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Top news: Mick Philpott jailed, US on alert after North Korea moves missiles

By River Reporter Apr 5, 2013

The River’s Jack Hammond rounds up the top fives stories from the past week’s news.

Mick Philpott jailed for life after being found guilty of manslaughter

Mick Philpott was jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years after being found guilty of killing six of his children in a house fire.

His wife Mairead Philpott and their friend Paul Mosley were also both jailed for 17 years.

The trio were found guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court of setting the blaze in Mick’s home in Derby, which took the lives of his six children aged five to 13: Jayden, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Duwayne.

North Korea moves second missile to east coast, and gives Britain five days to evacuate embassy

North Korea has shifted a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, South Korea’s defence minister has said.

The range of the missile is unknown, and the rogue state has moved the missile with a range of 3,000km (1,800m) to the same area which is within firing distance of Japan – and claimed it would be ‘merciless’ against its enemies.

The US has responded to the rising threat of North Korea by moving missile defence shields to Guam.

All government embassies have been instructed to evacuate staff from Pyongyang after dictator Kim Jong-un warned he could not ‘guarantee the safety of foreigners’.

HMV saved by Hilco

The HMV brand has been rescued after administrators agreed to a £50m deal which will save 2,500 jobs.

Hilco, a specialist restructuring firm, will acquire 141 HMV-branded stores, including 23 which had previously been set to close.

The iconic brand had faced disappearance from high streets altogether if a rescue deal could not be reached.

Pope Francis: Stopping child sexual abuse key to ‘credibility’ of Catholic Church

Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to “act decisively” to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are punished, the Vatican said on Friday.

Francis, in a meeting with the Holy See’s doctrinal chief, Archbishop Gerhard Müller, had declared that combating sexual abuse was important “for the Church and its credibility”, a statement said.

He inherited a Church mired in problems and a major scandal over priestly abuse of children. It was believed to be the first time Francis had taken up the issue of sex abuse with a senior member of his staff since his election on March 13.

Sunderland’s new manager Paolo Di Canio has denied that he has fascist links

Paolo Di Canio took over as Sunderland manager at the beginning of the week after the club fired Martin O’Neill.

Fans have expressed their anger at Di Canio’s past. In his 2000 autobiography, Di Canio wrote that he was fascinated by Benito Mussolini and, in 2005, celebrated with the far-right “ultras” at Lazio, his former club in Rome, by making a fascist salute.

His appointment prompted David Miliband, the former Labour Party MP to immediately resign from his post as a club director.

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