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Girl 'congratulated Johnson on birth of daughter'

The court was also told that the girl congratulated Adam Johnson on the birth of his daughter during their messages.

The pair first started speaking when the footballer's partner Stacey Flounders was pregnant with the couple's child, the jury at Bradford Crown Court was told.

Adam Johnson and partner Stacey Flounders. Credit: PA Wire


Girl 'had enormous crush on Johnson and idolised him'

Adam Johnson's alleged victim had "one enormous crush" on the footballer and "idolised him", Bradford Crown Court was told.

Adam Johnson was sacked by Sunderland on Thursday. Credit: PA Wire

Prosecutor Kate Blackwell QC said the girl, who was 15 at the time Johnson allegedly had sexual activity with her, was a passionate Sunderland fan who had Johnson's name emblazoned on the back of her shirt.

"After matches, she would hang around waiting for a glimpse of him, wanting to get a photograph, often sporting a Sunderland shirt with Johnson's name emblazoned across the back," she said.

"She often waited for him after home matches, hoping to catch a glimpse of him before he drove away, keen for any contact, an autograph or, even better, a photograph.

"She had one enormous crush on him. He was her absolute hero. She idolised him."


UN: Humanitarian aid to Syria could begin with 24 hours

The distribution of humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria could begin as soon as Saturday if aid workers can gain access to besieged areas, UN spokesperson Ahmad Fawzi has said.

World powers agreed to establish a "cessation" of hostilities within a week after marathon talks in Munich, though Russian bombing raids will continue.

Mr Fawzi said representatives of the nations that met in Germany will convene for an afternoon meeting in Geneva to continue to discuss the humanitarian issue, which could speed up action as aid workers await access to begin the distribution.

The UN system has been geared to deliver this aid all along, especially to besieged areas, and that's precisely what's going to be discussed today: how to start, and when to start.

We hope to start as early as (Saturday), immediately after the (Geneva) meeting. Decisions will be taken to roll the aid in, especially to besieged areas that need it.

– UN spokesperson Ahmad Fawzi

'EU countries poised to restrict passport-free travel'

Migrants are cleared by German police officers after crossing the Austrian border. Credit: Reuters

European Union countries could restrict passport-free travel for two years due to the migrant crisis, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

Documents seen by AP show that the EU is poised to invoke an emergency rule over fears that some member countries are failing to protect its borders.

The documents apparently show that EU policymakers are poised to declare that Greece is failing to sufficiently protect its border with some 2,000 people arriving daily from Turkey.

Each of the 26 countries in the Schengen Area is allowed to put up border controls for a maximum of six months but this can be extended for up to two years if a member nation is found to be failing to protect its borders.

Five-storey building among two to collapse in Istanbul

Two buildings - one of which was a five-storey - have collapsed in Istanbul close to the Turkish city's main shopping area.

At this stage there has been no report of casualties.

Local governor Vasip Sahin told CNN Turk no one is believed to have been killed or injured.

The buildings collapsed in a street near Istanbul's busy Istiklal Avenue in the central Taksim area. Credit: APTN
The area around the five-storey building was roped off as firefighter teams inspected the rubble. Credit: APTN
Clouds of brown dust was reported to have swept into the surrounding streets after the collapse. Credit: APTN

Court hears of Johnson's first encounter with girl fan

Details of Adam Johnson's first face-to-face encounter with the schoolgirl he is alleged to have had sexual activity with have been heard in court.

Adam Johnson arriving at Bradford Crown Court. Credit: PA Wire

Johnson, 28, who denies two counts of sexual activity with a child, met up with the girl on January 17 near a Chinese takeaway close to the girl's home, prosecutor Kate Blackwell told the jury.

She said the teenager got into the footballer's black Range Rover and he signed shirts.

After the meeting, the pair allegedly exchanged further texts talking about whether Johnson deserved a thank you kiss for the shirt-signing "or more".

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