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Farage popularity hit by ongoing Ukip blunders

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been criticised after his attempts to defend a former UKIP parliamentary candidate's remarks about Chinese people and homosexuals only appeared to make matters worse.

Mr Farage said controversial comments made by disgraced former Ukip candidate Kerry Smith were because he was a "rough diamond".

ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports on how the controversy is affecting Mr Farage's popularity.

Obama criticises Sony for 'caving in to censorship'

US President Barak Obama has poured scorn on North Korea as the FBI confirmed the dictatorship had hacked Sony pictures after it produced a satire on an assassination attempt on the life of Kim Jong-un.

Mr Obama said the hacking was 'dangerous folly' which threatened America's commercial interests and worse.

ITV News' Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports.

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Man held after police officer's death

A 28-year-old man from Huyton has been arrested on suspicion of murder following an assault in Liverpool in which an off duty policeman died.

Merseyside Police say the man presented himself at a police station this evening and is being interviewed by detectives.

A post mortem to establish the cause of death of Constable Neil Doyle has concluded that he died as a result of a fatal bleed around the brain, caused by damage to major blood vessels supplying the brain, consistent with an assault.

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Sony 'looking for alternative platform to release The Interview'

Sony Pictures Entertainment said it immediately began looking for alternative platforms to release The Interview after it shelved the planned Christmas Day opening when cinema chains bailed on the comedy film.

Seth Rogen and James Franco in The Interview. Credit: Sony Pictures UK

"It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so," Sony said in a statement after President Barack Obama criticized the studio for pulling the comedy at the center of a cyber attack blamed on North Korea.

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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