lunes, 31 de octubre de 2011

ILO forecasts 40 million job shortage - Sydney Morning Herald


The world economy is likely to create just half of the 80 million jobs needed over the next two years, the ILO said on Monday, warning that the risk of social unrest was rising amid the morose unemployment situation.

"We estimate that for the next two years, the world economy would need 80 million jobs to bring the unemployment rate down to what it was before the crisis" in 2007, said Raymond Torres, who heads the International Labour Organisation's research institute.

However, going by current trends, the "world economy would create just 40 million jobs", half of what is necessary.

Most of those new jobs would be created in the developing world, while just 2.5 million would be created in advanced economies.

As a result, industrialised states would be short of 24.7 million jobs during 2012 and 2013, said ILO data.

The acute job shortage is expected to translate into greater social tension in the advanced world.

In 45 countries of 118 studied, "the risk of social unrest is rising", warned the ILO.

"This is especially the case in advanced economies, notably the EU, the Arab region and to a lesser extent, Asia," it said.

Demonstrations have been raging across European cities and the United States against the financial system which they accuse of bringing about the economic crisis that left millions unemployed.

World unemployment was already at a record high of 200 million at the end of 2010, and the UN labour agency expects the situation to worsen for 2011.

Four months for sicko who stalked his own girlfriend - The Sun

A SICKO boyfriend who stalked his own girlfriend was jailed for four months today.

Shane Webber, 23, posted sexual images of partner Ruth Jeffery on social networking sites and sent indecent snaps to her family during a year-long harassment campaign.

When his now ex called in police, he even tried to implicate one of his friends by setting up an email account in his name to bombard her with messages.

Pal Lee Evans was arrested but later cleared of any involvement.

Webber, of Nottingham, was only caught after Ruth's family traced emails back to him.

The Loughborough University student's campaign began in April 2010. Webber was furious that Ruth had aborted their baby and posted up to 12 indecent images of her online.

He emailed and posted a series of further images, including one batch called Nude Jeffery to her close friends and family in April this year.

Webber admitted harassment at Southampton Magistrates' Court.

And District Judge Anthony Callaway told him his behaviour was a "gross violation of Miss Jeffery's privacy".

Outside court, 22-year-old Ruth said: "I am extremely pleased with the outcome.

"The maximum sentence in a magistrates' court will never make up for the hurt he had put me through but I am pleased I can now put it behind me.

"I was absolutely devastated when I found out it was him. I could not believe it was Shane."

She earlier told the court she had been "intentionally controlled, belittled and harmed" by Webber.

In a victim impact she said: "I have been absolutely devastated by the fact the person I shared everything with caused me so much hurt and harm."

Judge Callaway said the offence and its breach of trust and privacy was so serious that only jail would be appropriate.

He also slapped him with a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting Ruth or posting images of her online.

Report: Kim Kardashian filing for divorce from Kris Humphries after two months - Chicago Sun-Times

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In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, newlyweds Kim Kardashian, right, and Kris Humphries attend a party thrown in their honor in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

Updated: October 31, 2011 12:47PM

LOS ANGELES — The producers of Kim Kardashian's reality show say the reality TV starlet will file for divorce Monday from NBA player Kris Humphries after two months of marriage.

Kardashian wed Humphries on Aug. 20 in a star-studded wedding that was made into a television special.

"Keeping Up With the Kardashians" Executive Producer Ryan Seacrest in a Twitter post confirmed a report that the reality starlet will file divorce papers Monday in Los Angeles.

A news story on the website of E! Entertainment Television, which airs Kardashian's show, also confirmed a divorce is imminent.

The divorce, if finalized, would be Kardashian's second. Humphries last played as a forward for the New Jersey Nets.

A phone message to Kardashian's divorce attorney, Laura Wasser, was not immediately returned.


Mosquito Bred to Fight Dengue Fever Shows Promise in Study - San Francisco Chronicle

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Scientists, attempting to halt Dengue fever, for the first time released mosquitoes into the wild that had been genetically modified to pass on deadly DNA that kills their offspring.

About 19,000 lab-altered insects were released into 25 acres on Grand Cayman Island in 2009, according to a study, published yesterday in the journal Nature Biotechnology. Later tests showed they made up about 16 percent of the mosquito population and that the fatal gene was carried by about 10 percent of larvae. Scientists estimated the modified insects -- all males -- were about half as successful in mating as normal.

There are as many as 100 million cases of Dengue reported each year worldwide, making it one of the most medically significant viruses carried by mosquitoes, the report said. There's no vaccine, boosting the need to limit the insects that carry it, the researchers said. The experiment, by scientists from closely held Oxitec Ltd., a biotechnology company based in Oxford, England, has spurred concern that there may be unintended environmental consequences.

"These data also allow us tentatively to estimate how many mosquitoes might need to be released in this area to suppress the target population," the researchers said.

The use of genetically enhanced mosquitoes was discussed in a series of articles in the magazine Scientific American this month. In those articles, Helen Wallace, the director of GeneWatch UK, said she was concerned that the new form of insect would become part of a complex system involving predators and prey that scientists have no control over.

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She cited a 2010 report by the European Food Safety Authority that raised the potential for illnesses to evolve into more dangerous forms and for other insects to move into the ecological niche created by the absence of mosquitoes.

In the report, the scientists said the percentage of successful couplings by the altered mosquitoes may have been limited because they didn't fit easily into the insect social system, the physical effects of handling and distributing them or negative effects of the genetic changes on their performance.

Dengue fever, most common in the tropics, causes high fever, headache and rash, along with severe joint and muscle pain.

Oxitec developed the technology, which the Mosquito Research and Control Unit, backed by the Cayman Islands government, implemented for the study, Oxitec Chief Executive Officer Hadyn Parry said in an interview.

--With assistance from Makiko Kitamura in London. Editors: Chris Staiti, Bruce Rule

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Head of famed London cathedral quits over protest - AFP

LONDON — The head of St Paul's Cathedral resigned on Monday after facing criticism for trying to evict protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement from outside the central London landmark.

Dean Graeme Knowles said he was leaving with "great sadness" but hoped for a peaceful resolution to the row over the hundreds of demonstrators who last week forced the closure of the church in the capital's financial district.

"It has become increasingly clear to me that, as criticism of the cathedral has mounted in the press, media and in public opinion, my position as dean of St Paul's was becoming untenable," Knowles said in a statement.

"In recent days, since the arrival of the protesters? camp outside the cathedral, we have all been put under a great deal of strain and have faced what would appear to be some insurmountable issues," he added.

Knowles is the third churchman to resign over the row at the historic cathedral, which announced last week that it was taking legal action to remove more than 200 tents which sprung up in the churchyard two weeks ago.

