Tuesday, 18 August 2009 London Lite World at a glance Russians arrest hijackers asmissingshipscrewsafe THE RUSSIAN navy has arrested eight people for hijacking a cargo ship that went missing two weeks ago. Russias defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov said the suspected hijackers of the Arctic Sea were detained after the ship was found off the coast of Africa. He added that the suspects, including Russian, Estonian and Latvian citizens, were arrested without a shot being fired and the 15 crew members were found in good health. The Russian-crewed Arctic Sea disappeared off radar after sailing through the English Channel on 28 July. It was found yesterday off Cape Verde, about 2,000 miles from the Algerian port where it was supposed to dock a fortnight ago. The disappearance of the 320ft vessel and its timber cargo perplexed officials, with speculation about what happened ranging from piracy to a commercial dispute. Found: the 320ft Arctic Sea Lockerbiebomberdropshisappeal LoCkERbIE bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi today formally dropped his second appeal against conviction. The Libyan, who is terminally ill with cancer, is serving a life sentence for the 1988 Pan Am flight bombing which killed 270 people. Dropping the appeal removes a possible obstacle to his return to Libya under a prisoner transfer agreement. It comes as seven US senators today sought to block his release. They wrote to Scottish Justice Secretary kenny MacAskill, who is considering a release on compassionate grounds. Where did you get that hat? Local farmers, the majority of them Amish, gather on a farm in Pennsylvania in the US to discuss agricultural issues Top Taliban spokesman is arrested THE Pakistani Talibans senior spokesman has been seized by security forces in an operation near the Afghan border, intelligence officials said today. The capture of Maulvi omar followed the reported death of Taliban warlord baitullah Mehsud in a US missile strike last week. Police also said they seized a close Mehsud aide in Islamabad last night. Teengirlkilled30menforjustice A TEENAGE girl has confessed to murdering 30 men in two years. She told police she was 15 when she began targeting men in her home city of So Paulo, brazil. She said she always used the same knife and carried out the murders for money, revenge and justice. The 17-year-old, who cannot be named, had intended to tell all when she was 18 so she could be tried as an adult but was confessing now to avoid upsetting my family. Police are looking at whether she was a gangland assassin. Recordshouldbeahowlingsuccess A CoMPILATIoN of 74 howls, whoops, cries and other guttural exclamations from songs by dozens of artists including The Who, Pixies and bjrk has gone on sale in Manhattan. The 12-inch vinyl record, called Favourite Recorded Scream, is the idea of New York artist LeRoy Stevens who asked record shop assistants to choose their favourite song screams. Boris tackles pimps inrun-up to GamesBy mark Blunden Picture of the day Grim: the girl on TV PimPs leaving calling cards in phone boxes could have their mobile phones cut off to stop an explosion in sex crime in the run-up to the Olympics. London mayor Boris Johnson has called a meeting with major mobile companies, BT and the police amid fears of a rise in prostitution and human trafficking. The aim is to target gangs that control prostitution via ads in phone boxes. The mayor wants mobile phone operators and police to take the numbers out of use. major sporting events are often linked to an upsurge in demand for prostitution, which in turn fuels human trafficking. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, human trafficking victims almost doubled in number. Kit malthouse, Deputy mayor for policing, said: in Athens, not only did the level of prostitution go up, but it stayed up. We dont want that legacy. Although prostitution is legal, placing advertising cards in phone boxes became an offence in 2001. A spokeswoman for mobile giant O2 said the company will be happy to discuss this issue.Targeted: prostitute cards H 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