future Conservative government to "move towards zero net student migration" by sending home those who come to Britain on student visas.

New York police killings: Gunman may have been seeking 'retribution'

The man who shot and killed two New York police officers as they sat in their patrol car may have been seeking retribution against law enforcement, it has been reported.

According to NBC News, the man posted several threatening messages on the social media network Instagram.

The police deaths in Brooklyn followed weeks of protests in New York and other parts of the United States after separate cases in which grand juries declined to charge two white police officers involved in the deaths of two unarmed black men.

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