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Pub bomb victims' families vow to continue fight for justice

The relatives of one of the 21 people killed in IRA bomb attacks at two Birmingham pubs say they are determined to continue pushing for authorities to reopen the case.

Brain and Julie Hambleton's sister Maxine was killed in the blasts at the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town pubs, which happened 40 years ago today.

Julie Hambleton, aged 49, told ITV News they were "not going to let this go", and vowed to keep fighting as part of the Justice for the 21 campaign group.

Six men were initially convicted for the bombings. Hugh Callaghan, Paddy Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker - known as the Birmingham Six - spent 16 years in jail until their convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal in March 1991.

Since then, nobody has been brought before the courts over the tragedy.

'British jihadi dies while fighting for IS in Syria'

A British jihadi is said to have died while fighting with Islamic State in Syria.

Shiraz Maher, of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), named the fighter as Abu Abdullah al-Habashi.

He tweeted:

Sheffield United co-chairman angry over Evans decision

Sheffield United co-chairman Jim Phipps is "angry and upset" after the club had to withdraw their offer to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans train with the club.

Evans had been invited to use the South Yorkshire club's facilities and get fit after being released from prison, but now won't be permitted to do so.

The Blades were put under pressure to not allow Evans to re-join the club, including Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill saying she were want her name removed from the stand named after if they were to re-employ the striker.

Sheffield United won't have Ched Evans playing for them. Credit: PA

"I'm angry that we are not able to get a chance to do for this footballer what should be done," he said.

"I'm upset that we are not able to do what we wanted to do, but I acknowledge that my view is not the only view.

"My principles and the board's principles are not the only thing that matter."


At least 12 dead in New York State snowstorms

Up to 7ft of snow has fallen in the Buffalo area. Credit: Reuters

At least 12 people have died during snowstorms which have hit New York State.

Most of the deaths were from heart attacks or exposure to the extreme conditions after a year's worth of snow fell in just three days.

Two elderly residents of a nursing home died after a roof collapsed as they were being evacuated.

Many residents were snowed in after three days of heavy snow. Credit: Reuters

More than 30 major roof collapses, mostly involving farm and flat-roof buildings, were reported overnight, officials said.

Some farm animals were reportedly injured in damaged barns.

Residents are now preparing for potential flooding as the snow thaws and there are fears the sheer weight of it could cause more roofs to cave in.

US lead 30 air strikes on Islamic State forces in three days

A US-led allied campaign has carried out 30 air strikes on Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq in the past three days, US Central Command said.

The 23 strikes in Iraq included six near Baiji that hit Islamic State buildings, vehicles and tactical units.

Six additional strikes in Syria destroyed staging areas, buildings and two tactical units near Kobani, while another near Ar Raqqah damaged an Islamic State barrack.

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