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Katherine Butler is a journalist and former comment editor at The Independent.

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Earthquake in Turkey: Naval commander second UK victim

THE SECOND British victim of the Turkish earthquake was named last night as Lieutenant-Commander Jim Acton. Lt-Cdr Acton was 37, married with two children and based at Portsmouth. He died while being flown back to Britain after he was injured when naval buildings collapsed in Golcuk, the north- western city that was near the epicentre of the quake.

Russia moves to cut losses

RUSSIA ADMITTED yesterday it was being forced to review its efforts to expel Muslim separatists from mountain villages in Dagestan after Russian forces suffered heavy losses at the hands of the rebels But it claimed it had stopped the guerrillas from creating a separate Muslim state in the region

Bonnie waits for Clyde's rescue

COMMANDOS HAVE been drafted in to guard a prison in Albufeira in southern Portugal where the female half of a latter-day Bonnie and Clyde duo is being held after a series of violent crimes. The authorities are fearful the woman's 29-year-old lover, who broke out of the Lisbon prison where he was being held, may now try to help 22-year-old "Bonnie" to flee the long arm of the law.

Earthquake In Turkey: The Aftermath - Final death toll could reach 20,000 Rescuers in appalling race to reach thousands buried alive in the ruins

TEAMS OF exhausted rescuers were preparing to work through a second night to reach as many as 10,000 people still missing in north-western Turkey. Some estimate that the death toll could eventually reach 20,000.

Earthquake In Turkey: The Aftermath: Rescuers in appalling race to reach thousands buried alive in the ruins

EMERGENCY WORKERS were in a race against time last night, trying to rescue as many as 10,000 people still missing in North-western Turkey .

Tropical fish are heading north

POLLUTION AND global warming are helping to turn the Mediterranean into a tropical aquarium, with native fish species being threatened with extinction by up to 110 newcomer varieties, experts warned yesterday.

Tropical fish are `taking over' sea

POLLUTION AND global warming are helping to turn the Mediterranean into a tropical aquarium, with native fish species being threatened with extinction by up to 110 newcomer varieties, experts warned yesterday.

Japan jet safe after hijacker kills pilot

A WOMAN on an All Nippon Airways Flight 61 yesterday became aware of a man fidgeting across the aisle and wondered why he was wearing gloves on a 91F (33C) day. Someone else noticed him get up from his seat after take-off and wondered if he had a complaint.

Dead baby's mother freed

AN AMERICAN woman who left her 10-day-old baby to die in a sweltering car while she played video poker was given five years' probation yesterday.

Actor's arrest revives police racism row

NEW YORK police were facing fresh accusations of racism yesterday after they wrongly arrested and strip searched the star of a hit Broadway musical, causing him to miss a performance.
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