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Home Secretary moves to put 28-day limit on police bail

Home Secretary Theresa May Credit: PA

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced plans to put a 28-day time limit on police bail, saying it "cannot be right that people can spend months or even years on pre-charge bail with no oversight

She has launched a consultation on the time limit that proposes it could only be extended in exceptional circumstances through an application to a magistrates' court.

I believe we need a statutory time limit in place to ensure people do not spend months or even years on bail, only for no charges to be brought.

– Home Secretary Theresa May

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Texas cinema shows Team America in place of The Interview

From the film Team America: World Police Credit: PA

A cinema in Texas has responded to the cancellation of The Interview by showing another movie that pokes fun at North Korea in its place.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's branch in Dallas plans to show a free screening of Team America: World Police, the 2004 satirical comedy co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Staff will also hand out American flags and other patriotic items to cinemagoers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win...well, that's your prerogative," the cinema's posted on its website.

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Putin: Nato powers 'building a new Berlin Wall'

Vladimir Putin arriving at the annual address. Credit: Reuters

Vladimir Putin has accused Nato countries of "building a new Berlin wall" and blamed other nations for the current situation in eastern Ukraine.

The Russian President said Moscow was ready to mediate in the crisis in a bid to resolve it politically, rather than militarily.

When asked by a Ukrainian journalist how many Russian soldiers had been sent into the region, Putin denied sending any - claiming any that went did so of their own volition.

He also said the current economic crisis in Russia was not a penalty for its involvement in Crimea, claiming sanctions were an attempt to turn Russia from a bear with "claws" into a stuffed animal.

Putin predicts rouble recovery and blames 'external factors'

Vladimir Putin making his annual address. Credit: APTN

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country's uncertain economic situation has been provoked by "external factors", and believes it may take two years for the country to return to growth.

Making an annual address in Moscow, he said he believes the country's currency, the rouble - which has recently been in freefall - will inevitably recover.

He also said he was confident Russia had sufficient currency reserves to deal with the uncertainty and said the central bank and government were taking adequate measures.

Putin added the Central Bank's current interest rate of 17% will not last throughout the currency's crisis.

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