Detectives probing an alleged historic Westminster paedophile ring are also investigating the murders of three young boys and are appealing for witnesses to come forward, police say.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been fined £25,000, suspended for a match and ordered to attend an "education programme" by the FA as punishment for an Instagram post that provoked claims of racism and anti-semitism.
Balotelli admitted breaching FA rules after apologising for re-posting an image from the computer game 'Super Mario' on his Instagram page which included the comment "jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew".
The Football Association confirmed the punishment, announcing:
The massive cyber attack on Sony Entertainment is being treated as a "serious national security matter", the White House has confirmed.
US officials also said that the National Security Council is now considering a "proportionate response" to the hack.
Vladimir Putin was in defiant mood today when he faced his annual news conference, taking questions for over three hours from Russian and international journalists.
Among the Russian president's most eye-catching statements, he claimed Western countries wanted to "keep the bear on a chain" - a reference to a popular symbol of his country.
On the Russian economy recovering
On a US-Saudi plot to lower the oil price
On relations with the West
On his role in the current crisis
On Iran's nuclear programme
On his love life
The United States is considering its possible options in response to a major cyber attack on Sony Pictures that has be blamed on North Korea, Reuters has reported.
US experts say options for the Obama administration could include cyber retaliation and financial sanctions but the effect of any response could be limited given North Korea's isolation.
Three men have admitted to a pitch invasion stunt which forced a match to be temporarily halted.
Nathaniel Thompson, 23, Helder Gomes, 22, and Daniel Jarvis, 26, were arrested after bizarre scenes during Tottenham Hotspur's Uefa Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade on November 27.
The match had to be suspended shortly before half-time after the men ran on to the pitch at the north London club, one after the other.
Gomes and Thompson were detained by stewards and Jarvis was tackled on the White Hart Lane pitch by a player.
All three men pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court to a charge of going on to a playing field without a lawful excuse or authority.
Although they were all wearing BassBuds T-shirts, the court heard that the stunt was not sanctioned by the headphone manufacturer.
The men must pay £155 each and will be subject to football banning orders for three years, meaning they will not be able to attend games in England or Wales until 2018.
Russia's government will provide 1 trillion roubles (£10.3 billion) in support to "systematically important" banks in the latest attempt to prop up the country's flagging economy.
Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters: "First of all, we will support systemically important banks, so that economic transactions will be provided for. They are the main holders of deposits, the main transactions are carried out in those (banks)."
He added that Russia' central bank would determine which banks were "systematically important".
One of Britain's most wanted fugitives has been arrested while trying to sneak back into the UK in a light aircraft from the Netherlands.
Suspected drug smuggler Paul John Scott, 32, was picked up by police after flying into East Winch Airfield in Norfolk in a Cessna 170.
The pilot, who was also arrested, had raised suspicions by flying into the same airfield in a different aircraft earlier this month.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said Scott is a suspected member of a drug-smuggling gang from Merseyside that plotted to smuggle up to 40 tonnes of drugs into the UK.
The NCA said he was wanted by the Guardia Civil in Spain in connection with the murder of a British man, Francis Brennan, in Alicante.
He appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with conspiracy to import cocaine, and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on 2 January.
The pilot, who was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering, was bailed pending further enquiries.