Wednesday, 9 September 2009 London Lite World at a glance Bushshoethrowerisoffered haremsand$10mtosellsole THE Iraqi journalist who threw his shoe at George W Bush last year, has been inundated with offers of wives and riches. Muntazer al- Zaidi was jailed for three years for his outburst at a Baghdad press conference, but will be let out next week for good behaviour. Once free, he will move into a new home built for him by his old boss. The 30-year-old has also been offered a car and healthcare and received pledges of harems. The offers have poured in via his employers, al-Baghdadia TV. One Iraqi in Morocco called to offer his daughter to be Muntazers wife, said editor Abdul Hamid al- Saij. Another from Saudi offered $10m for his shoes, and another called from Morocco offering a gold-saddled horse. Al-Zaidi has been idolised since he attacked Bush, shouting: This is your farewell kiss, you dog. This is for the widows and orphans of Iraq. Hero: Muntazer al-Zaidis neice holds a poster of him NinekilledbyflashfloodsinTurkey FlASH floods caused by torrential rain gushed across an Istanbul arterial road on Wednesday, killing one person and stranding dozens of vehicles. It raises the death toll to nine after flooding hit swaths of northwestern Turkey after what experts say is its worst rainfall in 80 years. Six people were swept away in Saray town, two were killed in the Istanbul suburb of Catalca, and eight more people were missing. As waters rose three feet on the main road in Ikitelli district, motorists climbed on their cars waiting to be rescued. More rains are forecast for tomorrow. Picture of the day That sinking feeling: a fireman works to free his truck after it became stuck in a crater caused by a burst water main in Los Angeles yesterday. Teensyachttripstartswithabang AN AUSTRAlIAN teenager attempting to be the youngest person to sail solo around the world ran into a cargo ship less than 24 hours after she set out yesterday. Jessica Watson, 16, came to grief about 15 nautical miles out to sea when a bulk carrier clipped the side of her pink yacht after she set sail from Queensland yesterday. But she has vowed to continue her quest once her boat has been repaired. Leibovitzmissesherdebtdeadline THE deadline for celebrity photographer Annie leibovitz to repay a $24m (14.6m) loan or risk losing her lifes work passed today without word from either side. At risk is the lucrative copyright to her collection, including iconic images of the Queen and David Beckham. Spokesmen for lender Art Capital and leibovitz, 59, said both sides are trying to resolve matters. The photographer put up four properties in New York State and the copyright on every picture she has or will ever take as collateral last year. Prisonerescapesinhomemadebox A FRENCH prisoner is on the run after making a cardboard box in the prison workshop and packing himself into it. Double murder suspect Jean-Pierre Treiber, 46, sneaked inside the box at Auxerre high security prison in Burgundy, where it was among dozens loaded onto a lorry to be delivered to the Yonne region. But during the 100- mile journey he broke free from the box and escaped from the lorry. PressureonBoristo axe 6% rise in faresBORIS JOHNSON will today come under pressure to abandon plans to raise Tube and bus fares next year -- and instead cut them in line with falling high street prices. Transport for Londons budget is based on a six per cent rise in fares revenue next year -- the same increase Mr Johnson imposed in January -- to raise an extra 188m. Train firms have been told to cut some fares, with the retail prices index being minus 1.4 per cent in July. Labour and the Lib-Dems will today use Mayors Question Time to try to force him to stand by his promise last December to fully reflect negative RPI. But Mr Johnson, chairman of TfL, is already trying to shore up reve- nues hit by the recession and the cost of modernising the Tube. Lib-Dem transport spokeswoman Caroline Pidgeon said: The Mayor cant pick and choose when he decides to follow the formula for setting fares. TfLs business plan to 2017-18 assumes fares will rise at a rate of RPI plus one per cent each January, but the decision each year is at the Mayors discretion. Labour Assembly member John Biggs said fares should be frozen at the very least and rise slower than inflation. Kulveer Ranger, the Mayors transport adviser, said: He will take every factor into consideration to keep fares fair, while sustaining vital investments in the system. By GeorGina littlejohn Silence: Leibovitz 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html