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Ed Miliband says he does not want his government deflected from its economic agenda by pursuing David Cameron’s “arbitrary” plan to hold an in-out referendum in 2017.
The Labour leader was writing in the Financial Times (£).
A judge has set a May 5 trial date for pop star Justin Bieber, who faces charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driver's license.
Speaking at a brief hearing today, prosecutor Daniel Diaz-Balart said no plea offer has been made for 20-year-old Bieber, who has pleaded not guilty.
An initial March trial date was postponed while attorneys for news organisations and Bieber wrestled over the release of police videos that show him giving a urine sample for a drug test.
Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, on January 23 after what police said was an illegal drag race with high-end sports cars.
Labour leader Ed Miliband is to vow that his government would only hold an EU referendum before 2020 in the “unlikely” event of a new transfer of powers to Brussels as he seeks to to allay business uncertainty over Britain’s future in Europe.
Police have revealed that a man whose body was found in woodland in Leeds had been shot.
Detectives have started a murder investigation after the discovery this morning by two teenage schoolboys in a beck in woods near the junction of Gledhow Valley Road and Gledhow Lane in Chapel Allerton.
Work is ongoing to find out how the 31-year-old died.
We are now treating this man’s death as murder and we are conducting extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
A key focus for the investigation at the moment is on tracing any potential witnesses who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area late last night and into the early hours of this morning.
Although we are still awaiting the full findings of the forensic post mortem we can now say that the man had received injuries consistent with a firearm having been discharged. We are therefore particularly keen to hear from anyone who heard a bang or who saw anyone or any vehicles in the vicinity that could be linked to the incident.
– Detective Superintendent Simon Beldon, West Yorkshire Police
Our enquiries are at an early stage but it appears that this has been a targeted attack. Although this incident will understandably shock people in the community we don’t believe there is any wider risk to the general public.
I would urge anyone with any information that could assist the investigation to contact us immediately.
The Co-operative Group was thrown back into crisis today after its chief executive quit the "ungovernable" group in the wake of a meltdown in boardroom relations.
The mutual accepted Euan Sutherland's resignation after he blamed "an individual, or individuals" at the top of the group for deliberately seeking to undermine him by revealing details of his £3.66 million pay deal to a Sunday newspaper.
Chief financial officer Richard Pennycook has been appointed interim chief executive.
Mr Sutherland's departure after less than a year at the helm leaves the Co-op without a permanent boss and facing the biggest governance overhaul in its history.
Twitter has apologised for its earlier outage after the social networking site experienced "unexpected complications".
"Many users" were unable to access the site for 46 minutes, Twitter said on its website:
During a planned deploy in one of our core services, we experienced unexpected complications that made Twitter unavailable for many users starting at 11:01am [PDT].
We rolled back the change as soon as we identified the issue and began a controlled recovery to ensure stability of other parts of the service.
The site was fully recovered by 11:47am PDT. We apologise for the inconvenience.