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Man charged with murder of two-week-old baby girl

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A man has been charged with the murder of a two-week-old baby girl in Stockport.

Matthew Higham, 23, of Shaw Road South, will appear before magistrates later today.

Police were called to a house following reports the baby girl had stopped breathing.

She was taken to hospital but later died. A post mortem revealed the cause of death was multiple injuries.


West Bank arson attack branded 'barbaric act of terror'

The burnt out house after the arson attack which killed a toddler. Credit: Reuters

An arson attack which killed an 18-month-old Palestinian boy and critically injured three others in West Bank is "nothing short of a barbaric act of terrorism," Israel said.

The attack in the early hours is believed to have been carried out by Jewish extremists.

Palestinian official Ghasan Gaghlas said the assailants broke the window of a house and flung a burning object inside, "causing a quick and huge fire".

They also scrawled Hebrew graffiti on the walls including "Long live the Messiah" and "price tag", as the attacks are known.

Israeli defence minister Moshe Yaalon said the country would not allow "Jewish terrorists" to carry out such acts.

He added: "We will fight against them firmly and with all means and tools at our disposal."

Migrants rush police cordon at Eurotunnel perimeter fence

Hundreds of migrants have continued to clash with the authorities in their bid to gain access to cross-channel terminals in Calais.

Migrants rushed at a police cordon by a truck route along the perimeter fence of the Eurotunnel site at Coquelles in Calais. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Nine people have been killed attempting to cross the Channel in the last month. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Men, women and children, mainly from East African and Arab countries, have continued to attempt to evade authorities. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire


Bottles with Indonesian and Chinese writing wash up

Two plastic bottles with Indonesian and Chinese writing on have washed up near where plane debris thought to be MH370 was found, local media reported.

There were 153 Chinese passengers on the plane which was carrying 239 people. Of these 38 were Malaysian.

French newspaper Linfosaid it was impossible to say if the bottles were from MH370 as they could be waste from Asian cargo ships which regularly sail close by.

The piece of debris, believed to be part of a plane wing, has been sent to France for verification.

Social services call for £5.5m to care for migrant children

The increasing number of young migrants arriving unaccompanied in the UK has put an "enormous strain" on children's social services, which have been left with a shortfall of £5.5 million in care costs, according to officials.

Kent County Council leader Paul Carter has met Home Office officials to discuss the impact of hundreds of children under the age of 18 reaching Folkestone and Dover to seek asylum.

Local government has statutory duties to provide care for unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 and those numbers have escalated dramatically in the last four to five weeks.

About a year ago it was running at about 238 unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 that we were supporting. That is now well over 600 and rising day by day, week by week.

– Kent County Council leader Paul Carter

Man dies after falling backwards down chimney

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A man has died after falling backwards down a chimney of a seven-storey property.

The 20-year-old is believed to have been sitting on the roof of the house in Great Cumberland Place, central London when the tragedy happened.

Police were called to the address shortly before 1am this morning and found the man's body in the basement of the building.

The man is yet to be formally identified but next of kin have been informed.

The death will now be referred to the Coroner.

Inspector Ian Bond of Westminster Police said: "Our thoughts are with the young man’s family at this sad time."

Families to file lawsuit if debris is missing flight MH370

Relatives of those who on board flight MH370 plan to file a lawsuit against Malaysia Airlines if a piece of debris is confirmed to be the missing aircraft.

Zhang Qihuai, a lawyer representing several families, said a group of around 30 relatives had agreed they would take action if it was proved.

Some families are already pursuing settlements through insurer Allianz.

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