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'Assassinated' New York police officers named

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The two New York police officers who were shot and killed in their patrol car have been named as Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos by the NYPD commissioner.

"They were quite simply assassinated," William Bratton told reporters at a press conference.

The suspect, who fled to a nearby underground station before shooting himself, has been identified as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

Brinsley also shot and seriously wounded his girlfriend in the city of Baltimore earlier in the day before coming to New York, the commissioner said.

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Theresa May: I'll kick out foreign graduates

Foreign students could face being sent back to their home countries after their courses finish under hardline plans reportedly being considered by Home Secretary Theresa May.

The move would mean non-European Union students would have to return home in order to apply for a work visa if they wanted to continue to live in the UK after they graduated.

The Sunday Times reported that Mrs May wants a future Conservative government to "move towards zero net student migration" by sending home those who come to Britain on student visas.

New York police killings: Gunman may have been seeking 'retribution'

The man who shot and killed two New York police officers as they sat in their patrol car may have been seeking retribution against law enforcement, it has been reported.

According to NBC News, the man posted several threatening messages on the social media network Instagram.

The police deaths in Brooklyn followed weeks of protests in New York and other parts of the United States after separate cases in which grand juries declined to charge two white police officers involved in the deaths of two unarmed black men.

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Two New York police officers shot while on patrol

The scene of the double shooting in New York. Credit: NBC

One police officer has been shot dead and another critically wounded in an attack in New York City.

The attacker then fled into a subway where he committed suicide by shooting himself, a police spokesman said.

The shooting took place in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, where streets are now blocked off.

Perfect scores see Caroline Flack claim Strictly crown

TV presenter Caroline Flack and her partner Pasha Kovalev have delivered a set of unbeatable performances to win BBC's Strictly Come Dancing 2014.

Flack and Kovalev secured three perfect 40 scores for dances which included the cha cha cha and Charleston.

Pasha Kovalev and Caroline Flack were hailed as "absolutely phenomenal" by the Strictly judges on their way to the 2014 title. Credit: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

The former Xtra Factor host jumped for joy upon lifting the glitterball trophy and said winning was the "best feeling in the whole world".

"This has been the best experience of my whole life," she added.

Nigel Farage's personal rating falls sharply in new poll

Nigel Farage's personal approval rating has slipped markedly in a new poll that puts the Ukip leader's popularity below David Cameron.

His net approval rating - the percentage of voters who approve of his performance minus those who disapprove - fell to -17%, eight points lower than a fortnight ago.

The Prime Minister was on -11%, with Ed Miliband on -28% and Nick Clegg on -48%.

Nigel Farage's popularity has waned over the past fortnight. Credit: Empics Entertainment/EMPICS Entertainment

Since the last Opinium poll Mr Farage has faced criticism for comments about breastfeeding in which he suggested that mothers could "sit in the corner" in restaurants while feeding babies to avoid offending people.

The party has also been hit by the resignation of would-be MP Kerry Smith over a leaked recording of him making derogatory comments.

The Opinium poll for the Observer also had bad news for the Liberal Democrats, who slipped to just 6% support, compared to 16% for Ukip.

The survey put Labour on 36% support, seven points ahead of the Conservatives.

Second man arrested on suspicion of off-duty PC's murder

A second man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering off-duty police constable Neil Doyle in Liverpool city centre, Merseyside Police has said.

A 30-year-old man from Huyton has been arrested and taken to a police station to be interviewed by detectives.

A 28-year-old man, also from Huyton, who was arrested last night after handing himself into police is still being questioned.

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