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Briefs, December 31, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 December, 2012, 12:00am
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Brahimi touts plan for peace in Syria

CAIRO - International peace envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said yesterday he had a proposal to end the 21-month conflict there. The UN and Arab League envoy said: "I have discussed this plan with Russia and Syria … I think this proposal could be adopted by the international community." AFP

 

George H.W. Bush out of intensive care

HOUSTON - Former President George H.W. Bush's condition improved enough for him to be moved out of the intensive care unit at the hospital in Houston, Texas, where he was admitted last month for respiratory problems. Bush, 88, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, entered hospital on November 23 with bronchitis. Reuters

 

Police in 'death by torture' case jailed

DUBAI - A Bahrain court jailed two policemen for seven years each after convicting them of torturing to death a Shiite detainee in the wake of last year's crackdown on protests. The Gulf kingdom's high criminal court found the two national security members guilty of torturing Abdul Karim Fakhrawi to death while in detention. AFP

 

Thatcher recovering after leaving hospital

LONDON - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has left the hospital after an operation to remove a bladder growth. The 87-year-old former Conservative leader was admitted to the hospital last week to have the operation. The BBC and Sky News said Thatcher was doing well and left the hospital on Saturday to "convalesce privately". AP

 

23,000 British police have second jobs

LONDON - More than 23,000 British police officers and staff earn a second income from non-police work, a rise of nearly 20 per cent in a year, it was reported yesterday. Second job titles include vicar, pole-dancing teacher, pallbearer, ski instructor, ice cream salesman and medium, The Mail on Sunday said. Figures released by London's Metropolitan Police showed that the force included 104 part-time photographers, 60 entertainers - including magicians - and 23 hair and beauty therapists. AFP

 

Mandela 'doing great' at home with family

JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela is "doing great" and is enjoying time at home with his family after being discharged from hospital, his daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini said. Mandela left hospital on Wednesday after nearly three weeks of treatment for a lung infection and surgery to have gallstones removed. The 94-year-old is now convalescing at his Johannesburg home. AFP

 

'Saddam Hussein' list of candidates barred

AMMAN - Jordan's electoral commission has refused to register an independent list of candidates calling itself "Saddam Hussein" after the executed Iraqi dictator. "We have filed an appeal against the electoral commission's rejection of our Saddam Hussein list," the group's leader Faiz Ziyadneh said yesterday. The commission gave its approval on Thursday to all would-be candidates for a general election called for January 23, except the Saddam Hussein list, "because it is the name of an individual," the state Petra news agency reported. AFP

 

American plane stuck in Iran for three weeks

DUBAI - A small US commercial plane has been stuck in Iran for nearly three weeks after making an emergency landing near the city of Ahvaz, the country's airports director said yesterday. The plane was forced to land because of technical problems. "After landing, the crew travelled on to countries around the Persian Gulf and the plane is currently being repaired," said Mahmoud Rasoulinejad. Reuters

 

Ex-foreign minister charged with fraud

JERUSALEM - Israel's former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has been formally indicted on charges of breach of trust and fraud. Lieberman resigned this month after he was informed of the pending charges. He is accused of advancing a former ambassador who relayed information to the him about a criminal probe into his business dealings. AP

 

Blaze rages through Port-au-Prince market

PORT-AU-PRINCE - A massive fire in Haiti's capital ravaged a portion of a popular market where hundreds of vendors sold their wares. Dozens of stalls at the Port Market in Port-au-Prince were burned to the ground. There were no reports of deaths or injuries. AP

 

Charlie Sheen opens club in Mexican resort

LOS CABOS, Mexico - Actor Charlie Sheen, who has a long history of hard partying and scandal, has opened his own nightspot in Mexico. The former Two and a Half Men star hosted a dinner at The Goose, in the resort area of Los Cabos on Friday. AFP

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