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Naomi Campbell's friend turns over diamonds to police
 
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ohannesburg, South Africa (CNN) -- A friend of supermodel Naomi Campbell handed over unpolished diamonds to South African police the day that Campbell testified at a war crimes trial for former Liberian President Charles Taylor, police said Friday. Police spokesman Musa Zondi told CNN that the diamonds are real. Campbell testified Thursday at a United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone that she had received the diamonds as a gift, then turned them over to her friend Jeremy Ratcliffe to auction for charity. She said on the stand she believed Ratcliffe still had the stones. Zondi said Ratcliffe could face charges of possession of unpolished diamonds.
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Emails shed light on Horman split.
 
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- E-mails written by Terri Horman and obtained by FOX 12 give insight into her reaction the day her husband moved out of the family's northwest Portland home with their daughter. Horman -- the stepmother of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman -- wrote an e-mail June 26 accusing her husband of illegally taking the toddler. "OK, I love you but this is ridiculous. What you are doing is parental child abduction and is illegal. I need to know where my daughter is and if she is safe. You were really upset with me when you left. What is it that I/we need to do to reconcile this? I don't want to call 911 but I need a resolution please. If I don't hear from you in an hour I will call 911," Terri Horman wrote to Kaine Horman. About an hour later, Terri Horman e-mailed a friend and said she called 911 but was directed to a non-emergency dispatcher. "Guess what? Since we are married we have joint custody and he can do that. Gee, too bad I didn't know that," she wrote. There were two 911 calls placed from the family's home that day. One was classified as a custodial interference issue and other call was related to "threats being made to another person." Police have not released the 911 calls to the public. Two days after the e-mails were sent, Kaine Horman obtained a restraining order against his wife on grounds that police gave him probable cause to believe she tried to hire someone to kill him and was involved in the boy's disappearance. He filed for divorce the same day. The restraining order also gave Kaine Horman custody of the couple's daughter. Since Kyron's disappearance on June 4, his biological parents have accused Terri Horman and her friends of withholding information from investigators. Multnomah County deputies haven't identified anyone as a suspect in the criminal investigation. Deputies said Terri Horman was the last person to see Kyron at Skyline Elementary School. Investigators plan to release "certain case details" in a news conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. FOX 12 Oregon and KPTV.com will carry the news conference live.
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Kyron Horman: Three people from 24-Hour Fitness testify before grand jury about Terri Horman
 
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A grand jury continues to hear testimony in the case of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman and yesterday, three people from the 24-Hour Fitness center reportedly testified regarding Terri Horman's behavior. Terri Horman worked out frequently and used to be a competitive bodybuilder. According to a timeline of events from the day Kyron Horman went missing, Terri Horman left Kyron Horman at school after visiting the science fair and at approximately 10:10 a.m. was running errands. At 11:39 a.m., the day Kyron disappeared, she went to the 24-Hour Fitness center in Beaverton, Oregon and worked out for approximately one hour. more at http://thepjfiles.prophpbb.com
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Spicher was gone 3+ hours on day Kyron vanished
 
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by Frank Mungeam, KGW.com Staff kgw.com Posted on July 22, 2010 at 9:19 PM PORTLAND, Ore. -- DeDe Spicher, identified as a close friend of Terri Moulton-Horman, was doing gardening work not far from the Horman family home in Northwest Portland on the day Terri's step-son, 7-year-old Kyron Horman, disappeared, KGW has learned from a reliable source. Initially, sources told KGW that Spicher left the location where she was working at 11:15 a.m. on June 4 and returned around 1 p.m. But Tuesday, those reliable sources said the window of time was even bigger and that Spicher was actually gone from 9:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. The person who owns the house where Spicher lives, who is cooperating with investigators, told investigators she called Spicher on her cell phone but she didn't answer, the source told KGW. A person who was working with Spicher, who is also cooperating with investigators, told them of trying to unsuccessfully find Spicher. Both people have told investigators they have no idea where Spicher was during that period of time. Sources tell KGW that police have searched Spicher's home. Spicher has known Terri and Kaine for about seven years. Family pleads with Spicher to cooperate On July 22, the parents of Kyron Horman issued a public plea to Spicher, naming her in a written statement that said police have informed them Spicher has been in "close communication" with Terri since Kyron went missing, and that Spicher has been "providing Terri with support and advice that is not in the best interests of our son."
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Kyron  'last seen with stranger'.
 
