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The Morning Headlines
17th December 2014

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13-year-old boy charged with Edmonton murder 

A 13-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a man stabbed to death in north London.

Christopher John Barry was killed on Sunday evening at his home in Edmonton. 

The boy will appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court today.

Peshawar begin burying dead

The Pakistani city of Peshawar has begun burying its dead after gunmen killed at least 132 children at a school.

A total of 141 were killed in the attack, thought to be the Taliban's deadliest attack in Pakistan to date.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared three days of mourning.

London Duck Boat tours were unsafe, report says 

Duck boat tours in London and Liverpool previously failed to meet safety standards, according to a report released today. 

The Marine Accident Investigation branch said it was “extremely fortune” that no-one was hurt when a craft sank in Liverpool in June last year, saying the Wacker Quacker 1 which sank in Liverpool last year had not had enough buoyancy foam in more than a decade. 

Last September 30 people had to be evacuated from the Cleopatra on the Thames when it caught fire. 

The Liverpool tours are no longer operating. Various amendments have been made to the London boats since the incident. 

Security upped ahead of Kim Jong-Un comedy release

US security services are investigating threats made against cinemas which are planning to show a controversial comedy film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. 

A group of hackers, who have already attacked Sony Pictures, warned that anyone who went to see the film would face a “bitter fate”. 

Security has been increased at the premiere in New York. 

Police call centre staff have toilet breaks monitored 

Police call centre staff are being monitored when they go to the toilet, according to Union members.

Union chiefs said Met staff at London's control centres were exhausted due to strict monitoring regimes.

Bosses allegedly follow their staff into the toilet to enforce a strict “five minute” rule. 

Scotland Yard insist they are unaware of claims staff had been followed into toilets by senior colleagues.
The Met's command centres handle 4.5 million emergency calls a year.

Police searching for bus pervert 

Police are hunting for a man who masturbated in front of passengers on two London buses.

He was travelling on the 205 as it travelled through Commercial Street on October 25 at 8.45pm.

It later happened again on the 21 heading towards Lewisham. 

Detectives are appealing for witnesses.

E-cigarettes may help smokers quit 

E-cigarettes could help smokers quit or reduce their habit, according to the latest research.

The Cochrane Review's study found that one in ten people who used e-cigarettes were able to stop smoking for up to a year. 

Public health doctors remain concerned that e-cigarettes could reverse negative attitudes towards smoking.  

Curious rover finds methane: life on Mars? 

Nasa's Curiosity rover has detected the gas methane on Mars. 

The finding indicates that there could be past or present life on the planet.

The finding is significant as on Earth, 95 per cent of methane comes from living things.

The Curiosity scientists are still working to find out the methane's source. 

Two metre tall gorilla made of coat-hangers may fetch £80k at auction 

A two metre tall silverback gorilla made entirely out of coat hangers goes on auction today. 

The piece, by Turner Prize nominated artist David Mach, is part of an animal inspired collection. It's thought that it could sell for as much as £80,000. 

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