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Community workers criticise new FGM rules

by Emma Burrows
FGM is a common practice in Somalia and many central and eastern Africa countries Credit: ITV News Central

Health and community workers in the Midlands say new rules starting today requiring all NHS hospitals to report cases of female genital mutilation to the government do not go far enough.

The Department of Health says it wants hospitals to report cases to get a better picture about the number of women in the UK who have been subjected to the practice.

Derbyshire vending machine goes global

The giant vending machine installed in the Derbyshire village of Clifton Credit: ITV News Central

The story of the vending machine that has replaced a village shop in Derbyshire has now gone global.

ITV News Central told you last week about the new giant vending machine in Clifton which sells everything from milk to toilet paper.

The news of the invention has now spread to Germany, New Zealand and America.

You can see the coverage around the world by clicking the links above.


Jail on hold for nurse who encouraged man's suicide

William Melchert-Dinkel posed as a suicidal female nurse online Credit: ITV News Central

An American nurse found guilty of encouraging a man from Coventry to commit suicide over the internet has had his conviction reversed.

Mark Drybrough hanged himself in 2005 after chatting to William Melchert-Dinkel who pretended to be a female nurse.

Mark Drybrough from Coventry was found hanged in 2005 Credit: ITV News Central

His year long sentence is now on hold after a ruling by a Supreme Court judge.

Birmingham mother sentenced to life in prison in Pakistan

Khadija Shah is serving life in prison in Rawalpindi
Khadija Shah is serving life in prison in Rawalpindi Credit: DM Photos

A Birmingham mother of three children has been sentenced to life in prison for drug offences in Pakistan.

Khadija Shah, 26, was arrested and jailed in May 2012 when heavily pregnant with her third child.

She was arrested at Islamabad Airport and convicted of smuggling 63kg of heroin. Khadija Shah has always denied knowledge of what was inside the bags - claiming they were given to her by her fiance who escaped when she was arrested. He has yet to be located.

She gave birth to Malaika in September 2013 but was refused bail. The baby has remained in prison with her since.

Her other two children are living with their grandmother in Britain.

Ukrainians take part in mass protest over Crimea

Ukrainians in Nottingham are taking part in the protest today Credit: Ewhen Kurlak

Ukrainians from Nottingham, Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton are travelling to London today to take part in a march against what they say are the illegal actions of the Russian president in Ukraine.

Up to 5,000 people could be at the march which starts at 1.30pm in London.


Finance expert: Fears over seizure of Yeung's stake in Birmingham City

A football finance expert has said life could be difficult for Birmingham City following Carson Yeung's sentencing, because there are fears that his stake in the club may be seized by the Hong Kong state.

Yeung, who resigned as Chairman of the club last month, laundered more than £55 million through his bank accounts over six years, and has been jailed for six years.

Robert Matusiewicz says the shares once held by Carson Yeung could be bought by an individual with no affinity to Birmingham City, and view it simply as an investment.

Carson Yeung sentenced to six years in jail

Carson Yeung has been sentenced to six years in jail Credit: Reuters

Former Birmingham City Football Club chairman Carson Yeung has been sentenced to six years in jail for laundering £55 million following a high-profile trial.

The 54-year-old was found guilty by a Hong Kong court on Monday of five counts of money-laundering. He had denied the charges.

The businessman told the court he had amassed his wealth through hairdressing, share trading, property purchases, gambling in the world's casino hub of Macau and otherinvestments.

The former hair stylist to Hong Kong's rich and famous laundered the money between January 2001 and December 2007 through five bank accounts, the court found.

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