Monday, 10 August 2009 London Lite World at a glance MoretroopscallasTaliban insurgentsgainupperhand THE top American commander in Afghanistan is to call for 10,000 more troops after giving a warning that the Taliban has gained the upper hand. General Stanley McChrystal predicted allied casualties will remain high for months after record deaths last month. He said the Taliban had expanded from traditional strongholds in the south to threaten formerly stable areas in the north and west. General McChrystal told the Wall Street Journal he will call for the extra troops when he delivers a major war review to the White House this month. He said: Its a very aggressive enemy right now. Weve got to stop their momentum, stop their initiative. He added that the insurgents sophisticated attacks, combining roadside bombs with ambushes by small teams of heavily armed men, had pushed the death toll for British troops to 196 plus 694 for US forces since 2001. US president Barack Obama has already said he will increase US troop levels to 68,000 by 2010. Warning: McChrystal CopsfearETAcellsstillinMajorca SPANISH police are investigating whether Basque separatist group ETA still has a unit on Majorca following three small bomb blasts on the popular Mediterranean tourist island yesterday. The blasts, in which no one was injured, occurred just over a week after ETA killed two police officers in a bomb attack on the island. The devices could have been planted days ago and the militants may have fled. Spanishsoccerstar,26,diesinhotel A TOP Spanish footballer has died suddenly from a heart attack during a telephone call home to his girlfriend. Dani Jarque, 26, was on a pre-season tour with top club Espanyol in Italy when he collapsed at the teams hotel in Coviciana. Team-mates discovered captain Jarque in his room after he failed to turn up for a club dinner. His teams doctors and Italian paramedics tried in vain to revive the midfielder. Chinesetyphoonterror A CRYING baby is carried to safety by a rescuer after Typhoon Morakot struck Taiwan. More than one million people had to flee to safety as the storm hit Chinas eastern coast. One child died in Zhejiang province and hundreds of people are missing. The typhoon has toppled homes and a six-storey hotel and caused Taiwans worst flooding in 50 years. HerecomeDylansChristmassongs BOB DYLAN is set to release an album of Christmas songs, including Here Comes Santa Claus and O Little Town Of Bethlehem, according to music websites. Isis magazine website, which is devoted to Dylan, 68, reported that the songs were recorded in Jackson Brownes studio in Santa Monica, California, in May. Tamiflus problems outweigh benefits Picture of the day Bright sparks? Saints day revellers dance near the fireworks in Nicaragua Survivor: a baby is saved E Continued from Page 1 H strategy. He added: The downside of the harms outweigh the one-day reduction in symptomatic benefits. The Governments policy has been based on hysteria and should change now. The study comes a week after other research found children given Tamiflu preventatively reported side effects including nausea and nightmares. Todays research raises questions about the effectiveness of the flu hotline and the Governments decision to make Tamiflu widely available. The reports authors said the clinical trials they analysed were carried out between 1998 and 2000 -- and the Government could have looked at them before setting up the flu hotline. Dr Matthew Thompson, who helped in the research said: The seven trials we looked at were widely available in medical literature. We searched 5,000 publications to find them, but this research could have been done 12 months ago. There are probably no benefits for children to take Tamiflu. The Health Department said a safety-first approach of offering antivirals to everyone remained a sensible and responsible way forward, but it promised to keep the policy under review.Sneeze: swine flu advert 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