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Wife and child murderer to be sentenced

Sami Salem killed his wife and two children Credit: Merseyside Police

A man will be sentenced later for murdering his wife and two children at their home in Liverpool.

Sami Salem, 30, suffocated his wife Arena then drowned their seven-year-old daughter Shadia and son Rami, aged four.

Police officers called to the scene in Toxteth, in May last year, said Salem showed no remorse. A jury rejected his claim of diminished responsibility.

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Liverpool to borrow £185m to fix potholed and worn out roads

Liverpool Council will borrow the money over a 25 year term Credit: PA

City leaders in Liverpool are to borrow £185m to fix potholed and poor quality roads. The council say loans will be taken out "over 25 years at low interest rates" to "radically improve" the city's road network.

Mayor Joe Anderson said funding cutbacks through the government's austerity programme were the trigger for the move. He says he is "concerned about the safety of road users."

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Alfie Evans' father meets the Pope to ask for his help

The father of Alfie Evans has met the Pope and begged him to save his son. Tom Evans flew to the Vatican for an audience with the head of the Catholic Church.

After their meeting, the Pope led crowds in silent prayer for Alfie. The little boy's parents want him to be moved to a hospital in Rome, after losing their latest appeal for his treatment to continue at Alder Hey.

Doctors there say continuing treatment is inhumane and futile.

Andy Bonner has the details.

Alfie's dad meets the Pope to appeal for help

Tom Evans meets the Pope at the Vatican

Alfie Evans' dad Tom has met the Pope in the Vatican asking him to help keep his son alive.

The Supreme Court is currently considering a 2nd application by his family to appeal the decision to withdraw Alfie's life support.

Tom Evans meets the Pope at the Vatican
Alfie with his parents Tom Evans and Kate James

Alfie's parents want to remove their son from Alder Hey hospital and take him to the Bambino Gesú hospital in Rome.

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