4 Wednesday, 15 July 2009 London Lite Unemployment hits 2.4m in record surgeBY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN World at a glance Iranianplanecompletely destroyedascrashkills168 Tragic find: ID cards found in wreckage ChinatriestobanUighurfilminOz THE Chinese government has demanded that a documentary about Rebiya Kadeer, the exiled head of the World Uighur Congress blamed by Beijing for ethnic riots in Xinjiang that left 184 people dead, is dropped from the Melbourne International Film Festival. Festival director Richard Moore said he had been called by the Chinese consulate, adding: No one reacts well to strident approaches. Big scale: Jessica Wanstall, 11, from Kent with the 200lb catfish she hooked in Spain, netting a European record for biggest freshwater catch by a child. MoscowsmockMarsmissionends SIX men have emerged from a 105- day stay in a Soviet- era mock spacecraft testing the stresses space travellers may one day face on the journey to Mars. Sergei Ryazansky and his crew were paid 13,000 each to be sealed up in the mock capsule near Moscow on 31 March. Their only contact with the outside world was with the controllers. Mr Ryazansky said: The most difficult part was that the flight was not for real. Redfordmarriesagain ROBERT REDFORD has married Sibylle Szaggars, his German partner of 12 years. The actor, 71, and the 51-year-old abstract artist wed at the Louis C Jacob Hotel in Hamburg in front of about 30 friends and family members. The couple live at Redfords ranch in Utah and at his nearby mountain resort of Sundance. Redford divorced his first wife Lola Van Wagenen in 1985. Twitterfloodedinbidtobeatrains TWITTER is the unlikely saviour of those trying to avoid a soaking as monsoons flood Mumbai. Downpours since Monday have stranded drivers and forced pedestrians to wade knee-deep in the Indian city. But commuters are using the micro-blogging website to avoid the worst-affected areas. I knew I could run into waterlogging and avoided it thanks to hundreds of tweets, said Satish Nair, 27, a fashion designer. UNEMPLOYMENT has soared to almost 2.4 million after a record number of people joined the grow- ing ranks of the jobless, new figures showed today. The number rose by 281,000 in the three months to May, the biggest quarterly increase on record, taking the total to 2.38 million, the highest since 1995. The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance increased by 23,800 in June to 1.56 million, the worst total since Labour came to power in 1997. The so-called claim- ant count has now increased for 16 months in a row and is over 700,000 higher than a year ago. Youth unemployment has jumped to a 16-year high of 726,000 after a quarterly rise of 95,000, while the number of people out of work for longer than a year rose by 46,000 to 528,000, the highest for 11 years. Meanwhile the number of people in work fell by 269,000 in the latest quarter to 29 million after a record fall of 0.9 per cent. More than 300,000 were made redundant in the three months to May, while vacan- cies fell to a record low of 429,000 in June. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: Todays figures are horrendous. The people who have lost their jobs this month, and who fear they will in months to come, are not talking of recovery or green shoots. With a new generation of school and college leavers soon starting to look for work, our unem- ployment crisis will get bigger. Wed: Redford and Szaggars Picture of the day AN IRANIAN passenger jet crashed this morning in the north- west of the country, killing all 168 people on board. Footage from the scene showed a deep trench in a field littered with smoking wreckage and a large chunk of a wing. The Russian-made Caspian Airlines jet was headed to the Armenian capital Yerevan when it crashed 16 minutes after taking off from Tehran. Hossein Bahzadpour, the director of emergency services in Qazvin, 75 miles from Tehran, said the plane was completely destroyed and the wreckage was in flames. It is highly likely that all the passengers on the flight were killed, he said. There were 15 crew members and 153 passengers on board, whom a Caspian Airlines representative said were mostly Armenian and Georgian. Iran has a history of air accidents with major civil disasters in 2006 and 2002. 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.html