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Harris victim: Refusal to extend sentence 'is an insult'

One of Rolf Harris' victims expressed her anger over his sentence for sex crimes and described the length of time the disgraced children's entertainer will serve as "an insult".

The woman, who was abused by Harris when she was a small child, told Good Morning Britain the Attorney General's decision not to review the sentence of five years and nine months "sent out the wrong signals".

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Former slave: Authorities will give 'slap on the wrist'

A former slave has said she was too terrified to go to the police because the perpetrators told her authorities would only give them "a slap on the wrist".

The anonymous former slave told Good Morning Britain: "When I spoke to the individual and person she said, 'I bought you. I own you now.' If you do go to the authorities all we are going to get is a slap on the wrists and you will be deported."

Border staff 'unprepared' to deal with Ebola victims

Border staff do not feel adequately prepared to deal with the possibility of people with Ebola coming to the UK and need more information about the threat, a union leader said.

Union members were not confident over what to do if they suspected someone of being sick.
Union members were not confident over what to do if they suspected someone of being sick. Credit: DPA

Immigration Service Union general secretary Lucy Moreton said the union's members were very concerned and were not confident over what to do if they suspected someone of being sick.

She told BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight programme: "They serve on the front line; they are the first point of contact usually for people coming off an aircraft and the concern is what do they do if they're confronted with someone that doesn't appear well who appears at the border.

"There is no health facility at the border, there is no containment facility and until extremely recently there has been no guidance issued to staff at all as to what they should do."

Argentina defaults on its debt for second time in 13 years

Argentina has defaulted on its debt for the second time in 13 years.

Talks with creditors broke down on Wednesday night and the midnight deadline passed without a deal to avert a default.

Argentina's economy minister Axel Kicillof speaks to the media at a press conference at the Argentine Consulate in New York on Wednesday.
Argentina's economy minister Axel Kicillof speaks to the media at a press conference at the Argentine Consulate in New York on Wednesday. Credit: Reuters

Argentina has been isolated from international financial markets since its record $100 billion default in 2002.

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Israel to investigate deadly shelling of Gaza UN school

Palestinians inspect the ruins of a UN-run school used to shelter refugees in Gaza.
Palestinians inspect the ruins of a UN-run school used to shelter refugees in Gaza. Credit: Reuters

Israel will investigate the shelling of a UN school in Gaza to decide whether Israeli fire was responsible for an attack which killed at least 16 people.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told BBC's Newsnight programme: "We will investigate that. And if we find that it was errant fire from Israel I'm sure we will apologise.

"It's not clear to us that it was our fire but we know for a fact there was hostile fire on our people from the vicinity of the school."

Definitions of Modern Slavery

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) 20.9 million men, women and children around the world are in slavery.

The most common forms of slavery according to the ILO are:

  • Child Slavery affects an estimated 5.5 million children around the world.
  • Early and forced marriage predominately affects women and girls who are married without choice, forced into lives of servitude often accompanied by physical violence and have no realistic choice of leaving the marriage.
  • Forced labour affects people who are illegally recruited by individuals, businesses or governments and forced to work - usually under the threat of violence or other penalties.
  • Descent-based slavery involves people who are either born into a 'slave' class or are from a 'group' that society views can be used for slave labour.
  • Trafficking involves the transport of any person from one area to another for the purpose of forcing them into slavery conditions.
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