The dispute over the Occupy LSX (London Stock Exchange) protesters has plunged the Anglican church itself into crisis as it wrings its hands over how to handle the demonstrators while maintaining its principles.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the leader of the world's Anglicans, called Knowles's resignation "very sad."

"The announcement today of the resignation of the dean of St Paul's, coming as it does in the wake of the resignation of canon Giles Fraser last week, is very sad news," Williams said in a statement.

Fraser, the canon chancellor of the cathedral, resigned last week saying he disagreed with cathedral policy and feared that violence would be used against the protesters. A part-time cathedral chaplain, Fraser Dyer, also resigned.

The Church of England leader said the "urgent larger issues raised by the protesters at St Paul's remain very much on the table and we need -- as a Church and as society as a whole -- to work to make sure that they are properly addressed."

An Occupy LSX spokeswoman who gave her name only as Lucy said the protesters were "very sad and very shocked" about the resignation of Knowles.

"This isn't about collecting scalps from the Church," she told AFP as a group of protesters went off in a Halloween procession, many of them dressed as zombie bankers.

But she added: "We're going to keep talking about the issues and St Paul's has a key part to play in publicising those issues."

Bishop of London Richard Chartres, who has himself faced criticism over the row, will assume temporary control of the cathedral, St Paul's said in a statement.

The cathedral closed last week for the first time since World War II on the grounds that the anti-capitalist camp posed a health risk, but it finally reopened on Friday.

St Paul's is one of London's top tourist destinations, and closure to visitors was costing it around £20,000 ($32,000, 23,000 euros) a day in lost donations.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has called for the protesters to leave, saying the freedom to rally should exclude important sites.

Protests inspired by Occupy Wall Street in the United States and Spain's "Indignants" have spread to more than 80 countries and attracted thousands of people.

US Will Withhold Funds For UN Agency After Vote to Grant Membership to ... - Fox News

The United States will not pay $60 million to a U.N. cultural and educational agency after it voted Monday to accept the Palestinian mission as a full member, triggering a U.S. requirement to cut off funds.

"We are not going to be able to continue contributing to the budget," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. "Palestinian membership as a state in UNESCO triggers longstanding legislative restrictions which will compel the United States to refrain from making contributions to UNESCO."

Washington is required by law to cut off funding to any U.N. agency if the Palestinian Liberation Organization is granted membership in any group at the international body.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted 107-14 with 52 abstentions on Monday granting Palestinians full membership in the organization. The U.S. voted against the nomination. Eighty-one votes of the 173 UNESCO members were needed for full membership to be approved.

"Long Live Palestine!" one delegate reportedly shouted in French at the meeting.

The U.S. funds about 22 percent of UNESCO's budget, or roughly $80 million annually. Nuland said the $60 million was scheduled to be sent in November.

"We obviously have to comply with U.S. law, to comply with U.S. restrictions. That said, we will have a conversation with Congress on moving forward," she said.

Nuland said that if the U.S. ends up in arrears it could challenge U.S. membership status. 

The U.S. rejoined UNESCO in 2002, after having left the organization 19 years earlier. 

An aide to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said the congresswoman supports full enforcement of the law, without exception. 

Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., has also introduced legislation that would withhold U.S. contributions from any U.N. agency or program that "upgrades" the status of the Palestinian observer mission at the U.N, whether full membership or not. 

Ros-Lehtinen has previously argued efforts at de facto recognition of a Palestinian state is an attempt to evade a negotiated settlement with Israel.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said the U.N. vote signals weakness in U.S. diplomacy, particularly since some of the United States' closest allies voted against U.S. wishes.

"So ineffective was Obama administration diplomacy, that France voted in favor of Palestinian membership, and Britain and Japan abstained. U.S. statutes, dating from 1990, now require a full cutoff of U.S. funding, which Congress should insist occur immediately. Should the administration seek changes in the applicable statutory provisions that would eliminate or weaken the funding cutoff, Congress should reject them," Bolton said.

"UNESCO has made its decision: it prefers Palestinian membership to American participation. Now let the rest of the U.N. specialized agencies make their choice," he added.

Nuland said that the U.S. doesn't think it is "helpful" that the Palestinians sought membership with UNESCO while the "Quartet" of nations working on Mideast peace tries to get the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table to create a two-state solution.

"We considered that this was, as I say, regrettable, premature, and undermined the process of getting where we want to go," she said. "It creates tensions when all of us should be concerning our efforts to get the parties back to the table."

Israel's ambassador to UNESCO Nimrod Barkan told Reuters that the vote is a tragedy.

"UNESCO deals in science, not science fiction," he reportedly said. "They forced on UNESCO a political subject out of its competence."

iPhone 4S owners report dramatic battery drain - Computerworld

Computerworld - Apple's new iPhone 4S is running through its battery at a prodigious rate, according to reports on the company's own support forum.

A long thread dedicated to the problem now has more than 2,300 messages, runs 160 pages and has been accessed more than 160,000 times, all huge numbers for an Apple support discussion.

"I've had the 4S since the launch day, and I've been pretty pleased with battery life," said someone identified as "andyfromsomerville" on the thread early Monday. "Until this weekend. My phone just went from a full charge to empty within

Others, however, said that the fast-battery-drain issue had been there from the start.

"Seems to lose 1% every 3-4 minutes, even when locked/asleep," noted John Goldman on Oct. 15, the day the thread debuted.

The iPhone 4S went on sale in the U.S., the U.K. and five other countries on Oct. 14. Three days later, Apple boasted that it had sold four million of the devices, more than double the number of iPhone 4 smartphones sold in the same span last year.

Although the bulk of the battery complaints pertain to the iPhone 4S, some users have also reported faster exhaustion for older devices -- including the iPhone 4 and iPad -- after updating to iOS 5, the operating system upgrade Apple issued Oct. 12.

As is usual on Apple's support forum -- which Apple representatives monitor but rarely contribute to -- users posed numerous hypotheses about the problem's root, as well as multiple solutions.

Among the possible explanations, users put forward the iPhone 4S' location-monitoring service, the Siri voice control system, the on-by-default diagnostics option -- which sends data to Apple -- and iCloud, Apple's new sync and backup service.

Some customers said that a variety of settings had mitigated, but not solved, the problem, while many more said that changes had had no effect on their phone's battery life.

While users themselves seem unable to pin down the cause, there is no shortage of claims by bloggers that they have found the source: Last week, for instance, the iDownloadBlog claimed that a bug in iOS 5's location service was at fault.

