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The Morning Headlines
12th December 2014

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Mother who urged suicide bombings on Facebook jailed 

An “extremist” mother-of-six who urged her Facebook friends to become suicide bombers has been jailed for more than five years for promoting terrorism.

Runa Khan also praised “Raising Mujahid Children”, an article giving tips on preparing young children for jihad. Using messaging app Whatsapp, she unwittingly passed a route to Syria to an undercover police officer.

Runa also allegedly glorified the murder of Lee Rigby.

The 35-year-old from Luton admitted four charges of disseminating terrorist publications between July and September 2013.

Congress pass $1.1 trillion budget, avoiding government shutdown  

The US House of Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion budget mere hours before government was due to shut down. 

The money will fund US government spending at its current level until September next year. Additionally, there is an emergency fund that was requested by president Barack Obama for Ebola in West Africa and air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Police recall criminal to prison 

Police are searching for a man called Steven Keith Newark. The 35-year-old has been recalled to prison after he breached the conditions of his licence. 

Newark is 5ft 9inches tall, white, slim and dark haired. He has connections with Epsom, New Addington and Leatherhead. 

Police say he should not be approached.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police on 101 or 999, or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

Man who attacked 'anti-Semitic' George Galloway jailed

A man who attacked the Respect MP George Galloway has been jailed. The attacker called Mr Galloway an "anti-Semitic little man" as he attacked him.

The pro-Palestine MP was left with cuts and bruises following the attack in Notting Hill by drug addict Neil Masterson.

The 39-year-old from Kensington was jailed for 16 months and said he felt "morally justified" in attacking the MP because he was a "Nazi".

Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams big winners at inaugural BBC music awards

Pharrell Williams took home the honours at the inaugural BBC music awards last night, winning best international artist and song of the year for "Happy".

Pharrell did not attend the event in person, but joined the ceremony via satellite and described Happy's global success as "weird" and "not something I can determine".

The award for British Artist of the Year went to Ed Sheeran, who performed for the audience of 13,000 at Earl’s Court.

Coldplay, One Direction, Paloma Faith, Calvin Harris, and Tom Jones also performed at the event.

Floodlight failure disrupts Spurs match

Tottenham's Europa League match at Besiktas was stopped twice last night because of floodlight failure.

Spurs went on to lose the game 1-0. Consequently, they miss out on top spot in group C. 

It means they could face a tougher tie when the draw is made for the final 32 on Monday.

Tonight is the most popular for overnight hotel stays 

More people will book hotels for one night stays this evening than any other night of the year.

This is largely due to the number of office Christmas parties. 

A survey of 2,000 British workers found a third will stay in a hotel afterwards and around the same number admit that they have slept with one of their colleagues.

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