Wednesday, 14 October 2009 London Lite World at a glance Pupil,6,kickedoutofschool foreatinglunchwithaknife A SIX-YEAR-OLD American boy was suspended from school -- and faced 45 days in a reform centre -- for attempting to eat lunch with a knife-and-fork camping set. Zachary Christie was suspended from his school in Newark, Delaware, after he took in a combination folding knife, fork and spoon to eat with. School bosses originally decided the utensil breached their zero-tolerance policy for bringing weapons to classes. But now a hastily-arranged meeting of the school board has voted unanimously to grant a reprieve. The punishment for first-graders at Downes Elementary School who take weapons to class or commit violent offences has now been reduced from being sent to a reform centre for 45 days to a suspension ranging from three to five days. Zacharys mother said today: I want to put this behind him as soon as possible. But I also want him to know that he has a voice, and when things are not right, he can stand up and speak out against them. Suspended: Zachary SenatehelpforObamahealthplan BARACK OBAMAS plans to reform US health care have cleared a major hurdle. The US presidents Democratic allies on the powerful Senate finance committee pushed through a 10-year, $829bn (519bn) plan that is intended to provide health insurance to many of the 46million American people without cover. But there are several stages to go and Mr Obama said: Now is not the time to pat ourselves on the back...It is time to dig in further and get this done. Picture of the day Seoul mates: couples from around the world took part in the biggest mass wedding in a decade at the Sun Moon University near Seoul, South Korea. About 40,000 went to the event set up by the Unification Church. Fourkilledinhotairballooncrash FOUR Dutch tourists were killed when a hot air balloon caught fire 500ft off the ground in China and crashed. A fifth Dutch passenger and two Chinese balloon operators were injured in the accident near Yangshuo in the Guangxi region. The pilots lost control of the balloon shortly after takeoff. Three men and a woman on board were killed. Balloon tours of the area, which is famous for its dramatic limestone peaks, have become popular in the last few years. GiveusbackMotherTeresa! ALBANIAN prime minister Sali Berisha has called for India to hand over the remains of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. India has angrily rejected the calls. Mother Teresa -- born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910 to an Albanian family in Macedonia -- lived in Calcutta for 68 years, caring for the poor and infirm. She is buried at the headquarters of the Missionaries Of Charity that she founded in Calcutta. Bestjobgirlfailstoturnupforwork A CALIFORNIAN woman who beat 23,000 applicants to the best job in the world is missing. She won the chance to spend seven weeks working with Ben Southall, the British caretaker of Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, but has not returned organisers phone calls. They are giving her until 23 October, or will stage a re-draw. Afghan support falls as more troops go inSUPPORT for the war in Afghani- stan has fallen sharply in the past month, particularly among women, a poll revealed today. The findings show 40 per cent of UK women -- up 10 per cent -- and 32 per cent of men -- up three per cent -- are against the mission. They came as Gordon Brown was preparing at Prime Ministers Questions to read out the names of the 37 British troops who died in Afghanistan while Parliament was on recess -- before announcing he is to deploy 500 more soldiers. Overall 36 per cent of all voters support withdrawal now, according to the Populus poll for The Times. It is a Commons convention that the Prime Minister lists the name, rank and number of the dead and Mr Brown has not addressed the House since 15 July. So far, 221 UK military personnel have died in the Afghan conflict since its start in 2001. The extra 500 troops would take the number of British forces to about 9,500. The aim is to speed up the training of the Afghan army and police. Mr Brown was due to attach condi- tions to the deployment of more troops including assurances from Army chiefs they have sufficient equipment and extra contributions to the campaign from Nato allies. Barack Obama is considering a proposal for tens of thousands more US troops to be deployed. By KEVIN WIDDOP Buried: Teresa 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.html48.html49.html50.html51.html