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Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell have filed a motion for a re-trial, just weeks after she was found guilty of recruiting underage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein. The court had heard her described as "dangerous" and Epstein's "partner in crime" before she was found guilty of five out of six counts she faced. It is not clear whether this forms the basis for Maxwell's lawyers seeking a new trial, but they have previously claimed the revelation warrants this.
A parent in Virginia’s Page County told a school board on Thursday, January 20, that she would “bring every single gun, loaded and ready” if the board did not abandon their mask mandate for students.“No mask mandates. My children will not come to school Monday with a mask on. I will bring every single gun, loaded and ready,” the woman said as she ended her speech to the Page County Public Schools board, after being told she had exceeded her allotted time. “I’ll see y’all on Monday,” she said as she walked toward the exit.The woman identified herself at the start of her speech as Amelia King of Luray, Virginia, and told the board she was “not always able to say” what she wanted “in the appropriate way.” She also complained how she was almost arrested the last time she spoke at a board meeting after exceeding her allotted time.King told the board she was “fighting for transparency” and said they should respect “the wishes of parents.”Page County Public Schools (PCPS) issued a statement on Friday morning saying that during Thursday’s meeting "there were comments made that referenced weapons and were perceived by many to be threatening in nature.“Page County Public Schools does not take these kinds of statements lightly,” the board wrote. “Not only do comments such as these go against everything we wish to model for our students, they go against the very nature of how we as a community should interact with each other. Violence and threats are never acceptable or appropriate.”The school board said the Luray Police Department was investigating the incident, and said both Luray police and the Page County Sheriff’s Office were providing increased police presence at schools across the county on Friday. Credit: Page County Public Schools via Storyful
The Doomsday Clock has remained at 100 seconds to midnight for a third year in a row, as scientists said the world is “no safer” than it was this time last year.
An Oxford college could remove a statue of John the Baptist by Eric Gill following a protest against the paedophile artist's works at BBC headquarters.
Unpublished executive order, obtained by Politico, among documents provided to January 6 panel after court ruling
Greg Hunt says government is being blamed when overcommitted suppliers can’t deliver, and false RAT claims will be reported to ACCC
The vote by peers this week in favour of making misogyny a hate crime has thrust the issue back into the political spotlight as the debate that began in the aftermath of Sarah Everard’s murder over how to better tackle violence against women continues. In support of a change in the law, which would lead to perpetrators of misogynistic offences receiving extra time on their sentences, Baroness Newlove, the former Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, said it would send a “powerful message” that the “law is on the side of women” and recognise the reality that “deep-rooted hostility towards women that motivates many” crimes committed against them. All that is, of course, true, but Justice Secretary Dominic Raab responded the following day by reiterating the government’s view that the reform would be a mistake that could even prove “counter-productive”, adding that ministers would seek to overturn the Lords vote when the relevant legislation returns to the Commons.
Previous research has suggested that peanut allergy affects 2% of children in Western countries and most remain allergic across their lifetime.
The singer has died aged 74.
French ruling party lawmaker Pascal Bois was at home asleep a few days after Christmas when firefighters banged on his front door to tell him his garage was in flames.
The "endless torrent" of announcements on trains will be scrapped, the Transport Secretary has said. Grant Shapps has pledged to launch a "bonfire of the banalities" to make rail journeys in England quieter. The Department for Transport (DfT) said messages which "add unnecessary noise and disruption to journeys" will be cut in the coming months.
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At least one child was killed in northern Syria this week when a storm blanketed tented camps in snow and brought freezing temperatures, compounding the misery of thousands of people displaced by the Mediterranean country's decade-long war. The child died and its mother was in intensive care after snow caused their tent to collapse in the Qastal Miqdad area, as a result of the storm that struck on Jan. 18, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. "I was scared the tent would fall down on the kids," Abu Anas said in Zaitoun camp in northern Syria, after his family fled from eastern Gouta, an area on the outskirts of Damascus that was devastated by the conflict.
The US is considering evacuating family members of diplomats stationed in Ukraine amid fears of a Russian invasion, according to reports. It comes as the United States and Russia warned there had been no breakthrough in crisis talks over Ukraine with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warning of a “united, swift and severe response” if Moscow invades its neighbour. Mr Blinken said the meeting in Geneva was not a negotiation but a “candid exchange of words and views” but that diplomacy was to continue.
The Government has announced that the licence fee is to be frozen at £159 a year until 2024.
Bury South MP Christian Wakeford's defection from the Conservative Party to Labour has left voters questioning whether there will now be a by-election in his constituency. The MP was elected in 2019 to the Greater Manchester constituency with a slim majority of 402 in a seat that had been Labour since 1997. Mr Wakeford said the "partygate" scandal confirmed his decision after "many months" of sleepless nights over the government's decisions, from free schools meals and Universal Credit to the Owen Paterson affair and lockdown parties.
An 11-month-old girl is in critical but stable condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the face from a stray bullet fired on a Bronx street on January 19.Footage shows the suspected shooter running from Valentine Avenue onto East 198th Street before turning around and running back onto Valentine Avenue. A police statement said two shots were fired, one which entered a vehicle and struck the infant.The NYPD released the footage and appealed to the public for help in identifying the suspect, who was believed to be chasing another individual when the shots were fired. Credit: NYPD via Storyful
Christian Wakeford said he refused to ‘defend the indefensible’ over alleged Covid rule breaches.
After weeks of work from home guidance, Plan B restrictions will be lifted on 26 January, heralding the return of commuters to central London offices. What is needed now is a concerted effort to return London to its pre-pandemic state.
A prominent “Red Wall” Tory MP dismissed on Thursday as “bonkers” that she was leading a coup against Boris Johnson but suggested his future was still in doubt. Dehenna Davison, MP for Bishop Auckland, a seat the Conservatives had never won before 2019, stressed she was “incredibly angry” about the Downing Street parties and the Prime Minister’s response.