Cruise tourists shot
TWO tourists have been shot by a robber while on holiday in Barbados.
The British couple – believed to be a man in his 70s and a woman in her 50s – were hit during a stopover in Bridgetown while enjoying a cruise, it was reported. It is thought the woman was shot in her right thigh and the man was hit in his left side. The couple were taken to hospital where they were said to be in a stable condition.
Boyle refuses honour
Oscar-winner Danny Boyle said he turned down a knighthood because "it's just not me". Boyle (56) was in line for the New Year Honours list for his work on London's £27m (€31m) Olympic opening ceremony.
Boyle said he would not have felt right accepting an individual award when a cast of thousands had helped to create it.
ONE of Africa's most wanted war criminals walked into the United States embassy in Rwanda and asked to be sent to the International Criminal Court at The Hague. The US said it was "considering his request" after Bosco Ntaganda, 'the Terminator', appeared on their doorstep.
Mr Ntaganda appears to have fled his base in eastern Congo after a split in the rebellion of which he has been a commander. The US will have to decide whether to transfer him to The Hague, or to hand him over to the DRC.
Swine flu concern
THE virus responsible for the 2009 'swine flu' pandemic is becoming resistant to the main drug used to treat it, research has shown.
An increasing number of cases of the virus, H1N1, are developing resistance to Tamiflu, the drug stockpiled in large amounts as the flu swept the globe, killing at least 18,500. Tamiflu was the main drug against the outbreak – but now scientists say it is encountering increased resistance.
Daring prison escape
TWO Quebec inmates climbed into a hijacked helicopter to make a daring daylight escape from a prison outside Montreal, Canada, and later exchanged gunfire with police at a rural cabin following a car chase, authorities said yesterday. Both inmates were recaptured.
Police said the helicopter pilot was held hostage in the jail-break. He was treated for shock in hospital.