Wednesday, 19 August 2009 London Lite World at a glance 75deadand300injured as bombs rock Baghdad Deadly: an Iraqi policeman flees the scene Afghanviolenceflaresoneveofpoll FRESH violence erupted in Kabul today on the eve of Afghanistans presidential election. Troops killed three bank raiders near the presidential compound in the capital. The Taliban have vowed to disrupt the poll with violence and the government has called for a media blackout tomorrow, fearing voters will stay away. Hamid Karzai is widely tipped to be re-elected. Threekilledinrowoverhouseprice THREE people were killed in Germany last night during a row over the price of a house. The killer, identified as Hans P, 71, opened fire with his hunting rifle as lawyers and estate agents acting for his daughter gathered at her home near Dsseldorf. It is thought he wanted her and her ex-husband, who lived at the property, to get a better price for it. He later surrendered. 12-babymumisexposedasafraud A WOMAN who claimed she was about to have a world record- breaking 12 babies was in hiding today after being exposed as a fraud. Named only as AF, the 34-year-old told doctors in her home town of Gafsa, Tunisia, she was about to give birth to duodecaplets. But Tunisias health ministry said she had refused a medical examination. It claimed she has psychological problems and is unlikely even to be pregnant. PRODucERS of childrens TV favourite Sesame Street are making a prime-time special episode aimed at helping families with children aged from two to eight to deal with economic hardship. The special will air in the uS next month. Elmo, left, will be joined by journalists Al Roker and Deborah Roberts to tackle issues of unemployment and reduced income. Yard wants to make friendsbytweetingBy GeorGina LittLejohn Hithardtimes?HeresElmo... SCOTLAND YARD has signed up to social networking website Twitter in a bid to adopt a more friendly approach to policing protests. The move is part of an overhaul of tactics in response to criticism of police handling of the G20 dem- onstrations in the City in April. However, the Met says it will keep kettling as an option for dealing with violent protests but insists it is planning changes to the strategy, which involves containing protesters in a small area for hours at a time. Attempts will be made to improve communications between officers and demonstrators, including the use of a Twitter account -- C011metpolice -- which will inform people following the account about what the police are planning. A powerful loud hailer system on a helicopter will also be used. Details of the changes emerged as hundreds of protesters are expected to converge in London next week during Camp For Climate Actions week-long sit-in. It will be the first major test of police public order tactics since G20, when news- paper seller Ian Tomlinson died soon after being pushed to the ground by a police officer. nLABOUR has appointed a Twitter czar in a bid to outflank the Tories online. Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy will use tweets to get Labours message across, after the success of last weeks welovethenhs campaign. My hero: a 50ft female humpback whale, pestered by males wanting to mate at this time of year, seeks refuge with a diver in the Pacific Ocean. However, were not sure how useful hed be if it came to fighting off her suitors... Picture of the day H A STRING of bombings killed 75 people and wounded almost 300 in the centre of Baghdad today. The deadliest device was believed to be a truck bomb that exploded near the foreign ministry, killing dozens. The blast, next to the heavily fortified Green Zone, shattered windows at the parliament building and reportedly left a crater 10 feet deep and 30 feet wide. Another truck bomb then went off close to the finance ministry building, both blasts sending plumes of black smoke into the sky. Authorities said five more blasts then tore through the city in quick succession shortly after 10am, killing another eight people and wounding dozens more. The attacks come only weeks after American troops handed over security responsibility to Iraqi forces. 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