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Headmaster survives brutal Kenyan bus massacre

Non-Muslims onboard the bus were singled out and shot. Credit: Reuters

The primary school headteacher who was the only survivor of the Kenya bus massacre has said he was saved because his would-be killers became confused as he lay waiting to be murdered.

Non-Muslim Douglas Ochwodho, who was singled out to to be killed, said one gunman shot from the right and one from the left, each killing their victims lying in a line on the ground.

They grew closer and closer to Mr Ochwodho, who was in the middle, then the shooting stopped. Apparently each gunman thought the other shot Mr Ochwodho, who perfectly still until the 20 Islamic extremists left the scene.

Mr Ochwodho, the head of a private primary school in Mandera, said was travelling home for the Christmas holidays since school had closed. Seventeen of the dead were teachers, according to the police commander in Mandera County.

He said the passengers, who did not look Somali, were separated from the others. The non-Somali passengers were then asked to recite the Islamic creed declaring oneness with God. Those who could not were ordered to lie down and the massacre began.

Mr Ochwodho said when the killers reached him they were confused on whether either had shot him. After the gunmen left, he ran back to the road and flagged down a pick-up truck which took him back to Mandera.

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Gordon Brown to step down as an MP 'on a high'

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Former prime minister Gordon Brown and key 'Better Together' campaigner is to announce that he is standing down as an MP, according to reports.

Mr Brown, 63, will soon confirm that he will quit at the general election in May, after playing a key role in the Scottish independence referendum campaign, sources have said.

The Labour MP has focused on charity work and his role as United Nations special envoy for global education since his resignation as prime minister in 2010.

An ally told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "Gordon has confirmed to friends that he will stand down at the election in May.

"He wants to go out on a high after effectively salvaging the campaign to keep the UK together in September. He will focus on his charity work."

Mr Brown was first elected to Parliament in 1983 and was prime minister from 2007 to 2010 and chancellor from 1997 to 2007.

His last-minute intervention in the referendum debate was widely credited with helping the pro-union Better Together campaign to victory.

Occupy London vows to continue protest

Protestors from the Occupy group hold a demonstration outside the Supreme Court in London on 21 November.

Protesters who spent the night near Parliament Square remained outside the Supreme Court today, insisting that they planned to stay until Sunday evening.

Around 30 protesters from the Occupy London group slept on land outside the Supreme Court building, which overlooks Parliament Square, after the square itself was fenced off. Around 45 demonstrators were still in the area this afternoon, displaying banners and placards.

Canning Green, a grassy area near the court, has also been closed off by police.

The demonstration remained peaceful this afternoon, and the Metropolitan Police said there had been only one arrest.

There were bizarre scenes early this evening as police and Westminster council officials forcibly removed a sofa from the protesters.

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Pregnant woman and three others killed in Ohio shooting

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A pregnant woman and her unborn child, together with three other people have been killed by a gunman in a shooting in the US city of Cleveland.

NBC News report that the tragic incident occurred on Friday night after a 41-year-old woman — accompanied by her 9-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son — drove up to a house on the city's east side. The woman sent the little girl inside the house to fetch clothing where she apparently interrupted the gunman.

Police said the girl discovered "one or some" of the shooting victims — a 60-year-old man, a 19-year-old man, and a 17-year-old girl. "At that time, a male armed with a handgun ran toward the 9-year-old and fired a shot, grazing the girl in the chest," police said in a statement Saturday.

The unidentified gunman, whom the girl described as wearing a mask, then rushed outside, where he shot and killed the girl's mother. The toddler, who was in the back seat of the car, was not injured.

"Only an animal would do something like this to another human being," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Sir Robin takes third place in transatlantic race

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Veteran British sailing legend and grandfather-of-five sir Robin Knox-Johnson has claimed third place in his class in a solo transatlantic race at the age of 75 - 45 years after he became the first man to non-stop circumnavigate the globe alone.

Sir Robin, who founded the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, returned to his solo ocean-racing roots by entering his Open 60 yacht Grey Power into the Route du Rhum competition which started on November 2nd in St Malo, France.

Sir Robin came third in the Rhum class as he crossed the finish line at Pointe a Pitre at 4.52pm local time/8.52pm GMT after 20 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds at sea. Credit: Breschi/Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

The pensioner, who was the oldest participant, last competed in the 3,542-mile race from St Malo, France, to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean in 1982 in his 70ft catamaran Olympus.

And this is his first solo race since his Velux 5 Oceans circumnavigation in 2006-7, which he also sailed in Grey Power.

Sir Robin came third in the Rhum class as he crossed the finish line at Pointe a Pitre at 4.52pm local time/8.52pm GMT after 20 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds at sea. He managed to hold off rival Wilfrid Clerton, who was 20 miles behind.

Police to be given new powers to seize Internet data

Police are to get powers to force internet firms to hand over details that could help identify suspected terrorists and paedophiles.

Police are set to get powers to force internet firms to hand over details. Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill will oblige internet service providers (ISPs) to retain information linking Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to individual users.

Home Secretary Theresa May said the measure would boost national security.

She said: "The Bill provides the opportunity to resolve the very real problems that exist around IP resolution and is a step in the right direction towards bridging the overall communications data capability gap.

"It is a matter of national security and we must keep on making the case for the Communications Data Bill until we get the changes we need."

However, the Lib Dems insisted that legislation - branded the "Snooper's Charter" - was "dead and buried".

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