Saturday 16 December 2017

In brief: Teenager living in Berlin woods may be listed as missing British child

Interpol is investigating whether a teenager who emerged in Berlin saying he had been living in the woods for five years is listed as a missing British child.

The 17-year-old, called Ray, appeared at Berlin's city hall on September 5 and was taken in by a youth emergency centre after explaining that his father had died two weeks earlier and he had buried him in the woods.

The boy, who said he did not remember where his family came from, said he followed his compass north to reach the city. Yesterday, police chiefs said they had approached Interpol to see if the boy matched any missing person reports. Officers will find out the results tomorrow.

Ivory Coast border attacks kill 15

Armed men from Liberia killed at least 15 people in attacks on villages along the border in recent days.

The violence began last Thursday night in the country's southwest. Also yesterday, an international watchdog said it had documented a similar attack that left at least eight people dead in July when fighters loyal to ex-President Laurent Gbagbo crossed the border at night and killed villagers, including women and children, and slipped back into Liberia's dense jungle just a couple of miles away.

Latvia's pro-Russian party set to win

A left-wing, pro-Russia party was poised to win a snap election in Latvia, according to two exit polls released yesterday, marking a milestone for Latvia, where parties distrustful of Russia have won all national elections over the past 20 years.

Since 1991, when Latvia restored its independence from the Soviet Union, no party catering to the country's ethnic Russian minority has been included in government, a streak that ethnic Russians -- who make up one-third of Latvia's 2.2 million people -- hope to change.

MP launches fund after mining deaths

An appeal fund has been launched to help the families of the four men killed in a mining tragedy in Wales. Labour MP Peter Hain set up the Swansea Valley Miners Appeal Fund. The bodies of Phillip Hill, Charles Breslin, David Powell and Garry Jenkins were recovered last Friday.

DSK French rape case 'to be dropped'

The French writer who claims Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her has appealed to supporters to demonstrate outside the Paris Palais de Justice, following fears the public prosecutor is planning to drop the case.

Tristane Banon, who alleged the disgraced former head of the IMF jumped on her like a "rutting chimpanzee", is said to be distraught at reports that he will not be brought before a judge in France.

Suggestions are that the French prosecutor may decide to "classer sans suite" (close the case) and not put Mr Strauss-Kahn under official investigation.

Winner, 75, is finally tying the knot

Film director Michael Winner, 75, is finally getting married tomorrow after courting his leading lady for more than half a century. His bride is 70-year-old Geraldine Lynton-Edwards, whom he met in 1957.

The couple will tie the knot tomorrow at Chelsea Town Hall, with Michael Caine and wife Shakira as witnesses.

Blair 'held secret talks' with Gaddafi

NEW questions over former UK prime minister Tony Blair's ties to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his role in the release of the Lockerbie bomber emerged last night.

Previously unseen documents found in Tripoli by the Sunday Telegraph show Mr Blair held secret talks with Gaddafi in the months before the bomber was freed from a British jail. The letters show Mr Blair was flown to Libya twice at Gaddafi's expense on one of the ex-dictator's jets.

Sunday Independent

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