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Gender specific toys 'limit children's aspirations'

Toys marketed to youngsters based on whether they are a boy or a girl "limit children's aspirations" and damage the economy in the long-term, the equalities minister has said.

Jo Swinson told Good Morning Britain the toys children played with influenced what behaviour they thought suitable for a boy or a girl.

"Limiting children's aspirations at an early age has a knock on effect on what subjects they feel they can take at school, that are appropriate for being a girl or a boy and what ultimate careers they might go on to do".

Bradford councillor: School attack 'shocked' everyone

The attack on an army-run school in Peshawar was so severe it "shocked" everyone, not just those with relatives in Pakistan, a Bradford councillor has told Good Morning Britain.

Khadim Hussain said Brits "irrespective of what colour or creed they are" would be sickened by the Taliban attack, which killed 141 people, most of them children.


Savile victims were 'routinely ignored' by police and others

Lawyers representing 169 of Jimmy Savile's alleged victims have said complaints against the late TV presenter were "routinely ignored" amid his "systematic reign of abuse".

They welcomed an apology from North Yorkshire Police over the force's handling of complaints against the late TV presenter - but urged the government to learn from the past.

The victims will take some comfort from the apology.

Savile's victims were routinely ignored when they reported the abuse and countless opportunities to investigate him were missed, not just by police but also in other organisations he was involved with.

Hopefully, we are learning the lessons of the past and no one will ever get away with the systematic reign of abuse Savile did.

– Jessica Standley, Slater & Gordon


Policeman killed, two injured in suicide bomb attack

A policeman has been killed and two others injured in a suicide bomb blast on the outskirts of Afghanistan captial Kabul.

Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said a patrol car was sent to a village near the airport after reports a bomber was trying to enter the city in a car laden with explosives.

But they were able to detonate the bombs before the officers could stop them.

Freed Cuban agents given heroes' welcomes as they land

Thee Cuban intelligence agents have been given heroes' welcomes as they landed back in their homeland after 16 years in prison in the US.

The men were given heroes' welcomes as they landed back in Cuba after 16 years Credit: Reuters

The men were released as part of a prisoner swap between the two countries, which heralded the start of a major policy shift to normalise relations after more than 50 years of hostility.

Gerardo Hernandez, aged 49, Antonio Guerrero, 56, and 51-year-old Ramon Labañino were greeted by Cuban President Raul Castro and throngs of family, friends and fans as they disembarked at Jose Marti International Airport.

Gerardo Hernandez greets his wife Adriana Perez O'Connor at the airport Credit: Reuters

The men - together with two others already released - are jointly referred to as the 'Cuban Five', and are celebrated as anti-terrorist heroes for their work spying on extremist Cuban exile groups in Florida.

Supermarket 'big four' slash prices at the pumps

The 'big four' supermarkets are all slashing fuel prices by up to 2p per litre from today.

Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons will all be reducing pries at the pumps by 1p per litre of diesel and 2p per litre of petrol.

Prices were around 16p a litre higher just three months ago Credit: PA

It means that customers at Asda will pay no more than 110.7p for petrol and 117.7p for diesel - down from 126.7p and 133.7p respectively less than three months ago.

It is the latest in a series of fuel price drops in recent weeks, as experts predict motorists could see costs dip below £1 a litre come the new year.

Read: Boost for drivers as petrol set to drop below £1 a litre

Life expectancy for UK men up by 6.6 years

Men in the UK can expect to live more than six years longer than they did in 1990, new research has revealed.

Life expectancy for British men jumped from 72.9 years to 79.1 years during that time, beating the global average increase of 5.8 years.

But UK women - while still living longer - saw a lower-than-average increase, from 78.4 to 82.8, well below the 6.6-year average increase.

Women in the UK are living an average of 4.4 years longer now than they were in 1990 Credit: PA

The report, by the Global Burden of Disease Study, found that improvements in diagnosing and treating diseases such as cancer and heart disease, alongside advances in care, were responsible for death rates dropping.

But researchers said the report also highlighted the need to concentrate on other areas such as drug disorders, liver cirrhosis, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease, all of which were "rising in importance."

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