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News in brief: Mum stabbed to death in front of her children

A MURDER hunt is under way after a mother-of-three was stabbed to death while she was looking after her children. The victim, in her mid-to-late 30s, was found with fatal injuries in Leicester on Tuesday morning. Neighbours said the woman — named locally as Fatima and of Sri Lankan background — had two boys and a girl, all of whom were in the house at the time of the incident. Yesterday, they were being looked after by a friend. Leicestershire Police have appealed for information from anyone who was in the area.

Interest rates worrying students more than fees

INTEREST rates and living costs concern students more than tuition fees, a report finds. Almost eight in ten said interest accrued on their loans, currently up to RPI plus three per cent, is important, compared with fee levels and repayment times. The Higher Education Policy Institute survey of 1,000 students also found about half were in favour of a combination of maintenance grants and loans. The HEPI’s Rachel Hewitt said: ‘With an election potentially around the corner, politicians should take heed.’


■ A THREE-week-old boy who died after a stabbing in Wallsend, North Tyneside, has been named as Andrei Stefan. His mum Andreea Stefan, 21, also hurt, is now stable. Denis Erdinch Beytula, 27, has been charged.

■ MOST people thinking they have Lyme disease ‘probably do not’, an expert says. Many have chronic fatigue syndrome but don’t accept the diagnosis due to the ‘stigma’, said Dr Sarah Logan, of London’s Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

■ A FIRST edition of On The Origin Of Species fetched £162,500 — more than £100,000 over the estimate — at an Edinburgh auction. Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking work on evolution was published in 1859.

■ PRESCRIBING contact with nature could help people with poor mental health. Those with anxiety and depression felt better after taking part in conservation projects, also saving the NHS money, said a report for The Wildlife Trusts.


■ THREE scientists have won the 2019 Nobel Prize for chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries. The work of Drs John B Goodenough, 97, Akira Yoshino, 71, and British-born M Stanley Whittingham, 77, ‘revolutionised our lives’, said the committee.

■ THOUSANDS of indigenous people joined anti-government protests in Ecuador’s capital yesterday. The violence, which began last week over fuel prices, forced president Lenin Moreno to leave Quito on Monday.

■ ABOUT 500 firefighters have been battling 40 bushfires across 380sq miles of New South Wales in Australia. Up to 30 homes were destroyed and a number of people were treated in hospital for burns.

■ BERNIE SANDERS has returned to campaigning in the 2020 US presidential race after suffering a heart attack last week. But the Democrat, 78, conceded he would have to slow down after staging up to four campaign rallies a day.