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The father of a 16-year-old accused of stabbing two Christian clerics in Australia saw no signs of his son’s extremism, a Muslim community leader has said.The boy spoke in Arabic about the Prophet Muhammad after he appeared to stab Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel and the Reverend Isaac Royel during a church service in Sydney on Monday, which was being streamed online.Neither cleric suffered life-threatening injuries.The boy, who was overpowered by the Orthodox Assyrian congregation, remains in an undisclosed hospital under police guard. He suffered severe hand wounds in the struggle.After the incident, officials said around 600 people gathered outside Christ…

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A former investigator for the Post Office has told the Horizon IT inquiry he “always thought” the accounting system was “robust” but acknowledged there were issues in some cases.It was Jon Longman’s job for 12 years from 2000 to uncover crime committed by employees, including sub-postmasters, and it has since emerged that security advisers at the company were incentivised to seek prosecutions through bonuses for convictions. Mr Longman, who gave evidence to the scandal inquiry remotely for medical reasons, said media articles made him aware of a growing number of complaints about the Horizon system, operated by Fujitsu.Money latest: Reaction…

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One of the most anticipated Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Drafts saw the Indiana Fever snap up college basketball superstar Caitlin Clark as their top pick, however the disparity in her salary compared to National Basketball Association (NBA) players has sparked criticism.The University of Iowa legend has already made history as the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s (NCAA) overall top scorer, and her very presence on the court has contributed to increased viewer ratings and attendance for NCAA games, and greater merchandise sales. Clark will earn $338,056 (£271,141) over four years, according to the WNBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).Under the 2024…

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Hugh Grant has settled a High Court claim against the publisher of The Sun newspaper over allegations of unlawful information gathering.The actor was suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) alongside Prince Harry for claims which included landline tapping, burglary and “blagging” confidential information about him. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly.Please refresh the page for the fullest version.You can receive breaking news alerts on a smartphone or tablet via the Sky News app. You can also follow @SkyNews on X or subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up with the latest news.…

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An employee benefits platform used by Asda and Burger King has secured close to £20m in new funding from investors including a subsidiary of the British Business Bank (BBB).Sky News has learnt that Wagestream, which enables the employees of its corporate clients to receive their salary early every month, will announce on Thursday that it has raised £17.5m from a combination of new and existing shareholders. Used by three million people, Wagestream offers a range of services through an interactive payslip, including choosing when they get paid, saving money on household bills and accessing free debt advice.The company was founded…

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The government is “working on operationalising” Rwanda flights, a minister has said – amid reports RAF planes could be used for the controversial deportation scheme. Laura Trott did not deny a story in The Times newspaper which said migrants might have to be flown to the east African nation on RAF Voyagers because the Home Office has failed to find an airline willing to take them. Politics Live: Rwanda plan back in Commons after more Lords defeatsAsked by Sky News who is going to fly asylum seekers to Rwanda, the Treasury minister pointed to comments on Tuesday made by her…

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A man has been arrested after a police officer was stabbed in the shoulder in north London.The Metropolitan Police said the officer had been responding to reports of a man with a knife in Mandeville Road, Enfield, on Tuesday afternoon. A 30-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the officer suffered a serious shoulder injury.Other officers disarmed and detained the suspect and gave their colleague first aid treatment, which included using a tourniquet.The injured officer was taken to hospital, where he is said said to be in a stable condition. Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes praised his…

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A government minister has said she won’t be reading Liz Truss’s memoir of her brief time in Downing Street as “that’s a period I’m not interested in re-visiting”.Laura Trott also said she’d “read enough” books about the UK’s shortest serving prime minister, having read an inside account by journalists Harry Cole and James Heale of her chaotic time in office. Politics Live: Rwanda plan back in CommonsMs Truss has been speaking to the media ahead of the publication of her book: Ten Years to Save the West.Some Tory voices are concerned she is becoming electorally toxic and a “gift” to…

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Sesame Street writers have unanimously voted to support strike action should a deal not be reached after two months of negotiations over pay and union coverage.A group of writers for Sesame Workshop, the producer of the hit children’s TV show, began bargaining on 13 February ahead of their contract expiring on 19 April. Picketing will begin outside the offices in New York next week if a “fair new collective bargaining agreement” is not made in time, they have said.Sesame Workshop has said it is hopeful a deal will be reached before then, according to US media reports. Image: Count von…

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At least one bumblebee species can survive underwater, scientists have found after a mishap led to an experiment.A study by researchers in Canada has found when hibernating, common eastern bumblebee queens can survive being submerged in water for a week with no apparent issues. Research began after Dr Sabrina Rondeau, of the University of Guelph in Ontario, made a mistake during a previous experiment.After storing a shipment of 300 hibernating common eastern bumblebee queens in a refrigerator, she later found condensation had filled four containers housing the insects.”I was sure that the queens were dead,” Dr Rondeau told The Globe…

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