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Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont resigns

Labour leader Ed Miliband and Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Leader of the Scottish Labour Party Johann Lamont has resigned.

A Labour source said: "She realised it was time for a change in Scotland. She has put the party first. Ed regards her as an honourable woman who has served party well and we hope will serve the party again in the future."

Remains found in US confirmed to be UK-born student

Human remains found in rural Virginia are those of British-born missing student Hannah Graham, US police have confirmed.

The University of Virginia student, 18, had been missing since September 13. Credit: Charlottesville, Va., Police Dept.

Thousands of volunteers had searched for the University of Virginia student, who lived in Fairfax in the state, since her disappearance in September.

Her remains were found last weekend on an abandoned property near the university campus in Charlottesville.

Local man Jesse Matthew Jr., 32, has been charged in her disappearance.

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'Smart drugs' worth £200,000 seized in Midlands raid

A batch of so-called smart drugs worth £200,000 - including substances never tested on humans - has been found in the largest seizure of apparent intelligence-enhancing drugs in the UK.

Around 20,000 units of 13 different "cognitive enhancers" were taken in the raid on a lock-up in the Midlands after a tip off via Norwegian customs.

The drugs have been targeted at students because they aid concentration and ward off sleep.

A spokesperson for the medicines regulator that carried out the raid confirmed a man had been cautioned. He added:

This is a recent and very worrying trend. The idea that people are willing to put their overall health at risk in order to attempt to get an intellectual edge over others is deeply troubling.

– Alastair Jeffrey, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's head of enforcement

While it would be legal to possess the seized drugs, it is illegal to sell or supply prescription-only or unlicensed medicines.

Mother's tears as slain Canadian soldier's body taken home

Kathy Cirillo, the mother of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, cries as she following pallbearers carrying his casket. Credit: Reuters

The body of Canadian soldier Corporal Nathan Cirillo has been taken from an Ottawa funeral home to his hometown of Hamilton.

Cirillo was murdered on Wednesday as he stood guard at the Canadian National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Hamilton police and members of Cirillo's regiment, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, joined his family to accompany his casket home.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders carry the coffin of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Credit: Reuters
Kathy Cirillo (C), the mother of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, reacts while following pallbearers carrying his casket Credit: Reuters

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