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Annie Lennox blogs about surgery
18 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox is recovering from spinal surgery after being forced by a back injury to return home early from an AIDS conference in Mexico, the star's Web site said on Monday. She was flown back to Britain last week and had to be wheeled off the plane in a wheelchair. "A first I must say! Felt a bit like Elizabeth Taylor," Lennox wrote in he ...


Britain says 3 civilians were killed in Afghan fight
18 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Three Afghan civilians -- a woman and two children -- were killed during an incident involving British troops, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday, correcting a previous report that four civilians were killed. The MoD said in a statement the civilians were killed in the Sangin area of southern Afghanistan on Saturday "when UK forces fired rockets at Taliban fighters, u ...


Russia vaulter restores smiles after China woe
18 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Simon Denyer BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese fans were stunned into silence and tears as national hero and 110 metres hurdles Olympic champion Liu Xiang hobbled out of the Games injured on Monday. The painful departure of the country's most popular sportsman and main hope for a track gold from a packed Bird's Nest stadium cast a huge shadow over an otherwise magnificent Games for Chin ...


Football players back knife crime blitz
18 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Football players backed a call for teenagers to stop carrying weapons on Monday as figures showed police had arrested 2,500 suspects and searched 55,000 people during a massive clampdown on knife crime. In all, 1,600 knives have been seized since the government's Tackling Knives Action Programme (TKAP) was launched in 10 areas of the country on Ju ...


Probe launched into aircraft collision
18 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Investigators launched a probe on Monday into a mid-air collision between two light aircraft which killed five people. The two planes, a Cessna 402 and a small single-engined aircraft, collided near Coventry on Sunday. One aircraft came down in Brandon Woods, killing four people at the scene, while a second crashed about a mile away in farmland between Brinklow and ...


Britain's "youngest terrorist" found guilty
18 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Three men were found guilty of terrorism offences on Monday, including a teenager believed by prosecutors to be the youngest Briton to be convicted of an offence under the Terrorism Act. Hammaad Munshi, 18, Aabid Hussain Khan, 23, and Sultan Muhammad, 23, were found in possession of "huge volumes" of terrorism material, including al Qaeda documents and information on pois ...


Paedophile "librarian" jailed
18 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - A paedophile who acted as a "librarian" for a global Internet child abuse ring was jailed on Monday after one of the biggest undercover police investigations into online abuse. Unemployed Philip Thompson, 27, amassed nearly a quarter of a million indecent pictures of children, including thousands in the two most serious categories. He was  ...


Russia says Georgia pullback begun
18 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Oleg Shchedrov and James Kilner KURSK/GORI (Reuters) - Moscow said it had begun a military pullback from Georgia on Monday and President Dmitry Medvedev promised a "crushing response" to any future attack on Russian citizens. A senior U.S. official said there were no signs yet that the Russian pullout had begun. The United States has urged Russia to pull its troops swiftly out in  ...


British men set record to win team pursuit
18 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Deborah Charles BEIJING (Reuters) - Britain shattered their own world record and won gold in the men's team pursuit on Monday while Marianne Vos of the Netherlands broke her team's jinx and avenged a disappointing Olympics on the road with a gold on the track. In the penultimate day of racing at the Laoshan Velodrome, Britain showed they are a force to be reckoned with in track cy ...


Pakistan's Musharraf quits under impeachment threat
18 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf quit office on Monday to avoid impeachment charges, nearly nine years after the key U.S. ally in its campaign against terrorism took power in a coup. Speculation the former army chief would resign had mounted since the fractious coalition government, led by the party of assassinated former prime minister Be ...


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