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Terry Horman suggests Kyron Horman was last seen with a male chaperon.
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Dingo Baby Case: Jurors Doubted Defendant
 
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New details have been revealed of the 30-year mystery which became known as the "Dingo Baby" case in Australia. The baby daughter of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain went missing in August 1980 on a family camping trip to Ayers Rock. Mrs Chamberlain claimed the infant, Azaraia, had been carried off by a dingo, or wild dog. The eight-week-old girl was one of the couple's three children. Despite a search, no trace of the baby was ever found and Mrs Chamberlain was subsequently arrested and convicted of the murder of her daughter. Lindy Chamberlain, 30 years ago Lindy Chamberlain, 30 years ago Two years later, her husband was found guilty of being an accessory in the case. However, the verdict was dramatically overturned six years later on appeal and the couple were exonerated. In the latest developments, an Australian newspaper, the Sydney Daily Telegraph, has been shown police documents from the case which includes notes from the jury foreman. The handwritten comments show that more of the women on the jury thought Mrs Chamberlain guilty than their male counterparts. The two surviving children outside their tent Lindy and Michael's two boys by the tent Four of the men had doubts, but were persuaded to go along with the majority who believed the prosecution had proved its case. The case divided Australia, with everyone having a strong opinion on what they believed the truth to be. Lindy Chamberlain and her family returned to Ayers Rock, now known as Uluru, for a local TV programme. She broke down as she remembered the moment she discovered her daughter had vanished from the tent she was sharing with her four-year-old brother, Reagan. Lindy Chamberlain as she is now at Ayers Rock Lindy Chamberlain, reliving the story at Ayers Rock "I could see in and see Reagan and see that the tent had been trashed and all her blankets were scattered," she said. "I dived in and started searching under the blankets. My hands were occupied and I used my foot to poke Reagan to make sure he was alright. He played dead because he thought it would come back to get him." Her husband Michael remembers how even people who were at the campsite doubted their story. "It was horrific. I remember running, almost screaming at people - 'Please help me search! A dingo's got my baby!' And people just looked at me like in a dream," he said.
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Stephen Fry joins Norwich City board
 
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Actor, writer and television presenter Stephen Fry has joined the board of Norwich City Football Club. The announcement was made at a press conference at Carrow Road. Fry, who will act as an ambassador for the club, said: "Truly this is one of the most exciting days of my life and I am as proud and pleased as I could be." Fry, who has a home in Norfolk, is a lifelong fan of the Championship club and has often been seen with majority shareholder Delia Smith at Carrow Road. 'Just fantastic' He said: "Having been shockingly overlooked by successive Norwich City managers all these years as a player, I have come to the sad conclusion that it is probably unlikely now that I will ever be picked to play for the first team. "But I am happy instead to play my part in another capacity, as that of a proud and passionate ambassador for the great game of football. "The day may still come when I am needed out on the pitch, I haven't entirely ruled that out, but until then I shall endeavour to serve with enthusiasm and energy, spreading the word far and wide of Norwich City Football Club and the pleasures and rewards to be had as a supporter." Ms Smith said: "Having one of the club's most passionate supporters who just happens to also be one of the country's best-loved performers join us to act as an ambassador for the football club will be just fantastic." The television chef, who has been majority shareholder at Norwich since 1996, was made a CBE for services to the food industry in 2009. Norwich, who were League One winners last season, play at Scunthorpe on Saturday where they hope to secure their first points of the new Championship campaign.
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World's Smallest Horse  Pinto Stallion Einstein Born In US.
 
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A tiny stallion just 14 inches high is thought to be a record breaker as the world's smallest foal. Einstein, a pinto stallion, weighed in at just 6lb when he was born on Friday in the US. Breeder Judy Smith, of Tiz A Miniature Horse Farm, in Barnstead, New Hampshire, said she thought he was dead. "I have been at this for 20 years plus but I have never seen one this tiny or even close to it. "At first he didn't move very much. We started rubbing him with a towel and he started to move around. He was so small!" Pinto stallion foal named Einstein Einstein took the record of the world's smallest foal Breeders say that unlike the current record holder, 9lb Thumbelina, Einstein shows no signs of dwarfism. Co-owner Charlie Cantrell said: "From the head to the legs - the length, width, height - everything is just beautiful about this little horse." Fellow owner Dr Rachel Wagner said: "Most of the ones that are really tiny are what we call dwarves and they have some sort of dysmorphic features, or features that aren't really normal or healthy. "This little guy is like all horses - he's almost all leg."
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Friend of Terri Horman used fake name to buy cell phone for her
 
