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Briefs, September 21, 2012

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 September, 2012, 4:31am


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Soldier unaware she's pregnant gives birth

LONDON - A British soldier serving on the front line in Afghanistan has given birth at the Nato base where she is posted. The woman, who gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, did not know she was pregnant, British media reports said. According to Britain's Daily Mail the woman, reportedly to be from Fiji, only discovered she was pregnant when she went to medics complaining of severe stomach pains and was told she was about to give birth. The baby was born five weeks premature, it said. AFP


Karzai fires governor friendly to West

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai reshuffled top leadership in one quarter of the country's 38 provinces yesterday, firing American-backed governor and other local leaders. Among those fired is governor Gulab Mangal, who had ran the volatile southern province of Helmand during the height of the Taliban insurgency. Mangal was respected by both British and American officials. AP


Danish magazine runs pictures of Kate topless

COPENHAGEN - A Danish magazine became the latest to run pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine topless, despite moves by furious British royals to stop the spread of the photos. Grainy pictures of the former Kate Middleton taking off and putting on her bikini bottoms were featured in a special supplement of SE og Hoer. AFP


Australia's Aborigine plan put on hold

SYDNEY - Australia has shelved a plan to hold a referendum on formally recognising the country's Aborigines in the constitution, saying there was not enough public support for the move. Prime Minister Julia Gillard described the vote as a "once in 50-year opportunity" when she first unveiled plans for the referendum in 2010. But Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said the plan had been shelved for two or three years, with the government instead set to pass a special "Act of Recognition". AFP


Serbian court clears US embassy fire suspect

BELGRADE - A Serbian court acquitted the prime suspect in setting fire to the United States embassy in Belgrade in 2008 but sentenced him to a year in prison for stealing property from the building. A Belgrade high court judge said there was no evidence the 24-year-old Milan Zivanovic took part in the burning of the embassy when Serb rioters stormed the building on February 21, 2008, in anger over Washington's support for the statehood of Kosovo. But the judge said Zivanovic helped to steal clothing that belonged to an embassy employee. AP


Police kill two more at South African mine

RUSTENBURG - South African police killed two more people in a crackdown on striking miners yesterday, the victims being a ruling party municipal councillor who died of injuries from a rubber bullet and a miner who was run over by an armoured car. Police threatened to take further action against illegally protesting strikers at Anglo American Platinum, the world's biggest producer of the metal. Wildcat strikes continued at other collieries as miners resumed shifts at the Lonmin platinum colliery, where police killed 34 on August 16. AP


No bodies found at suspected mass grave

NAIROBI - Kenyan police found no bodies during the excavation of a suspected mass grave in the troubled Tana River region, where recent ethnic clashes have left more than 100 dead. "No bodies have been found there," regional police chief Aggrey Adoli said, after a team of pathologists and grave diggers dug up the remote site that was discovered on Monday, adding that only part of one rotten human limb was found. There was no clear explanation for why police had thought the site contained several bodies. AFP


Burglar makes off with US$10m in luxury items

SANTA MONICA - Somewhere, a burglar is living in luxury after the score of a lifetime. A holidaymaker returned to his home in California to find a thief had made off with more than a dozen works of art by the likes of Piet Mondrian and Jasper Johns, five luxury watches made by brands such as Patek and Breitling, wine, cash and a Porsche Carrera. Police said on Wednesday that the haul was worth more than US$10 million in total. Police are offering a US$1,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest. AP