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Grace Millane murdered by man ‘seeking total domination’, court hears

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British backpacker Grace Millane was murdered by a man “seeking total domination and some sort of weird thrill over women who were his sexual partners”, a court heard today.

Her killer had then taken “trophy photographs” because of a “morbid interest in a dead woman’s genitalia”, prosecutor Brian Dickey said.

Mr Dickey was making his closing speech at Auckland High Court in New Zealand as the trial of a 27-year-old man charged with murder draws to an end.

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America gripped as Andrew’s offer shifts focus to Epstein’s victims

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Prince Andrew’s offer to talk to “any appropriate law enforcement agency” in their investigations into his friend and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein has added a new impetus to a story that has gripped America.

The US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, which announced in August its investigation into conspiracy to commit sex trafficking would continue even after Epstein’s death, declined to comment on Andrew’s offer.

Like the FBI, which is also continuing ...

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Facebook posts with word ‘vote’ blocked on Facebook after TV debate

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Posts containing the word “vote” have been blocked from appearing on Facebook, raising fears about censorship, Sky News can exclusively reveal.

The issue appears to have affected people in the UK using Safari and Chrome browsers.

However posts on the social media giant’s app were unaffected.

Tests by Sky News, with several accounts, produced a red error message, saying: “Your last post wasn’t published. Please try again.”

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Ten held after ‘£15m smuggled from UK to Dubai hidden in suitcases’

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Ten people suspected of smuggling more than £15m of dirty money from the UK to Dubai in suitcases have been arrested in a series of raids.

The alleged members of an organised crime group are accused of being part of a “well-orchestrated conspiracy” to launder millions made through drugs and people smuggling over three years, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

They are also suspected of trying to smuggle 17 migrants into Britain over the summer, the NCA added.

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‘Arrogant’ Prince Andrew had ‘no choice’ but to step back

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Prince Andrew had “no choice” but to step back from public duties after a disastrous interview in which he failed to say he regretted his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, a former royal press secretary has said.

Dickie Arbiter told Sky News the Duke of York was “arrogant” to think his appearance on BBC Newsnight would be an effective way to address his friendship with the disgraced billionaire, who killed himself earlier this ...

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Jo Swinson brands PM a serial liar at Lib Dem manifesto launch

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Jo Swinson has accused Boris Johnson of being a serial liar, as she unveiled the Liberal Democrats’ general election manifesto.

She attacked the Conservative Party leader by insisting “Boris Johnson only cares about Boris Johnson, and he’ll say and do whatever it takes to keep him in Number 10”.

“This is a man who lied to the Queen, who has lied to you before and he’s lying to you now,” Ms Swinson added, in reference to the Supreme Court’s ruling in ...

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Extinction Rebellion co-founder sparks outrage after Holocaust comments

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Extinction Rebellion’s co-founder, Roger Hallam, has caused outrage after telling a German publication that the Holocaust was “just another f***ery in human history”.

In an interview with Die Zeit, the 53-year-old appeared to downplay the genocide of six million Jews by Nazi Germany and claimed Germans’ attitude towards the massacre was holding them back.

He said: “The extremity of a trauma can create a paralysis in actually learning the lessons from it.

“The fact of the matter is, millions of people have ...

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Andrew steps back from public duties for ‘foreseeable future’

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Prince Andrew says he is stepping back from public duties for the “foreseeable future” over his links to billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke of York said he “deeply sympathises” with the victims of the disgraced financier and is “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required”.

His statement comes days after the royal’s interview with BBC Newsnight which prompted a wave of criticism against him and saw Andrew accused of “utterly lacking in compassion” ...

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Mother was tied up while ‘rapist’ molested her children, court told

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A mother was tied up with electrical cable by a knife-wielding sex attacker who molested her 17-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, a court heard.

Alleged serial rapist Joseph McCann, 34, is accused of tricking his way into the woman’s home in Greater Manchester before telling her: “I will slit your throat.”

The mother-of-two, who cannot be named to protect her identity, described her ordeal on 5 May in a police interview that was played in court.

McCann, from Harrow, west London, is ...

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