NORMAN TEBBIT SAID ABUSE 'MAY WELL HAVE BEEN' COVERED UP
Following the loss of a dossier detailing allegations of a 1980s Westminster paedophile ring
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Former Conservative Party chairman Norman Tebbit has said there "may well have been" a cover-up of child sex abuse in Westminster during the 1980s.
Following the news that the Home Office could not locate a dossier of 114 files potentially relevant to an alleged political paedophile ring, Lord Tebbit told the Andrew Marr Show that the culture at the time was to protect "the establishment" instead of delving "too far" into such claims.
The dossier in question was given to the then-home secretary by Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens, who told his family that the information contained within would "blow the lid off" the lives of powerful child abusers, including eight well-known figures. Scotland Yard say they have no record of the allegations.
Calls for an overarching public inquiry into allegations of child abuse from that era have been rejected by the government; instead, a new review will look into a Home Office review last year of any information it received in the 1980s and 1990s about organised child sex abuse.
Israel and Palestine
SUSPECTS WERE HELD OVER THE MURDER OF MOHAMMAD ABU KHDAIR
The 16-year-old Palestinian's death sparked days of violent protests
According to Israeli authorities, a number of "Jewish suspects" have been arrested over the death of Palestinian teenager Mohammad Abu Khdair.
Israeli police said that the 16-year-old was killed "because of his nationality", in an attack that caused days of violent protests.
Khdair's family believe his murder was a revenge attack for the killing of three Israeli students, whose bodies were found two days before he was reportedly burned to death.
Police didn't comment on any possible motive for the killing, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would respond to all four murders "with a firm hand".
Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli police before and after Khdair's funeral on Friday, which led to controversy after mobile phone footage emerged of officers beating Khdair's 15-year-old cousin Tariq Khdair.
GERMANY ARE REALLY PISSED OFF WITH WASHINGTON
They're demanding an explanation after the arrest of a suspected double agent
Germany have demanded answers from Washington following the arrest of a foreign intelligence agency employee who admitted passing documents to a US contact.
The papers handed over by the suspected double agent reportedly included information about a parliamentary committee investigating allegations that the US carried out major surveillance in Germany, including the monitoring of Angela Merkel's phone.
"I expect everyone to cooperate promptly to clear up these allegations – with quick and clear comments from the United States as well," said Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière.
The news risks putting a further strain on German-American relations following last year's hacking allegations, which German head of state Joachim Gauck called a "vexing episode".
KANYE COMPLETELY LOST IT AGAIN
A 20-minute rant at Wireless included a comparison between being papped and rape
Kanye's fucked it again.
After being brought in as a last minute replacement for Drake at the Wireless festival, he managed to piss off seemingly the entire audience by saying much more stupid shit than normal.
Stopping his performance to talk about himself for 20 minutes, Yeezy – often talking about himself in the third person – called himself both "shy" and "arrogant", before comparing paparazzi attention to rape.
“I want to bring my family to the movies without 30 motherfuckers following me," he said. "Everybody here – they like sex, right? Sex is great when you and your partner are like, ‘Hey, this is what we both want to do.' But if one of those people don't want to do that, what is that called? That's called rape. That is called violation."
Patrol or Die
A 'RADICAL' COP WANTS TO END THE POLICE VS SKATER WAR
By riding around Wisconsin on a longboard
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One valiant policeman is hoping to end "decades of bad blood between skateboarders and police" by riding around Green Bay, Wisconsin on a "skateboard".
Unfortunately, it's likely that his choosing a longboard for the job may well have doomed officer Joel Zwicky's battle from the start.
Nevertheless, the 40-year-old is hopeful that his new method of transport will help to bring the two communities together; "[The bad blood] isn't going to get fixed overnight," he conceded, before adding that it is "so radical to be skating on duty that that kind of sparks up conversations, even if it's like, 'What are you? What are you doing? Are you for real?'"
It's unclear exactly why Zwicky is so intent on bettering relations between cops and skaters – rather than, say, cops and communities that actually feel marginalised and harassed by the police – but if you're into his vision you can keep up to date on his website.