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Metal detectors to fight knife crime in schools
20 Jan 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - The government may introduce metal detectors in schools to cut knife crime, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said on Sunday. The airport-style security could be introduced at some of England's toughest schools following a spate of knife attacks against young people, including a 13-year-old girl stabbed outside a south London school last week. "We can build on some of the initiatives  ...


Houses and cars damaged in city
20 Jan 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

An attack on houses and cars in north Belfast may have been sectarian, the police have said. Windows were smashed in six houses in the Serpentine Road and three cars were also damaged during the attack early on Sunday morning. Detectives have appealed to anyone with information to contact them. SDLP councillor Pat Convery said he was concerned at the attacks and added that the police must be "pro-active and responsive to the public in the area". He said the attacks were "unacceptable" an ...


Israeli closure 'hits Gaza power'
20 Jan 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

The only power plant in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip has started to shut down, citing lack of fuel because of Israel's closure of border crossings. The closure, imposed in the wake of continued rocket fire from Gaza, has brought the delivery of almost all supplies to a halt. But Israel, which supplies 60% of Gaza's power directly, has accused the Palestinians of exaggerating. The UN says Gaza's 1.5m inhabitants face serious hardship. Reports from Gaza say people are trying to stock up on candles ...


Three killed in Kenya clashes, opposition defiant
20 Jan 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Tim Cocks and Nick Tattersall NAIROBI (Reuters) - Attackers hacked three people to death with machetes in a slum in Kenya's capital on Sunday in ethnic clashes triggered by President Mwai Kibaki's disputed re-election last month, witnesses said. Armed police chased away youths in Nairobi's Huruma neighbourhood, whose name means "mercy" in Swahili, and some residents started to leave with their  ...


Virgin to sweeten Northern Rock deal
20 Jan 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Virgin Group will try to win over shareholders with a sweetened bid for Northern Rock on the eve of a speech by the Chancellor to Parliament about the struggling bank, an unsourced Sunday Times report said. Chancellor Alistair Darling is set to tell the House of Commons on Monday he will give bidders for Northern Rock -- Virgin, investment group Olivant and an in-house proposal  ...


Crash-landed plane moved
20 Jan 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - A recovery operation was underway on Sunday to move a British Airways Boeing 777 that crash-landed at Heathrow Airport on Thursday. The 200-tonne aircraft, which suffered engine problems and came down well short of the southern runway, was being moved onto electronically controlled platforms in an operation expected to take several hours. The plane will then start a 500-metre  ...


Madeleine "suspect" pictures released
20 Jan 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jennifer Hill LONDON (Reuters) - Kate and Gerry McCann released new pictures of a possible suspect in the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine on Sunday, nearly nine months after she disappeared in Portugal. The artist's impression was drawn on the basis of a holidaymaker's account given to investigators in the last few days of a "strange" man seen in the resort of Praia da Luz, from where ...


Washed up timber shuts beach
20 Jan 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

A Sussex beach has been shut and mariners and water sports enthusiasts are being told to stay clear of the coastline because of washed up timber. Large bundles of wood from the sunken cargo ship Ice Prince have come ashore between Selsey Bill and Worthing, with some seen as far away as Brighton. It went down about 26 miles (42km) off the Dorset coast after being damaged in a storm early last week. Worthing beach is closed to the public to allow salvage work to take place. Planks and bundles  ...


Zimbabwe cities hit by power cuts
20 Jan 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

Large parts of Zimbabwe are reported to be without electricity after a major power failure on Saturday night. The blackout has affected the capital, Harare, the city of Bulawayo, and smaller towns including Victoria Falls, Kariba, Masvingo and Gweru. Services like mains water and telecommunications have been affected. Zimbabwe is in the midst of an economic crisis and has been experiencing diff ...


Recovery team moves crashed jet
20 Jan 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

The British Airways plane that crash-landed at Heathrow is being moved from the southern runway. Engineers described it as a "delicate" operation to place the 200-tonne jet on wheeled platforms to be taken to a hangar 500m away. Accident investigators will continue with their examination of the plane and are expected to report back in 30 days. All 136 passengers and 16 crew on the BA flight from Beijing survived after the crash-landing on Thursday. Bruce Hunter, general manager of BA Operat ...


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