EastEnders" actress Gemma McCluskie murder: Hoaxer rang family with rape and ransom threats

Hoaxer rang murdered EastEnders actress' family to claim he had raped her and wanted 2m ransomSam Dunne, 19, admitted calling Gemma McCluskie's two brothers Claimed he had raped 29-year-old and locked her up in a room The actress's torso was found in Regent's Canal, Hackney, last March .

North Korea: Kim Jong-un"s AUNT Kim Kyong-hui "was driving force behind his rise to leader"

Who really has the power in Pyongyang Kim Jong-un's AUNT 'was driving force behind his rise to leader' Kim Kyong-hui is often only female face on official photographsShe is the daughter of the North Korean Eternal President Kim Il-sungMiss Kim and husband chosen by Kim Jong-il to consolidate son's authority By James Rush PUBLISHED: 15:23 GMT, 7 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:58 GMT, 8 April 2013 The aunt of Kim Jong-un has been credited with being the driving force behind the rise of the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Kim Kyong-hui, who is often the only female face on official photographs of ranks of generals and party leaders, has been tasked with transforming her nephew into a figurehead with a reputation for strong military tactics who is able to handle an international crisis. Miss Kim, who has been a key figure in the family for four decades, and her husband Jang Sung-taek, were chosen by Kim Jong-il to pull the strings behind the consolidation of his son's authority before the old leader died in 2011, The Telegraph has reported

UK may arm Syrian rebels within months: We should not rule out any option, says Hague

UK may arm Syrian rebels within months: We should not rule out any option, says HagueWilliam Hague reveals plan to send non-lethal equipment to bolster opposition forcesForeign Secretary tells MPs forces will also be trained in detecting chemical weaponsIran providing 'considerable military support' to AssadLabour says the UK should be uniting the opposition, not arming it By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 13:24 GMT, 6 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:37 GMT, 6 March 2013 Britain could start arming rebel fighters in Syria within months, William Hague hinted yesterday, as he warned the conflict was becoming a ‘catastrophic’ humanitarian crisis. The Foreign Secretary told MPs that Britain would send millions of pounds worth of armoured vehicles and body armour to Syrian rebels fighting to depose dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Son of assassinated Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto launches his career

Too young to stand – but he already wants to run the country: Son of assassinated Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto launches his career Fifth anniversary of his mother's death in gun and suicide bomb attackBilawal Bhutto Zardari, 24,could be key asset to his partyHis father rode wave of sympathy to become president in 2007But party is in trouble because of ailing economy and Taliban insurgency | UPDATED: 23:18 GMT, 27 December 2012 The son of assassinated Pakistan prime minister launched a political career with a fiery speech today – despite still being too young to stand as a candidate.

Americans pose by the Christmas tree with guns they got as gifts

Celebrating Christmas with a bang: Americans pose happily by the tree with guns they were given as gifts despite wake of deadly shootingsNumerous Americans take to social networking sites to display the guns they received as Christmas presents The AR-15 was used in Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora Colorado, shootings as well as the deadly Christmas Eve ambush on Webster, New York, firefighters | UPDATED: 15:09 GMT, 26 December 2012 Santa Claus came to town – and he was packing heat – as numerous Americans were seen on social networks posing in front of their Christmas trees with the same assault rifle used by the gunmen in three recent bloody killings. Grinning from ear-to-ear, those who received AR-15 assault rifles took to sites like Twitter and Instagram, posting photos of themselves with their brand new toys. One Twitter user posted: 'I got just what I wanted.

Good Samaritan among rising number of complainants about police use of tasers

Good Samaritan tasered as he tries to help the police as complaints about devices run at one every three daysA 14-year-old girl and two cyclists among those who have raised concerns Police hope to get Government backing for every officer to carry taser399 complaints received about tasers in last three years | UPDATED: 01:33 GMT, 26 December 2012 Complaints about the use of Tasers have been increasing as police gear up to put the controversial 50,000-volt devices in the hands of more officers. Among those who have complained are a 14-year-old girl, a ‘good Samaritan’ who was trying to help police, two cyclists and a man who said he refused to take off his underpants in custody. Critics said the complaints, running at the rate of one every three days, should make chief constables think even more carefully about expanding use of the potentially deadly weapons.

North Korea"s salvaged space junk: Crumpled debris from rocket is retrieved by South Korea scientists who say rogue state has capacity to strike…

North Korea's salvaged space junk: Crumpled debris from rocket is retrieved by South Korea scientists who say rogue state has capacity to strike US West Coast Debris from the rocket was found off the South Korean coast North Korea said December 12 launch was to put a satellite in spaceCritics argue technology could be a precursor to nuclear missilesNew leader Kim Jong-un wants bigger capacity rockets to be built | UPDATED: 17:04 GMT, 23 December 2012 North Korea's recent rocket launch shows it has likely developed the technology to fire a warhead more than 6,200 miles – putting the US West Coast in range, South Korean officials said yesterday. The secretive state claimed the December 12 launch put a weather satellite in orbit but critics say it was aimed at nurturing the kind of technology needed to mount a nuclear warhead on a long-range missile

Stop and think – and you will realise that banning guns is a waste of time

Stop and think – and you will realise that banning guns is a waste of time | UPDATED: 00:03 GMT, 23 December 2012 Ask yourself this. Even if you had a house full of guns and ammunition, would you then murder a close relative, shoot your way into a nearby primary school and massacre as many children as you could Of course you wouldn’t.

Built from scrap, the primitive but deadly firearms Chechen rebels use to take on the might of Russia

Built from scrap, the primitive but deadly firearms Chechen rebels use to take on the might of Russia | UPDATED: 23:20 GMT, 21 December 2012 Since the fall of the USSR, Russia and Chechnya haven't exactly been best of friends. In the mid and late nineties both countries have squared off with each other through two wars and various insurgencies, all in the name of sovereignty in a post-Soviet world

Connecticut school shooting: Obama flies in to console grieving relatives and attend vigil amid calls for gun curbs

Obama flies in to console grieving relatives and attend vigil amid calls for gun curbs Met privately with families of the 26 victims and with emergency crewsCall for 'meaningful action' in wake of shootings reignited gun law debateFourth time he has visited a community still grieving from a mass shooting | UPDATED: 01:00 GMT, 17 December 2012 Barack Obama flew in last night to console grieving parents in the Sandy Hook massacre as demands grew for tighter gun controls in the United States. Mr Obama was also planning to attend an evening vigil to mourn with the shellshocked community in Newtown. He met privately with families of the 26 victims and with emergency crews who responded to the shootings before speaking at an interfaith service at the town’s high school