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Olympics star Michael Phelps avoids jail for drink driving

American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has been given a one-year suspended jail sentence for drink driving.

Phelps was caught driving at 84mph (135kph) in a 45mph zone (72kph) and crossing lanes illegally while nearly twice the legal limit in September. It was his second arrest for drunken driving.

Michael Phelps told reporters he would 'continue to grow from this' after admitting to the judge he had made a 'bad mistake'.

The 18-time Olympic gold medallist also received 18 months of supervised probation after admitting the offence.

Phelps said he underwent a 45-day rehab programme after his arrest and has pledged to continue to receive care while also attending Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Woman arrested after eight children killed in Australia

The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police have confirmed.

Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the woman, who was hospitalised on Friday with stab wounds, was lucid and awake and talking to police.

Asnicar said the woman was the mother of seven of the eight children, aged 18 months to 15 years. The eighth child was her niece.

Sony CEO responds to Obama: 'We did not make a mistake'

The head of Sony Pictures has rejected US President Barack Obama's claim the company "made a mistake" by pulling the release of The Interview in the face of terrorist threats.

Michael Lynton said Barack Obama was mistaken in his reading of the film's cancellation. Credit: REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Speaking to CNN, Michael Lynton said Sony did not "give in" to hackers and said Mr Obama, along with the press and public, were "mistaken" over their reading of what prompted them to cancel the film's screenings.

Mr Lynton said Sony "had no alternative" after experiencing "the worst cyber attack in American history".

Record patient admissions increase winter strain on NHS

The unprecedented pressure being put on the NHS in England this winter has grown again with the vast majority of A&E departments feeling the strain.

The latest weekly data showed nearly half a million people arrived at A&E and record numbers were admitted to hospital.

In most, fewer than 90 per cent of patients were seen within the Government's target time of four hours, the lowest proportion on record.

ITV News Reporter Paul Davies spent the day at the Whittington Hospital in north London.

Obama says 'I love Seth Rogen' as he ridicules North Korea

US President Barack Obama has ridiculed North Korea for mounting an "all-out assault on a movie studio because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco".

An FBI investigation has concluded Pyongyang was behind the cyber attack last month on Sony Pictures.

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Teacher learned son was dead as she identified staff bodies

A teacher whose son was among the 132 children massacred by the Taliban at a school in Pakistan has told ITV News she learned of his death after being asked to identify the bodies of her colleagues.

Parents have tentatively returned their children to other schools in the area, three days after the killings in Peshawar that shocked the world.

Pakistan has meanwhile executed two convicted militants, the country's first state killings in years, after the government reinstated the death penalty following the massacre that killed 148 people.

ITV News International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar reports from Peshawar.

Obama: Sony 'made a mistake' in pulling film after hacking

US President Barack Obama has said Sony Pictures "made a mistake" in cancelling the release of movie The Interview after threats from hackers who breached the film company's security system.

President Obama said the US will make a proportionate response to North Korea in the future as he blamed Pyongyang for making considerable damage with the cyber attack.

"I wish they had spoken to me first," Mr Obama said while taking questions at the White House.

"I would have told them: 'Do not get into a pattern in which you are intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.'"

Mr Obama said the US would make a "proportionate response" to North Korea "when we choose" after the FBI blamed Pyongyang for the cyber attack on Sony's computer systems.

He confirmed the US had no indication North Korea worked with any other nation in conducting the cyber attack.

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