Tuesday 12 December 2017

Exact cause of code-breaker's death will take days to establish, say police

Investigators are still days away from finding out the exact cause of death of British code-breaker Gareth Williams, police said yesterday. The complicated nature of the tests currently being carried out mean it could be well into this week before police are able to piece together how the maths genius died.

A post-mortem examination undertaken last week proved inconclusive and officers are still days away from determining whether he was asphyxiated, poisoned or if drugs or alcohol were present in his system. He was last seen alive eight days before his corpse was found stuffed in a bag at his flat.

Arrest over cricket 'match-fixing'

A man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers following allegations of cricket match-fixing during the current test match between England and Pakistan.

A UK tabloid alleged that some members of the Pakistan team were involved in cheating during the current test at Lords.

A Scotland Yard official said: "Following information received, we have arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers."

Killer Knox wants to adopt children

An American student convicted in Italy of murdering her British roommate has told an Italian lawmaker that she hopes to adopt children and be a writer when free.

Rocco Girlanda said yesterday that he kept a diary of his frequent visits with Amanda Knox in her Perugia jail.

Mr Girlanda's book Take Me With You -- Talks with Amanda Knox in Prison will also includes letters and poetry Knox sent to him. Knox, 23, is appealing her December 5 conviction for murder and sexual assault in the 2007 death of Meredith Kercher.

Taliban attack repelled in Afghanistan

Foreign and Afghan troops repelled pre-dawn attacks on two bases in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, officials said, with the Taliban saying suicide bombers were among 30 of its fighters who launched the raids.

The attacks targeted the US military's Forward Operating Base Chapman and Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost province near the eastern border with Pakistan, where US and other foreign forces have been stepping up operations against a resurgent Taliban.

Beeb turned down 'Coronation Street'

The BBC missed the chance to show Coronation Street when it turned down the original script by the soap's founder. Tony Warren said he sent an early version of the long-running show, then called Our Street, to the BBC when he was 19 years old.

He said: "I'm still waiting to hear from them." And he accused the BBC of copying his idea for EastEnders, saying: "I thought it should say also based on an original idea by Tony Warren."

China seeks to re-start Korea talks

China is lobbying neighbours to sign up to a road map for renewed nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong-il is apparently visiting the country, amid conciliatory words and threats of atomic "holy war".

The details of Beijing's plan for re-starting the stalled six-party nuclear talks came from a South Korean diplomatic source, speaking yesterday after discussions in Seoul with Wu Dawei, China's top envoy in the talks.

China's lobbying -- and courting -- of the reclusive Mr Kim highlights the pressure that North Korea has brought to bear on north-east Asia

Russian officers kill nine militants

Russian police have said at least 14 suspected militants and one police officer have been killed in three security raids in the country's volatile North Caucasus region.

Police say nine militants were killed in two separate shootouts with police in the Kabardino-Balkariya republic on Friday evening. They said two of the militants were suspected of organising a deadly bombing in the same area in May.

Northern Rock ex-chairman says sorry

The former chairman of Northern Rock has spoken of his remorse for his part in the lender's crisis. Matt Ridley, who was non-executive chairman between 2004 and 2007, was blamed for "damaging the good name of British banking" when the lender almost collapsed and needed a £26bn (€31bn) bailout from the British government.

"I enormously regret what happened at Northern Rock," Mr Ridley, 52, said. "It's an incredibly painful memory for me and it's something that I will live with for the rest of my life. I have nothing but remorse for my role in what happened."

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