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Steve Bannon, former chief strategist to US President Donald Trump, has been summoned to testify before a grand jury, US media report.

He was reportedly subpoenaed by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who is leading an inquiry into alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election campaign.

Mr Bannon appeared separately on Tuesday before a Congressional panel.

Congress is holding its own inquiry into the allegations.

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Stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage, doctors are warning.

Medics in Leicester treated a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat while trying to stop a high-force sneeze.

With nowhere to escape, the pressure ripped through the soft tissue, and although rare and unusual, they say others should be aware of the danger.

Trapping a sneeze could also damage the ears or even rupture a brain aneurysm, they warn in journal BMJ Case Reports.

The man said he felt a "popping" sensation in his neck when it happened and then immediately experienced pain and difficulty swallowing and speaking.

When the doctors checked him over they found he had swelling and tenderness around his throat and neck.

An X-ray revealed air escaping from his windpipe into the soft tissue of his neck through the rupture.

The man had to be fed by a tube for the next seven days to allow time for the tissues to heal.

After spending a week in hospital, the man was sent home and made a full recovery.

Doctors from the ear, nose, throat department at Leicester Royal Infirmary, where the man was treated, said: "Halting a sneeze via blocking nostrils and mouth is a dangerous manoeuvre and should be avoided."

Sneezes can spread diseases, so although it is good to "let them out", make sure you catch them in a tissue, say experts.

With flu season in full swing, children and adults should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough and sneeze and then throw the tissues away in a bin and wash their hands to stop the spread of germs, says Public Health England.

Danish prosecutors have charged inventor Peter Madsen with murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall and will attempt to have him jailed for life.

Her dismembered remains were found at sea on 21 August last year, 11 days after she interviewed him aboard his homemade submarine.

Prosecutors accuse him of having planned the crime, either suffocating her or cutting her throat.

He admits dismembering her body but denies intentionally killing her.

What do we know of Ms Wall's disappearance?

The 30-year-old was last seen alive on the evening of 10 August as she departed with Mr Madsen on his self-built 40-tonne submarine, UC3 Nautilus. She was researching a story about his venture.

Her boyfriend raised the alarm the next day when she did not return from the trip. Mr Madsen was rescued at sea after his submarine sank the same day. Police believe he deliberately scuttled the vessel.

The journalist's mutilated torso was spotted by a passing cyclist on 21 August but her head, legs and clothing, placed in weighted-down bags, were not discovered by police divers until 6 October.

Ms Wall had had a long career in journalism, having previously reported from North Korea, the South Pacific, Uganda and Haiti, writing for the New York Times, Guardian, Vice and the South China Morning Post.

What do prosecutors say?

 

The suspect has been charged with premeditated murder and dismemberment, and also "sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly dangerous nature".

"This is a very unusual and extremely brutal case," prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen said in a statement.

"We hope the media will respect that further evidence in the case must be presented in court and not in the press."

What does the suspect say happened?
He has changed his account several times.

Initially, he said he had dropped Kim Wall off safely in Copenhagen but the 46-year-old later changed his story to say there had been a "terrible accident", that he had "buried her at sea" and planned afterwards to take his own life by sinking his submarine.

As to the exact cause of death, Mr Madsen told police she had died when a heavy hatch on the submarine fell on her head.

However, he later changed this and maintained she had been killed by carbon monoxide poisoning inside the submarine while he was up on deck.

After initially denying cutting up her body, he then admitted dismembering it and dumping the body parts in the sea.

Who is DIY submariner Peter Madsen?
When will the trial begin?
It has been called for 8 March and a verdict is expected in April.

A life sentence in Denmark typically means around 15-17 years in prison without parole, news agencies report.

The mother of the five-year-old H&M model caught up in a racism row has told the BBC her family has moved house in Sweden "for security reasons."

Last week, photos of Liam Mango modelling a "coolest monkey in the jungle" hoodie went viral, with social media users accusing H&M of racism.

Many were angered when Liam's mother Terry Mango defended the brand and told people to stop "crying wolf."

In South Africa, protesters vandalised H&M stores over the photos.

Despite the backlash she has faced, Terry Mango still doesn't believe H&M had a racist agenda.

"I respect other people's opinion on the issue. I know racism exists, but does the shirt to me speak racism? No it doesn't," she told BBC Outside Source.

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Though Mrs Mango has been a victim of racism and acknowledges it's a huge problem, she's been attacked by other black people for not condemning H&M.

"I [am] a sell out to them, I [am] an embarrassment to the black and African-American people. I sold my son for money," she told BBC Outside Source.

The family have moved out of their house in Stockholm following "security concerns" Mrs Mango added.

Though she did not elaborate on the safety reasons, Mrs Mango said the attacks on H&M stores in and around Johannesburg were one reason for the move.

The protests, which took place on Saturday, were organised by the radical Economic Freedom Fighters' party (EFF).

Video footage showed protesters trashing displays, kicking over clothes rails and shoving mannequins while police used rubber bullets to disperse them.

Theirs was not the only protest.

Amid calls for a global boycott of H&M, musicians The Weeknd and G-Eazy have cut ties with the company, with the former saying the advert made him feel "shocked and embarrassed".

Despite the furore, Liam Mango remains oblivious.

"He has no idea what's going on, he's only five... Liam has not experienced [racism yet]," Mrs Mango said. "I just want him to have innocence."

A former babysitter who was abused by ex-Team USA gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar has told him in court: "You are a repulsive liar."

Kyle Stephens was the first of nearly 100 women to testify against the 54-year-old this week as he is sentenced.

People in court wept as she told how Nassar convinced her own parents she was lying about the abuse.

Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles on Monday said she was also sexually abused by Nassar.

At Tuesday's hearing in Lansing, Michigan, former family friend Ms Stephens told Nassar: "You convinced my parents that I was a liar.

"You used my body for six years for your own sexual gratification. That is unforgivable."

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Ms Stephens told the court: "I felt I was losing my grip on reality, I started to question whether the abuse ever really happened.

"For my own sanity I forced myself to walk through the abuse step by step so I didn't forget that I was not a liar."

Ms Stephens told how Nassar repeatedly abused her from age six until age 12 during family visits to his home in Holt, near Lansing.

She told the court she continued to babysit for the family because she felt protective of the predator's young children and because she needed to pay for her counselling sessions to deal with the abuse.

"Complex feelings of shame, disgust and self-hatred brought me bouts of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other compulsive conditions," Ms Stephens said.

"Perhaps you have figured out by now, that little girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is expected to hand down a sentence on Friday.

Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting females at his home, at a gymnastics club and in his Michigan State University office.

He has been accused of molesting about 100 girls while he was a physician for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

Prosecutors are seeking at least 40 years in prison.

He has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

Donna Markham told the court on Tuesday how her daughter Chelsey committed suicide in 2009, years after Nassar sexually abused her during a medical examination.

"It all started with him," she said, describing her daughter's downward spiral into drugs.

Jessica Thomashow, 17, told the court how Nassar abused her between the ages of nine and 14 years old.

She told how he molested her in 2012 when she was 12 years old after she went to be treated for a stress fracture on her ankle.

Ms Thomashow said Nassar had preyed on her after telling her father that he could wait outside in the waiting room.

"Now I get flashbacks when I see male hands and it makes me feel scared and threatened," she said.

Ms Thomashow told Nassar: "What you did to me was so twisted. You manipulated me and my entire family. How dare you."

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