US withdraws aid over statehood bid
The US Congress has blocked nearly $200m (£128m) in aid to the Palestinians in response to the Palestinian President’s bid for official UN recognition. The move theatens projects including food aid, healthcare, and support for building a state.
Reporter in warning to Rupert Murdoch
Neville Thurlbeck, the former chief reporter of the News of the World dismissed by News International, turned on his old employer, warning that there was much that he could say “to the detriment” of Rupert Murdoch’s corporation. MORE
Government halts work on dam project
Burma has halted work on a multibillion-dollar dam project on the Irrawaddy river that activists claimed would harm the ecology of a major water system. Opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, also expressed her concerns. MORE
Slovakia under bailout pressure
Pressure was mounting yesterday on Slovakia to drop opposition to the expanded EU bailout fund. The country looked set to be the main obstacle in the way of final ratification of the €440bn (£379bn) package. Only three Euro governments are still to ratify the expanded fund. MORE
Late trains thanks to wrong sort of thieves
Train punctuality has fallen, according to figures released by Network Rail. Trains ran on time 92.4 per cent of the time between 21 August and 17 September, compared to 93.5 per cent last year. Cable theft has become a serious problem, say operators.
Military fires on support rallies
Security forces opened fire yesterday as protesters rallied in support of Rastan, the besieged town where army defectors are waging a fierce battle against the regime. Gunmen attacked civilians in Hama, Homs and Damascus. MORE
Prison numbers hit record high again
The prison population in England andWales rose by almost 300 this week to reach a new high for the fourth week running. Fuelled by tough sentencing after August’s riots, prisoner numbers hit 87,501, only about 1,000 short of capacity, Ministry of Justice figures showed.Reuse content