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Mainly dry and bright with plenty of sunny spells

It will be mainly dry and bright today with plenty of sunny spells.

It will be mainly dry and bright today with plenty of sunny spells. Credit: Met Office

There will be a few showers to the far northwest, with a wintry element over the hills of Scotland.

Light and patchy rain will push in from the southwest, and the cloud will thicken across the south and south Wales through the day.

Top temperature will be 12 degrees Celsius (54F).

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Catholic priest faces jail over historical sexual abuse

Father Anthony McSweeney is facing jail after being found guilty of abusing a boy. Credit: John Stillwell / PA WIRE

A Catholic priest dubbed the "fat vicar" is facing jail today after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy at a children's home between 1979 and 1981.

Father Anthony McSweeney preyed on the vulnerable youngster while working at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow, west London.

McSweeney, 68, was also found guilty of making indecent images of children.

He preyed on the boy with his close friend John Stingemore, 72, who managed the care home and was found dead in January - weeks before his trial.

At his trial in February McSweeney was cleared of three indecent assaults on two other boys at the care home and taking a pornographic photo of one of these boys.

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Several items removed from co-pilot's addresses

Police investigating the Germanwings plane crash have taken away several items from the co-pilot's flat in Dusseldorf and his parents' home in Montabaur.

Prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the flight killing himself and 149 passengers.

German police took away several items after search Andreas Lubitz's flat in Dusseldorf. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
Police also took away bags of items from Lubitz's parents' home near Frankfurt. Credit: Reuters/Ralph Orlowski
A German police officer was also seen apparently taking away a computer from the parents' property. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
A suitcase was also removed from the home in Montabaur by investigators. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Italian court to rule on Knox and Sollecito convictions

American Amanda Knox will find out if her conviction for murder has been upheld. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Kelly

An Italian court's decision on whether to uphold the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher is due to be made today.

Italy's highest court had been expected to reach its decision on Wednesday but closing arguments took longer than expected.

Ms Kercher, a 21-year-old from Coulsdon, Surrey, was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in her bedroom in 2007 while studying in Perugia, Italy.

Her flatmate Knox, a student from Seattle in the US, and Knox's then-boyfriend Sollecito spent four years in jail for the murder but were acquitted on appeal in 2011.

Knox returned to the US before an appeal court threw out the acquittal and reinstated her and Sollecito's guilty verdicts last year.

Italy's Supreme Court in Rome must decide if it finally upholds those convictions.

A spokeswoman for the court said: "The public hearing will continue at 9am, when one of the lawyers of the appeal will intervene. The panel of judges will go into chambers and then deliver their verdicts."

Liam Payne: Zayn's departure 'the worst time for band'

Liam Payne said Zayn Malik's departure did not mean the end for One Direction. Credit: Ian West / PA WIRE

One Direction star Liam Payne has described Zayn Malik's departure as "the worst" time for the band, but reassured fans it did not mean the end for the group.

The 21-year-old singer posted a heartfelt message on Twitter after the announcement that Malik had left the world's biggest boy band.

Payne said he felt "deeply saddened" but promised there was more to come from the group.

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