According to Apple, the iPhone 4S' battery should be good for eight hours of talk time, six hours of Internet usage and 200 hours in standby mode. As a comparison, the iPhone 4 was rated at seven hours of talk time, six hours on the Internet and 300 hours in standby.

Apple did not reply to a request for comment about the iPhone 4S battery complaints.

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MF Global files for bankruptcy protection after big loss, bets on Europe debt ... -

WASHINGTON - MF Global Holdings Ltd., the securities firm run by former New Jersey Governor and Goldman Sachs head Jon Corzine, is seeking bankruptcy protection one week after reporting its biggest-ever quarterly loss.

MF Global shares plunged 66 per cent last week. Besides the loss of $186.6 million for the fiscal second quarter, investors were spooked when MF Global's debt was downgraded to junk status. Credit-rating agencies expressed concern about the firm's $6 billion portfolio of European debt.

MF Global appears to be the first major U.S. casualty of Europe's debt crisis, although last week it sought to reassure investors that the investment in European sovereign debt was prudent. It blamed the big loss on weaker-than-expected trading revenue and one-time costs.

Trading in shares of MF Global Holdings Ltd. was halted early Monday. The Wall Street Journal and others reported that Corzine worked over the weekend to find a buyer. The Journal says that an effort to sell the firm to Interactive Brokers Group of Greenwich, Conn., fell through.

"If they don't find a buyer, the only other option would be someone willing to come in and provide enough financing to reorganize the company," said Christopher Ward, a bankruptcy attorney with Polsinelli Shughart PC. "I think that's unlikely, given the market conditions" and the company's debt, he said.

The filing came after

the New York Federal Reserve said it suspended MF Global from doing new business as a primary dealer. MF Global was one of 22 companies considered financially secure enough to sell US government debt on behalf of the Fed.

Corzine took over the helm at MF Global early last year. He set out to grow the company into a global investment bank. In addition to futures and commodities trading, MF Global started making bets with the firm's own money, The Journal reported.

Corzine is also a top fundraiser for President Barack Obama. Corzine has helped raised at least $500,000 for Obama's re-election campaign since April, according to records released by the campaign.

MF Global turned a profit just three times in the past 12 quarters. As the European debt crisis threatened to spread, investors and analysts focused on the company's holdings of debt from Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland.

Last week, Corzine said he expected the firm to "successfully manage these exposures to what we believe will be a positive conclusion in December 2012."

At worst, MF Global's bankruptcy could roil credit markets and make financial companies reluctant to lend to each other. It wouldn't equal the fallout from the failure of Lehman Bros. in 2008 because Lehman was bigger and more intertwined with other companies.

However, banks could be spooked temporarily by concerns about who lost money as a result of MF Global's bad bets. Fears about losses on European debt already have roiled markets for months.

As the names of MF Global's business partners were reported, some companies sought to distance themselves. Investment bank Jeffries Group Inc. said in a statement that it holds less than $9 million in debt issued by MF Global.

Bank stocks fell broadly Monday after the bankruptcy filing. Bank of America fell 4.5 per cent. Both Citigroup and Morgan Stanley fell 5.5 per cent.

MF Global filed its petition with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Including its subsidiaries, MF Global has assets as $41.05 billion and liabilities of $39.68 billion, according to its bankruptcy petition.

Its five biggest unsecured creditors are banks assigned to administer bonds issued by MF Global. Their job is to collect MF Global's payments and distribute them to bond holders. The banks, which include units of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Deutsche Bank, do not necessarily own MF Global's bonds themselves, said Ward, the bankruptcy attorney.

The company's biggest stockholders are investment managers, insurers and hedge funds. Among them: Fidelity; Guardian Life Insurance Co.; hedge fund Fine Capital Partners, LP and TIAA-CREF.

The case was assigned to Judge Stuart Bernstein. Bernstein gained attention this summer for a ruling that might make it harder for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme to recoup their losses.

Bernstein ruled against a trustee who was trying to recover investors' losses from an unrelated $700 million fraud. The trustee sued Wachovia, saying that the bank ignored obvious signs of fraud. Bernstein ruled against the trustee, saying the bank's suspicions were not the same as actual knowledge of the scheme.


Kahn reported from New York. Associated Press writer Ken Thomas contributed to this report.

"7 billionth" babies celebrated worldwide - CBS News


MANILA, Philippines - Countries around the world marked the world's population reaching 7 billion Monday with lavish ceremonies for newborn infants symbolizing the milestone and warnings that there may be too many humans for the planet's resources.

While demographers are unsure exactly when the world's population will reach the 7 billion mark, the U.N. is using Monday to symbolically mark the day. A string of festivities are being held worldwide, with a series of symbolic 7-billionth babies being born.

The celebrations began in the Philippines, where baby Danica May Camacho was greeted with cheers and an explosion of photographers' flashbulbs at Manila's Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. She arrived two minutes before midnight Sunday, but doctors say that was close enough to count for a Monday birthday.

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The baby received a shower of gifts, from a chocolate cake marked "7B Philippines" to a gift certificate for shoes.

"She looks so lovely," the mother, Camille Galura, whispered as she cradled the 5.5-pound baby, who was born about a month premature.

The baby was the second for Galura and her partner, Florante Camacho, a struggling driver who supports the family on a tiny salary.

Dr. Eric Tayag of the Philippines' Department of Health said later that the birth came with a warning.

"Seven billion is a number we should think about deeply," he said.

"We should really focus on the question of whether there will be food, clean water, shelter, education and a decent life for every child," he said. "If the answer is 'no,' it would be better for people to look at easing this population explosion."

Demographer Joel Cohen of Rockefeller University echoed that concern in an interview with CBS News correspondent Russ Mitchell, warning that rapid population growth, "makes almost every other problem more difficult to solve."

"If we could slow our growth rate, we have an easier job in dealing with all the other things like education, health, employment, housing, food, the environment and so on," Cohen told CBS News.

Click on the video player below to see the full interview with Cohen:

CBS Evening News: The most typical person

Last week, CBS Evening News reported how researchers with The National Geographic had averaged out the characteristics of the world population to come up with a "typical person."

The National Geographic researchers found nine million people who had the most in common. They overlayed the faces of 190,000 of them to create one image: Earth's everyman.

The average person is Han Chinese so his ethnicity is Han. He is 28 years old. He is Christian. He speaks Mandarin. He does not have a car. He does not have a bank account.

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So CBS News went looking for that guy. We called and emailed Chinese-American groups around the country for help. And one of them led us to Main Street, in Queens, New York, and Mu Li.

