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Jordan air strikes ‘beginning of retaliation'

Jordan's air strikes on Islamic State targets are "the beginning of our retaliation", the Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh has said.

This comes after IS released a video of the captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage.

Jordan had previously only bombed militant bases in Syria, but the raids have now expanded into Iraq.

 

Emergency talks to end Ukraine conflict

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande are meeting in urgent talks in Kiev to end renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine.

They are presenting a peace initiative after fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels has killed more than 5,000 people since April.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is also in Kiev, and said the US wanted a "diplomatic solution" but "would not close its eyes to Russian aggression."

 

Gary Glitter found guilty of historic child sex abuse

The former glam rock singer Gary Glitter has been found guilty of sexually abusing young girls during the 70s and 80s.

A jury at Southwark Crown Court convicted the 70-year-old, whose real name is Paul Gadd, of six counts including rape.

He was remanded in custody and faces a maximum of life imprisonment when he's sentenced at the end of the month.

 

Scotland Yard spends more than £10m guarding Julian Assange 

Scotland Yard has spent £10 million on around the clock security at London's Ecuadorean embassy since the founder of Wikileaks claimed asylum there.

Metropolitan Police officers wanted to arrest Julian Assange in 2012 over accusations he sexually assaulted two women in Sweden. 

But they are unable to question him until he leaves the embassy. 

In August last year, Mr Assange said he would "soon" leave the embassy, but he still remains inside.

 

Army needs to recruit more minority personnel

The Army must do more to recruit black, Asian and ethnic minority personnel.

Top officer General Sir Nick Carter said the force must "draw talent from all of the society we represent" - to find the best recruits.

Minority soldiers make up just over 10 per cent of the Army's 87,000 regular personnel, slightly less than the proportion in the wider population.

 

Police tackle keyless car theft

Police officers have arrested 84 people during a week of coordinated activity to tackle keyless vehicle theft.

The operation was launched after a rise in criminals stealing keyless cars using a device which bypasses the car’s electronics, allowing them to drive away without the owner’s key.



Santander and Coca-Cola bid for Boris Bike sponsorship 

Santander and Coca-Cola are said to be in the running to take over the Boris bike sponsorship deal.

The multi-million pound deal with Transport for London has been dropped by Barclays.

Spanish-owned bank Santander is tipped to seal a £50 million deal. An announcement about the contract could be made as early as next week.

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