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Search for Didcot murder suspect enters second day

The hunt for a man suspected of killing his six-year-old sister, mother and her partner has entered its second day.

Jed Allen is wanted in connection with the deaths of his sister, mother and her partner. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Armed police are scouring parts of Oxfordshire for 21-year-old Jed Allen, who has a distinctive spider tattoo on his left hand.

The bodies of Janet Jordan, her partner Philip Howard and their daughter Derin were discovered at the family home in Didcot on Saturday night.

Police said while Allen posed no threat to the wider community, the public should not approach him and instead contact police.


Weather: Cloudy but mainly dry on Bank Holiday Monday

Conditions will remain dry for many on Bank Holiday Monday. Credit: Met Office

For many parts it may be rather cloudy, but it should stay largely dry with some bright or sunny spells.

There will be cloudier conditions out to the west and across Northern Ireland where some patchy rain and drizzle is possible at times.

Further north and some scattered showers are likely over Scotland.

Iraqi forces to 'retake Ramadi from IS in days'

Iraqi forces will retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants "in days", the country's prime minister has said.

Members of the Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters launch a mortar toward IS. Credit: Reuters

Thousands of civilians fled the city, which lies around 78 miles from Baghdad, after insurgents seized control.

"It makes my heart bleed because we lost Ramadi, but I can assure you we can bring it back soon," Haider al-Abadi told the BBC.

He defended the Iraqi military amid criticism from US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, saying they were overwhelmed by the "onslaught" of IS.

"They have the will to fight but when they are faced with an onslaught by Daesh [IS] from nowhere, with armoured trucks packed with explosives, the effect of them is like a small nuclear bomb - it gives a very, very bad effect on our forces."

Ex-Israeli Prime Minister jailed over bribery conviction

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in court in March. Credit: Reuter

The former prime minister of Israel Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment for unlawfully accepting cash from a supporter in the US.

The verdict in Jerusalem District Court caps a dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Olmert was convicted in March in a retrial and the sentencing comes in addition to a six-year prison sentence he received last year in a separate bribery conviction, ensuring the end of the former PM's political career.

His lawyers said they would appeal against the ruling.


Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits Japanese capital Tokyo

An earthquake has shaken Tokyo and the surrounding areas earlier today, but no tsunami warning has been issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Reuters report that the magnitude 5.3 quake - downgraded from 5.6 - centered in the Ibaraki prefecture just northeast of the Japanese capital shook buildings and briefly halted the city's rail network.

There has been no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Spain's ruling People's Party takes electoral battering

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias raises his fist Credit: REUTERS/Andrea Comas

Spain's ruling party has received a bloody nose in the country's regional and local elections as voters responded to four harsh years of spending cuts.

The People's Party returned its worst results for more than 20 years as new parties rose to shake up the status quo.

New parties - market-friendly Ciudadanos, and anti-austerity Podemos - combined to punish prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

Even though PP won the most votes, it fell short of absolute majorities in most areas, and it and its traditional Socialist rivals will now have to negotiate coalitions in 13 of Spain's 17 regions.

Police destroy suspicious pressure cooker in DC

A man has been arrested in Washington DC after a bomb squad was forced to destroy a "suspicious" pressure cooker left in a car near the Capitol building.

Police cordoned off the unattended car after officers noticed the smell of petrol

The owner of the vehicle, Israel Shimeles of Alexandria, Virginia, was arrested and charged with using his car after his license had been revoked.

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