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Friday 18 August 2017

Kids urged to walk to class

Children should walk to school to boost their exercise levels, according to a charity which champions the voice of pedestrians.

Living Streets has spoken out after research by University College London Open found that 51pc of 6,500 children they monitored achieved the recommended hour of physical activity each day.

Tony Armstrong of Living Streets said: "A brisk walk to and from school is a perfect way to build some exercise into a child's day."

PUBLIC FOOLED BY STUNT DRAMA

A publicity stunt for a new speedboat ride became the subject of a real-life police alert after a passer-by saw lookalikes of famous actors with guns and raised the alarm.

The drama happened on the Thames at Westminster Pier as lookalikes of Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger helped launch the Thamesjet ride, marketed as "London's most extreme river experience".

A member of the public called the police, fearing that it was an armed gang.

'NO PAROLE' BID OVER MASSACRE

A US Army prosecutor says Robert Bales' own "stomach-churning" words prove he knew what he was doing when he massacred 16 Afghan villagers last year.

Jurors are considering whether the 40-year-old's life sentence should include the possibility of parole.

Jay Morse delivered the US government's closing argument yesterday. He noted that after the attacks, Bales told another soldier he thought he killed 20 people.

Morse displayed photos of a young girl who was killed as she screamed and cried.

DEMOS BANNED AT OLYMPICS

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree banning demonstrations and rallies for two and a half months in Sochi around the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the official government newspaper, published the presidential decree yesterday, listing an array of measures tightening security in the Olympic host city.

The Winter Olympics is taking place in the Black Sea resort from February 7-23.

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