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British banker fit to stand trial for Hong Kong murders

A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women in Hong Kong has been declared fit to stand trial for their murders.

Rurik Jutting pictured arriving at a court in Hong Kong today. Credit: APTN

A judge ruled that Rurik Jutting, 29, was mentally fit to stand trial next year following two weeks of psychiatric examinations, the AFP news agency reported.

The bodies of Seneng Mujiasih and Sumarti Ningsih - reported to be sex workers - were found in his flat on November 1.

Mujiasih was found with knife wounds in the living room, before Ningsih's body was discovered hours later in a suitcase on the balcony.

Mr Jutting, a Cambridge University graduate, recently worked as a securities trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

The case was adjourned until July.

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Mother charged after newborn baby is found in drain

A woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a drain.

The drain where the baby boy was found. Credit: APTN

The baby, who is only days old, was discovered inside the drain by a group of cyclists in a Sydney suburb on Sunday - five days after he was allegedly placed there.

He is said to be in a serious but stable condition at a children's hospital.

The 30-year-old woman is due to appear at Penrith Local Court on Friday.

Insurance firms to be banned from paying terror ransoms

Insurance companies will be banned from paying ransoms to terrorists to free British citizens, under new measures announced by the Home Secretary.

Home Secretary Theresa May. Credit: PA Wire

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, being introduced to Parliament this week, will make clear it is an offence for firms to reimburse ransom payments, Theresa May said.

Mrs May, who will address a counter-terrorism event in London today, said it would help end the practice which "only put many more lives at risk".

The policy is part of a range of measures - including giving police more powers to seize internet data about suspected terrorists - to protect the UK from terrorists.

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NHS: 'Robust plans' in place to deal with strike

"Robust plans" are in place to protect patients during a four-hour strike by thousands of health workers today, NHS England said.

Around 150 police officers will drive or help crew ambulances in London as part of the plans, with paramedics among those walking out in the row over pay.

NHS organisations have tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action.

"We are working with the NHS to ensure there are robust plans for November 24 that protect the safety, welfare and service provided to patients.

– NHS England spokeswoman

NHS workers to stage four-hour strike in pay row

NHS workers will stage a four-hour strike today in a row with the Government over pay.

Members of 11 unions will walk out for four hours today in the row over pay. Credit: PA Wire

Midwives, nurses, radiographers, paramedics and psychiatric staff will walk out from 7am in England and 8am in Northern Ireland in protest at the Government's refusal to to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS employees.

Unison leader Dave Prentis said the second strike in a month should "sound alarm bells" in Westminster as the "anger is spreading".

A Department of Health spokesperson said the government "can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs".

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