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Missing Lupita Nyong'o $150,000 Oscars dress 'recovered'

Lupita Nyong'o wore a Calvin Klein gown and Chopard diamonds to the Oscars. Credit: Reuters

A dress that appears to be the custom-made Oscars gown taken from Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong'o's hotel room has been recovered, the Los Angeles sheriff's department has said.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's said the dress "greatly resembles" the $150,000 (£97,000) pearl-encrusted Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa dress Nyong'o wore to the Academy Awards.

Detectives are attempting to verify that it is the dress the Twelve Years A Slave star Nyong'o wore when she was presenting an Oscar last Sunday.


Apple boss: Internet snooping 'won't catch terrorists'

Apple CEO Tim Cook Credit: Reuters

The head of technology giant Apple believes privacy is a "basic human right" and no government or private company should be able to access personal information, he said in an interview.

Tim Cook, CEO of the US firm, also said invading people's privacy would not solve the issue of terrorism and would punish the "99.999% of people who are good".

His comments come amid a debate in the UK over whether security agencies should be given access to people's personal data such as emails to help detect potentially-violent extremists.

Mr Cook told the Daily Telegraph:

None of us should accept that the Government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn't give in to scaremongering or to people who fundamentally don't understand the details.

History has taught us that privacy breaches have resulted in very dire consequences. You don't have to look back too far or be a historian to see these things. They are readily apparent.

You don't want to eliminate everyone's privacy. If you do, you not only don't solve the terrorist issue but you also take away something that is a human right. The consequences of doing that are very significant.

– Tim Cook, CEO, Apple

Davis: 'Ineffectual' MI5 tactics fail to detect terror threats

Senior Conservative MP David Davis has accused the British intelligence agencies of using "ineffectual" tactics in detecting radicalised youths like Mohammed Emwazi - the man thought to be so-called Islamic State terrorist 'Jihadi John'.

Writing in the Guardian he said:

Given the numbers who appear to have slipped through the net, it is legitimate to ask: how many more people must die before we start to look more closely at the strategy of our intelligence services?

The problem is not new. The fact is that the intelligence services have long utilised tactics that have proved ineffective.

The issue dates back at least to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, where the intelligence agencies relied on disruption and interference more than prosecution and imprisonment.

– David Davis MP

Mr Davis went on to condemn Emwazi as "evil and delusional". He also said the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee, which will look into MI5's handling of the case, had "shown itself incapable of holding the intelligence agencies to account".

Police out in force for Newcastle anti-Islam Pegida rally

Pegida supporters in Germany stand behind a police line. Credit: Reuters

A major police operation will be in place today for the first demonstration in Britain by the controversial anti-Islam group Pegida UK.

Opponents of the group are also rallying in Newcastle city centre, on what will be a busy day for Northumbria Police as it coincides with a Premier League football match.

Pegida organisers have pledged on Facebook that it is a peaceful organisation and not affiliated with right-wing extremists.

Opponents disagreed and have vowed to make the group, whose name translated from German means Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, feel unwelcome.

George Galloway MP and comedian Russell Brand have backed the counter demonstrators, who come under the banner Newcastle Unites.

It's not known how many people will support the first Pegida rally, although more than 800 people have indicated on Facebook that they will attend.

Garry Kasparov 'devastated' to hear of Nemstov murder

Russian politician and former chess Grand Master Garry Kasparov was devastated to hear of the killing of opposition colleague Boris Nemstov in Moscow on Friday.

Mr Kasparov posted a message to his Facebook page paying tribute to the former deputy prime minister.

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Former Tory Douglas Carswell takes Ukip centre stage

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Douglas Carswell is expected to urge Ukip activists to break the "Tory-Labour power cartel" in May's General Election.

The Conservative defector, who triggered and won a by-election in his Clacton-on-Sea seat, will set out his blueprint for political reform and reconnecting with voters at the Ukip spring conference later today.

Mr Carswell is the highest-profile speaker on the second day of the Ukip conference at the Winter Gardens in Margate, Kent.

MI5 officers 'questioned Jihadi John teachers'

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British Intelligence officers have reportedly questioned former teachers of British man Mohammed Emwazi after he was unmasked as the so-called Islamic State terrorist 'Jihadi John'.

A former secondary school teacher of the 26-year-old, who she described as a "success story" for appearing to overcome an anger problem to achieve good grades, said staff at Quintin Kynaston Academy were quizzed by MI5 on Thursday.

The teacher, who remained anonymous, told BBC's Newsnight that Emwazi had received anger therapy to help him control his emotions.

An official statement from the school in north-west London, released by Westminster Council yesterday, said it was "shocked and sickened" that the former pupil was involved in terrorism.

Russian PM offers condolences over Nemstov murder

The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has given his "deepest condolences" to the family and friends of Russian politician, Boris Nemstov, who was shot down in the street near the Kremlin in Moscow yesterday.

The Government of Russia's official English-language Twitter account said:

UK 'shocked' at Boris Nemstov murder in Moscow

The UK will follow closely the investigation into the murder of a key Russian opposition politician who was gunned down near the Kremlin in Moscow, the Foreign Office has said.

Former deputy prime minister Boris Nemstov - a prominent critic of president Vladimir Putin and the conflict in Ukraine - was hit by four shots from a passing vehicle two days before a major opposition rally in the Russian capital.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said:

We are shocked and saddened by news that former Russian deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed in Moscow. Our thoughts are with his family and we offer our condolences to them. We deplore this criminal act. Those responsible must be brought to justice. We will continue to follow the situation closely.

– UK Foreign Office

Mr Nemtsov was reported to have warned in a recent interview that he believed Mr Putin would have him killed.

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