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Ten British women 'may be fighting in Syria'

A female rebale fighter assembles a rifle in an Aleppo mosque.
A female rebale fighter assembles a rifle in an Aleppo mosque. Credit: Reuters

Ten British women may have travelled to Syria to join the fight against the Assad regime's forces, according to experts.

The Daily Mirror reports that the women could have joined up with an extremely violent Islamist group called 'Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which is so brutal it has reportedly even been disowned by al-Qaeda.

Terrorism expert Shiraz Maher, from King's College London, told the paper there were "around 10 British women out there", most of whom have accompanied their husbands.

Read: Muslim women urged to warn men against Syria travel

Hillsborough families 'frightened' by Wikipedia insults

Insults posted on Wikipedia relating to the Hillsborough disaster were posted on Credit: PA

Families of Hillsborough victims have described as "deeply upsetting" the revelation that insults relating to the disaster were reportedly posted online from Government offices.

Margaret Aspinall, from the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said: "I don't even know how to react, it's just so sad. I hear something like that and it upsets me a great deal, it makes me incredibly sad.

"I'm glad somebody has found out about it but I'm frightened to be honest that we haven't known until now."

Sheila Coleman, from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, said: "We're still in the inquests and we've sat listening to the most heartbreaking accounts of that day, and then you hear about things like this. It's absolutely appalling, disgraceful."


Deport foreign criminals more quickly, govt urged

Foreign nationals make up 13% of the total prison population, the PAC said.
Foreign nationals make up 13% of the total prison population, the PAC said. Credit: Reuters

A public spending watchdog has demanded action to speed up the Government's "frustratingly poor" record on removing from the UK foreign criminals who are costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds.

Too many overseas inmates are still being locked up at public expense as the rate they are sent home has dropped by 14% over the past four years, the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said.

The committee's chair, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, said: "While more than 1,000 foreign national offenders are deported each quarter, a similar number are convicted, so the overall number of foreign national prisoners stays at the same level of around 11,000 - 13% of the total prison population."

"The agency should work with the Home Office to understand why there are delays in removing foreign national offenders, and tackle the barriers to their removal."

Royal Navy warship 'monitoring' Russian naval vessel

HMS Dragon, a Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer. Credit: MoD

A Royal Navy warship is monitoring the activity of a Russian destroyer as it transits past United Kingdom territorial waters, the Ministry of Defence has said.

HMS Dragon, one of the Royal Navy's newest Type 45 destroyers moved into position last week north of Scotland to be able to respond to the activity of the Russian vessel, Vice Admiral Kulakov, the MoD said on their website.

In what the MoD are calling a "well-established and standard" response, HMS Dragon will track the Russian vessel as she transits south.

More: RAF scrambles aircraft over Russian jets 'threat'


Hillsborough insults 'traced back to govt computers'

The Cabinet Office has launched an investigation over claims insulting additions were made to the Hillsborough Wikipedia page from government computers.

The Liverpool Echo reports the phrase "Blame Liverpool fans" was anonymously added to the Hillsborough page of the encyclopedia site in 2009.

Flowers are laid at the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy. Credit: Press Association

It's alleged that three years later computers on the secure Whitehall intranet were used again to change the phrase "You'll never walk alone" to "You'll never walk again" and later to "You'll never w*** alone."

On another occasion, the description of a Bill Shankly statue on the Anfield Wikipedia page was revised to change the well-known quote “He made the people happy” to “He made a wonderful lemon drizzle cake.”

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman told the newspaper: “We thank the Liverpool ECHO for bringing this to our attention. This is a matter that we will treat with the utmost seriousness and are making urgent inquiries.

“No one should be in any doubt of the government’s position regarding the Hillsborough disaster and its support for the families of the 96 victims and all those affected by the tragedy.”

Man charged with killing nine-week-old daughter

A father has been charged with killing his nine-week-old daughter.

Adam Stokes, 32, of the Runfold area of Luton, Bedfordshire, has been charged with the manslaughter of his daughter, Scarlett Stokes-Craig, who died of head injuries in January last year.

He was bailed and is due to appear before Luton Magistrates' Court on May 12, Bedfordshire Police said.

Teen cancer sufferer's fundraising total tops £2m

Stephen's picture of himself giving a thumbs up from his hospital bed
Stephen's picture of himself giving his "final thumbs up" from his hospital bed Credit: Stephen's Story/Facebook

Teenager Stephen Sutton, who is battling bowel cancer, has raised more than £2m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stephen originally set himself a target of raising £10,000 for the charity, but set the bar at £1m after raising hundreds of thousands more than his first goal.

The campaign went viral after Stephen posted on Facebook, giving what he called his "final thumbs up". The total raised continued to build, and yesterday comedian Jason Manford urged people to keep donating to see if they could reach the £2m mark.

At the time of writing, the total on Stephen's Just Giving page is £2,003,887.47.

He posted again earlier today saying: "Throughout the whole journey I've been realistic about my position and at my last post I genuinely thought I was a goner.... But hey, I'm still here!!"

Read: Russell Brand and Simon Pegg add support for Stephen

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