Friday, 31 July 2009 London Lite World at a glance Iraqiofficialshelpedkidnap ofBritonstocoveruptheft IRAQI government officials colluded in the abduction of five Britons to conceal the theft of billions of dollars in state funds, it has been alleged. The only hostage believed to be alive, IT consultant Peter Moore, is understood to have been working on exposing corruption in the Iraqi government. Mr Moore and his four bodyguards were seized by about 40 armed men wearing police uniforms at the finance ministry in Baghdad on 29 May 2007. Relatives of security guards Alan McMenemy and Alec MacLachlan were told by the Foreign Office last week that the pair were very likely to have died. Last month the bodies of Jason Swindlehurst and Jason Creswell were given to the British Embassy. A former senior Iraqi intelligence officer and government minister, who have been negotiating with Mr Moores kidnappers, claimed the group had help. This operation was on a state level, not al Qaeda, one source said. Missing: Peter Moore Searchforcrewascargoshipsinks RESCuERS say a Norwegian cargo ship has sunk off Swedens south- western coast and its six crew members are missing. The Swedish Maritime Administration says it received distress calls early today from the Langeland, and contact was lost shortly afterward. Rescue boats and helicopters have been sent to the area where the ship is believed to have sunk, in the Koster fjord near the Norwegian border. Big Ted: a 10-metre-long teddy is climbed over by little teddies in a scene from Gullivers Travels at the Global Fair and Festival in Incheon, South Korea Schoolkidsturntablesonthepolice POLICE officers sitting exams in China this week were supervised by 18 children. The 12-year- olds walked the aisles after adult supervisors were found to be allowing cheating. The child invigilators identified 25 alleged cheats among those trying for 66 jobs as district-level judges, prosecutors and investigators. Those results were struck out. MysticMadgepiecesitalltogether MADONNA made her debut as a columnist today with a piece for an Israeli newspaper about her spiritual awakening. Writing in Yediot Ahronot, the singer, 50, who has taken the Hebrew name Esther, informs readers that after discovering Jewish mysticism all the puzzle pieces started falling into place. The mother-of-three has ties to Judaism through the LA-based Kabbalah Centre and is bringing her Sticky & Sweet tour to Israel in September. Seasidehotelstoleitssandybeach A MExICAN hotel was raided after authorities accused it of stealing its beach. Environmental officers backed by armed navy personnel closed the beach at the Gran Caribe Real Hotel, Cancun, and made five arrests for allegedly pumping sand from the sea floor. Attorney general Patricio Patron said: This hotel was telling tourists, I have sand ... the others dont, as I stole it. Hacker loses fight to avoid trial in US Journo:Madonna Picture of the day BRITISH computer expert Gary McKinnon today lost his latest High Court bid to avoid extra- dition to America. US authorities want to try the 43-year-old, who suffers from Aspergers syndrome, for hacking into US military and Nasa computers in 2001 and 2002. He faces up to 70 years in the computers, but denied it was malicious or that he caused damage costing $800,000 (487,000). Lawyers for Mr McKinnon described him as a UFO eccentric who had been searching for evidence of extrater restrial life, and described the idea he was a danger as a complete fantasy. The National Autistic Society, which has supported him, said it was extremely disappointed at the deci- sion and would continue campaign- ing for him to stay in the UK. prison if convicted. His law- yers argued extraditing him would be disastrous for his health, including possible psychosis and suicide. But today Lord Justice Stanley Burnton and Mr Justice Wilkie dismissed his claim for judicial review. Mr McKinnon admit- ted hacking into By georgina littlejohn High Court battle: Gary McKinnon 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.html