4 Wednesday, 5 August 2009 London Lite World at a glance Docs stunned as swine flu teenregainsconsciousness THE north London schoolgirl being treated for swine flu in a Greek hospital was today reported to have regained consciousness. Natasha Newman, 16, spoke to her parents for the first time in ten days from her hospital bed in Athens. The teenager from Highgate fell ill while on a family holiday on the island of Cephalonia. Her doctor, Mariza Vasilopoulou, said: She is much improved and for the first time fully conscious and alert. Today she even exchanged words with her mother and father which brought them immense joy. She added that Natasha was still only able to breathe with the aid of a respirator. She said: She is not yet off the machine but she is breathing more easily. Natasha, who is a pupil at Gordonstoun school in Scotland, had been island hopping with parents Julian Newman and theatrical agent Nikki Boughton, who have maintained a bedside vigil. Awake: Natasha Newman 9/11dustsparksawaveofasthma THOUSANDS of people exposed to choking dust when New Yorks twin towers collapsed in the 9/11 terror attack in 2001 now suffer from asthma, a study has shown. They include rescue workers, office staff who worked in buildings close to the World Trade Center and passers-by. A follow-up study of more than 46,000 people caught up in the disaster found one in 10 had since been diagnosed with asthma. None of the 4,600 had a history of the disease. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the study. ThreeclimbersdieinAlpineplunge THREEclimbershave plunged 1,300ft to their deaths in the southern French Alps. The men, all from Turin in Italy, were roped together on the Meije peak when one of them apparently lost his footing, pulling the other two off the sheer cliff face with him. A police spokesman said: The weather was good and it is believed they were experienced climbers. More than 50 climbers die each year in the French Alps. InsurancefraudgirlsinBrazilcourt TWO British law graduates were today due to appear in a Brazilian court charged with fraudulently claiming they were robbed. Shanti Andrews and Rebecca Turner, both 23, who studied at the University of Sussex, are expected to be bailed to a hotel in Rio de Janeiro before a judge reaches a verdict in up to four weeks time. BubblesrevealshisWackolife BUBBLES the chimp, left, is to release a tell-all diary about his life with Michael Jackson. The spoof memoirs, Bubbles: My Secret Diary, From Swaziland To Neverland, will be a collection of very personal and honest entries from [Bubbles] diary, said American publisher John Blake. Rail strike is on as talks break downBY BO WILSON Picture of the day Feeling the heat: a security guard is hit by fire bombs hurled by striking workers at the Ssangyong motor factory in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Police today stormed the plant from a helicopter A 48-HOUR strike on National Express East Anglia routes will take place tomorrow and Friday. Crisis talks between union bosses and management over pay and conditions broke down at lunchtime today. NXEAsaiditwouldonlybeabletorun a skeleton service -- about 100 trains instead of 1,800. Union leaders blamed the breakdown on management, saying bosses had tried to divide the unions. Two more 48-hour stoppages have also been ordered for successive Thursdays and Fridays -- 13 and 14 August and 20 and 21 August. All NXEA routes into Liverpool Street station will be affected. The industrys three most powerful unions, Aslef, the RMT and the TSSA, have joined forces in the long- running dispute. An Aslef source said: We went to the talks today with good intentions, but management have blatantly tried to split the unions, saying we agreed to a number of terms and conditions which we definitely have not done. They tried to hold separate negotiations with the unions in different rooms. The talks did not last long against that sort of attitude. RMT leader Bob Crow said: This is agreedycompanypumpedfullof public subsidies. It now expects staff to take a hit on their pay and conditions. There was no immediate reaction to the breakdown in the negotiations from NXEA. But managing director Andrew Chivers has condemned the strikes as unnecessary. 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.html