Briefs, November 25, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 4:01am

Foster children 'taken from UKIP couple'

LONDON - A British local authority has removed three non-white children from their foster parents because the couple are members of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party, it was reported. The couple in Yorkshire, northern England, said they had been fostering children for seven years but had been told by social workers they were not suitable because of UKIP's calls for curbs on immigration. The woman, a nursery nurse, told The Daily Telegraph they had had the baby girl, boy and older girl for eight weeks when two officials raised the issue. AFP


Physicist accused of spying released early

MOSCOW - Russia released a physicist who was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of spying for China despite his insistence that the information involved had long ago been declassified. Valentin Danilov was released from a prison in Siberia with more than three years of his original sentence remaining, Russian news agencies said. Danilov was first arrested in 2001 and sentenced in 2004 to 14 years in prison for spying for China and embezzling money from a state university to assist his work. AFP


FBI 'most wanted' caught in Mexico

LOS ANGELES - Mexican federal police have captured suspected murderer, rapist and drug-gang member Joe Luis Saenz, one of the 10 most wanted fugitives on the US FBI's list. Saenz, a US citizen, was arrested in Guadalajara after investigation by the federal police in conjunction with the FBI. Saenz was flown to Los Angeles on Friday under FBI escort. Reuters


New York City ends petrol rationing

NEW YORK - New York City is no longer rationing petrol, nearly four weeks after superstorm Sandy led to a regional fuel shortage, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. The odd-even system based on licence-plate numbers was launched on November 9 to help cope with fuel shortages and long queues at petrol stations after the storm disrupted supplies. Reuters


Gas explosion rocks US city, no one killed

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts - A natural-gas explosion in one of New England's biggest cities levelled a strip club and heavily damaged a dozen other buildings but did not kill anyone, authorities said. Firefighters, police officers and gas-company workers in the area investigating an earlier gas-leak report were among the 18 people injured in the blast. The leak report caused the strip club to be evacuated before the blast occurred. AP