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Sources have told local news media that friends of Terri Horman, the stepmother of missing Oregon boy Kyron Horman, purchased cell phones for her to use after the second-grader disappeared. KATU now reports that one of the friends used a fake name to buy a phone. Sources told KATU that all of the phones were obtained after Kyron's father, Kaine Horman had moved out of the family home. The friend -- who was not DeDe Spicher -- used a fake name when she went to a Portland, Oregon shopping center electronics store and purchased a prepaid cell phone. She ultimately said what she did was "stupid" and a "spur of the moment" move, which she regretted. Read more @ thepjfiles.prophpbb.com
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DeDe,Terri unaccounted for at same time on june  4
 
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- DeDe Spicher and Terri Moulton-Horman were both unaccounted for during the same period of time the day Kyron Horman disappeared, based on information revealed by investigators and on information from KGW sources. Sources tell KGW that DeDe Spicher, a close friend of Terri's, was doing gardening work not far from the Horman family home on the day Kyron disappeared, but was unaccounted for during a three-hour period from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. She could not be reached by cell phone during this time either, according to sources. Sources also tell KGW that, during the period of time DeDe was unaccounted for, her car remained at the property where she had been gardening. According to sources, that detail is significant because, if DeDe left the property as investigators believe, she would have had to leave in another vehicle. Meanwhile, at a Wednesday press conference, investigators focused on the movements of the Horman family pickup truck on the day Kyron disappeared. Investigators specifically asked for any witnesses who might have seen the pickup in that same area of Skyline between 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Sources tell KGW that investigators identified that as the time between when Terri left a Beaverton Fred Meyer and her next known stop, at her personal gym. More: Truck sighting locations These timelines leave a one-hour, fifteen-minute block of time in the middle of the day Kyron disappeared where the whereabouts of both Terri and DeDe was still under investigation. At Wednesday's press conference, deputies focused in on specific roads in the Skyline area where the family's white truck may have been during that window of time. According to a former police detective, that's a significant investigative detail. "I think you take map and you say 'how long would it take if you had an hour and a half to go here?' said C.W. Jensen, a former Portland Police homicide detective. "If you had an hour and a half how long would it take to go here, here, here? And you know, ultimately--how far could you go in an hour and a half in this time frame? And what they're telling us is she was here..she was here...we know she was here...and they're asking us now...could you help us out." Home where Spicher gardened searched Investigators spent Sunday searching the home where Spicher gardened the morning of June 4. The person who owns the house where Spicher gardened, who is cooperating with investigators, told investigators she called Spicher on her cell phone but she didn't answer, the source told KGW. A person who was working with Spicher, who is also cooperating with investigators, told them of trying to unsuccessfully find Spicher. Both people have told investigators they have no idea where Spicher was during that period of time.
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Speeding transplant dash driver faces ban.
 
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Speeding transplant dash driver faces ban 31 August 2010 Last updated at 12:01 Help An ambulance driver delivering an organ for transplant could lose his licence and his job after being booked for speeding. Paul Bex, from Cambridgeshire, was delivering a liver from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge to the North East when he was caught speeding on two cameras on the A1 in Lincolnshire.
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Tony Blair pelted with eggs at Dublin book signing..
 
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Activists clashed with Irish police as they tried to push down a security barrier outside the bookshop Eggs and shoes have been thrown at the former prime minister Tony Blair as he attended a book signing in Dublin. It happened as he arrived at Easons on O'Connell Street in the city to sign copies of his autobiography. The missiles, which were thrown by anti-war protesters, did not hit Mr Blair. Three people were arrested as activists clashed with Irish police at a security barrier outside the bookshop. Around 200 protestors demonstrated at Mr Blair's role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on one side of the street on Saturday morning. On the other side, more than 300 people gathered to get a copy of his book signed. It was Mr Blair's first book-signing since the publication of his autobiography. There was a large police presence and O'Connell Street was closed to traffic. Groups represented at the demonstration included the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Coalition and the 32-County Sovereignty Movement. Richard Boyd-Barrett, of the Irish Anti-War Movement, accused Mr Blair of making "blood money" from the memoirs. Mr Blair has said he would hand over the reported £4m advance payment for the book plus all royalties to the Royal British Legion. His memoirs detail his accounts of life in Downing Street, the Iraq war, the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America and Princess Diana's death. 'Stretched the truth' He also wrote about concerns over the amount he was drinking and of his rift with his successor Gordon Brown. One of the chapters also deals with his efforts to secure peace in Northern Ireland and his relationships with the key political players. He admitted that he often stretched the truth past breaking point to get agreement during the peace process and he admits that he took horrendous chances with the political parties. His book, 'A Journey' has already become Waterstone's fastest-selling autobiography ever and shot to the top of Amazon's best-seller list.
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'Spiderman' scales Sydney skyscraper and is arrested again.
 
