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Queen’s Horse: Tests positive for morphine
Buckingham Palace announced on Monday that the Queen’s racehorse, that won the Ascot Gold Cup last year, has tested positive for morphine. This is one of the five horses that is understood to have recorded a positive test for the banned substance. But the palace announced the morphine had come by the consumption of a contaminated feed product. John Warren, the Queen's bloodstock and racing adviser, said, "Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product. There will be no further comment until the BHA announces it’s considered findings. Her Majesty has been informed of the situation." PR
Indian Rape Case: School Chairman arrested
Within the continuous incidents of rape claims in India, police have arrested a Bangalore school chairman, Mr Rustom Kerawala, after a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped. He was taken to police custody. The incident took place on 2 July but her parents noticed it few days later when she complained of stomach ache and was taken to hospital. Bangalore police commissioner MN Reddi told a press conference on Wednesday morning that Rustom Kerawala, chairman of Vibgyor High School was arrested under various sections of Indian Penal Code. Previously, he apologised to the angry parents offering his full co-operation with the police investigation. Scrutiny of sexual violence has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a Delhi bus. PR
Toronto Film Festival 2014: British films receive world premieres
The 39th Toronto Film Festival, running September 4-14, will close with the world premiere of Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos which sees Kate Winslet play a landscaper invited to design one of the fountains at the Palace of Versailles. The Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as the celebrated physicist, has also been given a gala premiere. Oxford University-set thriller The Riot Club, a big screen adaptation of the hit play Posh, will also debut at the event. Rickman also stars as King Louis XIV, with support from The Devil Wears Prada actor Stanley Tucci. The movies were the first of a host of titles announced by festival organisers on Tuesday, which include 13 galas and 46 special presentations. Major British films are to receive their world premieres at this year.RK
UK: Still exporting arms to Russia
Britain is exporting millions of pounds worth of arms to Russia despite fears Moscow is arming the separatist rebels in Ukraine who are suspected of shooting down a Malaysia Airways plane. More than 200 licences to sell British weapons to Russia, including missile-launching equipment, are still in place despite David Cameron's claim. In the Commons on Monday Cameron told MPs: "Future military sales from any country in Europe should not be going ahead. We have already stopped them from Britain." Sir John Stanley, former Conservative defence secretary and chairman of the Commons arms control committees, said there was evidence that appeared to directly contradict the prime minister's claim that he had already stopped all arms exports to Russia. He told that the prime minister's statement appeared to be a "major policy change’’.RK
AIDS: Decriminalise Sex Work
To control the AIDs pandemic sex work must be decriminalised, a group of scientists have suggested in a series of seven research papers in the Lancet medical journal presented at the International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia. It would be the preventative measure with the biggest impact, they say. Across all settings, it would reduce HIV infections by 33% to 46% over the next decade. Sex workers, whether female, male or transgender, are subject to repression, violence and abuse even at the hands of those who are supposed to uphold the law. Studies in Canada, India and Kenya contain testimony from sex workers that fear the police and other authorities, as well as the abuse itself, prevents sex workers protecting themselves from HIV infection. JM
AUCTION: Create Your Own Romance Scene!
Amazing news for hopeless and wealthy romantic couples! Now they can recreate the filmy romance scene for themselves. The One of the most famous pianos in film from Rick's Cafe in the classic romance Casablanca will go for Auction at Bonhams this November. The Rick's piano is still very much playable, having been used in a concert of Max Steiner's music for Casablanca at the Hollywood Bowl in 2006. The piano is expected to sell for a seven-figure sum in New York in November, after another piano from the film, used in flashback scenes in Paris, was sold for $602,500 in 2012. Catherine Williamson of Bonhams has called it "one of the most significant film memorabilia collections still in private hands". JM
Typhoon Rammasun: Monster storm buffers China and Vietnam
The strongest typhoon in 41 years, Rammasun, killed at least 11 people when it hit northern Vietnam and earlier battered southern China, killing 33 people and destroying tens of thousands of homes. It was the strongest storm to strike the south in four decades. Rammasun caused a land slip in Vietnam over the weekend, triggering heavy floods, destroying homes and crops and blocking roads with landslides. Authorities in southern China ordered the highest level of alert and suspended hundreds of buses, trains and flights across the region. The typhoon wreaked havoc in the northern Philippines last week, leaving 94 people dead. RK
FGM: David Cameron pledges tougher law
