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Police watchdog to investigate death of Tasered man

An incident which saw a man die after he had been shot with a Taser by police has been referred to the police watchdog.

Death of Tasered man referred to police watchdog Credit: PA

Staffordshire Police said the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) had been notified, as a matter of course, after the incident at a block of flats in Newcastle-under-Lyme near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, just after 1am.

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Pope launches scathing Christmas attack on the Vatican

The Pope has launched a scathing attack on Vatican bureaucracy accusing the clergy running the Holy See of a dangerous lust for power.

Pope launches scathing Christmas attack on the Vatican Credit: Reuters

Francis' annual Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the Holy See saw the pontiff give a tirade of criticism as part of his ongoing crusade to reform the church.

The Pope offered a catalog of 15 "Vatican illnesses." These included "feeling immortal", "spiritual Alzheimer`s", "existential schizophrenia" and the "terrorism of gossip."

It appeared that his critique was not well received by the gathered clergy as the tirade was met with only muted applause.

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Rugby star Liam Williams 'sorry' for blacked-up fancy dress photo

Wales and Scarlets back Liam Williams. Credit: PA

Wales and Scarlets rugby star Liam Williams has said sorry for tweeting a picture of himself dressed as Swansea City footballer Wilfried Bony.

The image is said to have shown the winger and full-back "blacked up" in fancy dress.

But it was criticised by organisations like Show Racism the Red Card.

The photo has since been removed and the Scarlets have released a statement saying they are "fully committed to eradicating discrimination".

Swansea City star Wilfried Bony. Credit: PA Images

Accounting watchdog launches Tesco investigation

Tesco announced in September that it had discovered an accounting problem. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The accounting watchdog has launched an investigation into a £263 million overstatement of profit expectations at Tesco.

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) said its investigation will focus on "the preparation, approval and audit" of financial figures reported and prepared by Britain's biggest supermarket and its auditor, PwC.

The scandal is already being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office and has seen a number of Tesco executives suspended - some of whom have now left.

Chairman Sir Richard Broadbent has also announced he is to step down.

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