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Court revokes bail for wife of Sydney hostage-taker

Amirah Droudis was on bail charged in connection with the murder of her husband's former wife. Credit: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

A court in Australia has ordered bail revoked for the wife of Man Haron Monis, a self-styled Sheikh who stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint last week, sparking a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people dead, including the gunman.

Amirah Droudis, on bail after being charged with the stabbing death of Monis' former wife who was found set alight in a Sydney apartment block, was ordered by a Sydney court to return to jail to await trial.

Monis, who had been charged as an accessory to the murder, had also been free on bail.

Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson cited Droudis' prior convictions, the particularly heinous nature of the alleged offence and the slight possibility she might skip bail as factors in deciding to remand her in custody until trial.

US police officers advised to wear bulletproof vests

Police unions in the US have advised officers to take extra precautions after two New York Police Department (NYPD) cops were gunned down at the weekend, NBC News reports.

A directive to the 35,000 officers of the NYPD advised officers to work in threes on the street and to wear bulletproof vests.

Similar directives went out to officers in New Jersey, Philadelphia and Boston.

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New York police officers turn backs on Mayor

Police officers in New York have turned their back on the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, as he arrived at a hospital to pay tribute to two officers killed by a gunman.

According to the New York Times, the protest was encouraged by union leaders because the mayor has campaigned against "overreaching by police" under his predecessor.

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Mayor de Blasio was visiting Woodhull Hospital on Saturday evening to give a press conference on the murder of the two police officers.

Alleged abuse survivors welcome new inquiry proposals

Dozens of survivors of alleged child abuse have welcomed moves by the Home Secretary which could see the panel investigating the claims disbanded and a more powerful body put in its place.

Home Secretary Theresa May. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Theresa May wrote to the panel's members setting out her plan for the inquiry to be given statutory powers, including the ability to compel witnesses to give evidence.

The move has left members of the panel "devastated" that they could face being removed from the inquiry, but more than 60 victims and their representatives have backed a proposal which could see the investigation start again from scratch.

South Korea nuclear plants computer system hacked

Computer systems at South Korea's nuclear power plant operator have been hacked, he company and the Seoul government have said.

However, NBC New reports that only "non-critical" data has been lost and there is no risk to the safety of the country's 23 nuclear reactors.

The attacks come amid concerns that North Korea may mount cyber-attacks against industrial and social targets after allegations by the United States that Pyongyang was responsible for a devastating hacking assault on Sony Pictures.

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Man shot dead in Sheffield city centre

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A man has been shot dead and another injured as they sat in a car in Sheffield city centre.

The men, both 22, were shot in Derek Dooley Way, Sheffield, at around 10.15pm on Sunday, South Yorkshire Police said.

They were taken to hospital but the driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead. The passenger remains in hospital in a stable condition, police said.

Both men are from the Sheffield area. No one has been arrested, police said.

Security measures stepped up in France after man drives into crowds

Security measures for police and other authorities have been stepped up after a driver said to be shouting "God is great" slammed into crowds in a French city, injuring at least 11 people and raising national concern as Islamic extremists call for attacks.

The government said the man's motives were unclear but last night's incident in Dijon, in eastern France, came a day after a knife attack on police in another town being investigated by anti-terror officers.

Officials say a 40-year-old man had been arrested over last night's attack.

'Make your mind up time ' for Northern Ireland politicians

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Northern Ireland's leaders face a "deal or no deal" ultimatum as they enter what the Government has warned is the final day of negotiations on outstanding disputes threatening the future of devolved government.

Talks to find consensus end today, with or without agreement, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers warned last night.

Discussions between Ms Villiers, the Irish Government and the five Executive parties at Stormont resume at Stormont House this morning.

"It's 'make your mind up' time for Northern Ireland's political leaders," the Secretary of State said last night.

"These talks finish tomorrow, even if it takes all night. It there's no agreement tomorrow, there isn't going to be one, and the process ends in failure."

The Government is set to respond later to their request for £2 billion-plus of extra funding and loan access over the next decade.

The plan essentially addresses long-standing nationalist concerns over introducing the Government's welfare policies in Northern Ireland by establishing a significant "cushion" fund, drawn from the Executive's budget, to support those hardest-hit by the changes to the benefits system.

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