12 Friday, 26 June 2009 London Lite World at a glance 167m Thai drugs burn-up marksUNanti-narcoticsday POLICE in Thailand have destroyed more than six tonnes of confiscated illegal drugs to mark an international anti-drugs day. Narcotics officials burned the drugs, worth 167m, in a high-powered oven as part of the UNs International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking. According to the countrys Public Health Ministry, the drugs included 2,980kgs of marijuana, 228kgs of heroine and 9kgs of cocaine plus bags containing raw opium, ecstasy and codeine. The batch also contained 2,737kgs of Yaba tablets containing a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine. The drugs were burned in a thermo-reactor chamber of industrial waste incinerators. The anti-drugs day was first staged in 1987 in a UN bid to get international societies free of drug abuse. Up in smoke: confiscated drugs MousaviaidebarredfromUKvisit IrANs state TV said that an aide to opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi has been prevented from leaving Iran for Britain. He is Abolfazl Fateh, a doctoral student in Britain, who is head of Mr Mousavis information committee. In the two weeks of unrest since the presidential election, which Mr Mousavi says he, not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, won, at least 11 Mousavi campaign workers and 25 staff members have been detained. Picture of the day Two die crushed bymovinghouse TWO New Zealand workmen were killed and two seriously hurt today when a house being moved to a new location collapsed. The men were crushed when an excavator flipped into the wooden house in Auckland, toppling it off its temporary supports. A neighbour said: I heard screams, ladders falling and wood cracking. Most of the building slid down the bank. A police dog has been sent in to confirm no one else was trapped. BodiesofIraqhostagesflownhome THE bodies of Iraq hostages Jason swindlehurst, 38, and Jason Creswell, 39, were flown home to Britain from Baghdad today. Their relatives were present when the flight arrived at rAF Lyneham. The bodies of the security guards were handed over to British authorities last weekend. They were kidnapped two years ago. Three other British hostages remain missing. Presidentsdownfallwasinthestars srI LANkAN police say they have arrested a popular astrologer for publicly predicting President Mahinda rajapaksas removal from office. Police spokesman ranjith Gunasekera confirmed on Friday that Chandrasiri Bandara was arrested so police could investigate the source of his recent prediction. 6,500swineflucalls swamp NHS hotlineA surge of swine flu cases has left the NHs swamped with calls -- caus- ing struggling bosses to adopt an outbreak management policy, it emerged today. Cases in London and the West Midlands will now be diagnosed clinically rather than being con- firmed by laboratory results in an effort to contain the spread. Now swabbing will take place only in a small number of cases to keep track of the strength of the virus. Doctors will also use the drug Tamif lu more selectively. On Monday and Tuesday this week NHs Direct received more than 6,500 calls from people worried that they had the virus. Callers hear a recorded message saying that the service is dealing only with emergency cases. A spokeswoman said people should check swine flu symptoms online -- at www.nhs.uk -- before calling, adding that anyone with non-urgent calls faced a longer wait. They could also call the swine flu information line on 0800 1 513 513. Only as a last resort should people go to their gPs or NHs Direct. Chief Medical Officer sir Liam Donaldson said there could be tens of thousands of cases each week by the autumn as the virus is more likely to thrive in colder months. so far, 3,597 cases have been con- firmed in the uK, but the true figure is thought to be higher. By georgina littlejohn Panda-ing to the crowd: Elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand were painted to look like pandas after the birth of a cub at the Chiang Mai zoo near Bangkok, after years of effort by zookeepers to get its parents to mate. The stunt is sure to incense animal rights groups. Died: Swindlehurst I AM... SASHA FIERCE OUT NOW IN ASSOCIATION WITH WWW.BEYONCE.COM WWW.BEYONCEONLINE.COM MONDAY 16TH NOVEMBER EXTRA DATE ADDED DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND SATURDAY 14TH NOVEMBER LONDON THE 02 ARENA 0844 856 0202 WWW.AEGLIVE.CO.UK | TICKETMASTER 08444 775 775 SEE TICKETS 0871 230 1097 | TICKETLINE 0870 444 5556 SOLD OUT index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html