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Sunday 20 April 2014

In Brief: Two men arrested as inquiry launched into break-in at Buckingham Palace

Scotland Yard was facing a major inquiry last night into the worst security breach at Buckingham Palace in 30 years.

Senior officers will have to explain to Britain's Home Secretary how a man managed to scale a 12ft fence, evade dozens of armed police, apparently kick down a door and make his way into the State Rooms, which are accessible through an inner courtyard of the palace.

He was finally arrested when he set off a motion detector in the room.

Queen Elizabeth was informed of the incident, which happened last Monday night, hours later, while she was on holiday at Balmoral.

Royal sources said they had been assured that the suspect and an alleged accomplice arrested outside the palace had no terrorist links.

FASSBENDER TIPPED FOR OSCAR GLORY

IRISH actor Michael Fassbender has been tipped for Oscar success after a glowing reaction to Steve McQueen's film 12 Years a Slave at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Crowds leaving the auditorium were ready to place bets on the film being an unbeatable contender for best picture, as well as McQueen for best director, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and best supporting actor for Fassbender. 12 Years a Slave also received ecstatic reviews when a sneak preview debuted at the boutique film festival in Telluride, Colorado, last week.

GREECE 'WILL HAVE RECOVERED BY 2020'

Greece's economy will start to recover next year and by 2020 will reach pre-crisis levels of prosperity after six years of deep recession, the prime minister said.

Antonis Samaras said most of the efforts to get the country out of the crisis have been completed and that revenue will exceed spending in 2013, excluding debt repayment.

SOMALI RESTAURANT BLASTS LEAVE 15 DEAD

Somali militants attacked a restaurant near Mogadishu's seat of government for the second time in less than a year, detonating two large blasts that killed at least 15 people and wounded nearly two dozen, an official said.

The force of the blasts appeared to tear the roof off the restaurant, which is frequented by government workers.

PRISON GUINEA PIG GETS ESCORT TO VET

Prison officials in England have been criticised for wasting money on organising a mercy dash in a prison escort vehicle so that a sick guinea pig could get treatment.

The guinea pig, named Reggie Kray, was whisked to the vets after he fell ill with an ear infection. Following treatment he was returned to HMP Eastwood Park to be reunited with his brother Ronnie, but within two hours he had died.

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