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British Afghanistan veteran jailed for murdering his 20-month-old daughter

© Northamptonshire police/PA.
Liam Culverhouse was discharged from the army after losing his right eye in Afghanistan in November 2009 in an incident in which five comrades died.
A soldier who killed his 20-month-old daughter after surviving a rogue attack in Afghanistan has been jailed for six years.

Lance Corporal Liam Culverhouse admitted at an earlier hearing causing the death of Khloe Abrams.

The Grenadier Guardsman was medically discharged from the army after losing his right eye in a shooting incident at an Afghan police checkpoint in Nad-e-Ali in Helmand province in November 2009. Five of his comrades were killed in the attack.

Eighteen months after returning home, Culverhouse assaulted Khloe at the family home in Northampton, resulting in the toddler suffering severe brain damage and fractures to her skull, ribs and limbs.

The toddler, who was just seven weeks old, was admitted to Northampton General hospital on 8 May 2011.

Despite receiving medical treatment, she never recovered and died at the Rainbow children's hospice in Loughborough 18 months later on 7 November 2012.

Comment: Read more about PTSD Epidemic

2 + 2 = 4

French study shows a majority of men and a third of women cheat

Ifop poll finds that 55 per cent of French men and 32 per cent of French women are unfaithful and that infidelity is on the rise but that the French are champions of forgiveness.
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The majority of French men and a third of French women cheat on their partners, a new poll has found.


Sacramento, California: Suspicious death of pepper-sprayed inmate with breathing tube

Joseph Duran
© Hector Amezcua
Steven Duran and his ex-wife Elaine Duran talk about the death of their son Joseph Duran, shown in a photo from his California Department of Corrections identification from 2003 at their home in Whittier, Calif., on Friday, January 10, 2014. Joseph died at Mule Creek Prison in September.

Sometime around 10 p.m. on Sept. 6, the guards at Mule Creek State Prison in Amador County decided to take action against Joseph Damien Duran, a mentally ill inmate who had been acting up inside his cell for hours.

Duran, a 35-year-old career criminal who had been at the prison for two days, was refusing to take his medications, pounding on his cell door and making faces at prison staffers. He rejected orders to place his hands through the food port opening in his cell door to be handcuffed, and refused to close the food port. Finally, guards aimed through the port and blasted him in the face with pepper spray.


Los Angeles Smog 'Made in China'


Los Angeles covered in smog
Scientists find that pollution from outsourced US industry comes back home on the westerly winds


Ship of fools: Icebound expeditioners apologise for Antarctic rescue mission

Chinese helicopter rescues passenger of Antarctic ship
© AP/Zhang Jiansong
A Chinese helicopter rescues passengers from the ship Shokalsky on the 2nd of January.
Antarctic expeditioners rescued by an Australian icebreaker have apologised for an operation that could cost taxpayers up to $2.4 million.

Fifty-two passengers rescued from a Russian ship trapped in sea ice have arrived in Hobart aboard the Australian Antarctic vessel Aurora Australis, nearly three weeks after the emergency began.

The MV Akademik Shokalskiy, chartered by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition to retrace the steps of explorer Sir Douglas Mawson, became stuck in thick sea ice on Christmas Eve.

"We're incredibly grateful to everyone who's come out to help us," leader of the privately funded expedition, Professor Chris Turney, told a media conference in Hobart.

"We are terribly sorry for any impact that it might have had on fellow colleagues whose work has been delayed.
"Any experienced Antarctic scientist knows that's an inherent risk."

Comment: And no, Chris Turney aka "the Penguin" is no experienced Antarctic scientist unless we add political scientists and spin doctors into the equation.

Comment: The expedition joy ride which was a farce from beginning to end did take unnecessary risks.
French Le Monde blasts Chris Turney's Antarctic joy ride for disrupting real Antarctic science!
Rescue efforts for trapped Antarctic voyage disrupt serious science

No more dead parrots - Global-warming fans spent frozen Christmas in Antarctica:
"A look at readily available satellite imagery would have prevented the fiasco; they show an abundance of ice in the Antarctic"


16 million online accounts hacked in Germany

Germany hacking
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Hackers steal data from around 16 million online accounts in Germany.

German authorities say hackers have stolen data from around 16 million online accounts in the European country.

Officials at Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said hackers managed to get access to the details of online accounts by infecting computers with a malware program.

The malicious software registers the computer users to a network through which the data could be stolen.

German authorities have not yet released any information about the hackers or their motives.

The BSI has set up a webpage to help people know whether their email details have been stolen.

According to reports, the security breach has triggered a wave of anxiety among German internet users as they visited the website in overwhelming numbers on Tuesday, causing it to crash.


Cyclist stuck in windshield recalls bizarre crash

© Sue Pischke, AP
This Jan. 21, 2014 photo shows Steven Gove’s three-wheeled tricycle and the car that hit him Saturday night at the Manitowoc, Wis., Police Station. Gove says he was struck Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 night while riding his three-wheeled bicycle. Gove says he was wearing an overcoat with a reflective vest and he had front and rear flashers on. He says he's not sure why the driver didn't see him. Police have arrested a 20-year-old Manitowoc man in the crash.
"God is good. He had his hands on me that day," said Steven Gove of Manitowoc, the newspaper carrier who escaped serious injury after he was stuck in the windshield of a moving vehicle that hit him Saturday night.

"I'm just happy to be alive," said Gove on Monday as he recalled the bizarre hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Marshall and South 16th streets. Police arrested a 20-year-old Manitowoc man who was allegedly intoxicated when he hit Gove as he was riding his three-wheeled bike.

"I was wearing my blue overcoat with my neon reflective vest. I had my front and rear flashers on. I have no idea why he didn't see me," said Gove, who had visible scratches to his face from going through the windshield.

Gove said he was returning home from delivering 275 Lakeshore Chronicles, when the next thing he knew he was upside down in the car. "I was conscious for the whole time," Gove said.


Religious Freedom: who has it worldwide

To measure religious restrictions around the world, the Pew Research Center has attempted to look at government policies and social hostilities. Their findings suggest that religious hostilities are at their highest level since 2007.

We've mapped all of their results here. Click on the drop down list to view social factors rather than governmental ones, click on a country to see past results, search for places and share your results on social media.

Higher scores reflect less religious freedom - you can find more detail on the results below the map.
religious freedom


Nicolas Anelka faces minimum five-match ban over 'quenelle'

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Nicolas Anelka makes the 'quenelle' gesture after scoring against West Ham in December last year.
Nicolas Anelka has been charged by the Football Association for making a gesture that was alleged to be "abusive or indecent or insulting or improper" during the match against West Ham on 28 December last year.

An FA statement said: "It is alleged that, in the 40th minute of the fixture, Anelka made a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to FA Rule E3 [1].

"It is further alleged that this is an aggravated breach, as defined in FA Rule E3 [2], in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief."

Heart - Black

Pregnant teen 'sells unborn baby on Facebook'

The 18-year-old, named locally as Veronica Carrera Chaparro, was arrested with her mother and sister following the baby's birth in November

A teenager sold her unborn baby on Facebook for just £68, police said. The 18-year-old, named locally as Veronica Carrera Chaparro, was arrested following the child's birth in November. Her mother and sister were also held on suspicion of assisting the sale. Chaparro, from Maipu in Chile, is believed to have discovered she was pregnant in February last year. She broke the news to her 17-year-old boyfriend two months later and begged him to keep it secret, but he told her family.

Police claim the teenager's mum Angela Chaparro, 42, and her 24-year-old sister Daniela Perez gave her three options. "Sell it, abort it or give it up for adoption," police chief Miguel Ampuero said.