14 Monday, 12 October 2009 London Lite World at a glance PakistanbombsTalibanbases withgroundstrikeimminent Deadly: Pakistani soldiers carry a body from the army headquarters yesterday FearsforhealthofjailedPolanski,76 FEARS for the health of film director Roman Polanski were growing today after doctors visited the Swiss cell where he is held on a child sex charge. Lawyer Herve Temime confirmed that his Oscar- winning client was in a bad way as he waited possible extradition to the US to face trial for attacking a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Mr Temime, who confirmed Polanski had been given medication and was very low, added: Hes 76, and his health is a real worry. Fright sky: UFO spotters have been gripped by footage of this ring of cloud above Moscow. But an city weather expert called it purely an optical effect. Musicalchiefsfearnudisthijacking SWINGERS who were offered free entry to a rock musical called Naked if they turned up nude swamped the box office in Bremen, Germany. Organisers cancelled the offer after hundreds of fans applied for free tickets for the steamy show about human sexuality. They say they feared the show had been hijacked by groups of militant nudists who intended to use the performance to put on a show of their own. FryinpleatosavedrugBritinChina STEPHEN Fry today called on China to spare a mentally ill London man who faces death after allegedly being caught with 4kg of heroin in a suitcase. It is thought Akmal Shaikh, 53, who is said to suffer from bipolar disorder and delusional psychosis, was duped by heroin traffickers into carrying the drugs, worth 250,000, two years ago. Fry, who also has bipolar disorder, is campaigning to save the father-of-three from Kentish Town. Shaikhs brother Akbar said: Akmal would not knowingly carry drugs. Freebeachholstosavemarriages FREE second honeymoons for couples on the brink of divorce are being offered by the state government in Malaysia. Couples will be allowed to spend two nights at Terengganus beach resorts to try to save their marriages. Official Ashaari Idris said the government hopes to launch the plan soon to resolve marital problems and to create models of exemplary families. By georgina littlejohn Campaign: Fry Picture of the day PAKISTANI planes bombed Taliban positions near the Afghan border in South Waziristan today as the government said a ground offensive against insurgents was imminent. The strike came hours after commandos stormed an office building and rescued 39 people taken hostage in an attack on army headquarters in Rawalpindi. An intelligence official said: The jets hit and destroyed two hideouts and we have about 16 militants killed. Pakistans Taliban claimed responsibility for yesterdays army base attack, in which up to 20 died. Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq warned it would be the first in a series of strikes. Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik said: There is no mercy for them. More than 40 people also died today in a suicide car bombing aimed at Pakistani troops at a market in the north-west . H Denial: Dr Edward Erin THE married doctor accused of spiking his girlfriends drinks to force her to miscarry today said he wanted her to abort their child. Dr Edward Erin told the Old Bailey he fell for his secretary Bella Prowse last year, after another extra-marital affair had ended. The doctor had assumed Ms Prowse was on the Pill and said he only found out she wasnt when she became preg- nant one month later. Dr Erin, 44, of Kensington, told the jury he had been shocked and determined she should not have the baby. He said: I didnt think it was the right time to have a child... we had only known each other for a month. The father-of-two said he and Ms Prowse, 33, who both worked at St Marys hospital in Paddington, talked about having an abortion. He said: It was a difficult situation. She had issues with an abortion. Ms Prowse, who had previously had an abortion, later decided she wanted the baby. She said Dr Erin mixed the drugs methotrexate, diclofenac and misoprostol into her drinks in February, after she refused the termination. Dr Erin denies the allegations and the case continues. Affairdoc: I thought lover was on the Pill 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.html