4 Thursday, 27 August 2009 London Lite World at a glance HeartbrokenObamawill speakatKennedysfuneral PRESIDENT Barack Obama is to deliver a eulogy at the funeral of Senator Edward Kennedy. He is to break from his family holiday on Marthas Vineyard to attend the private service in Boston on Saturday. The veteran Democrat will be buried later at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, close to the graves of his brothers, former president John F Kennedy and former attorney general Robert F Kennedy, both assassinated in the Sixties. Mr Obama said he was heartbroken over Mr Kennedys death at the age of 77 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Flags at the White House and public buildings will fly at half-mast. The funeral at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica will be private. A hearse was today taking Mr Kennedys body from his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, to the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston until the funeral. Eulogy: Mr Obama with Teddy Kennedy, who died aged 77 Soldiersbalconyleaptofleekidnap A BRITISH soldier leapt from a balcony to escape Muslim fanatics who had kidnapped him in Kuwait. Private Peter Walker has told how he was snatched in Kuwait City by five knife-wielding men. They beat him and cut his arms and fingers before he struggled free. The soldier, in his mid-twenties, hurled himself from a balcony and escaped. Pte Walker, of 29 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, is now back in Britain after last Sundays ordeal. Bear necessity: a black bear climbs a ladder left by police after getting trapped in a skateboard pit with steep concrete sides in Snowmass, Colorado. Anti-crueltybosssdogdiesinhotcar THE head of an anti-animal cruelty group accidentally left her 16-year-old blind and deaf dog to die in a car during a heat wave. Prosecutors said they were not planning charges against Robin Starr, chief executive of the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Virginia. Mrs Starr said her husband put the dog Louie in the car and forgot to tell her. He died of kidney failure after being trapped for four hours in temperatures of 33C. Skinnyhousesfatpricetag A 9FT-WIDE house, billed as the narrowest in New York City, is on the market for a whopping $2.7m (1.6m). The red brick building, right, in Greenwich Village, was built in 1873, and is 42ft long. It is sandwiched in a narrow space that used to be an alley between homes. The narrow house is considered a curiosity and is one of the neighbourhoods most photographed homes. A plaque notes that poet Edna St Vincent Millay once lived there. Estate agents say there is plenty of interest in the property. Muslimsbannedfromhiphopgig MALAYSIAS government has barred Muslims from a Black Eyed Peas concert next month because the event is organised by Guinness. Officials have also said the beer giant, which is putting on five concerts around the world to celebrate its 250th anniversary, cannot use its logo on any promotional material. However, the Ministry of Information said: Non- Muslims can go and have fun. 6-hr Tunnel hell as train breaks down LastdashforsummertobringtraveljamsRECORD numbers of travellers will jam roads and trains tomorrow in the last bank holiday getaway of the year. Rail bosses expect to carry eight million passengers from tomorrow until Monday. Motoring organisations said the next two weekends will be the busiest of the year. The most congested road is expected to be the M25s western section with drivers heading for the M4 and M3. Engineering work on the railways will add to the problems with the West Coast Main Line closed all day Saturday, Sunday and for most of Monday between Euston and Milton Keynes. BY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN Picture of the day Ordeal: a Eurotunnel train MORE than 500 passengers were trapped in the Channel Tunnel for six hours when their train broke down. They endured temperatures of 30C and the toilets stopped working as the power failed, shutting off the air conditioning and lights. Holidaymakers said panic took hold after Eurotunnel failed to give any infor- mation. Some people passed out and others had asthma attacks on the 7.50pm shuttle from Calais to Folkestone. The passengers were rescued at 2.30am yesterday. The incident also affected Eurostar services as about 3,000 people in both directions were delayed while a rescue train arrived to pull out the broken-down one. Trapped passenger Arthur Davis, 69, from Chelmsford, said: It was a total shambles. We had one announcement that there was a problem and nothing after that for six hours. A few people lost the plot and were crying. Guards were handing out water to start with but it ran out. 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