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Police salute outside the Christ Tabernacle Church as the casket of slain New York Police Department officer Rafael Ramos is carried from the church following his funeral service in the Queens borough of New York on Dec 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Police salute outside the Christ Tabernacle Church as the casket of slain New York Police Department officer Rafael Ramos is carried from the church following his funeral service in the Queens borough of New York on Dec 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Thousands of police, US Vice-President Joe Biden attend funeral of slain New York cop

Thousands of officers paid homage Saturday at the New York funeral of one of their own, in an emotional show of solidarity from a group that has felt targeted by recent protests over police violence.

But in a sign of the strain between New York’s force and its mayor, thrown into sharp relief since Rafael Ramos and his partner were shot last week, numerous officers turned their backs outside as Bill de Blasio began to speak.

Vice-President Joe Biden said the double murder was felt by the whole country.

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Britain posts 41 million wills online, including those of Princess Diana, George Orwell, Alan Turing

Some 41 million British wills dating back to 1858, including those of Winston Churchill and Princess Diana, were made available in an online database on Saturday.

The government's full archive of wills from England and Wales, stretching back more than 150 years, has been put on the probatesearch.service.gov.uk website.

It includes the wills of World War II prime minister Churchill; novelist Charles Dickens; Diana, princess of Wales; children's writer A. A. Milne; code-breaker Alan Turing; writer George Orwell and author Beatrix Potter.

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Late pope gets flowers from would-be assassin

Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish former extremist who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II, on Saturday laid flowers on the late pontiff’s tomb.

The latest highly publicised act of contrition by Agca came 31 years to the day after John Paul visited him in prison in Rome to forgive him for the 1981 shooting that nearly killed the leader of the world’s Catholics.

Agca arrived back in Rome unexpectedly on Saturday and presented himself to police to declare his intention to lay the flowers.

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Football: Torres loan to AC Milan 'permanent' from Jan 5, says Chelsea; deal with Atletico said to be close

Atletico Madrid are close to sealing a deal for Spain forward Fernando Torres to return to his boyhood club, assistant coach German Burgos said on Saturday.

Later in the day, Torres’ parent club Chelsea announced that the player’s loan switch to AC Milan would become permanent next month but Spanish media reports said that was simply a formality ahead of another loan move to Atletico being finalised on Sunday.

Italy winger Alessio Cerci will switch from the Spanish capital to Milan as part of the deal, which will run until the end of the 2015-16 season, according to the reports.

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Morocco banned Moses epic for showing God, says distributor

Morocco banned biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings on the flight of the Jews from ancient Egypt because it "represents God", which is forbidden under Islam, its distributor said Saturday.

The distributor said it had received written notice that Ridley Scott's blockbuster contained a scene that represents God in the form of a "child who gives a revelation to the prophet Moses".

Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country, has also banned the movie, citing "historical inaccuracies".

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