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A French climber, known as 'Spiderman', is facing charges after scaling a 57-storey building in Australia. Alain Robert was arrested by police when he reached the top of the building in Sydney without ropes or any other safety equipment. He has climbed a number of the world's tallest buildings over the years and has been arrested almost as many times.
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Trapped Chilean miners sing national anthem in footage from inside mine
 
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Video shot on camera sent down through emergency shaft shows men in good spirits Video from inside the mine where Chilean miners are trapped Link to this video The first video footage of the 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped underground for three weeks shows the men in good spirits, singing the national anthem and chanting, "Long live Chile, and long live the miners." The men shot the video with a camera sent down to them through a small shaft drilled to their emergency shelter in the San José mine. Five minutes of what is understood to be a 45-minute video were released late yesterday by the Chilean government. In the grainy, night-vision footage, the men appear stripped to the waist and with thick beards. One miner gives a guided tour of the small shelter where the men took refuge when a landslide trapped them inside the mine on 5 August. He explains that he and his colleagues have enough room to stand and lie down, points out the "little cup to brush our teeth", and the place where they pray each day. "We have everything organised," he says. The few items they have are carefully laid out: a first aid cabinet, shelves holding unidentified bottles, mats in a corner for rest. As the camera fixes on a table where dominoes have been laid out, the tour guide says that "this is where we entertain ourselves, where we play cards". He added: "We meet here every day. We plan, we have assemblies here every day so that all the decisions we make are based on the thoughts of all 33." Many of the miners appear in the video wearing their hard hats. As the camera pans to them, some flash peace signs, wave and smile. Others look groggy as if they have just woken up. "Greetings to my family," says one unidentified man. "Get us out of here soon, please." At one point the footage shows a close-up of a thermometer reading 29.5C (85F). According to psychiatrists, one of the miners demonstrates the kind of practical optimism key to the miners' high morale. "There are a large number of professionals who are going to help in the rescue efforts from down here," he says. Towards the end of the video, the men launch into a hearty rendition of the national anthem. The camera was sent down through a borehole used for communications. Another small hole that snakes down to the men's shelter is used for lowering food, while a third provides ventilation. What the men may not know is that the mining company that hired them is doing nothing to help the rescue attempt. The San Esteban company says it cannot afford to pay their wages and may go bankrupt. San Esteban is in such bad shape that it has neither the equipment nor the money to rescue the men. The escape tunnel, which will cost about £1.1m, will instead be drilled by Chile's state-owned mining company. Earlier this week, San Esteban lawyers said that with the mine shut down the company was at risk of bankruptcy. Senator Baldo Prokurica, who is on the Senate mining committee, said he had been pushing Congress for years to increase the number of inspectors for the state regulatory agency, Sernageomin. It had only 18, he said, which made regulating the country's several hundred mines a daunting task. "The government has abandoned [the regulator]," Prokurica said in an interview with the Associated Press. "If you look at the laws, they are good. We need to enforce the laws, not make more laws or increase fines." President Sebastian Piñera has fired top regulators and created a commission to investigate the accident and the agency. Since the collapse, the agency has shut down at least 18 small mines for safety violations, a possible sign that lax safety measures were open secrets at many mines. Yesterday, the first of many expected lawsuits against San Esteban and the government were filed, and a judge ordered the retention of £1.2m of company money in anticipation of the suits. Despite advances in technology and increased emphasis on safety, at least publicly, mining remains a dangerous profession. Since 2000, an average of 34 people have died every year in mining accidents in Chile, with a high of 43 in 2008, according to a review of Sernageomin data.
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custodial mother's sister defends her-re Sylar Newton.flv
 
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Pictures and memories are all Diana Collins has left of her missing 2-year-old nephew Sylar Newton. "The entire family has just been devastated since we found out," Collins said. Sylar vanished on the morning of July 25 from his tent during a camping trip with his family at the Beaver Creek Campground near Camp Verde. "I love you Sylar ... please come home," Sylar's custodial mom, Christina Priem said during an interview with CBS 5 News after his disappearance. Priem remained optimistic her son would return alive, Collins said. "In the first few hours, she was hoping he had just wandered off and then after that, she just had hope maybe somebody that really wanted a baby had taken him and they'd get caught and he'd come back," Collins added. On Aug. 10, a family member discovered what appeared to be skeletal remains of a young boy about two miles from the campsite. "She cries all the time. She's just devastated," Collins said. nvestigators are now treating the case as a homicide investigation. Collins said her sister feels like she is being treated as a suspect. "I know it's normal in an investigation to rule out suspects by asking them questions and things, but I think they've taken it a bit far with my sister," Collins said. Flagstaff police are familiar with Sylar and Priem. An anonymous tip in January claimed Priem was on drugs and suffered anger management problems. The reports claim that when police got to the apartment where Sylar and Prime were staying, an officer found Sylar sitting at a kitchen table smiling at Priem; a friend was cooking dinner. The claim was dismissed. "My sister has had some problems, but this was her child, this was her baby boy and I think people need to remember that," Collins said. When asked if her sister had anything to do with Sylar's disappearance, Collins was quick to respond. "Absolutely not. Absolutely not," Collins said. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Department has not identified any suspects in the case. The medical examiner has not determined the identity of the body discovered near the campsite, or cause of death. A Facebook page with information on Sylar and how to donate to a memorial can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/sylernewton
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Chile mine,massive drill arrives onsite
 
