Monday 11 December 2017

Church attack 'is hate crime'

Detectives in the North are treating an overnight arson attack on a church as a hate crime.

Scorch damage was caused to the front door of St Mary's Star of Sea in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

It is the latest in a series of attacks on Catholic churches.

Sectarian vandals are believed to have poured flammable liquid on the church building and set it alight shortly before 1.30am.

ETA step closer to disarming

Basque separatist group ETA says it has taken another step towards its eventual disarmament.

The group said in a statement that it has "dismantled logistical and operational structures" used in its campaign to create a Basque state. It did not elaborate.

Decimated by waves of arrests, ETA declared a "permanent ceasefire" in 2011.

The group is blamed for killing 830 people between the 1960s and the ceasefire in a campaign for a Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France.

Nazis honoured for Hitler plot

Germany has honoured a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler 70 years ago. The plot - portrayed in films including 2008's Valkyrie - helped establish a principle under which German soldiers today are encouraged to defy orders if they would result in a crime or violate human dignity.

In a sombre ceremony, President Joachim Gauck called the July 20, 1944 bombing of Hitler's Wolf's Lair headquarters in eastern Prussia a "significant day in German history" for showing the world that there were Germans who opposed the Nazi regime.

Holmes fans 
in record bid

An army of Sherlock Holmes fans have donned their deerstalkers and picked up their pipes in a bid to break an unusual Guinness World Record to mark TV star Benedict Cumberbatch's 38th birthday.

Strict rules dictated that the group gathered at University College London also had to wear a cape and hold a magnifying glass. The record bid is being considered by judges.

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