Briefs, Thursday, February 14, 2013

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 4:02am

Row over photos of pregnant duchess

LONDON - An Italian magazine that published topless photos of Prince William's wife last year is reportedly printing new pictures of the pregnant duchess on a beach holiday in the Caribbean. St James' Palace expressed disappointment that the pictures may be published by Chi. Australia's Woman's Day magazine also has said it would publish the pictures in its next edition, on Monday. AP, AFP

Egyptian bank chief's car stolen after attack

CAIRO - Masked gunmen opened fire on the car of Egypt's central bank governor, killing his bodyguard and stealing the vehicle. The bank chief was not in the car at the time of the attack on a highway in Giza, 20 kilometres southwest of Cairo. Assailants in two four-wheel-drive vehicles intercepted the car and a second sedan carrying a bodyguard as they were on their way to pick Hesham Ramez up at his home. AP

Six held in new phone hacking investigation

LONDON - British police arrested six current or former journalists in a new inquiry into alleged phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch's now-closed News of the World tabloid. British media said that two of those arrested worked for Murdoch daily The Sun. Scotland Yard said it was looking into a suspected conspiracy that took place between 2005 and 2006. AFP

Alleged victims sue Savile estate and BBC

LONDON - Lawyers for 31 alleged victims of sex abuse by late television presenter Jimmy Savile have launched legal action against the star's estate and the BBC. Solicitor Alan Collins confirmed that a writ has been issued at the High Court in London in relation to alleged abuse by the BBC entertainer, who died in 2011 aged 84. AFP

Banana Joe is top dog at New York show

NEW YORK - A tiny black affenpinscher called Banana Joe became top dog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. His handler, Ernesto Lara, said the champion would now rest on his laurels back home in the Netherlands. AFP

Zimbabwe to hold March referendum

HARARE - Zimbabwe's prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai announced that the country will hold a constitutional referendum on March 16, followed by elections in July. The timetable will decide the fate of veteran President Robert Mugabe. AFP