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Leaks fear in Jackson trial

Prosecutors in Los Angeles want to delay disclosure of coroner and fire department records on Michael Jackson's death to parties in a civil suit to prevent media leaks before the trial of his doctor.

The request came in a brief filed yesterday in a case by Lloyd's of London insurance company, which is challenging a claim for $17.5m by concert promoter AEG Live.

The company says it was not told he was taking drugs before his 2009 death.

Prosecutors say release of records, including autopsy photos of Jackson, would have an impact on the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr Conrad Murray, which starts on September 8.

Man held over Silvio extortion

police have arrested a businessman accused of allegedly extorting money from Silvio Berlusconi to ensure the man's co-operation in a probe over recruiting prostitutes to attend wild parties at the Italian premier's home.

Giampaolo Tarantini and his wife Angela Devenuto were picked up in Rome and a third suspect was being sought.

Mr Berlusconi is not under investigation and is considered the victim in the case, Naples police said.

Journalists are

found throttled

A Political magazine's founder and a freelance journalist have been found killed in a Mexico City park.

Two joggers discovered the bodies of Marcela Yarce and Rocio Gonzalez, who worked for magazine Contralinea, near a cemetery in El Mirador park in the poor, crowded neighbourhood of Iztapalapa.

The necks of the women bore strangulation marks and their hands were tied behind their back. Authorities gave no motives in the killings.

HIV blunder in

organ swap op

DOCTORS at a Taiwan hospital that mistakenly transplanted four patients with HIV-infected organs may face criminal prosecution.

Taipei Prosecutors' Office spokesman Lin Wen-teh said that the physicians involved may face up to 10 years in prison if found to have caused patients to contract the HIV virus by negligence at the National Taiwan University Hospital.