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British courts will be able to ignore European human rights rulings, says Dominic Grieve

Telegraph: Courts will be able to ignore European rulings on human rights under Conservative plans to give power back to British judges, Dominic Grieve, the shadow justice secretary, said.

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Morgan Crucible’s former chief, Ian Norris, goes to top court in US extradition fight

Times: A retired company chief executive launched a last-ditch challenge against his extradition to the United States yesterday before a panel of Britain’s most senior judges.

Jonathan Sumption, QC, told the Supreme Court that to remove Ian Norris, 66, to stand trial over events of ten years ago would be disproportionate and breach his human rights.

The move by Mr Norris comes as Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker, intends to lodge a judicial review challenge today over his own extradition to the US.

The Home Secretary has rejected an appeal by Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger’s syndrome, that to extradite him would breach his human rights, despite medical evidence that he is at a high risk of committing suicide if extradited.

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British Library to return Benevento Missal under Nazi loot law

Times: A medieval book is to become the first item from a British national museum to be returned to its rightful owners under a new law governing looted artefacts.

The Benevento Missal, which was stolen from a cathedral in southern Italy soon after the Allies bombed the city during the Second World War, has been in the collection of the British Library (formerly the British Museum Library) since 1947. After a change in the law, it could be back in Italy within months, according to The Art Newspaper.

The missal’s return could also focus attention on other, more high-profile cases, such as the campaign to return the Elgin Marbles and the Benin Bronzes from the British Museum to Athens and Nigeria.

However, the new law would not affect the legal status of such items because the new Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act applies only to claims dating from the Nazi era.

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Michael Ematuwo, 14, given six years for killing Jahmal Mason-Blair

Times: A 14-year-old boy who killed a friend was ordered to be detained for six years yesterday under tougher guidelines on knife crime issued by the Lord Chief Justice.

Michael Ematuwo was 13 when the flick knife he was brandishing to ward off a bully struck the friend, who was trying to stop a fight.

Jahmal Mason-Blair, 17, who had trials with Tottenham, Watford and Reading football clubs, bled to death from a severed artery in his neck. Ematuwo, of Hackney, East London, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month.

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British sailors detained by Iran en route to Gulf yacht race

Guardian:

• Five British sailors are being held, Foreign Office confirms
• Yacht may have strayed inadvertently into Iranian waters

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Investigation launched after dog kills boy aged 4

Independent: Police have admitted receiving a report that dogs were being bred at the house where a four-year-old boy was mauled to death yesterday.

John Paul Massey suffered fatal injuries when he was savaged by a pitbull type dog at the property in Liverpool just after midnight. His grandmother, Helen Foulkes, 63, was injured while trying to save the child and has been treated in hospital.

Mrs Foulkes, 63, who suffered bites to her legs and body, has since been discharged from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Merseyside Police tonight said an investigation is under way into the ownership of the dog and whether it was an illegal breed. The force also revealed a complaint was made by a city housing officer last February about dog breeding at the home in Ash Grove, Wavertree. But a police call centre operator told the caller it was “not a police matter” and the complaint was never followed up.

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This is a political as well as a military surge, says PM

Independent: At least 500 members of the special forces are operating in Afghanistan alongside regular troops, Gordon Brown disclosed yesterday as he confirmed extra soldiers would be sent to the country within days.

He announced that another 500 servicemen and women would be deployed before Christmas to reinforce the 9,000 already facing the Taliban insurgency in Helmand province.

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