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Hospitals to recruit patients for genome sequencing

Eleven NHS hospitals across England have been selected to begin recruiting 75,000 patients to have their genetic codes sequenced.

As part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, the 'Genomic Medicine Centres' (GMCs) will focus on patients with a rare disease and their relatives, and patients with cancer. The hospitals are:

  • East of England NHS GMC
  • South London NHS GMC
  • North West Coast NHS GMC
  • Greater Manchester NHS GMC
  • University College London Partners NHS GMC
  • North East and North Cumbria NHS GMC (will recruit patients with a rare disease only)
  • Oxford NHS GMC
  • South West Peninsula NHS GMC
  • Wessex NHS GMC
  • Imperial College Health Partners NHS GMC
  • West Midlands NHS GMC

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Airport strike cancelled after new pay offer

Airport ground handling workers will not go on strike tomorrow as planned.

The strike was called off by Unite union after a new pay offer was made.

A plane takes off from Heathrow. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Union members working for dnata at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester had been due to walk out tomorrow, but will be balloted on revised proposals.

Unite is pleased to confirm that strike action has been suspended following a revised offer which better reflects the contribution our members make to the company.

All of this could have been avoided if the company hadn't refused requests to negotiate and go to Acas a number of weeks ago. We will now be putting the details of the revised pay offer to our members over the coming weeks.

– Kevin Hall, Unite

Deputy PM says Sheffield shooting is a "tragedy"

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, said the shooting death of a 22-year-old man in the city centre, was a "tragedy" and urged anyone with information to talk to the police.

In a message on Twitter, Mr Clegg said he was "shocked to hear what happened."

Report: Yankees charity to support family of dead cop

A charity with links to the New York Yankees baseball team will support the family of one of the police officers who was shot dead at the weekend, according to a local media report.

The report says the foundation will pay for the education of the two sons of Rafael Ramos.

The Yankee Silver Shield Foundation was set up because Yankees owner George Steinbrenner wanted to do something to help the family of another police officer who was killed in the line of duty 32 years ago.

It continues to support the families of New York City police officers, firemen and Port Authority employees.

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Spanish Princess to appear in court for tax fraud

Princess Cristina of Spain and her husband Inaki Urdangarin are accused of fraud. Credit: Gonzalo/Cooper Photographers/EMPICS Entertainment

Cristina de Borbon, sister of Spain's King Felipe, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of tax fraud.

The charges were brought as part of an investigation into the business dealings of Cristina's husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who is accused of embezzling millions in public funds through his non-profit Noos Foundation.

It will be the first time a member of the Spanish royal family has sat in the dock. Princess Cristina and her husband have both denied wrongdoing.

Man dies after police shoot him with a Taser

A man has died after he was shot with a Taser by police responding to reports of a house burglary.

A police officer holds a Taser X26 in one hand fitted with blue training cartriges. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

Staffordshire Police said officers discharged the weapon after being called to an address in Audley Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, just after 1am.

A force spokesman said the occupants were not at home at the time, but police arrive to find a man inside.

He said: "During the incident, a Taser was discharged by officers and the man was taken to a police vehicle."

The man then became "unresponsive" and, despite treatment by paramedics, he died.

Conservatives defend street light 'switch off' claims

The Conservative party has defended its record on street lighting after a Labour survey showed that three-quarters of English councils are switching off or dimming some street lights at night.

This is complete hypocrisy from the Labour Party, given when in government, the likes of Ed Miliband and Hilary Benn bullied and cajoled councils into cutting street lights as part of their climate change zealotry in Whitehall.

This Government values the role of street lighting - but it should be a local decision, street by street, on what local residents actually want in their neighbourhood.

– Brandon Lewis, Communities minister

Court revokes bail for wife of Sydney hostage-taker

Amirah Droudis was on bail charged in connection with the murder of her husband's former wife. Credit: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

A court in Australia has ordered bail revoked for the wife of Man Haron Monis, a self-styled Sheikh who stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint last week, sparking a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people dead, including the gunman.

Amirah Droudis, on bail after being charged with the stabbing death of Monis' former wife who was found set alight in a Sydney apartment block, was ordered by a Sydney court to return to jail to await trial.

Monis, who had been charged as an accessory to the murder, had also been free on bail.

Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson cited Droudis' prior convictions, the particularly heinous nature of the alleged offence and the slight possibility she might skip bail as factors in deciding to remand her in custody until trial.

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