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Football: Hope for families as new Hillsborough inquests start

Fresh inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football supporters in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster began on Monday after the initial verdicts were quashed amid claims of a police cover-up. Relatives of the dead, who have fought for two decades to overturn the original verdicts of accidental death, gathered at a purpose-built court near Warrington, east of Liverpool.

Berezovsky death: British coroner records open verdict

A British coroner recorded an open verdict on Thursday in the death of Boris Berezovsky, saying he could not prove the Russian oligarch had meant to take his life. The Kremlin insider-turned-critic, 67, was found lying on the floor of the locked bathroom of a mansion in Ascot, near London, with a ligature around his neck in March 2013. The two-day inquest heard that Berezovsky was a "broken" man and regularly talked about suicide after losing a legal battle against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Inquest planned into British deaths in Algeria attack

Britain will hold an inquest later this year into the deaths of six Britons and a UK-based Columbian national in the terrorist attack on an Algerian gas plant in January 2013, it was announced Tuesday. Coroner Penelope Schofield told a hearing that the inquest is set to take place at London's Royal Courts of Justice in September and October.

Armed police to wear cameras after fatal London shooting

Armed police in London will wear video cameras to record their actions, the force said as it sought Thursday to calm tensions over the inquest into the fatal shooting of a man by firearms officers. Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe was due to meet with community leaders to discuss Wednesday's inquest verdict that the 2011 killing of suspected gangster Mark Duggan was lawful. Duggan's family reacted with fury to the verdict and vowed to continue fighting for justice for the father of six, whose death sparked nights of rioting across English cities.

Tests awaited on British doctor who died in Syria custody

British authorities are still awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination on a British doctor who died while in custody in Syria, his inquest heard on Friday. Syrian authorities believe Abbas Khan took his own life, although his family are adamant he was murdered. A British police officer who is acting as a liaison between the coroners court and the British and Syrian governments told the hearing in London that the Syrian authorities had stated that Khan's body had been found hanging in a jail cell.

Cop who shot mentally ill Toronto man says he was scared for his life

TORONTO - Faced with a roving mentally ill man brandishing two pairs of scissors in the middle of a quiet street, Const. Louie Cerqua was scared for his life. The police officer told a coroner's inquest Monday that while he received training on how to deal with a mentally ill person, those lessons didn't immediately come to mind before he decided to fire the three shots that killed Michael Eligon. To Cerqua, the only way out of what he considered an increasingly dangerous situation appeared to be firing his gun.

B.C. health ministry ignored most recommendations on seniors' care: report

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's Health Ministry has ignored most of the recommendations in a report on seniors' care in the province, says a think tank calling for government action for an aging population. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives said that of the 176 recommendations made in the February 2012 report by ombudswoman Kim Carter, 140 were specifically directed at the Health Ministry. Of those recommendations, 66 per cent have been ignored while only six per cent have been fully implemented, the centre said Thursday.

UK police say 'spy in the bag' probably died in accident

A British codebreaker for the MI6 foreign intelligence agency, whose naked body was found padlocked in a holdall inside a bathtub three years ago, most likely killed himself by accident, police said Wednesday. A fresh review of the mysterious "spy in the bag" case has concluded that 31-year-old intelligence analyst Gareth Williams was not murdered but had climbed into the bag without assistance. The police findings contradict those of a coroner who concluded at an inquest last year that another person was probably involved in Williams's death.

'Spy in the bag' probably died in accident: UK police

A British intelligence analyst whose naked body was found zipped in a holdall three years ago most likely killed himself by accident, police said on Wednesday. A fresh review of the so-called "spy in the bag" case has concluded that Gareth Williams, 31, was not murdered but had climbed into the bag without assistance. "My personal view at the end of the investigation is that what happened was an accident," Martin Hewitt, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police told reporters.

British inquest finds Angolan deportee unlawfully killed

A British inquest ruled on Tuesday that an Angolan man was unlawfully killed during his deportation by three guards from the firm behind the London Olympics security fiasco. Jimmy Mubenga, 46, was restrained with "unreasonable force" by the guards from G4S in October 2010 on a British Airways flight to Angola, a jury ruled. The father-of-five was held down after allegedly attacking the guards. The plane was stopped on the runway at London's Heathrow Airport after he was found to be not breathing. Mubenga was taken to hospital but died of cardio-respiratory collapse.
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