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Evening Update 21 Dec

Police - A former Nice based policeman, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, for the murder of an 18 year-old student in 1995. The murder had remained unexplained for almost ten years, before DNA evidence led to his arrest and his admission of guilt, which he later withdrew.

Serial - Police in the Alps are re-examining a host of missing people cases, after charging a man with a second abduction and murder in the area. Nor.dahl Le.landais, a former military dog trainer, had previously been charged with the abduction and murder of an eight-year-old girl who disappeared from a wedding in August. This week, he has been further charged with the murder of Arthur Noyer, a 24-year-old soldier disappeared while hitchhiking in the town of Chambery.

Hospital - In Nice, a doctor at the Institute St-Marie hospital, and the hospital itself, have been found guilty of manslaughter. The case surrounded the death of a 21 year-old man who died after being treated for a bowel obstruction. The Nice Criminal Court gave the doctor a six-month suspended sentence, and fined the hospital €10,000

Bus - The driver of the school bus, that was hit by a train, resulting in the deaths of six children, has been charged with manslaughter. The driver, a 48-year-old mother, who was seriously hurt in the collision, said the safety barriers were open at the time of the crash, however the public prosecutor said an investigation has suggested they were closed.

BUSINESS

Apple has confirmed it deliberately slows down some older models of the iPhone. The company said it does this because the phones' battery performance diminishes over time and it wants to prolong the life of customers' devices. They denyed it was a ploy to get customers to upgrade their devices, as the slowdown can be fixed by replacing the battery.

Sir James Dyson has settled a dispute with the chief executive he sacked in October for allegedly stealing Dyson company secrets. When the charges were brought against him last month, the executive in question said it was a ridiculous allegation to distract attention from claims he was about to issue about th company. Both parties confirmed that all claims had now been settled but declined to comment on the amount.

SPORT

Football - Manchester City remain keen on Alexis Sanchez, but may wait until the summer, before making another attempt to sign the Arsenal forward. City had a bid accepted for the player on deadline day in August but the move collapsed.

Tennis - Andy Murray has delayed his departure to Australia but hopes to be back playing in a couple of weeks. The three-time Grand Slam champion has not played a competitive match since Wimbledon because of a hip condition. He’s due to play in the Brisbane International, which starts on New Years Day, before competing at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Rugby - Lions and Ireland back-row CJ Stander has signed a new three-year IRFU deal to keep him at Munster until 2021. The 27-year-old number eight, who has won 18 Ireland caps, played for the Lions in the third and decisive Test against New Zealand.

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