National geographic researchers averaged the world's population to come up with a composite image of the most typical person in the world. CBS News found someone who fits the bill: Mu Li, a Han Chinese immigrant living in New York City,

National geographic researchers averaged the world's population to come up with a composite image of the most typical person in the world. CBS News found someone who fits the bill: Mu Li, a Han Chinese immigrant living in New York City,

(Credit: CBS/National Geographic)

He arrived five months ago from Chong Qing, a southwest China mega-city of 28 million people. Li is working in New York as a reporter for the People's Daily, China's state newspaper.

Li is Han Chinese. Mandarin is his first language. And he recognizes the universality of his personal profile.

"I have a common face, a common background. Suddenly you realize, you say, 'Wow, you are the most typical person in the world,'" Li said.

Li fits other criteria. He's right-handed, works in a service industry, lives in a city, owns a cell phone, but no car.

We showed him National Geographic's composite image, and he admits he sees himself in it, chuckling at the suggestion that he may be better looking.

Li's reign as Earth's Everyman will not last long. Earth's population could reach 8 billion people in 2026. By then, the most typical human, will be from India.

Cat kidnapped by MP's wife Christine Hemming is found alive - Daily Mail


Last updated at 4:58 PM on 31st October 2011

The tabby cat kidnapped by the vengeful wife of a Liberal Democrat MP has been discovered alive and well and with a litter of kittens.

Beauty was last seen in September 2010 when CCTV footage showed her being bundled out of her owner Emily Cox's home.

The cat thief was identified as Christine Hemming, 53, the jilted wife of Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming, with whom Miss Cox is now in a relationship.

Mystery solved: Beauty has been found safe and well, and even has kittens

Mystery solved: Beauty has been found safe and well, and even has kittens

On Friday, Mrs Hemming was handed a nine-month suspended sentence for the burglary – but the whereabouts of the pet remained a mystery until auxiliary nurse Sheila Bates telephoned Mr Hemming to say Beauty had been staying with her since last November.

She said her tom cat Felix brought Beauty home. 'I let her in and gave her some food and she's come back every day since', Miss Bates said.

It was only following last week's conviction of Mrs Hemming she realised the stray she had been caring for might be Beauty and contacted Mr Hemming, who immediately collected the pet.

Publicity: It was only after reports of Christine Hemming's conviction that Shelia Bates realised her stray may be Beauty

Publicity: It was only after reports of Christine Hemming's conviction that Shelia Bates realised her stray may be Beauty

Cat-napped: The CCTV footage of Mrs Hemming stealing four-month-old Beauty

Cat-napped: The CCTV footage of Mrs Hemming stealing four-month-old Beauty

The MP's six-year-old daughter with Miss Cox, Isobel, said yesterday: 'I was very happy when we found her. I have missed her a lot.'

The tabby will have to wait for a full reunion at her former home as she is still weaning her kittens, which remain at Miss Bates's house in Birmingham.

Mr Hemming left his wife for Miss Cox in 2004 following an affair and now lives with her and their daughter.

Cat lovers: John Hemming and his long-term mistress Emily Cox, from whom his wife stole the kitten

Cat lovers: John Hemming and his long-term mistress Emily Cox, from whom his wife stole the kitten


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PLEASE, PLEASE DM, can we have some pictures of Beauty and her kittens!!! Really pleased she has been found safe and well.

Kitty is obviously just as loose as Mr Hemmings. However, that said, I think Ms Hemmings (No.1) should be made to pay maintenance for the new kittens as it was due to the theft and abandonment of Beauty that the poor darling probably got pregnant. Where's the CSA when you want it? Rule number 1: you can't keep a man/woman/cat from finding happiness - they are no good to you unhappy. Let them go.

Pleased kitty has been found safe and well, but do not feel a bit sorry for Mr.Hemming and his mistress. For an MP his behavior and moral standards are a disgrace.

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Indian Grand Prix 2011: Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa collide - Daily Mail

By Simon Cass

Last updated at 3:33 PM on 31st October 2011

The expression of  rubber-faced comedian Rowan Atkinson, watching from the McLaren garage, summed up what all concerned were feeling as Lewis Hamilton collided with Felipe Massa yet again.

At times this season, Hamilton's driving has been more akin to that of Mr Bean behind the wheel of his clapped out, lime green mini than that of a Formula One world champion.

But in this latest coming together with Massa, it seemed the Ferrari driver was carrying out a plan so cunning that Blackadder could have devised it. A revenge attack for their previous on-track spats which required Hamilton to make an extra visit to the pits, meaning seventh place was the best he could manage.

Bean here before: Rowan Atkinson reacts to Lewis Hamilton's crash (above) and with the driver (below)

Bean here before: Rowan Atkinson reacts to Lewis Hamilton's crash (above) and with the driver (below)

Rowan Atkinson talks to Lewis Hamilton

Such a notion was flatly denied by Massa after the inaugural Indian Grand Prix — a race which he failed to finish due to broken front-left suspension — even though the stewards handed him a drive-through penalty for snapping Hamilton's front wing as his rival tried to overtake on lap 24.

'My view is that I braked later than him, I was in front and I was in the grippy area. I didn't see him and then I started to turn,' explained Massa, who was left mystified by the decision of the stewards.

Despite looking in his mirrors three times before the contact, Massa insisted it was nothing personal. 'I am supposed to back off and let him by, no?' questioned the Brazilian. 

'What else could I do? It's the umpteenth time that Hamilton runs into me this year and it seems it's some sort of fatal attraction. If it is Lewis, if it is not Lewis, I would do the same. I don't have anything against him. Nothing. Zero.'

Even so, Massa still gave short shrift to an arm around the shoulder and a goodwill message before the race from Hamilton after a minute's silence to honour the tragic passing of Dan Wheldon, the British IndyCar driver, and MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli.

Paying their respects: Drivers and fans held a moment of silence for recently deceased Indycar driver Dan Wheldon and Moto GP rider Marco Simoncelli

Paying their respects: Drivers and fans held a moment of silence for recently deceased Indycar driver Dan Wheldon and Moto GP rider Marco Simoncelli

Paying their respects: Drivers and fans held a moment of silence for recently deceased Indycar driver Dan Wheldon and Moto GP rider Marco Simoncelli

'He's not spoken to me for a long time but I made the effort, put my arm around him and said "Good luck for the race",' said Hamilton.

Asked for Massa's response, Hamilton added: 'He gave me a really small acknowledgement, which was to be expected. In the race I tried to overtake but I tried to pull out of it. He didn't give me any space but we collided.'

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh talked of a 'magnetic' attraction between the pair and hinted that it would be best for the warring duo to sit down and thrash out their differences.

Crunch: There were a number of collisions on the first corners of the race

Crunch: There were a number of collisions on the first corners of the race

'They've got to figure it out for themselves,' he said. 'Felipe is under enormous pressure within that team and that causes him to react and, in truth, Lewis will be feeling under pressure because of the great performances of Jenson  Button at the moment.'

