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Michael Brown's mother: Officer's comments 'insulting'

The mother of US teen Michael Brown says comments made by the police officer who killed her son have added "insult after injury".

Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, told NBC's Today show that officer Darren Wilson had been "disrespectful" by saying that her son looked like a "demon" before the shooting.

Brown's father, Michael Brown Snr, said Wilson's account of the incident was "crazy".

"Who in their right mind would rush or charge at a police officer that has his gun drawn?" he asked.

Footballer accused of trying to smuggle woman

Gervinho has been accused of trying to smuggle someone into Italy. Credit: PA

Former Arsenal forward Gervinho has been accused of trying to smuggle a woman onto a flight from the Ivory Coast to Rome.

Gervinho was leaving the Ivorian capital of Abidjan last week on a private jet laid on by his club, Roma, after helping Ivory Coat qualify for next year's Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

According to French publication imatin, he managed to bribe several airport officials before being rumbled by the pilot, who refused to depart with the woman on board.

Gervinho's agent Pascal Boisseau was unavailable for comment.


New terror laws 'nothing as dramatic' as proposed

New measures include confiscating passports. Credit: PA

New anti-terror laws are "nothing like as dramatic" as proposed earlier this year, the reviewer of terror legislation has said.

David Anderson QC claimed some of the powers to stop British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria were ill-thought out and would not work in practice.

He told the Joint Committee on Human Rights: "My understanding is that somebody who is seeking to fly home may be presented with an order at the check-in desk and told 'you are more than welcome to come home.'

"But when you come home you will have to comply with certain obligations' and those are the obligations in the order.

"Now, no doubt there will be cases about whether that is lawful, but certainly in terms of restricting the right of abode, it is nothing like as dramatic as what appeared to be originally proposed."

Home Secretary Theresa May will publish the details of the measures later in a new Counter-terrorism and Security Bill.

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Ex-children's home boss guilty of 26 sex abuse charges

Former North Wales children's home owner John Allen has been found guilty of 26 counts of sexually abusing youngsters.

He was found not guilty of two counts by a jury at Mold Crown Court.

12 counts are still to be decided.

Mr Allen, 73, ran homes in the Wrexham area known as the Bryn Alyn Community.

In a seven-week trial, he denied all 40 counts of sexual abuse against 20 children, aged between seven and 15, from 1968 to 1991.

John Allen owned and ran a group of children's homes in the Wrexham area. Credit: PA

Reckless heckled at first PMQs since re-election

Mark Reckless takes to the floor in PMQs

Ukip's Mark Reckless was heckled by the house as he took to the floor in his first PMQs session since his re-election in Rochester and Strood today.

Mr Cameron replied to the former Tory's question on Medway Hospital, which has come under fire in a new report today.

The Prime Minister added: "The only thing i fail to understand is why he decided to join a party that doesn't believe in the NHS and wants to break it up."


Thomas Cook shares slump after CEO's departure

Thomas Cook shares have slumped after the holidays giant announced the shock departure of the woman credited with securing its survival.

Thomas Cook's departing boss Harriet Green said her work at the company was complete. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Harriet Green, who joined the company in July 2012 when it had just tapped its banks for £200 million in order to stay afloat, said her work at Thomas Cook was complete after returning it to a sound financial footing.

Ms Green's campaign of cost savings and a purge of low-margin operations ensured underlying earnings rose by 44% to £323 million in annual results today.

Ms Green has been replaced with immediate effect by chief operating officer Peter Fankhauser, who has been with Thomas Cook for 13 years and is credited with leading the turnaround of its UK division.

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Walsall couple arrested on suspicion of terror offences

A man and a woman from Walsall have been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

Two addresses in Walsall are being searched Credit: PA

The couple were detained by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit at around 10.30pm last night at Heathrow Airport, as they disembarked a flight from Istanbul.

Two addresses in Walsall are being searched. The man, aged 20, and the woman, aged 19, are both currently in custody in the West Midlands area.

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