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Efforts to contact dentist that killed Cecil 'unsuccessful'

Animal rights protesters gather in front of the dental practice of Dr Walter Palmer Credit: PA

Efforts to contact Dr Palmer, who killed Zimbabwe's favourite lion Cecil in a trophy hunt, have been unsuccessful, a US wildlife agency has said.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) said in a statement yesterday it is deeply concerned about the killing of Cecil and is gathering information to assist Zimbabwean authorities in its investigation into the incident.

On twitter today, it said that efforts to contact American dentist Dr Walter Palmer, who shot the lion with a crossbow, have so far been unsuccessful.


Former cop denies murder of black motorist

A white former US police officer has pleaded not guilty to the murder of an unarmed black man he stopped for a missing license plate.

Former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing, 25, entered a plea of not guilty at an arraignment hearing before Hamilton County Court today.

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing has been charged with the murder of a black motorist Credit: Reuters

He is charged with the murder of 43-year-old Samuel Dubose following a grand jury investigation into the shooting on July 19.

The incident is the latest in a series of fatal police confrontations across the United States that have raised questions about police use of force against ethnic minorities.

A body-camera video Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters played for reporters yesterday showed how the traffic stop escalated into deadly violence.

Sugar pays tribute to Apprentice 'stand out' character

Lord Sugar has paid tribute to former BBC Apprentice candidate Stuart Baggs who has died.

The 27-year-old was found dead on the Isle of Man this morning.

Actor found not guilty over Kenneth Clarke grope claim

An actor has been cleared of perverting the course of justice over his claim that he was molested by former chancellor Kenneth Clarke during a cash-for-questions TV sting 20 years ago.

Former chancellor Kenneth Clarke Credit: PA

Ben Fellows, 40, from Birmingham, alleged that the leading politician had plied him with alcohol and carried out the sexual assault in the office of a lobbyist while he was working undercover for ITV's Cook Report in 1994.

Mr Clarke insisted he had never in his life "had the compulsion" to grope another man as he dismissed the claim as "preposterous", "off the Richter scale" and "like Martians landing".

Actor Ben Fellows

After eight hours of deliberations the jury at the Old Bailey found Fellows, of Redstone Farm Road, Olton, Solihull, not guilty of perverting the course of justice between November 14 2012 and December 1 2012.

Speaking outside court, Fellows thanked his "friends, family and supporters" who he said "kept me going throughout the ordeal of the last two years".

He described his trial at the Old Bailey as an "intense and terrifying experience", and added that he was "completely out of my depth".

As far as I'm concerned the next few weeks and months are about rebuilding my life and moving on. I shall make no further comment now or in the future about Mr Clarke and the events of 1994.

– Ben Fellows


Debris barnacles 'fit timeline of when MH370 went down'

The barnacles attached to the plane debris. Credit: Reuters

Barnacles attached to a piece of debris which could be part of MH370 are old enough to fit with the timeline of when the plane went down, an expert has said.

Marine biologist Dr Phillip Cowie told ITV News he believed they were goose-necked barnacles which are usually found in tropical waters.

From looking at photographs, Dr Cowie said some of them appeared to be adults, which can range from a few months to a year old. Flight MH370 has been missing since it took off on March 8, 2014.

But unless the species turn out to be rare, the barnacles are unlikely to help with any indication as to where the rest of the wreckage might be.

"The point of origin is difficult to pinpoint unless they are a very uncommon species," said Dr Cowie.

"The nature of these barnacles is that they are often spread across a very wide area, so sadly they may not be of much use in determining much else."

College bomb plot teen faces 'substantial' prison term

Police found webcam pictures Lyburd took of himself dressed for combat. Credit: CPS/PA Wire

Police found pipe bombs Liam Lyburd had made, a Glock semi-automatic handgun and 94 expanding bullets he had bought on the internet when they raided his home in Newcastle in November.

A computer specialist recovered a deleted file from his computer in which he wrote about getting vengeance on the college which had kicked him out.

They also found webcam pictures he took of himself dressed for combat, armed with a Glock and brandishing a knife.

He will be sentenced on September 25 after a psychiatric report has been prepared.

Judge Paul Sloan QC told him: "You will appreciate that only a very substantial sentence in custody is appropriate in the circumstances of this case."

Lyburd gestured with his fingers to his own head as if he was shooting himself as he was taken away from court.

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