Button's second place at the Buddh International Circuit should not be lost in the dust cloud of his team-mate's troubles, or the one that swirled across the track in the outskirts of Delhi. Having nipped inside Fernando Alonso at the first corner, Button out-braked Mark Webber at turn four to move from fourth to second on the opening lap.

The 2009 world champion then left Webber trailing — an even more regular occurrence than Hamilton's ding dongs with Massa this season.

There was, of course, another recurring theme — that of pole position followed by a start-to- finish win for Sebastian Vettel.

Glum: Hamilton had another frustrating afternoon in India as he had to settle for seventh place

Glum: Hamilton had another frustrating afternoon in India as he had to settle for seventh place

So comfortable was the back-to-back world champion's afternoon that his only worry was whether he had set the fastest lap on the 60th and final circuit.

Two more wins in Abu Dhabi and Brazil and Vettel will equal Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a season, which many believed would never be matched.

Not many would have believed Hamilton could have endured such a tumultuous season, either. On the advice of his team, his media activities did not go beyond post-race television interviews.

Should he have been allowed a debrief with Atkinson, no doubt he would have got a sympathetic ear.

After all, the comedian knows all about crashing expensive McLarens.

Little Master: Sachin Tendulkar waves the chequered flag (above) as Vettel celebrates his win (below)

Little Master: Sachin Tendulkar waves the chequered flag (above) as Vettel celebrates his win (below)

Sealed with a kiss: Sebastian Vettel celebrates his win in India

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The more reads and sees of Hamilton, he would make a good book end.

I used to like Massa but over the past two seasons he has been morphing into Alonso - always blaming someone else regardless.

no hamilton did not crash into massa!!!! massa crashed into hamilton!!!! read the stewards report. why do we always knock our brit sports people?

i seem to be reading a lot of comments around the british tabloids today questioning the UK's aid to India. You do realize most of this aid is indirect, its not like the British Government gives the Indian Government any money, ever. Its more like they give to global organizations who then spend it in India. Please get your facts right people before spouting nonsense that is promoted by a sensationalist media (though I must admit I enjoy reading the tabloids almost as much as anyone, but do take things with a grain of salt). Also the direct aid that is given is targetted towards only helping the poor.Also while it might not sound nice, the bigger reason for aid is to promote friendship and an alliance as the West definitely needs Indian support in the bid to end terrorism, as wella s to ensure a strategic ally in the area.

The Indian circuit was not paid for by the government - on the contrary, it has already raised a lot of tax money that the government can use to help the poorer people. It provides employment - many of the jobs are for unskilled labourers and bring much-needed employment to the illiterate classes. @Tom Devoe really should know better, but obviously not...

Massa grow up!

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Soham liar Maxine Carr gives birth... and baby will never know who its mother ... - Daily Mail

  • Anonymity order will extend to Carr's child

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 12:45 PM on 31st October 2011

Maxine Carr has given birth to her first child, it was claimed today.

The former girlfriend of Soham killer Ian Huntley, who provided him with a false alibi after the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, is believed to have had the baby at a secret address.

It is understood that the child will never be told the true identity of its mother, which is protected by a stringent court order.

New identity: Maxine Carr, left, ex-girlfriend of Soham killer Ian Huntley, will have the anonymity of her new child protected

Carr, 34, was given a new identity after being released from jail, where she served 21 months for covering up for Huntley.

And the rules governing her anonymity are so strict that they will also extend to her new-born child.

But it is unclear how she will be able to hide her identity when the child grows up and sees pictures of Carr in her youth, or even comes across old reports of the Soham case.

Carr was the girlfriend of school caretaker Huntley, killer of 10-year-olds Holly and Jessica.

He was arrested soon after the girls' bodies were found near an RAF base, 13 days after they had gone missing from their home town of Soham in Cambridgeshire.

He eventually admitted that the girls had died in his house after he had invited them in, but said that the deaths were accidental.

Victims: Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman went missing in August 2002

Victims: Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman went missing in August 2002

Huntley had told the girls that Carr was in the house, but in fact she had gone to Grimsby to visit relatives.

He told police that Holly had fallen in to the bath and drowned while he was helping her control a nosebleed, and that he had then put his hand over Jessica's mouth to stop her screaming, accidentally suffocating her.

In December 2003, Huntley was found guilty of murdering the girls and sentenced to life imprisonment. He will spend at least 40 years in prison.

After his conviction, it was revealed that he had previously been convicted of sexual offences, but was still allowed to work in a school.

Although Carr was not implicated in the murder, she gave Huntley a false alibi which delayed police investigations, claiming that she had been with him at the time of the killings.

In 2003 she was convicted of perverting the course of justice, and sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

On her release in 2004, Carr was given a secret identity to protect her from attacks from members of the public.

And since she gave birth earlier this year, according to the Daily Mirror, that identity has been extended to cover her child as well.

A new court order may be necessary to protect the child's identity - similarly to the order which preserves the anonymity of the child of killer Mary Bell.

Bell, convicted of killing two boys, received a new identity on her release from jail, and after giving birth in 1984 secured an additional order to protect her daughter,

Carr's new identity has never been made public. It was reported in 2008 that she was set to marry her then-boyfriend.

Huntley, 37, remains in jail, where he is serving a life sentence for the Soham murders.

He has been attacked by fellow inmates at least twice, and is also thought to have made a suicide attempt in 2006.

Lifelong anonymity orders, like that given to Maxine Carr, are relatively rare - there are no more than a handful currently in place.

They are imposed only in the most high-profile cases, where it is almost certain that criminals released from jail will attract intense media attention, and possibly the threat of violence from members of the public.

One reason they are so rare is that most people convicted of the most horrific crimes end up spending their whole lives behind bars, so the majority of those given new identities committed their crimes when they were children and therefore attracted more lenient sentences.

Mary Bell: Convicted of manslaughter aged 11

Mary Bell: Convicted of manslaughter aged 11

Mary Bell was a famous early recipient of an indefinite anonymity order.

She was convicted in 1968 of killing two young boys before her twelfth birthday.

Despite the gruesome nature of the killings, she was convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, having been diagnosed with a mental illness.

After 12 years in prison, during which time her mother had repeatedly sold stories about her to the press, Bell was released in 1980 and given a new identity.

When she gave birth to a daughter in 1984, the child was also granted anonymity until her 18th birthday, later extended indefinitely.

It is believed that Bell's daughter did not know her mother's identity until it was revealed by reporters.

Robert Thompson and Jon Venables killed toddler James Bulger after abducting him from a Liverpool shopping centre in February 1993.

