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Malky Mackay messages were 'friendly text banter'

Malky Mackay has admitted sending text messages that were "disrespectful of other cultures", but said they were "part of friendly banter".

The Scot and Iain Moody are alleged to have shared racist, sexist and homophobic text messages in claims sent by the pair's former club Cardiff City to the FA.

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Malky Mackay has apologised but said the texts were part of 'friendly banter'. Credit: PA Wire

The League Managers' Association issued a statement on Mackay's behalf saying: ''If Malky has caused any offence by these two isolated matters he would wish to sincerely apologise.''

The statement admitted two messages Mackay sent were "disrespectful of other cultures''.

''These were...sent in private at a time Malky felt under great pressure and when he was letting off steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter," it added.


Fears Japan landslide death toll could rise

The death toll from landslides in Japan could rise significantly with 52 people still missing.

Japanese rescue workers search for survivors following the devastating landslide. Credit: Reuters

At least 39 people have been confirmed dead following the disaster on the outskirts of Hiroshima on Wednesday.

Rescue workers were forced to abandon search efforts overnight amid fears further landslides could occur due to the ongoing heavy rain.

Among those killed was a rescue worker who died as he attempted to carry a small child to safety.

IS wanted 'female scientist in exchange for Foley'

The Islamic State demanded the release of Dr Afia Sidiqqi who has links to al-Qaeda in exchange for James Foley, it has emerged.

An email from the Islamic State sent to the family of the murdered journalist, just a week before a video of his beheading was released, has been published by the Global Post.

Addressed as "a message to the American government and their sheep like citizens", the group claim it offered the United States chances to release Foley though "cash transactions" and the release of Dr Afia Sidiqqi.

Sidiqqi, who was trained as a neuroscientist in the United States, is currently serving an 86-year prison sentence in Texas for attempting to kill US soldiers while she was being questioned on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks against American citizens.

"You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted," the email said.

"We have also offered prisoner exchanges to free the Muslims currently in your detention like our sister Dr Afia Sidiqqi, however you proved very quickly to us that this is NOT what you are interested in."

Commuters facing disruption as Tube drivers strike

Thousands of commuters will face travel disruption today when Tube drivers strike over disputes with London Underground.

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Central Line passengers have been warned to expect 'severe disruption'. Credit: PA Wire

Members of Aslef on the Central Line will walk out for a 24 hours, with the Waterloo & City Line also set to be affected.

London Underground has warned that services will be "severely disrupted", with parts of or all of both lines suspended and trains running at a reduced frequency.

Passengers have been told to plan ahead of their journey.

Britain's estates can be helped by 'dedicated individuals'

The Policy Exchange's report into housing estates in Britain cites the work of "dedicated individuals" in tackling social problems.

The Halcon Estate in Taunton suffered decades of trouble, blighted by unemployment, severe drug problems, domestic violence and burglary.

Local police officer Andy Murphy, who grew up in the local area, is credited with transforming the estate.

  • He helped increase the reporting of crime by introducing a police base at a local supermarket
  • Established a children's centre providing parenting courses and increasing the number of youth activities
  • The Halcon estate has seen a 28% drop in crime since Murphy's reforms

The think tank uses this case study as an example of the effectiveness of small-scale and "locally-minded" projects.


Lib Dems: Safe standing offers fans better atmosphere

The introduction of safe standing at football grounds would guarantee fans a "better atmosphere and cheaper tickets", the Liberal Democrats have said.

Party spokesman John Leech MP told BBC Sport standing areas have proved successful at grounds across Europe and could have beneficial effects for supporters in Britain.

Safe standing is allowed in many other sports and we do not believe that the top level of football should be an exception.

Safe standing offers supporters more choice, a better atmosphere and cheaper tickets.

It is an idea whose time has come and I am proud that it is the Liberal Democrats who are the first political party to commit to delivering this.

– John Leech

Malaysian bodies from MH17 arrive in Kuala Lumpur

The remains of 20 people killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine have arrived in Kuala Lumpur.

The victims, the first to be repatriated from the flight to the country, arrived in a Malaysia Airlines jet on a national day of mourning.

All 298 passengers and crew on board MH17 died when it was shot down in July. Credit: Reuters

A minute's silence will be held to honour the victims, while the Malaysian government has requested people to wear black as a mark of respect.

All 298 passengers and crew on board died when the plane was shot down over a rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine.

Forty-three Malaysian nationals were among the victims.

Britain's housing estates a 'national embarrassment'

Britain's housing estates are "nothing short of a national embarrassment" with little being done to tackle crime, unemployment and gang violence, a leading think tank has said.

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Britain's housing estates have been described as a 'national embarrassment'. Credit: PA Wire

The Policy Exchange suggests housing estates are "entrenched" with social problems including drug abuse, child neglect and domestic violence, following "decades of neglect and ghettoization".

"The state of many of Britain's social housing is nothing short of a national embarrassment," the report says.

"Too often, crime, unemployment, gangs and violence are rife. The human cost is heartbreaking; the cost to the public purse immense."

The think tank called on the government to establish "estate recovery teams", featuring representatives from local schools, hospitals and social workers, to tackle "deep-rooted" problems on estates.

Govt facing calls to toughen laws to combat extremism

David Cameron is facing increasing calls to toughen laws to combat the threat of Islamist extremism following the murder of US journalist James Foley, allegedly by a British jihadist.

David Cameron is facing calls to toughen laws in response to the murder of a US journalist. Credit: Reuters

Conservative MP Julian Lewis called for more action to tackle extremist ideology, telling the Guardian: "We should not be neutral between Islamist totalitarianism and democracy."

Former Middle East minister Alistair Burt said the government should reconsider the decision to scrap control orders.

"If the authorities believe someone to be dangerous - what sort of monitoring is possible of that individual?

"It is time to revisit control orders. These were cancelled when we came into office. But circumstances have changed," he told the newspaper.

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