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Monday July 6th, 2020 evening edition

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Fraudster James McCormick has been jailed for 10 years for selling fake bomb detectors.

McCormick, 57, of Langport, Somerset perpetrated a "callous confidence trick", said the Old Bailey judge.

He is thought to have made £50m from sales of more than 7,000 of the fake devices to countries, including Iraq.

The fraud "promoted a false sense of security" and contributed to death and injury, the judge said.

Police earlier said the ADE-651 devices, modelled on a novelty golf ball finder, are still in use at some checkpoints.

Sentencing McCormick, Judge Richard Hone said: "You are the driving force and sole director behind [the fraud].".

Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police Image caption The device was based on a golf ball finder. »

Bayonne: Bus driver left brain dead after being 'attacked over face masks'

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Face masks and other regulations have been introduced on French public transport.

A bus driver in the south-west of France has been left brain dead after reportedly being attacked by passengers who refused to wear face masks.

Union sources told France Bleu's local radio station that the driver had attempted to prevent the group from bringing a dog on board the bus. »

WhatsApp stops processing police requests for Hong Kong users' data amid protests

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Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messaging service said on Monday it had "paused" processing law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong.

It has been met with protests across Hong Kong.

WhatsApp's parent company, Facebook, is also reportedly taking similar decisions - pausing review of government requests for user data from Hong Kong pending further assessment of the National Security Law. »

Nick Cordero, Broadway actor who battled COVID-19, has died at age 41, wife says

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Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who had been hospitalized for three months and had his leg amputated after contracting the coronavirus, has died, his wife, Amanda Kloots, said Sunday.

"He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.".

Throughout his battle with COVID-19, Kloots encouraged fans to sing Cordero's song "Live Your Life" daily at 3 p.m. »