Nicola Furlong murder: Richard Hinds, 19, denies strangling Irish student in Tokyo after Nicki Minaj concert – as sister says he deserves death…

'I only lightly pressed on her neck during sex': U.S. man denies strangling Irish student in Tokyo after Nicki Minaj concert – as her sister says he deserves death sentenceRichard Hinds, 19, is accused of killing Nicola Furlong, 21, in a hotel room The defence suggested she died of an overdose of alcohol and drugsProsecutors claim Hinds strangled Ms Furlong with a towel /06/15/article-2159812-139FB064000005DC-315_306x423.jpg” width=”306″ height=”423″ alt=”asdf” class=”blkBorder” /> Arrested: Richard Hinds, from Memphis, has admitted to strangling Irish student Nicola Furlong in a Tokyo hotel room on May 24, but insisted he did not mean to kill her. Painful journey: Victim Nicola Furlong with her father Andrew The defence suggested she died of an overdose of alcohol and drugs.

The great British burkini boom … and thanks to Nigella, it"s not just Muslim women buying them

The great British burkini boom … and thanks to Nigella, it's not just Muslim women buying them By Helen Nugent PUBLISHED: 00:23 GMT, 10 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:31 GMT, 10 February 2013 When Nigella Lawson emerged out of the sea on Sydney's Bondi beach dressed in one two years ago, it was greeted with astonishment. But now burkinis – swimwear originally designed for Islamic women to protect their modesty – are soaring in popularity among British non-Muslims.

Islamic militants massacre five women teachers travelling to primary school in protest at female education in Pakistan

Islamic militants massacre five women teachers travelling to primary school in protest at female education in PakistanTwo health workers also murdered in the ambush on a van taking them home from work today It came in same region of Pakistan where Malala Yousufzai, 15, was shot in the head just for going to school By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 14:39 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:57 GMT, 1 January 2013 Five female teachers in Pakistan have been slaughtered by Islamic militants bent on keeping women and girls away from education. They were murdered in a New Year's Day ambush on the van carrying them home from their jobs at a community centre and primary school in the north-west of the country.

Anger as prostate cancer lags behind in research spending despite being the most common form of disease in men

Anger as prostate cancer lags behind in research spending despite being the most common form of disease Just 400 is spent on research per case diagnosedBreast cancer receives 853 per diagnosed caseProstate Cancer UK says disease is 'not on the radar'One man an hour dies from prostate cancer By Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent PUBLISHED: 02:02 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:09 GMT, 1 January 2013 Prostate cancer – the most common form of the disease in men – is bottom of the league for research spending, figures reveal. The disease lies in 20th place, with just over 400 spent on research per case diagnosed.

Middle-aged women now drink even more than their daughters

Middle-aged women now drink even more than their daughters as doctors warn NHS is swamped by 'silent alcohol epidemic' Over 45s drink the most out of any female age group, shock figures revealMany professional women said to be 'drinking to forget' unhappy livesThey are knocking back more than nine units a week on average | UPDATED: 01:19 GMT, 30 December 2012 Middle-aged professional women are consuming more alcohol than teenage drinkers for the first time, official figures show. They reveal that those over 45 drink more than any other age group, putting their health at risk. At the same time, experts have warned that older women are becoming the biggest burden on the NHS because of alcohol-related conditions, including stroke, liver disease and cancer

Forget the Mayan Apocalypse, the new date for doomsday is January 1 2017, claim Sword of God cult

Forget the Mayan Apocalypse, the new date for doomsday is January 1 2017, claim Sword of God cult Followers believe they will survive but everyone else will 'perish in hellfire'Gloomy prediction follows worldwide anticipation of annihilation yesterdayOther forecasts are 2023, after death of the next pope and 4,500,000,000 AD | UPDATED: 12:48 GMT, 22 December 2012 The world may have escaped Armageddon yesterday but the actual Apocalypse is nigh on four years away, Doomsdayers have claimed. The new date for annihilation is January 1, 2017, according to followers of The Sword of God Brotherhood. They believe the 'Prophet Gabriel' told the Brotherhood that the 'dying time' will come on this date and only members of the cult will survive, while everyone else perishes in 'hellfire.' Scroll down for video Enlarge End of the world: Three women dressed as aliens in anticipation of the Apocalypse in Bugarach yesterday Take me to your leader: Pranksters flocked to the 'safe haven' of Bugarach ahead of 11.11am The gloomy prediction follows yesterday's scenes of people around the world preparing for oblivion at 11.11am, when the 5,126-year calender of the ancient Mayan civilisation ended

Beckhams are fools to let Romeo be a model

Beckhams are fools to let Romeo be a model | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 19 December 2012 Affectionate: Everything about David Beckham suggests he puts his family first Most women I know think David Beckham’s wonderful. Most men, on the other hand, don’t. They dismiss him as a thick, jumped-up footballer of fading talent and think the reason women like him is because we’re easily fooled.

Working on Christmas Day? You"re not alone: Number of people at work on the big day jumps 78% in eight years

Working on Christmas Day You're not alone: Number of people at work on the big day jumps 78% in eight yearsA majority of Christmas workers are in service orientated industries such as hospitality NHS and social care make up the biggest group | UPDATED: 09:17 GMT, 18 December 2012 More people than ever are having to work on Christmas Day, according to a new study. Gone are the days when every shop was shut and the parish church was jammed with worshippers, as more staff are asked to forego their festive break.

Britain"s gender pay gap: Mothers who work full-time earn 21% less than men

Britain's gender pay gap: Mothers who work full-time earn 21% less than menStudy reveals the true extent of the gender pay gap in BritainWorking mothers in full-time employment paid 21 per cent less than men Women without children also paid 7 per cent less than men in full-time jobsBritish childcare also costs much more than in most other countries | UPDATED: 02:13 GMT, 18 December 2012 Enlarge Gender gap: Working mothers earn 21% less than men the report says, while the cost of childcare can almost wipe out the benefit of returning to work Mothers who work full-time earn 21 per cent less than men, a report revealed yesterday. But even women without children are victims of Britain’s gender pay gap. On average, they earn 7 per cent less than men in full-time jobs, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said

Now police must hunt down the man who DID rape us: Two British women call for new investigation after seeing suspect they said was innocent finally…

Now police must hunt down the man who DID rape us: Two British women call for new investigation after seeing suspect they said was innocent finally cleared Derick Crawford was accused of raping the two women two years ago The October 2010 attacks were identical and carried out two days apart Both alleged victims said Crawford wasn't the man who attacked them They claim authorities on the island were more concerned with protecting its reputation as a tourist's paradise than investigating the sex attacks | UPDATED: 23:25 GMT, 13 December 2012 A man accused of raping two British women in Barbados has been cleared of all charges after the victims protested his innocence. Dr Rachel Turner, 30, and Diane Davies, 63, were convinced Derick Crawford was not the man who attacked them.