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Sheffield United retracts training offer to Ched Evans

Sheffield United has retracted its offer to let convicted rapist Ched Evans train at the club.

The football club said the reaction to its initial decision to allow Evans to train there "has been at an intensity that could not have been anticipated when first announced."

Sheffield United has retracted its offer to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to train at its facilities. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

"Sheffield United will not be used to promote the view that professional footballers should be treated differently, as has been the want of certain sections of the media and various commentators," the club said in a statement.

"During this whole period, we have been served a timely reminder of what we have been throughout our history: Sheffield United is a family and community club that, even in times of adversity, will remain strong and grow from its experiences."

Judge allows surgeons to operate on boy who won't eat

A judge has given specialists the go-ahead to carry out exploratory surgery on a teenager who refuses to eat or drink and has lost a "worrying" amount of weight.

Mrs Justice Pauffley ruled that the 16-year-old boy, who has learning difficulties, did not have the mental capacity to make decisions about his medical treatment.

She gave surgeons, who fear he could die, permission to investigate in the ruling at the Court of Protection in London.

The judge said the boy and the hospital where he was being cared for could not be identified.

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Osborne: EU bank challenge 'unlikely to succeed'

Chancellor George Osborne said the legal challenge was withdrawn because it was 'unlikely to succeed'. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Britain said it was withdrawing its legal challenge to a European Union limit on bankers' bonuses because it was "unlikely to succeed".

In a statement Chancellor George Osborne said: "I'm not going to spend taxpayers' money on a legal challenge now unlikely to succeed.

"These rules may be legal but they are entirely self-defeating, so we need to find another way to end rewards for failure in our banks."

  1. Chris Ship

Brits can come home but will be subject to checks

Fighting in Syria started in 2011. Credit: Reuters

Britons fighting in Syria can come home, but the Home Office reserves the right to prove they are telling the truth about being involved in acts of terrorism.

They could be subject to monitoring and a full investigation, including M16 and M16 probes.

One of the most controversial measures announced by David Cameron last week was to take their passports away temporarily and put them on a 'no-fly list.'

But that has not even been discussed in parliament yet and will be subject to legislation.

US to increase non-lethal military help to Ukraine

America will increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine but will not provide weapons. Credit: Jan A. Nicolas/DPA/Press Association Images

The United States plans to increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries of the first Humvee vehicles, having decided for now not to provide weapons, U.S. officials said.

The increase in non-lethal aid to Ukraine, which is dealing with a Russian-backed separatist movement in the east of the country, is expected to be announced on Thursday during a visit to Kiev by Vice President Joe Biden.

The aid falls short of what Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko requested during a visit to Washington in September when he appealed for lethal aid.

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  1. Rohit Kachroo

'Significant number' of Brits in Syria want to come home

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A "significant number" of the 500 Britons who went to fight in Syria now want to return home.

These include some who have witnesses the atrocities of Islamic State firsthand.

Should they be allowed to return home? It is a question not just affecting the UK, but many Western countries.

Denmark has been positively welcoming in the return of jihadists, believing firmly in the process of rehabilitation.

But the Danish example has proved that sifting between the dangerous and the disillusioned can be a complex and expensive process.

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