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In brief: Stone attacker kills his pal (70)

A 70-year-old man was stoned to death with a rock stuffed in a sock by a younger friend who alleged the victim made unwanted sexual advances.

According to the criminal complaint, John Thomas (28), of a Philadelphia suburb in the US, told police he killed Murray Seidman because the Bible refers to stoning homosexuals.

"I stoned Murray with a rock in a sock," Thomas told police. He was arrested and charged with murder.



Schools can show crucifixes

Crucifixes can be displayed in state school classrooms, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

The ruling will be binding on all 47 countries that are members of the Council of Europe, the continent's human rights watchdog.

In 2009, the court ruled that the crucifix could be disturbing to non-Christian or atheist pupils. But several countries appealed and the final decision was delivered in Strasbourg, France.



Terror plotter gets 30 years

A British Airways computer expert has been jailed for 30 years for plotting to launch a 9/11-style terror attack from the UK.

Rajib Karim (31) wanted to use his position at the airline to plant a bomb on a plane as part of a "chilling" conspiracy with Anwar Al-Awlaki, a notorious radical preacher associated with al-Qa'ida.

Among many plots to sabotage the airline, Karim hoped he could exploit industrial action by staff to become a cabin crew member and cause an explosion on a US-bound flight.



Huq finished on Xtra Factor

Presenter Konnie Huq is leaving The X Factor's spin-off show.

The former Blue Peter host joined ITV2's Xtra Factor last year, replacing Holly Willoughby, but critics were unimpressed with her performances.

There had been speculation that the 35-year-old -- married to writer and presenter Charlie Brooker -- would be dropped from the show. However her manager said filming dates clashed with a commitment she had in the US.