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Security Threat Locks Down Capitol Building

The Capitol building in Washington DC is on lockdown owing to a security threat, two days before Joe Biden is inaugurated as US president.

Capitol HillThe Capitol, which is home to the US Congress, was attacked by a pro-Trump mob on 6 January, leaving five dead.

Reporters at the scene say an emergency announcement is playing and a rehearsal for Mr Biden’s inauguration has been suspended. Security is tight, with thousands of National Guard members deployed.

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North Korea Unveils ‘World’s Most Powerful Weapon’

North Korea has unveiled a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile, described by state media as “the world’s most powerful weapon”.

Several of the missiles were displayed at a parade overseen by leader Kim Jong-un, reported state media.

The show of military strength comes days before the inauguration of Joe Biden as US president. It also follows a rare political meeting where Mr Kim decried the US as his country’s “biggest enemy”.

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Drill Music Increasingly Used In Court Cases

Drill music has captured headlines since it started to emerge in the UK in 2012. With its often provocative lyrics, it’s been blamed by police for fuelling violence.

It is also increasingly being used as evidence in trials with courts hearing allegations it incites gang rivalries. But some defence lawyers and academics say it stops defendants – often young black men – getting a fair trial.

Wood Green on 2 February 2019 was “more reminiscent of a Hollywood film than a winter’s night in north London”, the Old Bailey was told.

CCTV images showed mums with buggies fleeing as masked men ran amok with long knives. One man was shot and stabbed eight times but miraculously survived. Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck, 19, was less fortunate. He was chased into a hair salon where terrified customers, staff and children watched helplessly as he was stabbed to death.

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US Carries Out First Execution Of A Woman Since 1953

Lisa Montgomery – the only female inmate on federal death row in the US – has been executed for murder.

She received a lethal injection at a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, after a last-minute stay of execution was lifted by the US Supreme Court.

The case attracted attention because her lawyers argued she was mentally ill and suffered serious abuse as a child.

The 52-year-old strangled a pregnant woman before cutting out and kidnapping her baby in Missouri in 2004. Her victim, 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett, bled to death but her baby was safely recovered and returned to her family.

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Italy Targets Violent Group In Biggest Mafia Trial In Decades

Hundreds of alleged members of Italy’s most powerful mafia group are set to face justice in the country’s biggest organised crime trial in decades.

The 355 suspected mobsters and corrupt officials were charged following a long inquiry into the ‘Ndrangheta group. More than 900 witnesses are expected to give evidence, and the charge sheet includes murder, drug trafficking, extortion and money laundering.

The trial began on Wednesday and is expected to last more than two years.

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