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25 August 2010 Last updated at 22:56 Chile's trapped miners told to exercise and diet Supplies to be sent down to miners The miners are being supplied with glucose and rehydration tablets The 33 Chilean miners trapped deep underground are being put on a special regimen to ensure they survive what could be months underground. The programme is also meant to ensure they are fit enough to be pulled up the rescue shaft being drilled for them. The shaft will be about 66cm (26 inches) wide and reach about 700m (765 yards) below ground. The men, trapped since 5 August, have not been told that their rescue could take up to four months. Continue reading the main story Related stories * Realism amid elation at Chile mine drama * In pictures: Chileans rejoice and pray Officials have avoided telling the men out of concern for their psychological welfare. The miners have urged all efforts to be made to free them by 18 September, Chile's Independence Day. Chile's health minister said the surface team wants the trapped miners to set up routines, entertain themselves and attempt to simulate day and night. "The space they're in actually has about two kilometres [1.24 miles] of galleries to walk around in," said Dr Jaime Manalich. The BBC's Gideon Long says parts for a massive drill are arriving on site "We're hoping to define a secure area where they can establish various places - one for resting and sleeping, one for diversion, one for food, another for work." The US space agency Nasa has been called upon for its expertise keeping astronauts alive and well on long missions. The miners, who spent 17 days surviving on emergency supplies designed for a couple of days, have been receiving glucose and rehydration tablets lowered down a narrow shaft. Other supplies included small lights, eye patches and medicine. An intercom cable has been dropped to them for communications. The leader of the trapped miners pleaded with Chile's President Sebastian Pinera to get them "out of this hell". Days of growing despair turned to jubilation on Sunday when rescuers made contact with the miners via a probe lowered into the mine. The miners were trapped when the main access tunnel collapsed at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, about 725km (450 miles) north of the capital, Santiago. They are located 7km (4.5 miles) into the winding mine, where they are sheltering in a 50 sq m side-chamber off one of the main passages. President Pinera has said every effort will be made to rescue the men. graphic
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Close-Up: Canada's wilderness cottage culture
 
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11177946 During the summer months in Ontario, Canada, thousands of local people escape the heat - as well as the hustle and bustle of city life - by fleeing to their lakeside cottages in the wilderness. This seasonal ritual allows family and friends to spend quality time together and enjoy the great outdoors. To find out more, Sian Griffiths visited the Kostiw family at their cottage in the Kawartha Lakes region, north of Toronto.
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Forensic police examine Kiesha's home/Man claims he saw Kiesha beaten by stepfather
 
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17:00 AEST Mon Aug 9 2010 Forensic police are now focusing on the family home of missing girl Kiesha Abrahams. Officers entered the western Sydney apartment, which has been surrounded by crime scene tape, early this afternoon to re-examine the home. Kiesha lived in the apartment with her mother, stepfather, three-year-old sister and newborn brother.
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Police return to Kiesha's house
 
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Police return to Kiesha's house Police have returned to re-examine missing Sydney girl Kiesha Abrahams' home. Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/kiesha-ran-away-after-stepfather-seen-smacking-her/story-e6frfkvr-1225903160022#ixzz0wDEGR3go
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Lindy Chamberlain files.
 
