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News Digest: British banker to face court over deaths of two Asian prostitutes

A British man will appear in court in Hong Kong tomorrow after the bodies of two women - one in a suitcase - were found at his flat.

Police have laid a "holding charge" against the 29-year-old - identified in reports as Cambridge-educated banker Rurik Jutting.

He was arrested after the women - said to be sex workers from Indonesia - were found dead at the flat in the Wan Chai district of the former British colony in the early hours of yesterday.

A statement from Hong Kong police said: "Police arrested the man on November 1 in suspected connection with a murder case in a unit at 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai in the small hours on the same day in which a foreign woman aged between 25 and 30, and another woman were killed."

Mr Jutting resigned from Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently.

Quit space race, expert tells Branson

The Virgin Galactic company has been urged to "give up" the project following the test flight crash in which a pilot died.

Claims have emerged that safety warnings given several years before Richard Branson's SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave desert in California on Friday were ignored.

Carolynne Campbell-Knight, an expert on rocket propulsion, said: "They should stop, give up.

"Go away and do something they might be good at, like selling mobile phones - they should stay out of the space business." She claimed she had contacted those involved in the project in around 2009 or 2010 to raise her concerns about the use of nitrous oxide.

This came after an explosion in 2007 during testing for the development of a rocket motor killed three workers.

She said nitrous oxide can "go bang in a very unpredictable way".

She added: "My view is from my own engineering experience, which I shared with them."

12 months for female volleyball fan

The brother of an Iranian-British woman has spoken of his shock at her jailing for trying to attend a men's volleyball game.

Iman Ghavami (28) said his family were expecting his 25-year-old sister Ghoncheh to be released by Iranian authorities, but instead she received a 12-month prison sentence.

Ms Ghavami was found guilty last month of "propagating against the ruling system" and received the custodial sentence, her lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei said.

The Iranian authorities have not officially released details of the court's verdict.

Human rights activists branded the sentencing "appalling" and said she was a "prisoner of conscience" and called for her immediate release.

Mr Ghavami said his family was desperately trying to confirm the jail sentence.

Children abandoned and stigmatised due to Ebola

Children are being orphaned, stigmatised and discriminated against because of the deadly Ebola virus, experts have said.

At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to the disease, according to Unicef.

Justin Forsyth of Save the Children said: "One of the main tragedies is that many children, who have already witnessed one or both parents dying in terrible circumstances, are now being abandoned because people are so terrified of contracting the disease."

Sea sponge drug boosts breast cancer survival

A drug derived from sea sponges extends the life of women with an especially aggressive form of breast cancer by almost five months, research has shown.

Two major trials involving more than 1,800 women with metastatic, or spreading, breast cancer found eribulin boosted survival by more than two months overall.

The most significant improvement was seen in advanced triple negative breast cancer, a form of the disease with limited treatment options up to now.

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