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Pistorius granted bail following murder conviction

Disgraced South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was granted bail today after judges changed his conviction for manslaughter to murder last week.

The Paralympic "Blade Runner" killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 and will now remain under house arrest until he is sentenced in April next year.

Pistorius will appear in court on April 18 to give an update on his appeal at the constitutional court.

ITV News Africa correspondent John Ray reports:

Nahid Almanea murder: Arrested man released

A man arrested in connection with the brutal murder of Saudi Arabian student Nahid Almanea has been released, police said.

The 52-year-old man has been positively eliminated from enquiries, Essex Police said.

Essex Police asked the public if they saw a woman carrying this bag on the morning of Nahid's murder. Credit: PA

Nahid, 31, died after she was stabbed 16 times as she walked along a path in Colchester, Essex, on Tuesday morning.

She had been studying an English language course at the University of Essex as part of her studies for a life sciences PhD.

Man to be re-tried for 1970s murders of two teens

A man cleared of murdering two young women is to be re-tried, prosecutors said.

Angus Sinclair, 68, was indicted for the 1977 murders of Christine Eadie and Helen Scott.

Christine Eadie (left) and Helen Scott were murdered in 1977. Credit: Lothian and Borders Police/PA Wire

The two 17 year-old girls were last seen leaving the World's End bar in Edinburgh. Their unclothed bodies were found a day later.

Mr Sinclair stood trial in 2007 accused of their murders and was acquitted of the charges, which he had denied.

Earlier this year, judges granted prosecution the right to re-try him under the new double jeopardy laws passed in 2011.

Man charged with murder of 83-year-old found at Xmas

A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of an elderly man in the early hours of Christmas Day.

The body of 83-year-old Bernard James Smith was discovered at the junction of Shakespeare Road and Wordsworth Avenue on the Highfields estate in Stafford at around 12.50am on Wednesday.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Smith died as a result of multiple chest injuries.

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