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Abuse doubles depression risk

Childhood abuse doubles the risk of a life blighted by depression, a study has found.

The research also shows that abused individuals are less likely to respond to depression treatments.

Scientists examined pooled data from 26 separate studies involving more than 23,000 participants.

The analysis revealed that people maltreated in childhood are twice as likely as those with no history of abuse to develop multiple and long-lasting episodes of depression.

First snow joy for NZ capital

FAMILIES in Wellington, New Zealand, have reacted with delight at the first deep snow for 30 years.

Forecasters are describing it as a once-in-a-lifetime event as the NZ capital only normally gets a few flurries on snow in winter.

Services across the country were disrupted by the snowfalls, which were accompanied by heavy rain and high winds.

Postal deliveries in many centres were cancelled, as were some flights. Some roads were closed and libraries and swimming pools were shut.

Football boss's drink-drive trial

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean is expected to stand trial today over allegations of drink driving.

The 43-year-old is accused of being almost twice the legal limit when he failed a breath test just hours after his side played Manchester United in the Premier League last May.

Kean, of Weybridge, Surrey, denies one charge of driving with excess alcohol.

He was breathalysed after his Mercedes was pulled over on the M6 in Cheshire. He is accused of having 65mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Roller coaster part kills teen

a part from a roller coaster came loose at an amusement park outside Rio de Janeiro, hitting and killing a teenager, police said.

Investigators in the western suburb of Recreio dos Bandeirantes said 10 other people were injured on Saturday night.

The victim was 17-year-old Alessandra Aguiar, who was queuing to buy tickets to the roller coaster when the part came loose and hit her.