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Ann Maguire killer to appeal sentence

The schoolboy who stabbed Leeds teacher Ann Maguire to death at Corpus Christi High School will appeal his sentence tomorrow.

Will Cornick was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for killing Ann Maguire

A panel of judges headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas will hear the application on behalf of 16-year-old Will Cornick, who stabbed Mrs Maguire, 61, seven times from behind as she taught a Spanish class at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April last year.

The appeal relates to the least time Cornick must spend in custody before he is eligible to apply for parole.

Whilst passing his sentence back in November, Mr Justice Coulson warned Cornick, who was 15 at the time, that he might never be released from prison as he passed sentence at Leeds Crown Court.


Scientist jailed for 5 years in US nuclear weapons spy sting

A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist has been sentenced to five years in prison for passing classified US nuclear weapons data to a person he believed to be a Venezuelan government official, the FBI said.

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized US citizen from Argentina, pleaded guilty in June 2013 to several espionage-related offenses. Credit: Leslie Woodhead/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized US citizen from Argentina, pleaded guilty in June 2013 to several espionage-related offenses. His wife, who is 71, was previously sentenced to a year in prison for her role in the same case, according to the FBI.

The pair believed they were dealing with a Venezuelan representative but were actually in contact with an undercover FBI agent.

Dover coastguard in search for 'overdue fishing boat'

The Dover coastguard has launched a search for an overdue fishing boat with four crew members on board.

In a statement, the Martime and Coastguard Agency said that the Dover coastguard was alerted this afternoon when a boat that had been fishing in the Dover Straight failed to return to port.

A rescue helicopter and the RNLI all-weather lifeboats from Dover and Dungeness are taking part in the search operation.

The weather in the Dover Straight is said to be "challenging", with high winds and rough seas hindering search efforts.

Carney praises ECB but accuses Eurozone of failing to act

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney praised the European Central Bank for the "boldness" of its plan announced last week to buy hundreds of billions of euros of government bonds to fight the "potentially dangerous" combination of weak growth and falling prices.

Mark Carney speaking at Davos last week. Credit: Reuters

But he criticised the euro zone for failing to act on other reforms, including making the single currency area more like the United States, where states cushion one another against economic shocks via federal government transfers.

"It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that, if the euro zone were a country, fiscal policy would be substantially more supportive," he said in a speech in Dublin.


Mark Carney attacks Eurozone over austerity

The Governor of the Bank of England launched a broadside against Eurozone austerity policies, warning that it was caught in 'a debt trap'.

Mark Carney's comments come as Greece's new Prime Minister confirmed he will be fighting the tight austerity policies placed on the country by the EU.

The Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney speaking last year. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Since the financial crisis all major advanced economies have been in a debt trap where low growth deepens the burden of debt, prompting the private sector to cut spending further. Persistent economic weakness damages the extent to which economies can recover. Skills and capital atrophy. Workers become discouraged and leave the labour force. Prospects decline and the noose tightens.

As difficult as it has been, some countries, including the US and the UK, are now escaping this trap. Others in the euro area are sinking deeper.

– Mark Carney
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