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Life After Azaria. The Daily Telegraph's Janet Fife-Yeoman looks into the current lives of the people affected by the Azaria case.
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Tourists flock to see blue stork in Germany   News - UK and Europe.flv
 
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itn. April 26, 2010 — A bright blue stork has turned a sleepy German village into a tourist attraction.
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Sedated tiger cub recovers after luggage ordeal.flv
 
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A two-month-old tiger cub found sedated and hidden among stuffed toy tigers in a woman's luggage at Bangkok's airport has been sent to a wildlife conservation centre. Authorities discovered the cub after the woman, a Thai national, checked in and her bag was sent for a routine x-ray because it was overweight. A toy tiger was also placed in the suitcase in an apparent ploy to fool any inspection.
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Sarah's Law Roll Out 'A Good Step Forward'
 
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The mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne has welcomed the national roll out of a scheme which allows parents to check if someone has a history of child sex offences. Sarah's Law has already protected dozens of children from abuse by rooting out paedophiles and violent offenders during a trial of the scheme, the Home Office says. It has been tested in four police force areas but is now being extended to 24 police forces. The scheme was introduced after a long campaign by Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter was abducted and murdered 10 years ago by convicted paedophile Roy Whiting. Speaking to the News of the World, Mrs Payne said: "This is a really good step forward, it shows what organisations can do when they work together. "Something I think that Sarah's Law pinpointed right from the beginning was bringing everyone round the table and discussing all of our problems, and how we move towards the greater protection of children.
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Greenland Ice Cap Melt Is Accelerating
 
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A British research team studying the Greenland ice sheet has discovered evidence of a rapidly accelerating rate of melt. Dr Alun Hubbard, leading a team from the universities of Swansea and Aberystwyth said the ice sheet in their region had lowered six metres in just a month. The phenomenon is caused by surface melt, a vicious cycle in which melted ice brings about further thawing of the cap beneath it. As the ice turns to liquid, its surface reflectivity decreases, absorbing more of the heat from the sun, and accelerating the melt. Frozen ice has an "albedo", or reflectivity, of around 80%, whereas open water reflects only around 20% of the sun's rays. Sky News flew in with the team to their base on the inland ice, near to the town of Kangerlussuaq. The frozen crevasses of the fracturing ice sheet create an almost lunar landscape - a desolate horizon stretching in every direction as far as the eye could see
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Kiesha's family deny involvment in her disappearence.
 
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more at http://thepjfiles.prophpbb.com/ Kiesha's family deny involvement in her disappearance SAFFRON HOWDEN AND JESSICA MAHAR August 11, 2010 Kiesha's family speak out The family of missing six-year-old Kiesha Abrahams deny they had any involvement in her disappearance. THE family of missing six-year-old Kiesha Abrahams is ''a mess'' and has denied any involvement in her disappearance. In a statement issued through a close family friend yesterday afternoon, they reiterated their plea for anyone with any information to contact police. ''The family wish to deny the recent allegations in the media,'' said the statement, read by Alison Anderson. ''The family encourage the public to come forward with any information that may assist police to find Kiesha, but please stop making baseless allegations. The family wish to be left alone to deal with this situation.'' Speaking at Bidwill, a few minutes drive from the family's unit where Kiesha was last seen more than 10 days ago, Ms Anderson said the girl's mother, Kristi Abrahams, and stepfather, Robert Smith, were ''a mess''. ''You put yourself in their shoes. You couldn't imagine and that's why this is the time when they need their friends and support and family,'' she said.
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Kyron investigators focus on movements of white pickup
 
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PORTLAND -- In a Wednesday press conference, investigators in the disappearance of Kyron Horman focused attention on the movements of the family's white pickup truck on the day the 7-year-old disappeared. Sources tell KGW the real focus of investigators is not on the pickup truck itself but rather on whether witnesses saw anyone with Terri Horman in the pickup as she moved around town that day. For the first time in the investigation, authorities showed and talked about two locations far from the school where Kyron was last seen on June 4. Chief Multnomah County Deputy DA Rod Underhill said he wanted to know more about possible sightings of a white truck that matched the description of the Horman family pickup at a Fred Meyer store in Beaverton and another in Hillsboro. Sources tell KGW that Terri has told friends and investigators that she stopped by the two stores, and investigators have verified those statements. Sources say investigators now want to know if anyone was seen with her. Investigators released new photos and details, hoping to jog people's memories and cultivate new leads in the ten-week-old investigation. Several large new photos were put on display for the media during the press conference. Underhill asked for the public's help in providing specific details about sightings of a white truck at these Fred Meyer locations: - 22075 NW Imbrie Dr., just off Cornelius Pass Rd., in Hillsboro around 9 a.m. on June 4. - 15995 SW Walker Rd. in Beaverton around 10 a.m. on June 4. In addition, investigators asked people to think back about whether they saw a white truck on or around Newberry Rd., Germantown Rd., Old Germantown Rd., Skyline Rd., Springville Rd., or Skyline Elementary School between 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. on the day Kyron vanished. Sources tell KGW that this time frame is significant: They say investigators have determined that, from the time Terri left the second Fred Meyer, it would have taken her until about 10:15 to return to the Skyline area where DeDe Spicher was reportedly gardening. Terri would have had to leave the Skyline area by 11:30 in order to get to the gym at the time she reportedly checked in that afternoon.
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Arrest over cricket 'betting scam'.
 