Parents will face prosecution if they fail to stop their daughters undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) under new measures being announced, as the prime minister David Cameron hosts a Girl Summit with Unicef aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end FGM and child marriage. Cameron is planning on unveiling a £1.4m prevention programme aimed at ending the practice at a global summit in London. A new study reveals more than 137,000 women in England and Wales are living with the consequences of FGM. The summit will be attended by international politicians, campaigners including the Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, and women who have undergone FGM. Female genital mutilation has been illegal in the UK since 1985.RK
JK Rowling: Crime thriller series will run longer
JK Rowlingplans to pen many more crime thrillers to create a series that will run for even longer than her seven hugely successful Harry Potter books. The first book in the series, The Cuckoo's Calling, was published in 2013. The second novel under Galbraith's name was published in June, and she said she was half-way through writing the third. The multi-millionaire author said she hoped to write more than seven books about the detective. "It's pretty open ended. I really love writing, so I don't know that I've got an end point in mind. RK
Spain: Police arrest Colombian drug lord
Spanish police have arrested one of Colombia's most wanted drug cartel Hernan Alonso Villa, known as "el Raton" (The Mouse). He is suspected of being head of a gang of 200 people linked to international drug trafficking and extortion. Police said, the suspectwas carrying 40,000 euros ($54,000; £31,600) in cash when he was arrested. Spain is one of the main entry points for illegal narcotics into Europe and Colombia is one of the world's biggest sources of cocaine. According to the interior ministry, in 2013 Spanish customs and police seized 26.5 tonnes of cocaine, 27% of that in the entire EU and 27% more than the preceding year, indicating that the volume of trade is continuing to increase.RK
HIV Virus: Early Drug Failure to Prevent
It was thought that early detection and treatment of the HIV could eradicate the virus when recently a baby was thought to have been cured hours after birth, however, the virus re-emerged years later. Research shows that untouchable "viral reservoirs" form even before HIV can be detected in the blood. Reservoirs of HIV in the gut and brain tissue are the massive obstacle in the way of a cure. If the drugs stop, the virus will emerge from its reservoirs. Dan Barouch, professor of medicine at HMS said about the research on monkey body, "We found that the reservoir was established in tissues during the first few days of infection, before the virus was even detected in the blood."PR
MH17: Bodies Piled onto Train
US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to take responsibility for the actions of the rebels, saying their handling of the dead had been "grotesque". Mr Kerry added that it was likely that all 298 people died when it was reportedly hit by a missile and accused Russia of providing the rebels with an anti-aircraft. More shocking news is that 196 people were loaded on to refrigerated rail wagons in Torez, eastern Ukraine with a second one has arrived to collect more bodies. Alexander Hug, the deputy chief of the OSCE mission said, "We have not been able to count them as that would be too difficult in this situation as we were circled by rebels with guns.’’PR
GAZA: Obama Calls for Ceasefire after the Bloodiest Fighting
The Israel-Palestine conflict has observed the bloodiest day of killing as numbers reached 476 Palestinians deaths on Sunday (20/07). Thirteen Israeli soldiers were also killed on the same day. Overnight, Israeli strikes hit Gaza City, and the south and centre of the coastal enclave, home to 1.8 million people. The UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA has opened 61 of its schools to shelter more than 81,000 people who have fled so far.US President Barack Obama has called for an "immediate ceasefire" between Israel and Hamas, after the bloodiest day of fighting. In a statement on Sunday evening, state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US and its international partners were "deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life."JM
CHOREOGRAPHY: Atlanta Eke Wins Australia's First National Prize
Australia's first national prize for dance, the Keir Choreographic award, has been awarded to Melbourne artist Atlanta Eke for her piece Body of Work. Eke said, “I feel really privileged to have been able to contribute to the number of works that were commissioned through the Keir awards because they were quite unique and all super diverse, so it’s really hard to think one’s better than the other.” From more than 70 submissions, eight commissioned artists were selected to showcase their 20-minute work and among the four remaining finalists Eke won the $30,000 first prize. This year’s judging panel alongside founder Keir included Becky Hilton, Melbourne festival creative director Josephine Ridge, curator Matthew Lyons from New York and Danish choreographer Marten Spangberg. JM
Egypt: Troops killed at check point
Gunmen have killed at least 21 soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint in western Egypt. Security officials said the assailants were smugglers. They used grenade launchers and heavy machine guns when they attacked the desert post some 390 miles (630km) west of Cairo. It is not yet clear who carried out the assault. Militants have intensified a campaign against the security forces since the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was ousted from power just over a year ago. The attack took place on the Farafra-Cairo highway in Wadi al-Jadid governorate. RK
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