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Gosport hospital deaths: Police announce new probe

Gosport hospital deaths: Police announce new probe

Health
A new police investigation is to be held into the deaths of patients who were given painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.An inquiry found in June more than 450 patients died after doctors gave them "dangerous" levels of the drugs.Three previous investigations into 92 of the deaths by Hampshire Constabulary resulted in no charges being brought.The new probe will be led by Assistant Chief Constable Nick Downing, head of serious crime at Kent and Essex Police. The inquiry by the Gosport Independent Panel said the quality of previous police investigations had been "consistently poor".It found whistleblowers and families were ignored as they attempted to raise concern...
Italian police recover stolen Renoir, Rubens paintings

Italian police recover stolen Renoir, Rubens paintings

World
July 20 (UPI) -- Police in northern Italy recovered two paintings by masters Pierre-August Renoir and Peter Paul Rubens on Friday more than a year after they were stolen from art dealers. Officials in Monza, about 10 miles northeast of Milan, said two suspects posed as bogus buyers and signed a fake contract to pay about $ 30 million for the artworks in April 2017. Police said at least eight people were involved in the scam; officials arrested four Italians and a Croatian, and have identified three others involved. One of the suspects, Nenad Jovanovic, 44, of Croatia, allegedly pretended to be a rabbi. Police said they received a tip about the whereabouts of the artworks, leading to their recovery and the arrests. The stolen paintings included Girls on the Lawn by 18th century French Imp...
UK police confirm source of Novichok poisoning

UK police confirm source of Novichok poisoning

Health
British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people by the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England said Friday that a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims tested positive for the deadly substance. Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45, were sickened on June 30 in a town not far from Salisbury, where British authorities say a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with Novichok in March. Sturgess died in a hospital on Sunday. Her partner, Charlie Rowley, initially was in critical condition, but has regained consciousness. The Metropolitan Police said the small bottle was found during searches of Rowley's house Wednesday and scientists confirmed the substance in the bottle was Novichok. Police have interviewed Rowley in recent days since he recovere...
XXXTentacion: Police disperse fans at murder site

XXXTentacion: Police disperse fans at murder site

Entertainment
Fans of XXXTentacion have gathered in Florida to pay tribute to the rapper, who was shot dead on Monday. Hundreds of mourners laid candles, flowers and teddy bears at the site of his murder, and raised their arms in an "x" symbol at the makeshift memorial.According to the Los Angeles Times, between 300 and 500 people gathered at Melrose Avenue, blocking traffic. They joined in a chorus of the rapper's song Al.one: "Please, I don't wanna be alone. I don't wanna be alone".As the crowd swelled, police became involved and dispersed the mourners shortly before 9pm local time. XXXTentacion was one of the fastest-rising stars in rap, and recently scored his first number one album in the US.Fellow musicians including Kanye West, Diplo an...
Vietnamese police arrest 100 over anti-China protests

Vietnamese police arrest 100 over anti-China protests

World
June 11 (UPI) -- Vietnamese police arrested more than 100 people in demonstrations against proposed laws protesters say limit Internet freedom and favor Chinese investors. Police said 102 people were detained over the weekend after the protests turned violent. Authorities accused the protesters of throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks at the People's Committee Headquarters in southeastern Binh Thuan province. Thousands of people demonstrated Sunday against the cyber and economic-zone bills the National Assembly is considering passing into law. One of the bills would allow foreign investors 99-year leases in special economic zones. Protesters said they feared this would give Chinese investors too much control. China's Embassy in Hanoi warned its citizens to be careful, referring to the pro...