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News of the World's Managing Editor Bill Akass has described how the paper began its investigation into an alleged cricket betting scam involving the current England and Pakistan Test match. It involved an undercover operation, in which a ''middleman'' reportedly took payment in return for information about pre-arranged no balls by two Pakistan bowlers. Mr Akass said the newspaper had ''proof'' to back up its report and he is ''astonished'' Sunday's game is going ahead at Lord's.
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Dutch girls groomed by 'loverboys' and forced into prostitution
 
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Alex Rossi, Europe correspondent, Amsterdam Thousands of young Dutch girls are being groomed on social networking sites and forced into prostitution by pimps dubbed "Loverboys", a charity says. The youngsters are bombarded with promises of love before being threatened with violence and bullied into a life of sexual slavery, it is claimed. Anita De Witt has set up a charity called Stoploverboys.NU which helps girls escape from the cycle of abuse. She says the problem is significant in the Netherlands but is often ignored by the authorities. It's slavery. Of course there are girls who volunteer to do the work but most of the girls are forced to be a prostitute. Kimberley "The problem is really big and it is not only young girls. My youngest victim is nine years and my oldest 51." A number of girls have so far been rescued. Their stories are all different but they contain a similar thread. Samantha is now 14 but was 11 when she fell into the trap. One if the girls explains how she was lured into prostitution A girl explains how she was lured into prostitution by her 'loverboy' The "Loverboy" who picked her up made sure her parents were not aware of what was happening. He then forced her to have sex with his friends and took pictures then blackmailed her into going with paying clients. "Sometimes it was an old man. Sometimes it was a man in his 30s," Samantha said. "Some men, they hit me, other men say you are like a little girl and you must say daddy to me." Samantha finally got out with the help of Ms De Witt but the emotional scars of her trauma are easy to see. Anita De Witt and some of her Anita De Witt and three of the girls she has helped She often has flashbacks in which she relives her ordeal. It is hard to say how many girls are affected. Stoploverboys estimates the figure to be more than 5,000. Some of the girls are much older than Samantha. Kimberley was 18 when she was seduced and then coerced into working as a prostitute. She says if she ran away her "Loverboy" had vowed to attack her family. One of the rescued girls One of the girls helped by Anita tells how she escaped life as a prostitute "It's slavery. Of course there are girls who volunteer to do the work but most of the girls are forced to be a prostitute." The police are often powerless to stop the "Loverboys" who prey on the most vulnerable and then isolate them from their friends and families - rather like a cult. Many of the girls Ms De Witt has helped have also been sexually abused in the past. They are easy prey for the seduction techniques of the "Loverboys" who use the girls to fund their lifestyles. The phenomenon of "Loverboys" and the stories of the girls who have been abused have caused something of a moral panic in the Netherlands. The government is considering raising the age women can work as prostitutes from 18 to 21 but Ms De Witt does not think that is the solution. She says the problem will only be stamped out if the authorities take the harrowing stories of the girls more seriously.
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Wiltshire policeman faces sack for cell attack on woman.
 
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5 September 2010 Last updated at 16:23 Share this page * Facebook * Twitter * Share * Email * Print Wiltshire policeman faces sack for cell attack on woman Sgt Mark Andrews dragged Pamela Somerville across the floor of the police station. CCTV provided by Wiltshire Police A police officer is facing the sack after he was caught on CCTV throwing a woman into a cell, badly injuring her. The footage also shows Sgt Mark Andrews dragging Pamela Somerville through Melksham police station in Wiltshire. Ms Somerville, 59, was arrested in July 2008 after being found asleep in her car. Her treatment left her with facial injuries and needing hospital care. Andrews has been convicted of causing the woman actual bodily harm and is expected to be dismissed from his job. Ms Somerville had been detained for failing to provide a sample for a breath test. 'Completely disgraceful' She said: "I thought I was going to die, by people that you trust. "You can't imagine it. They're the people that you trust, so who do you trust after that? "You don't treat somebody - even if you've found them guilty of the worst possible thing you can possibly imagine - you don't put them in a situation where they have to be in hospital twice in one day, do you?" Continue reading the main story Pamela Somerville - SWNS * Pamela Somerville speaks of ordeal The case was brought after one of Andrews' colleagues reported the matter to senior officers, who have apologised to Ms Somerville. Wiltshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable Patrick Geenty said it was a "completely disgraceful incident". "We are very concerned when anyone is injured in our custody and the court has decided that this injury was as a result of a criminal assault by Sgt Mark Andrews, a member of Wiltshire Police who was performing duty as a custody sergeant at the time," he said. "We respect the decision of the court and the force has formally apologised to the injured lady for the assault she suffered while in our care. "People have a right to expect that the police will always act by placing the safety and welfare of the public as their first priority. "This is particularly so when in police custody when irrespective of the reason for their detention, people should feel and be safe." Andrews, who has been suspended on full pay since his conviction, is due to be sentenced for the assault at Oxford Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. He is also to face a police misconduct hearing. BBC home affairs correspondent Steve Brodie said he understood that the officer would be sacked.
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New throat surgery 'a success'
 