They were just 10 years old at the time, and were sentenced to indefinite imprisonment, but were released in 2001.

Both were given new identities, and have a large number of restrictions on their movements - for example, they are not allowed to contact each other.

Robert Thompson, left, and Jon Venables killed James Bulger in 1993

Venables returned to headlines last year when he was given a second prison sentence for downloading child pornography.

In May this year, his identity was changed once again after a 'serious breach' in the security of the identity he had been using.

Maxine Carr is unusual among those given new identities, as she is not a convicted killer.

However, her association with Huntley caused such public revulsion that she too was granted an indefinite anonymity order for her own protection.

Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below, or debate this issue live on our message boards.

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Who is the father and why would he sleep with a scumbag like this!

News flash people she didn't kill any one. She is guilty of covering up for him thats all. It didn't make any difference because they still caught him. She made a mistake of loving the wrong person and love, as they say is blind. People will do anything to please the object of thier affections and did it occur to any one she might have been afraid of him? I am not saying she is innocent but to say she would be a bad mother is beyond the limits of humanity. The killer is behind bars. That is what is more important.

Giving anonymity to an adult who commits a crime just doesn't seem right, to me. Maybe it's OK with kids, like Bell, Thompson and Venables, but not with adults. If they choose to commit crimes, they should have to live with the consequences and if those consequences go on for the rest of their lives, then that's tough - should have thought of that before doing the crime..

leave her alone ,she did not know what he did when he asked her to lie,how many people on here would not do the same,This woman killed no one and should be left to get on with her life good luck to her and her new baby. - sammy, uk, 31/10/2011 13:53 SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!! Would you really lie to the police if your partner asked you to? KNOWING that two little girls were missing and that the police were questionning your partner??? I wouldn't!!!!!! I would want to know WHY he wanted me to lie and what the heck he was covering up!

The fact she was even allowed to have a baby is a disgrace. She should have been sterilised when she was in jail. I wouldn't let any children near a woman who covered up to protect a murderer. As for protecting her identity - why should she have such rights? I bet we the British Public will even end up paying for her to have plastic surgery to change her looks, so when she leaves prison she can't be identified. The way this country works is a disgrace.... I also disagree with 'Sally Brookes' comment below. No she shouldn't be allowed to have a life. She covered up for someone whom she knew was a murderer. Would you cover up for someone if you knew they had murdered someone whether you loved them or not? NO is the answer.

Maxine Carr did not actually commit any crime. She had no part in the tragic deaths of the two girls. She believed her boy friend and completely trusted him so she merely gave a false alibi to the police claiming he had been with her all of the time. Maxine Carr was ripped apart by a viscous and vindictive press and media intent on her vilification and selecting her as the 'scapegoat' for these atrocious crimes. It's time both press and media left her alone.

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Bishop: Violence must be avoided in bid to move protesters at London's St ... - Washington Post

Chance of UK double-dip recession is 'significant' warns MPC's Paul Fisher -

"Looking at the fourth quarter, at best it seems to be flat, [and] could easily have negative growth, so the technical outcome of two quarters of negative growth in a row could quite easily come about," he said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

Google launches online safety campaign - ZDNet Asia

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Wider flooding feared in Thailand - BBC News

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Bangkok Flooding Oct 30 - Bangkok Post


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Video footage shows 'Gaddafi's killer' - Al Jazeera

Video footage has emerged of fighters loyal to Libya's National Transitional Council claiming to be the assassins of ex-Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

Today, his body remains on display to the public, and it is still unclear where he will be buried.

Meanwhile Gaddafi's son, Saadi Gaddafi, says he's "outraged by the vicious brutality" shown towards his father and his brother Muatassim, who were both killed last week.

More video clips showing Gaddafi's last moments are slowly trickling in, and they are likely to come under closer scrutiny in the coming days as the United Nations, rights organisations, and more recently, the United States, backs an investigation into the deaths of Gaddafi and his son.

Al Jazeera's Khadija Magardie reports.

The Risk's Ashley Baptiste: I quit the X Factor for Jesus -

THE Risk's Ashley Baptiste quit because last night's Halloween theme went against his Christian faith.

The Cambridge graduate, 22, said he felt uneasy celebrating the holiday as it had its roots in pagan rituals.

A show source said Ashley had ­struggled to fit in because of his faith and added: "He's on a ­different ­wavelength to the rest. He doesn't want to upset his ­bandmates but knows this is for the best."

Ashley, who lives in South London, tweeted: "I love The Risk but am not in the right place to commit. I love the boys and all you amazing people."

Ashford Campbell, of ousted band Nu Vibe, was drafted in as a replacement when Ashley quit on Thursday.

Samsung beats Apple in smartphone sales -

Samsung Electronics Co. overtook Apple Inc. as the world's biggest smartphone vendor in the third quarter of this year. The South Korean tech behemoth sold 27.8 million smartphones between July and September, a 44 per cent jump in shipments, whereas Apple's iPhone sales were at 17.1 million, a 16 per cent drop from the previous quarter. Samsung's share of the global smartphone market is now at 23.8, compared to Apple's 14.6 per cent. Analysts largely attributed the upset to Samsung's decision to turn to Google Inc.'s Android software for its Galaxy smartphones, and consumers' decision to hold off on new iPhone purchases until the October launch of the iPhone 4S.



Four scoop £100000 on new lottery - The Press Association

Four lucky ticket holders have scooped the top prize of the Health Lottery.

A spokesman for the lottery said the four winners have bagged the £100,000 top prize after matching all five numbers.

The winning tickets were bought in Inverness, Barnsley, Birkenhead and one was purchased online.

The draw - run by Northern & Shell, which owns Channel 5 and Express newspapers - was set up with the aim of generating up to £50 million a year for health causes.

Twenty pence from tickets, which cost £1, will go towards health-related good causes.

Matching three numbers wins £50 and four numbers £500.

Soon, you can see what you dreamt about - Times of India

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Egyptian efforts at Gaza cease-fire fail - Atlanta Journal Constitution

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Egyptian officials say efforts to persuade Palestinian militants in Gaza to hold their rocket fire on Israel have failed, after a day of deadly, escalated violence.

The officials say they tried to arrange a cease-fire set at 3. a.m. Sunday, but did not win agreement from factions responsible for the rocket attacks. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the mediation efforts.

The Israeli military meanwhile said early Sunday that its aircraft struck six militant targets in Gaza overnight, including three rocket-launching sites.

Nine militants and an Israeli civilian were killed on Saturday. Militants from Gaza's ruling Hamas movement are not believed to have been involved in the attacks, which were claimed by smaller factions.


