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MSF urges independent probe into Kunduz attack

A boy is treated after the attack in Kunduz. Credit: APTV

Medical aid group Medicens Sans Frontieres (MSF) has called for an "independent international body" to investigate the air strike that killed 22 people dead.

"Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, MSF demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body," Christopher Stokes, MSF General Director said.

The group earlier denied that Taliban fighters were firing from its hospital at Afghan and Nato forces before the strike, which is thought to have been carried out by US planes.

MSF also updated the death toll from the attack, saying that 12 staff member and ten patients were killed, including three children.

We reiterate that the main hospital building, where medical personnel were caring for patients, was repeatedly and very precisely hit during each aerial raid, while the rest of the compound was left mostly untouched.

We condemn this attack, which constitutes a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law.

– Christopher Stokes, MSF General Director



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The Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe was allowed out of Broadmoor to visit an NHS eye clinic, according to The Sun.

The newspaper published a picture of him without handcuffs at Surrey's Frimley Park Hospital.

He reportedly shared a joke with guards during the trip. The notorious killer is reportedly undergoing tests at the eye clinic as doctors try to save his sight. Sutcliffe was jailed for life in 1981 for the murder of 13 women and attempted murder of seven others.

Demonstrations underway ahead of Conservative conference

Thousands of activists are staging a protest outside the Conservative Party's annual conference to highlight campaigns including the impact of austerity cuts on workers.

Union leaders and officials from campaign groups including CND will address the rally in Manchester and will attack Government policies.

In a speech, TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady will criticise the controversial Trade Union Bill, which introduces fresh restrictions on strike ballots, picketing and union funds.

Tory conference delegates warned badges may make them targets

Junior doctors at 'No2Austerity' march in Manchester Credit: TUC/Twitter

Delegates have been warned not to wear Conservative-branded badges and lanyards when walking around Manchester, over fears that protesters may target them.

Everyone attending conference is required to wear the official passes, but in an email to attendees, party chairman Lord Feldman said it was "particularly important" to remove them when outside the secure zone, in order to avoid making themselves a potential target for troublemakers.

Asked if this was a "sad" state of affairs, Prime Minister David Cameron told BBC One's Sunday Politics: "No, not at all. I think all my party members will enjoy very much being in Manchester.

"There are a lot of demonstrations planned, and obviously people need to take care in respect of that, but people will be enjoying all that Manchester has to offer."

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