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News – Wednesday 20th February


Jury in Vicky Pryce case fails to reach a verdict and is discharged

The jury trying ex- minister, Chris Huhne’s former wife has not reached a verdict. She is on trial for charges relating to speeding points she took for him 10 years ago. She faces a re-trial, before a new jury on Monday.

Oscar Pistorius- Witnesses claim they ‘heard shots, screams, more shots’

A police officer has said that a witness heard gunshots and screaming, followed by more gunshots at the home of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on the night that Reeva Steenkamp was killed.

During the second day of Pistorius’s bail trial, police suggested that he might flee, if bail was granted.

He denies the premeditated murder of Ms Steenkamp.

OFCOM auction raises less than forecast in 4G auction (2.34bn)

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) had predicted that the auction would raise £3.5bn for the Treasury.

The winning bidders are Everything Everywhere; Hutchison 3G UK; Niche Spectrum Ventures, a BT subsidiary; Telefonica (O2); and Vodafone.

4G mobile broadband should provide smartphone and tablet computer users with much faster download speeds.

David Cameron marks the Amritsar Massacre of 1919

Mr Cameron is the first British Prime Minister to pay his respects at one of the bloodiest massacres in British history.

Hundreds of people were shot dead by British troops in 1919, while they attended a public meeting in Amritsar.

Mr Cameron is visiting Amritsar in the state of Punjab at the end of a three-day trip to India.

The prime minister said the massacre was “a deeply shameful event in British history”.

A Syrian footballer has been killed in Damascus

Sana news agency says two shells landed near the Tishreen stadium where Al-Wathba and Al-Nawair teams were preparing to train.

Several other players were injured in the attack “by terrorists”, Sana said.



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