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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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Police given more time to question murder suspects

Merseyside Police have been granted more time to question a second man suspected of murdering an off-duty police constable.

Pc Neil Doyle, 36, was attacked in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Friday during a Christmas night out with colleagues.

A 28-year-old man from Huyton was arrested on suspicion of murder later that day and will remain in custody for questioning until tonight.

Today, the force said they have also been granted an extension to continue to question a 30-year-old man from Huyton who was arrested on Saturday.

Hospitals to recruit patients for genome sequencing

Eleven NHS hospitals across England have been selected to begin recruiting 75,000 patients to have their genetic codes sequenced.

As part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, the 'Genomic Medicine Centres' (GMCs) will focus on patients with a rare disease and their relatives, and patients with cancer. The hospitals are:

  • East of England NHS GMC
  • South London NHS GMC
  • North West Coast NHS GMC
  • Greater Manchester NHS GMC
  • University College London Partners NHS GMC
  • North East and North Cumbria NHS GMC (will recruit patients with a rare disease only)
  • Oxford NHS GMC
  • South West Peninsula NHS GMC
  • Wessex NHS GMC
  • Imperial College Health Partners NHS GMC
  • West Midlands NHS GMC

Airport strike cancelled after new pay offer

Airport ground handling workers will not go on strike tomorrow as planned.

The strike was called off by Unite union after a new pay offer was made.

A plane takes off from Heathrow. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Union members working for dnata at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester had been due to walk out tomorrow, but will be balloted on revised proposals.

Unite is pleased to confirm that strike action has been suspended following a revised offer which better reflects the contribution our members make to the company.

All of this could have been avoided if the company hadn't refused requests to negotiate and go to Acas a number of weeks ago. We will now be putting the details of the revised pay offer to our members over the coming weeks.

– Kevin Hall, Unite
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