Thursday 14 December 2017

Police deny search for April Jones is being scaled down after 13 days

Police looking for five-year-old April Jones have denied the search is scaling down 13 days after she went missing. Officers from all over the UK have joined in the hunt for her, while volunteers from the ambulance service and the coastguard are also continuing to search.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed Powys Police said: "Over the weekend the search for April Jones continues with teams carefully examining many different areas. The area around Machynlleth is large and we are continuing to put a huge level of resource into the search.

"As time passes and we work through the plan, we will of course conclude our searches in particular areas. We have a number of areas and locations identified that require a detailed, methodical forensic search."

Deposed president's fugitive son held

The fugitive son of Kyrgyzstan's deposed president has been arrested by police in London on a US extradition warrant on suspicion of fraud.

London's Metropolitan Police said 34-year-old Maksim Bakiyev was arrested on Friday afternoon and faces charges of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice between 2010 and 2012.

He was released on bail until his next court hearing on December 7, the police said.

Kyrgyz prosecutors say that companies owned by Mr Bakiyev avoided almost $80m (€62m) in taxes on aviation fuel sold to suppliers of a US air base in the country, a key refuelling point for warplanes flying over Afghanistan and a major hub for combat troop movement.

Tibetan dies after self-immolation

A human rights group has said the grandfather of a revered Tibetan Buddhist figure has died after setting himself on fire in protest at Chinese rule. It is the latest of dozens of self-immolations by Tibetans since 2009.

The London-based Free Tibet said 52-year-old Tamdrin Dorjee died at the scene yesterday near Tso Monastery in western China's Gansu province.

It said the man is the grandfather of the 7th Gungthang Rinpoche, believed by Tibetan Buddhists to be the re-incarnation of an important religious figure.

Miley Cyrus trespasser sentenced

A man convicted of trespassing at Miley Cyrus's Los Angeles home has been jailed for a year-and-a-half.

Superior Court Judge Dennis Mulcahy sentenced Jason Luis Rivera to the jail term after a jury convicted him of trespassing and resisting arrest.

Authorities said 40-year-old Rivera was caught at Cyrus's home carrying a pair of scissors. Police said he told officers he was a friend of the singer-actress and he repeatedly threw himself against an outside wall as if trying to break in.

Best man saved groom's life -- twice

A best man has a lot of responsibilities before a wedding, but one set a new benchmark for others by saving the life of the groom -- twice.

Lance Corporal Craig Turley was on patrol in the Nar-E-Saraj district of Afghanistan when he nearly lost his left hand in a grenade attack. Exactly a year later. he was bitten by a venomous snake in Kenya.

But luckily for the 28-year-old, good friend and medic Lance Corporal Scott 'Ringer' Townson was there to help on both occasions.

US pension funds tell Murdoch to go

The two largest public pension funds in America have voted to oust Rupert Murdoch as chairman of News Corporation, putting pressure on the media chief executive ahead of a showdown with investors this week.

The California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers) and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (Calstrs), which together control nearly $400bn (€380bn) of assets, have thrown their weight behind a resolution calling for News Corp to split the roles of chairman and chief executive that Mr Murdoch has held since founding the company.

Calpers, the bigger of the two with $273bn (€210bn) of funds, has said it would not back the re-election of Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, to the News Corp board, whilst Calstrs has voted against the re-election of every News Corp director.

A third pension fund with $12.5bn (€9.6bn) of assets, Calvert Investments, is also thought to have voted against their re-election.

Sunday Independent

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