- 1. PISTORIUS DETECTIVE DROPPED FROM CASE
- 2. PM: USE FOREIGN AID FOR 'PEACEKEEPING'
- 3. GALLOWAY WALKS OUT ON ISRAELI STUDENT
- 4. OVER-60s TOLD: GO BACK TO UNIVERSITY
- 5. EMELI SANDE WINS TWO BRIT AWARDS
- 6. SONY UNVEILS NEW PLAYSTATION 4 - NOT
- 7. SPURS FANS HURT IN 'ANTI-SEMITIC' ATTACK
- 8. EU IMMIGRATION: BORIS DEMANDS FACTS
- 9. WOULD-BE TERRORISTS GUILTY OF BOMB PLOT
- 10. HOT TICKET: METAL GEAR GAME RETURNS
1. PISTORIUS DETECTIVE DROPPED FROM CASE
Oscar Pistorius must wait another day to find out if he is to granted bail on charges that he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The third day of his bail hearing was dominated by the news that the detective leading the investigation, Hilton Botha, has been dropped from the case after it emerged that he was facing seven counts of attempted murder.
2. PM: USE FOREIGN AID FOR 'PEACEKEEPING'
David Cameron yesterday raised the possibility of diverting hundreds of millions of pounds from foreign aid to defence and security, including funding British forces in Afghanistan. Under fire from Tory backbenchers over spending on foreign aid, Cameron told reporters in Amritsar he is "very open" to ideas for diverting the money to "provide basic levels of stability and security".
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3. GALLOWAY WALKS OUT ON ISRAELI STUDENT
George Galloway, the MP for Bradford West, has been accused of "racism" after walking out of a debate at Oxford University when he realised his opponent was Israeli. Galloway said he was boycotting Israel and would not debate with the country's citizens. But his student opponent Eylon Aslan-Levy said his behaviour was "totally unacceptable".
4. OVER-60s TOLD: GO BACK TO UNIVERSITY
People in their 60s should go back to university to retrain for the workplace because they will be expected to work for years longer before retirement, the higher education minister David Willetts said last night. He said older workers who take courses are more likely to keep their jobs. One in four of the population will be 65-plus by 2033.
5. EMELI SANDE WINS TWO BRIT AWARDS
Emeli Sande won best British female and best album at the Brit Awards last night. Ben Howard won best British male and breakthrough act, while Adele, who was in Los Angeles rehearsing for Sunday's Oscars, took best single for Skyfall. Mumford and Sons won best British band. Coldplay beat the Rolling Stones to win best live act.
6. SONY UNVEILS NEW PLAYSTATION 4 - NOT
In a baffling PR debacle in New York last night, Sony unveiled its next-generation PlayStation 4 without showing the physical device itself, leaving hundreds of fans at a two-hour event deflated. Sony said it would introduce the actual console with new hardware designed for futuristic graphics and new social features later in the year.
7. SPURS FANS HURT IN 'ANTI-SEMITIC' ATTACK
Spurs fans, drinking in a bar in the French city of Lyon, have been attacked by far right thugs in what appears to be another anti-Semitic attack. Three supporters were taken to hospital after the ambush by a gang making Nazi salutes ahead of the English club's game against Lyon tonight. Spurs has close ties to the Jewish community in London.
8. EU IMMIGRATION: BORIS DEMANDS FACTS
London mayor Boris Johnson has called on ministers to "come clean" on how many Bulgarians and Romanians are expected to move to Britain when border restrictions are lifted next year. Campaigning with Maria Hutchings, the Tory candidate in the Eastleigh by-election, Johnson said estimates should be released if they exist – and he suspects they do.
9. WOULD-BE TERRORISTS GUILTY OF BOMB PLOT
Three Birmingham men have been found guilty of planning terror attacks that would have eclipsed the 7/7 bombings. Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, were 'central figures' in what police said was the most significant terror plot to be uncovered since 2006. They and six others were planning a huge attack involving eight to ten bombs when they were arrested in 2011.
10. HOT TICKET: METAL GEAR GAME RETURNS
Action video game 'Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance' is released in the UK this week. The ninth game in the 'Metal Gear' series focuses on a cyborg ninja called Raiden, who must battle enemies from a private military company with Samurai-style sword-fighting. "A technical masterpiece", says The Guardian.
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