No criminal charges in ball boy case
CHELSEA forward Eden Hazard will not face criminal charges for apparently kicking a ball boy during his side’s Capital One Cup semi-final against Swansea last night, police have said.
South Wales Police said they have spoken to the 17-year-old boy – who did not sustain injuries – and his father and no complaint has been made.
The youth was seen to be kicked by the Belgian player after refusing to give him back the ball.
Army officer on torture charges
A NEPALESE army officer is due to appear at the Old Bailey today charged with two counts of torture.
Colonel Kumar Lama, 46, of St Peters Road, Hastings, is accused of inflicting severe pain or suffering when he was acting in an official capacity.
The offences are said to have taken place in 2005 at the Gorusinghe Army Barracks, Kapilvastu, Nepal.
North Korea preparing nuclear test
NORTH Korea is warning that it is prepared to conduct a nuclear test and carry out more long-range rocket launches.
In a statement carried by state media, the National Defence Commission in Pyongyang threatened to wage a “full-fledged confrontation” against the US for what it calls continued hostility.
The declaration follows the UN Security Council’s condemnation of North Korea on Tuesday and expanded sanctions against the regime for launching a rocket in December.
Assange hits out at Wikileaks film
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has hit out at a Hollywood film about his organisation as a “massive propaganda attack” against the whistle-blowing website.
Delivering a speech to the Oxford Union from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London last night, he revealed he had acquired a script of the film, which stars British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
Holding the script, he said the film, being released in the US in November, was also an attack on Iran.
Tower blocks ‘should be bulldozed’
HIGH-RISE housing blocks should be bulldozed and replaced with terraced homes to help tackle social problems and remove “no-go” areas, a think-tank report has argued.
About 140,000 households with children live on the second floor or above in England, despite evidence that multi-storey flats attract higher crime rates and social breakdown, the paper published by the centre-right Policy Exchange said.
It claimed that terraced streets and low-rise flats could achieve the same density of housing as high-rises and that 260,000 new homes could be built in London in seven years by demolishing tower blocks in the capital.