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Teenager due to be sentenced for Colchester murders

James Fairweather became one of Britain's youngest double murders when he killed two people in 2014. Credit: Essex Police

A teenager is due to be sentenced today after being found guilty of murdering two strangers in Colchester.

James Fairweather was 15-years old when he stabbed to death father-of-five James Attfield - then three months later PHD student, Nahid Almanea.

Mr Attfield, 33, was stabbed 102 times in a park in Colchester in March 2014.

Nahid Almanea, 31, was stabbed with a bayonet and stabbed in both her eyes as she walked along a nature trail in the town.

The 15-year-old was looking in the same area for a third victim when police finally stopped him in May 2015.

Fairweather, now 17, was found guilty on two counts of murder on April 22 at Guildford Crown Court.

He admitted the manslaughter of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denied the murders.

He has become one of Britain's youngest double murderers after being convicted of the crimes.

At least 194 civilians in Aleppo killed in past seven days

Air strikes in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo have killed 194 civilians in the past seven days.

In rebel-held areas of Aleppo 123 civilians, including 18 children, were killed during the days of intensified violence, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

A child carried from the rubble in rebel-held Aleppo following an airstrike Credit: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Rebel shelling into government-held areas of the city during the same period killed 71 civilians, including 13 children, the British-based monitoring group said.

Eight more civilians, including three children, were killed by government shelling into areas not under its control in the city, the Observatory said.


First UK Foreign Secretary visit to Cuba since 1959

Philip Hammond has become the first British foreign secretary to visit Cuba since before the communist revolution of 1959.

Foreign secretary Hammond and Cuba's Foreign Minister Parrilla Credit: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters

Arriving in the capital Havana, Hammond said Britain was keen to forge "new links" with Cuba, and the two countries are "set to reach new cooperation agreements on energy, financial services, education and culture, to the benefit of both our nations".

His visit follows US President Barack Obama's historic visit last month intended to normalise relations between the two countries after decades of hostility.

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