October 30, 2011 01:51 AM EDT

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X Factor finals 2011: Kelly Rowland 'given ultimatum of 48 hours to decide if ... -

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Kelly Rowland leaves the X Factor studio (Pic:

KELLY Rowland has been given 48 hours to decide if she wants to go back to X Factor as it lurched into near chaos.

Katie Hind of The People reveals Simon Cowell gave her the ultimatum after she pulled out of this weekend's live shows with a throat infection.

Kelly, 30, was too ill to fly back from Los Angeles after spending last week there in business meetings.

X Factor bosses had to act quickly and 2008 winner Alexandra Burke stepped in at the last minute to ­mentor Kelly's girl performers.

Now the former Destiny's Child singer has been told she has to decide whether she really wants out.

Alexandra Burke

Last night a show insider revealed: "Kelly has been told it's time to make her mind up. Everyone is supportive of the fact she is ill but other bosses are annoyed at the situation.

"She doesn't want to quit. She is adamant that she isn't worried about the row she had with Tulisa and wants to return but she has to give the ­producers her word – and fast."

Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland

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Heidi Klum Halloween fashion verdict: Dead body costume is totally SICK - pictures -

Heidi Klum (pic: Twitter)

Heidi Klum (pic: Twitter)

So, so, sick.

Like, TOTALLY AMAZING siiiiiiiick.

Give Heidi a pat on the back – not too hard, her shoulder tissue may flop out – because there's no other Halloween costume out there in celebrityland to compare her dead body stylings.

Yes, the majority of us may already be bored of seeing hordes of fools dressed up as a slutty cat or whatever it may be not relating to Halloween at all – especially when they all seemed to have swamped public transport last night – but Heidi brought that little bit something else to the party.

Beginning to become better known for her Halloween looks than anything else she may have ever done having got up as the likes of Hindu goddess Kali, Heidi continued her annual penchant for outrageous dressings ups and... we were considering putting a gag along the lines of "we wouldn't be seen dead" in this outfit in at this part of the sentence. But that wouldn't really work. So never mind.

Heidi Klum is Halloween

The Klumster kept her loyal Twitter followers entertained throughout yesterday with her getting ready banter, tweeting pics of the stages she went through to achieve such a deadly look. Check out the full effect in the pics below.

It's all about making an entrance...

Totally unique – with some superb accessorising thanks to two blood-spattered doctors that wheeled her into her own party on an autopsy table - there was no way anyone was going to be able to upstage Heidi last night.

After all, can you imagine the sheer embarrassment if someone else turned up in the same costume?

Sir Jimmy Savile 'was no loner' - BBC News

Sir Jimmy Savile was "no loner", according to a close friend of the veteran broadcaster.

Sir Jimmy, who died at his home in Leeds on Saturday, was Howard Silverman's best man in 2009.

Mr Silverman, 59, said those who claimed the 84-year-old did not mix with people when the cameras were off "didn't know him".

A book of condolence to Sir Jimmy has been set up in Savile's Hall, opposite the Royal Armouries Museum in the city.

Mr Silverman, a Leeds hairdresser, said he became a close friend of Sir Jimmy's after they met jogging on the streets of the city.

Cakes and whisky

"All his pals, everyone of them, were just like me - an ordinary geezer," he said.

He and Sir Jimmy used to "laugh at the stories people came out with" in the media.

Talking to BBC Radio Leeds, Mr Silverman said that every Friday morning Sir Jimmy held what was known as the FMC, or Friday Morning Club, at his flat.

Friends of Sir Jimmy would be invited to go to his flat and sit around a big table laden with tea, cakes and whisky.

Enveloped in the host's cigar smoke, the old friends would reminisce and chat the morning away.

Mr Silverman said: "If you saw that, no-one would say he didn't have pals."

'Hilarious speech'

According to Mr Silverman, Sir Jimmy had seven homes across the UK including in Glencoe, Bournemouth and Scarborough and he had friends in all those places.

When Mr Silverman got married two years ago, he asked Sir Jimmy to be his best man - but told him not to turn up in one of the tracksuits that had become his trademark.

Sir Jimmy took him at his word and duly arrived in a suit, before giving a "wonderful" and "hilarious" speech.

Mr Silverman saw Sir Jimmy last Wednesday, when they went for a meal at pub near Sir Jimmy's flat in Roundhay, Leeds.

The veteran broadcaster didn't even touch the soup that he ordered and Mr Silverman had to ask if he was really all right.

Sir Jimmy said: "Of course, I'm fine."

Gun guards to protect British ships from pirates -

David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street iabout the death of former Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi (Pic: Reuters)

David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street iabout the death of former Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi (Pic: Reuters)

Armed guards are to be deployed on British ships for the first time to protect them from pirates.

A legal ban on weapon-toting protection staff will be relaxed so that firms can apply for a licence to have them on board in danger zones.

David Cameron said radical action was required because the increasing ability of sea-borne Somali criminals to hijack and ransom ships had become "a complete stain on our world".

He unveiled the measure after talks at a Commonwealth summit in Australia with leaders of countries in the Horn of Africa over the escalating problem faced in waters off their shores.

Under the plans, the Home Secretary will be given the power to license vessels to carry armed security, including automatic weapons, currently prohibited under firearms laws.

Officials said around 200 were expected to be in line to take up the offer, which would only apply for voyages through particular waters in the affected region. It is expected to be used by commercial firms rather than private sailors - such as hostage victims Paul and Rachel Chandler.

Asked if he was comfortable with giving private security operatives the right to "shoot to kill" if necessary, Mr Cameron told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show: "We have to make choices.

"Frankly the extent of the hijack and ransom of ships round the Horn of Africa is a complete stain on our world.

"The fact that a bunch of pirates in Somalia are managing to hold to ransom the rest of the world and our trading system is a complete insult and the rest of the world needs to come together with much more vigour.

I want to help lead this process and as part of that we are going to be taking the step of putting armed guards on our ships."

Evidence from other countries with more relaxed regulations over armed guards was that their ships did not get targeted, he said.

"We are going to have to license that in a proper way, the Home Office has agreed to do that. But I think this is a big step up for our campaign against this piracy."

Other counter-piracy measures being taken include offering support from Treasury officials to Kenya to help them track down pirates' assets.

Mr Cameron also said help could be given to countries such as The Seychelles and Mauritius, both represented at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, who were acting to bring pirates to court and imprison them.

UK faces "economic suicide" if on EU margins - deputy PM - Reuters UK

LONDON | Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:28pm GMT

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain faces "economic suicide" if it retreats to the sidelines of European Union policymaking, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said Sunday.

Clegg's comments come just a few days after more than a quarter of the legislators in Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party broke with government policy and voted for a referendum on British withdrawal from the EU.

