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The execution of the uncle of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un is further evidence of the "extreme brutality" of the country's regime, Downing Street has said.
Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman told reporters at a daily Westminster press briefing: "If this is confirmed, it is another example of the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime."
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, facing mass protests calling for his resignation, will hold talks today with former President Leonid Kravchuk, heads of parliamentary factions and church leaders.
A spokesman for Kravchuk said opposition leaders had been invited to the "round-table" meeting but that he did not know whether they would attend.
Thousands of protesters have rallied in Kiev's central square for three weeks over the government's U-turn on policy away from the European Union towards Russia. They are demanding Yanukovich step down.
Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko will attend round-table talks with President Victor Yanukovich today aimed at finding a compromise in a crisis which has brought hundreds of thousands of protesters out on to the street.
"We will be going," said a spokeswoman for Klitschko when asked if he would attend the talks.
The court has heard that Elisabetta Grillo did not want allegations of Nigella Lawson's drug use included in her original defence case statement because she had a "remnant of sympathy" for her former boss.
An extra statement, added in November, was read to the court by Grillo's barrister Anthony Metzer QC:
– defence case statement read to court
The defendant will assert that the prosecution witness Nigella Lawson habitually indulged in the use of Class A and Class B drugs in addition to the abuse of prescription drugs throughout the time that the defendant was employed in the household.
This evidence is of substantial importance as it explains why Ms Lawson initially consented, or appeared to consent, to the expenditure as the defendants were intimately connected to her private life and were aware of the drug use which she wanted to keep from her then-husband Charles Saatchi.
The Prime Minister believes that universities should not beallowed to segregate audiences by gender at the request of guest speakers,Downing Street has said.
Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini and a second man have been re-bailed until March after their arrests as part of the national investigation prompted by abuse claims against Jimmy Savile.
The men were due to answer police bail in January, but have now been told by officers from Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree, that they do not need to return until two months later.
They were both held in south London in October over alleged sexual offences that are not linked to disgraced DJ Savile.
Scotland Yard did not name the men, but said: "Two men arrested as part of Operation Yewtree have been bailed".
Four men have appeared in crown court charged in connection with a National Crime Agency inquiry into alleged football match-fixing.
Footballers Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22, and co-accused Chann Sankaran, 33, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, 43, both originally from Singapore, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today for a short 10-minute preliminary hearing.
The four will next appear back at the same court to enter their pleas on March 7, next year.
A provisional trial date has been set for May 19, 2014.
Batches of cold medicines for babies and toddlers which have been recalled after a manufacturing fault are:
- Tixylix Toddler Syrup 100ml PL 00030/0150
- Tixylix Toddler Syrup 150ml PL 00030/0150
- Tixylix Baby Syrup 100ml PL 00030/0150
- Tixylix Blackcurrant Flavour Syrup 100ml PL 00030/0150
- Tixylix Chesty Cough 100ml PL 00030/0082
Prosecutor Jane Carpenter asked Elisabetta Grillo: "Is it your evidence that Ms Lawson has lied to the court?"
She replied: "Yes."
"And Mr Saatchi?"
"And you're the one telling the truth?"
"And the other PAs, have they lied as well?"
Rises in food prices are leaving pensioners "worse off", Peter and Margaret Scott from Hull told Daybreak, after new research published today suggested that that 1.5 million over 65s in the UK are now living in food poverty.
In response to pension increases, Mr Scott said: "The government says you're better off, well you're not better off, you're worse off".