Tuesday, 20 October 2009 London Lite World at a glance SwisscourtrejectsRoman Polanskis release appeal HOLLYWOOD director Roman Polanski has lost his appeal to be freed from a Swiss jail ahead of his possible extradition to the US to face a criminal conviction. The Swiss Criminal Court threw out Polanskis appeal to be released on bail or be kept under house arrest, stating there was a high risk that he may flee the country if freed. The Chinatown director, 76, was arrested on a US warrant last month after police swooped on him in Zurich when he arrived to receive a film festival award. He is being held in Switzerland over his 1977 conviction for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. The Oscar-winner may appeal the release verdict to Switzerlands highest tribunal to continue his bid to persuade the Swiss Justice Ministry to release him. Polanski fled the US -- where he is considered a convicted felon -- in 1978 before he could be arrested. A statement on the Swiss Criminal Courts website said: According to Swiss law, detention is the rule during the entire extradition proceedings. Jailed: Roman Polanski TensionasfreshAfghanpolllooms AfgHAniSTAn faced mounting tension today as British troops and diplomats prepared for a possible second round of voting, after investigators uncovered major fraud in the ballots cast for Hamid Karzai in the presidential election. Un-backed fraud investigators yesterday threw out nearly a third of the presidents votes from the August poll. it took Karzai below the 50 per cent of votes needed to win. Racy rabbit: its Lance Armstrong -- as an animated bunny. The cycling great, right in more human form, was a guest with bunny ears on kids TV cartoon show Arthur in the US yesterday, giving tips on bike safety. Womandiesafterfreakfallonglass A BRiTiSH woman bled to death yesterday in a freak accident in nerja, Spain. Sally feelly, 42, reportedly lost her balance at a bar in the town, near Malaga, and cut her armpit on a glass. Pals and onlookers tried to stem the flow of blood with wet towels and handwipes, but the mother of one was unconscious by the time an ambulance arrived and died in hospital an hour later. Obamaaide:Wecontrolthepress THe feud between the White House and fox news intensified today after the channel found a video in which President Obamas communications director Anita Dunn says of his election campaign: Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything we didnt absolutely control. Ms Dunn has said the station is more like a wing of the Republican Party than a news organisation. fox executive Michael Clemente said the Presidents aides had decided to declare war on a news organisation. Clownsjoinforcesforlaughbinge MORe than 500 clowns gathered in Mexico yesterday for a non-stop laughing session. The contingent from throughout north and South America descended on Mexico City during the inauguration of the XiV international Clown Convention. The annual four-day event includes a five-minute laughing binge as well as balloon-twisting, mime, acting, wardrobe, childrens games and face-painting workshops. Lawyers 7m bank swindletobuyhomeA CITY lawyer was today found guilty of swindling millions of pounds from her bosses in an elaborate fraud against the worlds seventh biggest bank. Kate Johns, 39, of Camden Town, diverted more than 7.4m into the near-bankrupt Indonesian carrier Air Efata. Johns, deputy head of legal at the London office of Japanese bank Tokyo Mitsubishi, was then paid 1.1m by the carrier, which she used to clear the mortgage on her townhouse in a one-off payment. She also used some of the money for surgery on breast implants and bought a pair of earrings worth 40,000. Johns convinced colleagues the payments from the airline were a special job. But when it became apparent that Air Efata was in financial trouble the deception started to unravel. It emerged that the carriers president had allegedly made a series of money transfers of 1.1m into the lawyers private accounts. Johns, who earned 150,000 a year, had denied the allegations but was found guilty of five counts of using letters of credit to obtain a money transfer by deception and five of acquiring criminal property at Southwark Crown Court. BY KEVIN WIDDOP Picture of the day Feud: Obama HH Guilty: Kate Johns 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.html