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Two charged with murder of missing Nicola Payne

Two people have been charged with the murder of missing mother, Nicola Payne, from Coventry.

She went missing 23 years ago as she walked from her boyfriend's home to her parent's house.

Her body still has not been found.

White House: Honouring Holocaust victims takes courage

President Obama pay tribute to those who where killed by the Nazi regime in a statement released by the White House today.

He said remembering the past required courage to stand up to bigotry and prejudice in the present, saying the Paris attacks showed the need to condemn rising anti-Semitism in all its forms.

The American people pay tribute to the six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime. We also honor those who survived the Shoah, while recognizing the scars and burdens that many have carried ever since. Honoring the victims and survivors begins with our renewed recognition of the value and dignity of each person. It demands from us the courage to protect the persecuted and speak out against bigotry and hatred.

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris serve as a painful reminder of our obligation to condemn and combat rising anti-Semitism in all its forms, including the denial or trivialization of the Holocaust. [...]

Today we come together and commit, to the millions of murdered souls and all survivors, that it must never happen again.

– White House Statement


Ian Brown: 'Talbot gave boys masturbation as homework'

Ian Brown used to be a pupil at Altrincham Grammar School, Manchester, where Talbot once taught. Credit: PA

Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown claimed his former teacher Fred Talbot told boys to masturbate as homework.

Giving evidence at Talbot's sex abuse trial, the singer said he remembered two or three biology lessons "in particular" when he was an 11-year-old boy.

He told jurors: "Mr Talbot asked all the class if any of us had ever masturbated.

"He went on to explain how to masturbate, how you should masturbate and the following lesson he asked who had masturbated. He asked boys to raise the hand."

Brown said Talbot would approach the boys who had raised their hands, the ones with "bum fluff on their lips", and have "private words" in their ears.

He continued: "I can remember sitting there wondering, 'What is he saying to them?'

Talbot, 65, denies 10 offences of indecent assault on five boys while working as a teacher between the late 1960s and the early 1980s. He later went on to have a successful career as a TV weatherman for Granada.

Much of Mr Brown's other evidence can not be reported for legal reasons.

Dwindling number of Auschwitz survivors mark 70 years

Early this morning the first of almost 300 survivors of Auschwitz arrived to commemorate 70 years since the Nazi-run death camp was liberated by Russian troops.

Emotions ran high as the survivors, now in their eighties and nineties, lay wreaths and lit candles in a dignified tribute to the million people who died within the walls of the camp. Paul Davies reports.

Glitter tells his trial he would give his fans 'anything'

Former glam rock star Gary Glitter has told jurors his fans meant everything to him and that during the height of his fame, he would give them "anything".

Asked about "fanatical" fans, Glitter said he had a large male fanbase but that it changed into "absolute Glitter-mania" following the release of Do You Wanna Touch Me.

He chuckled when telling Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, defending, that to this day, fans wanted items as keepsakes of his.

"If somebody said 'oh I like that jacket,' I would give it to them, because that is how I feel about my fans, Glitter said giving evidence from the witness box.

"I feel like I want to give them anything because they have given me such a great life."

New York downgrades blizzard to 'winter storm'

New York has downgraded the blizzard they thought was about to hit to a "winter storm".

However, the streets of the city remained practically deserted after a travel ban was lifted.

More than 7,000 flights were cancelled and gusts of 70mph were felt in New York's Long Island district - but the worst could be yet to come.

ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy reports:


Litvinenko 'poisoned not once but twice'

The Millennium Hotel in London Credit: PA Wire

Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have been poisoned "not once but twice" with polonium, a public inquiry has heard.

The 43-year-old died in hospital nearly three weeks after he had consumed tea laced with the substance on November 1 2006 at the Millennium Hotel in London's Grosvenor Square.

But evidence suggested he was first poisoned during a meeting at a security company the month before, Counsel to the inquiry Robin Tam QC said.

Mr Tam said: "It suggests two things - attempts to poison Mr Litvinenko were made at both meetings and that those attempts met with some success on both occasions."

He added: "Mr Litvinenko recalled vomiting on one occasion about two or three weeks before being hospitalised.

"Hair samples that are available indicate that Mr Litvinenko may well have been poisoned twice and that the first occasion being much less severe than the second."

Teenager dies while 'snow-tubing' in New York

The snow in Long Island, where the boy died. Credit: Reuters

A 17-year-old boy has died after snow-tubing down a New York street and crashing into a lamppost.

Suffolk County police named the teenager as Sean Urda and said he was one of three youngsters taking turns snow-tubing in Long Island on Monday night.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Long Island was under a blizzard warning at the time of the crash.

Glitter 'having to rely on autobiography' in sex trial

Gary Glitter Credit: PA Wire

Former glam rock star Gary Glitter has told a jury he has had to "rely on my autobiography" to recall dates relating to alleged sexual attacks on three teenage fans.

Taking to the witness box to give evidence in his trial over the alleged historical sexual offences in the 1970s and 1980s, Glitter was asked whether it had been easy to precisely recall the dates being referred to.

The star replied: "Absolutely not. I have been relying on my autobiography to charge my memory a little bit and I believe that is pretty accurate.

"We cross-referenced on the internet just to find out find out their dates etc."

Defending Glitter, Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, asked him: "Did you sexually assault any of these young girls?"

He firmly replied: "No I did not."

Glitter, who is on trial at Southwark Crown Court, denies ten charges including attempted rape and indecent assault.

PM: I will ensure we keep Britain's promise to remember

Prime Minister David Cameron said he will ensure Britain's promise to remember those killed in the Holocaust is kept.

Writing on Twitter, he said:

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