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'Superman' arrested after aiming punch at police officer

Police have arrested a Superman lookalike for throwing a punch at an officer - and not a very good one at that.

In the early hours, police in Durham announced they had arrested a 29-year-old man dressed in a cape in the city centre.

Writing on the Durham City Police Facebook page, an officer said: "Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

"No, it's Superman in handcuffs with his hands behind his back being loaded into a police van!

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Ambulance target times for some patients 'could double'

Ambulance times for some patients could go up significantly. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The target times for ambulances to reach some patients could double from eight to 19 minutes, according to reports.

A leaked NHS document suggests the change for patients in the 'Red 2' category, meaning their condition is "serious but not the most life-threatening".

The Mail on Sunday reports that the proposals have been agreed by NHS England bosses "in principle", but that changes would only happen after May's general election.


Shooting suspect posted about attacking 'pigs'

The man suspected of shooting dead two New York police officers yesterday posted a message on his Instagram account before the incident warning of his plans.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley posted: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," using the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown.

New York police chief Bill Bratton said that Brinsley shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend earlier in the city Baltimore and made posts from her Instagram account.

The shooting happened hours after his "pigs" post, around the time that Mr Bratton said New York police were receiving a warning fax from the authorities in Baltimore.

Semi-automatic pistol recovered on New York subway

A silver Semi-automatic pistol has been recovered on a New York subway, the New York Police department said.

Semi-automatic pistol recovered on New York. Credit: NYPD

It's sometime difficult to find the words to speak to events like those that occurred today, to try and make sense of them. But, we'll try.

While sitting in a marked NYPD police car, in full uniform, both were ambushed and murdered in front of 98 Tompkins Avenue in the Bedford Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York City.

– Police Commissioner William J. Bratton

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton wrote in a blog that two of New York's finest were shot and killed "with no warning, no provocation".

Obama briefed on shootings of two New York police

A White House official has said that Barack Obama was briefed on the fatal shootings of two New York police officers.

Obama has been briefed on the shootings of two New York police officers. Credit: PA

The US President was informed of the shootings while playing golf in Kailua, Hawaii, where he is vacationing for two weeks with his family.

White House staff are continuing to monitor the situation, the official said.

Barack Obama condemns shooting of NYPD officers

Police officers line the route as vehicles containing the bodies of the two New York Police officers who were shot dead drive by in the Brooklyn borough of New York drive by. Credit: Reuters/Stephanie Keith

President Barack Obama has said that he unconditionally condemned the murder of twopolice officers in New York City on Saturday, adding in a statement that police officers "deserve our respect and gratitude every single day."


Photos released of two officers murdered in New York

NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos, Left, and Wenjian Liu, Right, who were shot by a gunman earlier today. Credit: Reuters/NYPD

The NYPD has released photographs of the two police officers who were "assassinated" by a gunman as they sat in a patrol car.

Officers Wenjian Liu,32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley who then fled into a nearby underground station before killing himself.

Australia: Mother charged with children's murder

An Australian woman has been charged with murder over the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home.

Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at a Queensland hospital where she is recovering from stab wounds.

The children four girls and four boys, were aged between two and 14

Memorial service held in US for Lockerbie victims

Credit: PA Wire

The 270 people who lost their lives in the Lockerbie bombing exactly 26 years ago will be remembered at a memorial service in the United States today.

Scottish law officers will be among those attending the service at the Arlington cemetery in Washington to mark the anniversary of the 1988 atrocity.

Leading the delegation will be Scotland's top prosecutor, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland.

He has reaffirmed his belief in the guilt of the only man convicted of the bombing, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, and vowed to track down his accomplices.

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