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Mother who tortured and killed daughter to be sentenced

Polly Chowdhury, left, and Kiki Muddar. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A mother convicted of the shocking torture and murder of her eight-year-old daughter while under the spell of a "controlling" lesbian lover will discover her jail term today.

Polly Chowdhury, 35, and Kiki Muddar, 43, were both convicted of the manslaughter of Ayesha Ali, Chowdhury's daughter who died at their home in east London in 2013.

Both could face years behind bars after the Old Bailey trial heard how Muddar created a fantasy world through social media and texts seducing Chowdhury and turning her against the little girl because she saw her as a threat.

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MPs: Britain should have done more over Hong Kong

Mass demonstrations took place as Hong Kong residents demanded free elections in 2017. Credit: Reuters

The British government should have done more to support Hong Kong's efforts for democracy, MPs have said in a highly critical report.

The Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committe rebuked ministers for their "mild" response to China's decision to block a fact-finding mission to the former British colony.

The committee added it was "profoundly disappointed that the Foreign Office did not summon the Chinese ambassador after the move.

China said the planned visit - due to take place amid mass pro-democracy protests - would have been an unwanted intrusion on internal affairs.

Sir Richard Ottaway, chair of the committee, said the move was part of a "troubling pattern" during which Hong Kong's moves toward free elections - promised in the Sino-British declaration of 1984 - appeared to be undermined by Beijing.

"We are concerned that the FCO's lack of clarity in expressing its views on political and constitutional developments in Hong Kong may be damaging the UK's reputation there," he said.

Star Wars' Hamill: May all Ford's flights be green screen

Hamill (left) alongside Carrie Fisher (centre) and Ford (right) in Return of the Jedi. Credit: dpa-Film Fox/DPA

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has tweeted his relief that co-star Harrison Ford is expected to recover fully from a plane crash.

Writing on Twitter, Hamill - who played Luke Skywalker in the film series - said he hoped all Ford's future flights were on "green screen".

Publicist: Harrison Ford 'expected to make full recovery'

Ford was flying this Ryan PT-22 Recruit when he crashed. Credit: Reuters

Harrison Ford's publicist has said the actor is "expected to make a full recovery" after his plane crashed in California.

In a statement via email to NBC News, Slate PR said: "Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which had engine trouble upon take off. He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely.

"He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care. The injuries sustained are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery."

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Two bailed amid cyclist stabbing investigation

Two people who were arrested on suspicion of the murder of teenager Alan Cartwright have been released on bail.

The pair, both male and aged 17 and 21, were arrested on Wednesday in relation to the death of the teenager, who was stabbed to death while riding a bicycle with friends.

Both have been bailed to return to a London police station in April.

Two other suspects, both aged 18, are still in custody, the Metropolitan Police said.

'Dad is OK': Harrison Ford's son tweets after crash

Harrison Ford's son has tweeted from hospital to say that his father is "battered, but OK" after a plane crash in California.

Chef Ben Ford also thanked people for their support after the Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor was hospitalised.

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