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Court adjourned after Pistorius sentencing

The court has adjourned following the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius, who has been led out of the dock.


Road and rail disruption as ex-hurricane Gonzalo hits

The tail-end of ex-hurricane Gonzalo lashed Britain today, with particularly strong storms causing disruption in Scotland and suspending 110 flights from London's Heathrow airport.

Large waves hit the seafront at Blackpool as remnants of the storm hit.

Heavy rain led to poor visibility on the A90 south of Aberdoon, while the Forth Road Bridge, A87 Skye Bridge and A898 Erskine Bridge were among a number of bridges closed to high-sided vehicles.

In the north-west of England, strong winds hit parts of the M6 prompting warnings to drivers, while flooding caused some delays on the M62.

A section of the A1(M) in Cambridgeshire was closed due to an overturned lorry and there was heavy traffic on a number of motorways and A-roads.

Signalling problems on the railways led to delays to all routes through Sydenham in south-east London - affecting passengers traveling on the London Overground, Southern and Thameslink train services.

Vladimir Putin sends condolences to Total CEO

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his condolences to the family of Christophe de Margarie, who died in a plane crash late last night in an airport in Moscow.

The chief executive of French oil giant Total regularly travelled to Russia, and recently dined in Paris with an ally of President Putin, who is under EU sanctions. Mr Putin's spokesman said:

Vladimir Putin had known de Margerie for a long time and had maintained close working contact with him.

The president highly valued the business qualities of de Margerie, as well as his staunch commitment both to the cause of promoting Russian-French relations and their mutually beneficial diverse co-operation in general.

– Dmitry Peskov

French President Francois Hollande expressed his "stupor and sadness" at the news.


Judge 'not impressed' by evidence on prison conditions

Judge Thokozile Masipa says she was not impressed by the evidence of one witness on prison conditions in South Africa, describing her methods as "slapdash".

She adds that she is satisfied that the correctional facilities are equipped to deal with a disabled inmate such as Pistorius.

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