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Peaches Geldof inquest to establish cause of death

A post-mortem examination into the death of Peaches Geldof proved inconclusive earlier this year, as a full inquest is due to begin today at Gravesend Old Town Hall in Kent.

Blood and tissue were sent for toxicology testing, which later revealed that heroin had been in her system.

The preliminary inquest in May, which lasted just ten minutes, heard that Peaches' last known contact before she died was a phone call with a friend at 7.45pm on April 6. Her father-in-law saw her at 5pm that day and said she "seemed her normal self".

Roger Hatch, the coroner for north-west Kent, adjourned the full inquest until the end of July so that husband Thomas Cohen and Peaches' father Bob Geldof were able to attend. However, their attendance has not been confirmed.

Investor confidence 'has been hurt' by terrorism

Investor confidence "has been hurt" by terrorist attacks carried out in emerging economies rich in natural resources, an expert has warned.

Jordan Perry, a principal political risk analyst at Maplecroft, said:

Libya, Kenya and Egypt are among a handful of countries to witness a significant increase in risk...and investor confidence in key sectors, including tourism and oil and gas, has been hurt.

When faced with rising security costs and decreasing safety for their personnel, companies can, and do, reconsider their country-level commitments.

– Jordan Perry


Terrorism increases 'in China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya'

China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya are most likely to experience significant increases in terrorist attacks, according to risk experts.

Maplecroft's Terrorism and Security Dashboard found:

  • Twelve countries are classed as "extreme risk"; Iraq topped the list, followed by Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Libya.
  • It also includes the growth economies of Nigeria, the Philippines, Colombia and Kenya.
  • Iraq, rated as the highest risk country, recorded more than three times as many acts of terrorism as Pakistan with 3,158 attacks resulting in 5,929 deaths - an increase of 2,188 on the previous year.
  • In Nigeria, the campaign of violence by Islamic militant group Boko Haram saw the country record the highest number of fatalities per attack, resulting in 3,477 killed - an average of 24 people killed per attack, compared to two deaths per attack in Iraq.

Full inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof due

A full inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof, who was found slumped dead on a bed at home after reportedly taking heroin, will take place today.

Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof Credit: PA

At the opening in May, the inquest heard that the 25-year-old's husband had found her in a spare room at the home they shared in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7, with one leg hanging down to the floor and the other tucked underneath her after she failed to answer the phone.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham told the hearing in Gravesend that recent heroin use "was likely to have played a role" in her death.

Pair in court accused of eating goldfish alive

Two men are due in court today accused of eating two goldfish alive.

Jack Blowers, 20, and Joseph Meikle, 20, both from Lowestoft, Suffolk, have been charged over the incident by the RSPCA.

They will appear at Lowestoft Magistrates' Court.

Both are accused of failing to protect the goldfish from suffering and injury by swallowing them live, then regurgitating them and failing to provide a suitable environment.

The offences are under the Animal Welfare Act.

'Two Israeli soldiers killed' in Gaza by 'sniper fire'

Two Israel soldiers have been killed in Gaza overnight, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, bringing the total number of Israeli deaths to 29. The newspaper claimed that one of the soldiers, named locally as Captain Dmitry Levitas, was killed by sniper fire.


Number killed by terrorism 'risen by nearly a third'

The number of civilians killed in a terrorist attack has risen by nearly a third in a year, British experts have found.

Read: Putin vows to annihilate 'terrorists' after bombings

People are least likely to survive a terrorist attack in Nigeria, Maplecroft found. Credit: PA

Risk analysis company Maplecroft found deaths across the globe from acts of terrorism rose 30% compared to the previous five-year average.

Maplecroft found in the 12 months before July 1 there were 18,668 fatalities compared to an average of 14,443 for the five years before that - a 29.3% increase.

According to a Maplecroft dashboard, Iraq has endured the highest number of attacks in the last year with 3,158 incidents, while terrorism in Nigeria is the world's deadliest, recording the highest number of deaths per attack, with an average of 24.

Read: Cameron warns north Africa is a 'magnet for jihadists'

Palestinian body backs Hamas truce demands in Gaza

The Palestinian decision-making body led by US-backed President Mahmoud Abbas endorsed demands by Hamas for halting Gaza hostilities with Israel, a closing of ranks that may help Egyptian-mediated truce efforts.

In a move that could effectively turn Abbas into the main interlocutor for a Gaza truce, his umbrella Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) formally supported core conditions set by the Hamas-led fighters.

The Gaza demands of stopping the aggression and lifting the blockade in all its forms are the demands of the entire Palestinian people and they represent the goal that the Palestinian leadership has dedicated all its power to achieve.

– Yasser Abed Rabbo, Palestine Liberation Organisation

Racism claims mar Manchester City youth game

Seko Fofana, Manchester City
Seko Fofana, Manchester City Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

A friendly match between Manchester City's elite development under-21 team and Croatian side HNK Rijeka has been cancelled after one of City's players was allegedly racially abused by an opposition player.

City officials decided to withdraw their players after 19-year-old French midfielder Seko Fofana was allegedly racially abused by an opponent a minute before half-time during the match in Novigrad, west Croatia. HNK Rijeka were leading 1-0 when play was abandoned.

MH17 black boxes to be sent to UK for forensic analysis

The black boxes of the Malaysian airliner that crashed in Ukraine will be sent to the UK for foreign analysis, Malaysia Airlines said in a statement:

The international investigation team, led by the Netherlands, has decided to pass the black boxes to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch for forensic analysis. It is normal procedure for black boxes to be sent for analysis to the nearest laboratory authorised by the International Civil Aviation Association.

The black boxes will therefore be flown to Farnborough, UK, accompanied by Malaysian experts and other members of the international investigation team.

– Malaysia Airlines
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