4 Friday, 9 October 2009 London Lite World at a glance UNbacksNatosAfghan missionforanotheryear THE United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to extend the mandate of Nato-led troops in Afghanistan for a year. It urged that the mission be reinforced as a resolution called on member states to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources to the International Security Assistance Force. But Britains ambassador to the UN, Sir John Sawers, denied this meant a specific call to increase troop levels. He said: We should have the forces there necessary to deliver on the tasks. The Isaf force in Afghanistan has about 67,000 troops from 42 countries, about two-thirds from the US. The renewal comes as US president Barack Obamas administration is locked in a series of meetings on future troop deployments. Sources close to war council meetings at the White House have suggested that the US administration is discussing whether it could work with reconcilable elements of the Taliban and concentrate on targeting al Qaeda. Forces for the task: Sir John Sawers 160deadafterPhilippinelandslides UP TO 160 people have been killed by flooding and landslides after heavy rain in the northern Philippines. Officials said most of the deaths were in Benguet province, where landslides were reported to have hit several towns. It brings the death total to more than 450 after the countrys worst flooding in 40 years, caused by back-to-back Typhoons Ketsana and Parma. Forecasters today said Typhoon Parma was still lingering off the north-eastern coast. Plane crazy: two US Marine Corps pilots perform a daring stunt during a demo ahead of Fleet Week San Francisco, which celebrates the areas naval history. RussianlibelcasetoclearStalin THE grandson of Josef Stalin is suing a Russian newspaper for libel over an article which said the dictator personally ordered the murders of civilians. Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, 73, wants 200,000 in damages from Novaya Gazeta over the defamatory report. He claims death warrant signatures were faked. The trial in Moscow is seen by critics as part of a Kremlin-backed campaign to rehabilitate Stalins reputation. Astorsson,85,in$200mdeception PHILANTHROPIST Brooke Astors 85-year-old son has been convicted of exploiting her failing mind to help himself to her $200m (125m) fortune. Anthony Marshall faces up to 25 years in prison. Former New York socialite Mrs Astor, who had Alzheimers, died in 2007 aged 105. Marshall was convicted of grand larceny and scheming to defraud at Manhattans Supreme Court. He faces sentence on 8 December. Newborn slips down trains toilet A MOTHER saved her newborn baby from a railway track after it plunged through a toilet chute where she had given birth. Rinku Rai, 30, had the baby in a cubicle on the TataChapra Express in India. She said: The baby came out, cord, placenta and all. Before I could realise what had happened, it slipped through the hole. I became hysterical and jumped from the train. Met catches paedos as they look at pornA BREAKTHROUGH in computer software is allowing Met detectives to arrest an average of three child-porn offenders a week. The software allows investigators to monitor suspects as they watch images of abuse. So far about 200 people have been arrested in Britain with some suspects caught red- handed by police in their homes. Offenders have included a bus driver for mentally handicapped children, a Sunday School teacher and a scout leader. Police search file-sharing networks for images of child pornography. They can locate files containing child porn images even if they are hidden -- and then identify the computers unique internet address. The initiative has sparked one of the most significant online paedo- phile inquiries since Operation Ore, which resulted in the prosecution of 2,600 British men. In the past two weeks police have swooped on nine suspects at addresses around London. Most of those arrested were not known to authorities before. Investigators found thousands of people sharing images of child porn over 30 days, hundreds in London. Det Sgt Richard Matthews, who heads the computer unit, said: The scale of the problem is worrying. We can only target the most prolific offenders but if anyone shows any sign of being an abuser they become an immediate priority. BY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN Picture of the day Guilty: Marshall 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