Cameron has tried to placate his party by promising to exploit Britain's veto power over any EU treaty changes required by the euro zone's bailout of Greece, to gain Britain exemptions from European employment law.

Germany has raised the possibility of treaty changes to create stronger budgetary supervision of the 17 euro zone countries, and this might give non-euro member Britain scope to negotiate concessions.

Many Britons are worried they may have to contribute financially to easing the euro zone debt crisis and suspicious that a European super-state will exert increasing control over their lives.

The latest Eurobarometer survey by the European Commission found that only 35 percent of Britons thought EU membership was beneficial.

But Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, said that renegotiating EU treaties risked "opening a Pandora's box, leaving us paralysed by ideological battles, institutional navel-gazing and special demands from every member state."

"These are dangerous distractions when our urgent priorities are restoring stability and jumpstarting growth," Clegg added in an opinion piece for the Observer newspaper.

In a BBC interview broadcast Sunday, Cameron said that he and his pro-European Liberal Democrat partners did share some common ground over Europe.

"We do not agree about every aspect of European policy by any manner of means, but ... they are interested in some rebalancing," he said.

Clegg said his priorities were to avoid changing EU treaties if possible, to forge alliances with economically liberal states within as well as outside the euro zone and to free up trade in services within the EU.

"Being shoved to the margins, or retreating there voluntarily, would be economic suicide," he said.

"It would also leave us alone in the world at a time of great uncertainty. Eurosceptics tend to gaze longingly across the Atlantic, but the Americans are interested in us, in large part, because of our sway with our neighbours," he added.

(Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Tim Pearce)

Australian court ends Qantas strike -

Canberra:  An Australian court early on Monday ended the strikes and employee lockout that had abruptly grounded Qantas Airways and stranded tens of thousands of passengers worldwide, and the airline said it could fly again by afternoon if regulators approve.

"We will be getting our aircraft back up in the air as soon as we possibly can," CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement. Regulatory approval was required, and the airline said the flight schedule would be limited.

The arbitration court heard more than 14 hours of testimony from the airline, the Australian government and unions after the government called the emergency hearing. Workers have held rolling strikes and refused overtime work for weeks out of worry that some of Qantas' 35,000 jobs would be moved overseas in a restructuring plan.

The unions wanted a temporary suspension of the employee lockout, but the airline said the strikes had been too devastating and it needed certainty to continue operating.

Tribunal President Geoffrey Giudice said the panel decided a temporary suspension would still risk Qantas' grounding its fleet in the future and would not protect the tourism and aviation industry from damage.

Qantas is the largest of Australia's four national domestic airlines, and the grounding affected 108 planes in 22 countries.

About 70,000 passengers fly Qantas daily, and would-be fliers this weekend were stuck at home, hotels, airports or even had to suddenly deplane when Qantas suspended operations. More than 60 flights were in the air at the time but flew to their destinations, and Qantas was paying for passengers to book other flights.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said before the panel ruled that the airline could be flying again within hours of a decision. He had estimated the grounding would cost the carrier $20 million a day.

German tourist Michael Messmann was trying to find a way home from Singapore on Sunday. He and his wife spent five weeks traveling around Australia but found their connecting flight home to Frankfurt suddenly canceled.

"I don't know the details of the dispute, but it seems like a severe reaction by the airline to shut down all their flights. That seems a bit extreme," said Messmann, 68. "After five weeks of traveling, we just want to go home."

Australian business traveler Graeme Yeatman sided with the airline, even though he was also trying to find a new flight home to Sydney on Sunday after his flight was canceled.

"I think the unions have too much power over Qantas. Even though this is an inconvenience for me, I'm glad the airline is drawing a line in the sand," said Yeatman, 41.

The airline infuriated unions in August when it said it would improve its loss-making overseas business by creating an Asia-based airline with its own name and brand. The five-year restructure plan will cost 1,000 jobs.

Qantas said in August it had more than doubled annual profit to AU$250 million but warned that the business environment was too challenging to forecast earnings for the current fiscal year.

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Clocks going back explained: Why it could be for the last time today -

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The clocks have gone back for what could be the last time - but only if the Scots agree.

British Summer Time ended at 2am, but if a new Daylight Saving Bill which has received ministerial backing goes ahead it could bring the UK into line with Central European Time (CET) for a trial period of three years.

The bill, tabled by Rebecca Harris, Conservative MP for Castle Point in Essex, calls for a review of the potential costs and benefits of a move to CET and would need further legislation before any trial was launched.

Any "clear opposition" from devolved authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would see the plans dropped.

Moving to CET would mean lighter winter evenings, which supporters claim would cut road deaths, boost tourism and reduce energy use.

But any change is likely to face opposition from many in Scotland who do not relish the prospect of an extra hour of darkness in the morning.

Individuals, organisations and businesses have been debating the effects of bringing the clocks back.

Speaking during a visit to Australia, Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "interested" in the issue, but believes it can only be changed if all parts of the UK agree.

He said: "Discussions are under way across Whitehall and with the devolved authorities but that's the key - you can only do this if there is real national consensus and pressure between all the nations of our United Kingdom."

SNP MP Angus MacNeil dismissed the plans to stop the clocks from going back, arguing the move would hit everyone living north of Manchester.

He said: "It is no secret that Tories in the south want to leave Scotland in darkness, but fixing the clocks to British Summer Time would mean that dawn wouldn't break in Scotland until nearly 9am.

"That would have massive implications for the safety and wellbeing of everyone living north of Manchester."

According to the Rainbow Trust children's charity, three in five Britons will use the extra hour they gain this weekend to sleep, with just 1% of people stating they would do something for charity with it.

The RAC said that when the clocks go back this weekend it expects a 20% increase in flat battery call-outs due to vehicle lights being left on.

Kevin Andrews, RAC Patrol ambassador of the year, said: "We always see an increase in these types of incidents from now on as the days get shorter and the weather gets worse.

"We rely on our headlights a lot more in the dark winter months. But don't forget to turn them off."

And animals' behaviour will change for the worse when the clocks go back, according to new research by The Co-operative Pet Insurance.

Lee Mooney, head of pet insurance at The Co-operative, said: "The research shows that pets, like humans, are affected by changes of the seasons and that the turning back of the clocks to represent British Winter Time can exacerbate this."

Debating the effects of turning the clocks back has been a British pastime since at least 1908, when the first Daylight Saving Bill was brought before the House of Commons.

During the Second World War the Government moved the clocks forward one hour to help munitions factories maximise productivity and allow people to get home safely before the blackout.

Between 1968 and 1971 the Government carried out the same experiment but was forced to end it after complaints in Scotland and northern England.