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Pioneering surgery to rebuild an 11-year-old boy's windpipe using his own stem cells has been hailed a success as he prepares to leave hospital. Ciaran Finn-Lynch became the first child in the world to undergo the pioneering trachea transplant in March. Read moew @headlines- today- forum.co,.uk
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Boy, Five, Begs Soldiers Not To Take His Dad
 
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TV cameras have captured the distressing moment a five-year-old Palestinian boy sees his father arrested for stealing water. Khaled Jabari wails in torment and confusion as Israeli soldiers drag away his father Fadel in the West Bank district of Hebron. Walking barefoot, the youngster becomes hysterical as he pleads with the troops not to take his father away. One of the soldiers picks up the lad and removes him from the scene before Fadel is driven away in a four-wheel-drive. After watching the footage, Hashem Abu Maria, of the Defence For Children International charity, said it was obvious the child thought his father would never return.
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Cousin speaks out on mother accused of murder.
 
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 Shaquan Duley
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Hundreds Of Tiger Sharks In Feeding Frenzy
 
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Hundreds Of Tiger Sharks In Feeding Frenzy Tiger Sharks have been spotted in a massive feeding frenzy off the southern Queensland coast. The rescue helicopter crew who filmed the sharks said they spotted more than one hundred of them encircling fishes in a long stretch of the coastal area in Noosa. The night crew were flying back from Fraser Island when they noticed the feeding sharks just 20 metres off the beach at Teewah. Luckily, there were no swimmers in the vicinity but local life guards were alerted of their presence. Although known as solitary hunters, recent studies on different shark species indicate that some of them follow a pattern of group hunting.
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Relatives describe emotions as they awaited news of Chilean miners.
 
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Copiapo, Chile (CNN) -- One month ago, the San Jose copper and gold mine in Chile caved in, trapping 33 miners far underground. For the next 17 days, their families had no idea whether they were alive or dead. Here in their words, some of the wives, fathers and daughters think back to the first moments after learning of the accident and their efforts to keep hope alive. Lila Ramirez, wife of Mario Gomez: "I felt a lot of rage and pain and I felt powerless. I knew this was an accident waiting to happen. "Mario asked the bosses to take measures so the miners didn't run the risk of getting buried. But they never listened. A lot of the miners said they had heard the mountain groaning. One said he didn't want to go down the mine that day, he was afraid. But the boss said to him either you go down or I have five other people who will go down. "I never doubted that I had a lot of faith they were all alive and that they were all together and that's how they found them. All together!"
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Murdered Boy's Family Demand Change In Law
 
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The family of a seven-year-old boy who was raped and murdered are calling for a change in the law to stop paedophiles evading the Sex Offenders Register. Paul Pearson, from Marske in Cleveland, was out on his bike in August 1991 when he was abducted, sexually assaulted and then strangled with garden twine by Richard Blenkey. Although it happened 19 years ago this week, Paul's family say their pain has not lessened and they are determined his death will not be in vain. His mother Julie Tilley told Sky News: "Paul never got a life, he was seven and it was taken away from him and that should never be allowed to happen again to another child or another family."
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Odd-looking animal nicknamed Shrek by scuba divers
 
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It is not exactly blessed in the looks department. In fact some divers who came across this unusual-looking fish off the Japanese coast have now nicknamed it 'Shrek' because of its bizarre features. 'Shrek' is a type of Asian sheepshead wrasse which are well-known for the odd protrusions on their head and are relatively common in the waters around The Asian sheepshead wrasse who has been nicknamed 'Shrek' by scuba divers who spotted him off the coast of Japan But this particular specimen is so odd-looking that scuba divers who videoed him instantly christened him after the famous animated ogre from the hit films. He is estimated to be 30 years old and feeds on shellfish and crustaceans on the ocean floor
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Tornado destroys Minnesota farmhouse
 
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8 August 2010 Last updated at 12:34 A storm chaser in the US captured the moment a tornado ripped apart a farmhouse in Wilkin County in the US. The building was reported to be empty and no one was injured in the incident.
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