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Saturday 16 December 2017

In Brief: Cancer deaths fall in Europe

Almost 1.3 million cancer sufferers in European Union countries are expected to die from their disease this year, a study has shown.

But although the overall number is up slightly from 2007, cancer death rates have fallen significantly in the past five years.

The latest estimates indicate rates of 139 deaths per 100,000 men and 85 per 100,000 women in 2012 -- a fall of 10pc for men and 7pc for women since 2007.

The researchers studied trends for all cancers as well as focusing on specific diseases including those affecting the stomach, lung, prostate, breast and womb.



25 arrested in hacking probe

Twenty-five suspected members of the Anonymous hacker movement have been arrested in police raids in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain.

The suspects are believed to have planned co-ordinated cyber-attacks against institutions including Colombia's defence ministry and Chile's Endesa electricity company, Interpol said.

Yesterday's arrests followed the recent seizure of 250 IT items and mobile phones in searches of 40 premises in 15 cities.



Brooks loaned horse by police

A police horse loaned to phone-hacking suspect Rebekah Brooks by Scotland Yard was returned in a "poor" condition, the force said.

The former News International chief executive "fostered" the animal after it retired from active service in 2008 but handed it back two years later as she no longer wanted it. The horse later died of natural causes.

Details of the loan come amid ongoing scrutiny over the relationship between UK police and the media giant.



Teen admits to school killings

The teenager accused of killing three pupils in a shooting at a school cafeteria chose his victims at random and was "not well", a prosecutor has told a court.

TJ Lane (17) admitted taking a .22-calibre pistol and a knife to Chardon High School in Ohio and firing 10 shots at a group of pupils sitting at a cafeteria table on Monday morning. He faces three murder charges.

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