In brief: Woman 'raped in resort'
Police in the UK are assisting the investigation into the alleged rape of a British businesswoman in a luxury hotel in Egypt.
The woman, aged in her 40s, has reported that she was attacked while staying at a five-star hotel at the Red Sea resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh. She has claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a guard who had been escorting her to her room. A spokesman for Hampshire police said they were assisting with an investigation into the alleged incident.
'VATICAN' COCAINE HAUL
The drug haul was unremarkable, but the destination raised eyebrows.
German customs officials intercepted a shipment of cocaine destined for the Vatican in January, weekly 'Bild am Sonntag' reported yesterday. Officers at Leipzig airport found cocaine with a street value of tens of thousands of euros inside a shipment of cushions coming from South America. The paper reported that a subsequent sting operation arranged with Vatican police failed to nab the intended recipient.
TWO KILLED IN SOCHI
An avalanche killed two skiers yesterday at the Russian mountain resort used for the Sochi Winter Olympics the day after it opened to the public, the resort said.
Six skiers were on the middle section of the Labirint run when the avalanche struck, the Roza Khutor resort said. The snow buried two women, and rescuers who dug them out were unable to save them, it said. The four other skiers escaped unharmed.
DJ 'TERROR' ARREST
The lawyer for a Liberian radio talk show host says his client has been arrested and charged with terrorism after challenging the president's son to a fight on the air.
Sayma Syrenius Cephus said Henry Costa, host of The Costa Show on Hott FM, would appear in court today after being arrested and charged with issuing a "terroristic threat" and other offences. Deputy information minister Isaac Jackson said Fumba Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and director of the National Security Agency filed a complaint alleging Costa challenged him to a fight during his show on February 26.
FIRST SPANISH PM DIES
Adolfo Suarez, Spain's first democratically elected prime minister after decades of right-wing rule under Gen Francisco Franco, has died aged 81.
Suarez died yesterday afternoon in Madrid's Cemtro Clinic hospital, family spokesman Fermin Urbiola said. Suarez had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for a decade.