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Bulger killer on porn charges

Killer Jon Venables will appear via videolink at the Old Bailey today to face allegations of downloading child pornography.

Venables, who was just 10 when he and Robert Thompson murdered toddler James Bulger, is expected to enter pleas to the two charges.

It is claimed he downloaded 57 indecent photographs of children and in the process made seven images available to others on the internet.

Venables, now 27, was recalled to prison in February this year when the new allegations came to light.



Violence 'still a threat' in North

Dissident republican groups may try to mount terrorist attacks in Britain, the UK's independent reviewer of the counter-terrorism laws has warned.

Lord Carlile of Berriew said there was a "paramount need for continuous vigilance" in Northern Ireland following a series of terrorist incidents over recent months.

Incidents so far this year have included a car bomb attack in April on the Army base which houses MI5's Northern Ireland HQ. The Real IRA claimed responsibility for the attack.



70,000 to see Newman Mass

Up to 70,000 people are expected to attend a special Mass where Pope Benedict XVI will beatify Catholic University of Ireland founder, Cardinal John Henry Newman, it was announced today.

Cardinals, bishops and more than 1,000 priests will be present at the Mass in Birmingham, on September 19, at the end of the Pope's four-day visit to Britain.

The beatification will be the first to be carried out by Benedict since he was elected Pope in 2005.



Pregnant teen figures down

The number of teenagers giving birth fell by more than 8pc last year, new figures reveal.

Statistics from the Crisis Pregnancy Agency show 2,223 teenagers gave birth in 2009 -- down more than 200 on the previous year.

Meanwhile, the number of women giving Irish addresses at UK abortion clinics declined by more than one third from 2001 to 2009, from 6,673 to 4,422.


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