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Monday 1 September 2014

Syria move too costly

Press Association

Published 24/07/2013 | 05:00

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The Pentagon's top uniformed official has given one of the clearest signals yet of the reluctance of the Obama administration to intervene militarily in Syria, warning that to do so could cost billions of dollars.

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In a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, set out five options, ranging from training and arming the opposition to direct strikes against regime targets. The price tag would vary from $500m (€380m) a year to $1bn a month, plus thousands of troops.

NAZI HUNT RELAUNCHED

A poster campaign aimed at tracking down the last Nazi war criminals has been launched in Germany.

Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Centre has put up 2,000 posters depicting the entrance gate of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz in the cities of Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne, asking the public to come forward with information that may lead to the arrest of Nazis 70 years after the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Efraim Zuroff, the centre's top Nazi hunter, estimates there are still about 60 people alive in Germany who are still fit to stand trial for the crimes they allegedly committed.

COHEN QUITS QUEEN FILM

Comedy star Sacha Baron Cohen has pulled out of a movie biopic about late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury after creative differences.

'Borat' and 'Bruno' creator Cohen has parted company with film-makers over the tone of the film, according to 'Variety'. The film is said to focus on the period leading up to the group's performance at Live Aid in 1985. Mercury died in November 1991.

BABY GIRL FOR CRUZ

Oscar-winning Spanish actress Penelope Cruz gave birth to her second child with husband Javier Bardem, a girl, on Monday in a Madrid hospital.

Cruz (39) was still in hospital yesterday, a source said. She married fellow Oscar winner Bardem in 2010 and the couple had their first child, Leo, in Los Angeles two-and-a-half years ago.

$5M LOTTO THIEF JAILED

A man convicted of possessing another man's winning $5m (€3.8m) lottery ticket has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.

The prosecutor's office says Andy Ashkar was sentenced yesterday for having the ticket that was stolen at his parents' store in Syracuse, New York, in October 2006. Prosecutors say Ashkar had stolen the winning scratch-card from the real winner, Robert Miles.

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