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Savile victims were 'routinely ignored' by police and others

Lawyers representing 169 of Jimmy Savile's alleged victims have said complaints against the late TV presenter were "routinely ignored" amid his "systematic reign of abuse".

They welcomed an apology from North Yorkshire Police over the force's handling of complaints against the late TV presenter - but urged the government to learn from the past.

The victims will take some comfort from the apology.

Savile's victims were routinely ignored when they reported the abuse and countless opportunities to investigate him were missed, not just by police but also in other organisations he was involved with.

Hopefully, we are learning the lessons of the past and no one will ever get away with the systematic reign of abuse Savile did.

– Jessica Standley, Slater & Gordon


Policeman killed, two injured in suicide bomb attack

A policeman has been killed and two others injured in a suicide bomb blast on the outskirts of Afghanistan captial Kabul.

Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said a patrol car was sent to a village near the airport after reports a bomber was trying to enter the city in a car laden with explosives.

But they were able to detonate the bombs before the officers could stop them.

Freed Cuban agents given heroes' welcomes as they land

Thee Cuban intelligence agents have been given heroes' welcomes as they landed back in their homeland after 16 years in prison in the US.

The men were given heroes' welcomes as they landed back in Cuba after 16 years Credit: Reuters

The men were released as part of a prisoner swap between the two countries, which heralded the start of a major policy shift to normalise relations after more than 50 years of hostility.

Gerardo Hernandez, aged 49, Antonio Guerrero, 56, and 51-year-old Ramon Labañino were greeted by Cuban President Raul Castro and throngs of family, friends and fans as they disembarked at Jose Marti International Airport.

Gerardo Hernandez greets his wife Adriana Perez O'Connor at the airport Credit: Reuters

The men - together with two others already released - are jointly referred to as the 'Cuban Five', and are celebrated as anti-terrorist heroes for their work spying on extremist Cuban exile groups in Florida.

Supermarket 'big four' slash prices at the pumps

The 'big four' supermarkets are all slashing fuel prices by up to 2p per litre from today.

Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons will all be reducing pries at the pumps by 1p per litre of diesel and 2p per litre of petrol.

Prices were around 16p a litre higher just three months ago Credit: PA

It means that customers at Asda will pay no more than 110.7p for petrol and 117.7p for diesel - down from 126.7p and 133.7p respectively less than three months ago.

It is the latest in a series of fuel price drops in recent weeks, as experts predict motorists could see costs dip below £1 a litre come the new year.

Read: Boost for drivers as petrol set to drop below £1 a litre

Life expectancy for UK men up by 6.6 years

Men in the UK can expect to live more than six years longer than they did in 1990, new research has revealed.

Life expectancy for British men jumped from 72.9 years to 79.1 years during that time, beating the global average increase of 5.8 years.

But UK women - while still living longer - saw a lower-than-average increase, from 78.4 to 82.8, well below the 6.6-year average increase.

Women in the UK are living an average of 4.4 years longer now than they were in 1990 Credit: PA

The report, by the Global Burden of Disease Study, found that improvements in diagnosing and treating diseases such as cancer and heart disease, alongside advances in care, were responsible for death rates dropping.

But researchers said the report also highlighted the need to concentrate on other areas such as drug disorders, liver cirrhosis, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease, all of which were "rising in importance."


Warning: 'America has lost its first cyber war'

A senior politician has hit back at Sony's decision to pull its comedy The Interview after hackers threatened those who went to see it.

Newt Gingrich, a former Republican House of Representatives speaker, warned that it set a dangerous precedent, adding: "America has lost its first cyber war."

Meanwhile, fans showed their support for the cancelled movie, about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Texas cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse said at least one of its theatres would be screeningTeam America: World Police, in which a US secret agent squad foil a terrorist plot by late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in a show of solidarity.

Mobile networks to invest £5bn to boost signal across UK

A £5 billion deal to improve mobile phone coverage in UK 'not-spots' has been struck between the government and all four mobile phone firms.

The binding agreement will force EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to boost signal in areas which currently have partial coverage from some, but not all, of the networks.

The deal means voice and text coverage will be guaranteed across 90 per cent of the UK by 2017 Credit: PA

The companies have agreed to collectively invest the £5bn to improve infrastructure by 2017, and to guarantee voice and text coverage from all operators in 90 per cent of areas across the UK.

Full coverage - including mobile internet access - will also increase from 69 per cent to 85 per cent in the same timeframe.

A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said no government cash would be spent on the deal, which will be enforced by Ofcom.

US 'weighing potential response' to Sony cyber attack

The US government is considering a range of options "in weighing a potential response" to the recent cyber attack on Sony's film division, the White House National Security Council has said.

A statement from the council said the FBI is now leading the investigation into the attacks, and is working to bring those behind it to justice.

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