Picture of the day World at a glance Iran frees five British embassy detainees IRAN has released five of the nine British embassy staff arrested in Tehran, but diplomatic relations between the two countries show no signs of improving. Iran state media said five had been freed, and the Foreign Office today confirmed that several of the held staff had been released. They were arrested for their considerable role in unrest which followed the contested elections on 12 June. The decision to release the employees was made after a phone call between Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Irans foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki last night, according to Iranian reports. Speaking at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Corfu, Mr Miliband said: This is harassment and intimidation of a kind which is quite unacceptable. These are hard-working diplomatic staff. The idea that the British Embassy is somehow behind the demonstrations and protests that have been taking place in Tehran in recent weeks is wholly without foundation. The EU demanded Iran abide by international rules protecting local employees, and release all those arrested. The foreign ministers said they wanted to make it clear to the Iranian authorities that harassment or intimidation of foreign or Iranian staff working in embassies will be met with a strong and collective EU response. Tehran has accused London of interfering in its internal affairs. ShotsfiredinHondurasstreetclashesaspresidenttoppled LATIN American leaders were meeting today to respond to the crisis in Honduras after reports shots were fired by the military at supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya in the capital Tegucigalpa. Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez heads the meeting in Nicaragua today and threatens armed intervention to reinstate his Left-wing ally, ousted after trying to stay in office beyond a fixed four- year term. Roberto Micheletti is interim president, pending elections in November. President Barack Obama and the European Union have backed Mr Zelaya, who is now in Costa Rica. Monday, 29 June 2009 London Lite Vowstogiveup A BEAR with a sweet tooth broke into a California home and ate a box of chocolates from the fridge. A couple found the bear in their kitchen in San Bernardino county and it fled before police arrived. BERNARD MADOFF will be sentenced today for swindling investors out of billions. The American financier, 71, ran a Ponzi scheme that repaid investors with new deposits. He is expected to be given life. Thisbearisapig!Madoffsentence Phone talks: Miliband Monster of rock: this is the huge rotating claw under which U2 will play their 360 world tour. Fans of Bono, left, caught a glimpse of the imposing set at rehearsals in the Barcelona Nou Camp stadium, where the tour opens tomorrow. A CHARITY in Saudi Arabia is offering to pay the costs of a mans wedding if he gives up smoking. Hundreds have expressed interest. The men will enter a draw of grooms who quit before 6 August. 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.html