Monday, 19 October 2009 London Lite World at a glance Britaccountantwants2m compooverSauditorture A BRITON who suffered torture in a Saudi jail is turning to the European Court of Human Rights in his fight to win 2m compensation. Ron Jones, 56, a former tax accountant, from Crawley, was held by Saudi police in March 2001 for 67 days as a suspect in a bomb explosion. He was caned repeatedly, suspended by the arms and given mind-altering drugs. He has not worked since. His wife Sandra says he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Mr Jones was working in Riyadh when he was slightly injured in the blast. He says he was forced to confess to causing the blast, and was told he faced the death penalty by beheading. After being freed without charge, he sought compensation in the UK courts. In 2006, the House of Lords rejected his case, saying the Saudi government and its agents were protected from prosecution here under the State Immunity Act. l Tortured: Ron Jones ObamaintroopwarningtoKarzai THE disputed Afghan election is delaying a decision by Barack Obama to send more troops to fight the Taliban. White House chief-of- staff Rahm Emanuel said the President wanted to see a credible government was in place. He added the question was not how many l troops you have but whether theres an Afghan partner. The comment is seen as a warning to President Hamid Karzai that he cannot count on unconditional US support if he refuses to accept his authority has been undermined by claims that his victory was tainted by fraud. Paw prints: paintings by Sammy the dog are being snapped up for $1,700 apiece. The Maryland, US, mutt has 22 efforts, such as the one on the right, to his name. VaticansupportforlessonsinIslam THE VATICAN has surprisingly welcomed a proposal to teach Islam in Italian schools. Adolfo Urso, an ally of prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, said it should be taught to avoid Muslim youngsters being drawn to the ghettos of madrasse [Islamic schools] run by fundamentalists. Cardinal Renato Martino, of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said: This would avoid radicalism and should be considered, obviously with some form of control. l Hair-raisingpriceofElvismemories HAIR trimmed from Elvis Presleys head when he joined the army in 1958 sold for $15,000 at auction in Chicago. The 200 Elvis- related items on sale yesterday included one of his old shirts, which l went for $52,000, and photos from his 1967 wedding to Priscilla. All the items had belonged to the late Gary Pepper, who ran a fan club and was a friend. Pepper, who had cerebral palsy, died in 1980. LeechlinksAussietoarmedrobbery AN AUSTRALIAN man is facing sentencing after blood from a leech found at the scene of an armed robbery was used to convict him, eight years after the crime. Tasmanian Peter Alec Cannon, 54, pleaded guilty today to an aggravated armed robbery committed on September 28, 2001, after DNA taken at a drugs arrest matched the robbery scene sample. l Heathrow will get noisier during dayHEATHROW airport campaigners fear residents will face longer periods of noise disruption under plans to change landing and take- off arrangements. Arrivals and departures are switched between the airports two runways at 3pm daily to give respite to people living beneath each flight-path. But campaigners, led by the Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee, said that airport opera- tor BAA was looking to widen procedures that allow planes to land and take off from the same runway -- which would compromise the half- day peace and quiet. The campaigners warned this would pave the way for a mixed mode use of runways (using the same one for take-offs and landings in the same time period) if an incoming Tory government blocks plans for a third runway. The Labour Government ruled out mixed mode operations in January when it gave the go-ahead for the new runway, in order to preserve the half-day noise exemption. l TORY leader David Cameron was today under pressure to say whether he would support a Thames Estuary airport after a report commissioned by Mayor Boris Johnson said its construction was technically feasi- ble. It said building four runways off the coast of Whitstable presented no overwhelming obstacles. By GEorGINA LITTLEJoHN Happy: Elvis and Priscilla H Picture of the day 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