Briefs, October 20, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 3:58am

UK boat race activists jailed for 6 months

LONDON - The Australian activist who halted Britain's university Boat Race by jumping into the River Thames and swimming between the boats was jailed for six months. Trenton Oldfield, 36, was given a prison sentence at Isleworth Crown Court in west London after being convicted of causing a public nuisance. AFP


Chinese worker shot dead in Maiduguri

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -A Chinese construction worker has been shot dead in a besieged city in Nigeria's northeast, an official said on Friday, exacerbating security concerns for foreign workers in Nigeria's violence-wracked northeast. The attack occurred at a road construction site in the city of Maiduguri, said a Borno State spokesman. AP


Fort Hood-accused must shave for court

WASHINGTON - A panel of US Army judges ruled that a soldier accused of the Fort Hood massacre must appear in court clean-shaven. Major Nidal Hasan had argued that he had a right to keep his beard as an expression of his Islamic faith, but the US Army Criminal Court of Appeals sided with the judge overseeing his court martial. AFP


British soldiers' kin may sue government

LONDON - A British court ruled that the families of several soldiers killed in Iraq can sue the government for negligence. The families accuse the government of failing to provide armoured vehicles or equipment that could have saved lives. The High Court backed the families last year but the Defence Ministry appealed. AP


Al-Qaeda raid kills 14 at Yemeni army base

ADEN - Al-Qaeda militants set off an explosives-laden car inside an army base in southern Yemen, killing at least 14 soldiers. The militants drove through several checkpoints before entering the base in Abyan province, where a drone killed at least seven al-Qaeda members the day before. AFP


Brush with elephant leaves keeper critical

SYDNEY - A woman keeper at Sydney's Taronga Zoo was fighting for her life after being crushed against a fence post by an elephant, Mr Shuffles, an animal she had cared for all its life. AFP


Removal of Downton gay scene sparks row

ATHENS - A row has erupted in Greece's state broadcaster ERT over a decision to cut a scene showing two men kissing from a broadcast of British period drama Downton Abbey. The managing director criticised the move as censorship. AFP