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Methodist Church apologises for historic abuse

Hinde Street Methodist Church in central London Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Methodist Church in Britain has apologised for failing to protect children and adults following nearly 2,000 reports of physical and sexual abuse within the institution dating back to the 1950s.

In a 100-page report published today, the church said it wanted to be open about the past, and to have stronger safeguarding procedures in the future.

Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, general secretary of the Methodist Conference said: "On behalf of the Methodist Church in Britain I want to express an unreserved apology for the failure of its current and earlier processes fully to protect children, young people and adults from physical and sexual abuse inflicted by some ministers in Full Connexion and members of the Methodist Church."

David Miliband's new warning for Labour Party

David Miliband has previously ruled himself out of the leadership race Credit: PA

David Miliband has warned the Labour Party has been sent "back to the classroom for the second time in five years" after their crushing defeat in the general election.

The former foreign secretary, currently president of the International Rescue Committee, also made comments that will fuel speculation about a return to British politics, boasting about his role in winning previous elections with Labour.

He said: "I was in the back room in the early 1990s when Labour in the UK figured out how to win elections rather than lose them."

In a lecture at the Harvard Kennedy School, Miliband blasted of David Cameron's foreign policy, saying that Britain is now politically "in retreat".


Ban on mankinis cuts Newquay's crime rate

Sacha Baron Cohen wears a mankini in his film Borat Credit: Ian West / PA Archive

Newquay's decision to ban mankinis - the skimpy swimwear popularised by the comedy character Borat - has significantly reduced antisocial behaviour in the town.

Police in the Cornish seaside resort have taken a "robust" attitude to curbing excess drinking and public disorder.

"Five or six years ago and more, Newquay was a little bit of a Wild West town. It had a bad reputation nationally," said Inspector Dave Meredith, of the town's former reputation as a haven for stag and hen parties.

"I remember back in the 2000s you couldn't walk the streets on a Saturday without seeing someone wearing a mankini or what have you," said one jubilant resident. "I think we have turned the corner here."

Weather: A cool and blustery day in the North

It will be a cool and blustery day across the northern half of the UK, with a mixture of sunshine and showers. Some of the showers will be heavy at times, with hail and thunder, and may also be wintry over the tops of the Scottish mountains. Elsewhere will be breezy with sunny spells, though it should stay mostly dry. Highs reaching 19 Celsius (66F).

22 exposed to anthrax at US base in South Korea

A file image of anthrax spores under an electron microscope Credit: Reuters

22 people have been given emergency medical treatment at a US Air Force base in South Korea after they were exposed to a possible live sample of the deadly biotoxin anthrax.

The anthrax was destroyed on Wednesday when a sample initially expected to be inactive and destined for a training exercise was reveal to be potentially active - after it was sent by accident from a lab in Utah.

None of the people who came into contact with the sample showed signs of exposure, authorities said in a statement, but they were given "appropriate medical precautionary measures to include examinations, antibiotics and in some instances, vaccinations".


Nebraska is 19th US state to repeal death penalty

Nebraska became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty on Wednesday when lawmakers boldly voted 30-19 to override the governor's veto.

Conservative and Liberal politicians came together in an unlikely alliance after Republican governor Pete Ricketts attempted to veto a popular repeal bill.

Nebraska is the first Republican controlled state in the U.S. to abolish capital punishment since North Dakota did so in 1973.

The state had 10 inmates on death row, and hadn't executed anyone since 1997. It is the 19th state to abolish capital punishment.

US prosecutors allege 12 corrupt Fifa schemes

Some of the accused officials Credit: Reuters

The US Department of Justice has outlined 12 schemes it alleges the Fifa officials and executives arrested yesterday were involved with, dating as far back as 1993.

Payments and kickbacks are alleged to have been made during the organisation of various cup competitions, including the Copa Americas, the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Do Brazil in South America, the Concacaf Gold Cup and Champions League - decades' worth of World Cup Qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America.

Votes on the host of the 2010 World Cup are also called into question, as is the 2011 Fifa presidential election, and kit supplies for the Brazilian FA.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are alleged to have changed hands across the various schemes.

Chicago police blasted for 'hunting' pic of black man

Former officers Jerome Finnigan and Timothy McDermott Credit: Cook county court file

A shocking photo showing two white Chicago police officers striking a "hunting" pose with rifles as they stand over a black man lying on his stomach with deer antlers on his head has caused outrage in the States.

The photo, believed to have been taken between 1999 and 2003, depicts officers Timothy McDermott and Jerome Finnigan, was published by the Chicago Sun-Times after being released by a district judge.

The image, which was given to the Chicago PD in 2013, lead to the sacking of McDermott, who has reportedly appealed, and who had a request to have the photo kept secret dismissed.

The other officer, Jerome Finnigan, is currently serving 12 years in a Florida prison for his part in a gang of rogue cops who burgled houses in Chicago.

Banks face tough questions over alleged Fifa bribes

More than a dozen banks have been named in the US Department of Justice's investigation into more than $150m in bribes.

"Part of our investigation will look at the conduct of the financial institutions to see whether they were cognizant of the fact they were helping launder these bribe payments," Kelly T Currie, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said at a news conference.

"It's too early to say if there is any problematic behavior, but it will be part of our investigation," he said.

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