Monday, 26 October 2009 London Lite World at a glance Karadzictrialforwarcrimes adjournedashefailstoshowjudges at the uN abruptly adjourned Radovan Karadzics war crimes trial today after the ex-Bosnian serb leader boycotted the opening day in protest at his lack of time to prepare his defence. judge O-gon Kwon suspended the trial after 15 minutes and said it would resume tomorrow. Karadzic had asked for an extra 10 months and last week sent a letter to the court saying he would not attend until he was ready. The man held responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in the 1992-95 Bosnian war was arrested last july in Belgrade posing as a New Age healer behind thick glasses and a bushy beard. The prosecution and defence each have a year to present their case. Karadzic, 64, is charged with genocide -- one count for the 1995 murder of 8,000 Muslims and a second for ethnic cleansing against Muslims and Croats. Boycott: Radovan Karadzic Madoffspalfounddeadinhispool A CLOse friend of jailed us fraudster Bernard Madoff has been found dead in his swimming pool in Florida. jeffry Picower, 67, who reportedly had Parkinsons disease, had gone swimming at his $33m Palm Beach home and was found 15 minutes later, his wife said. His lawyers recently denied accusations he gained $7bn from the $65bn fraud for which Madoff is serving 150 years in jail. Picture of the day... Which Joker dressed me in this? A dog in a Batman outfit must be looking out for Catwoman at a family pet festival in Cali, Colombia yesterday. 14AmericansdieinAfghancrashes THe us military has revealed that 14 Americans were killed today in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan. seven American troops and three us civilian employees died when their helicopter went down in western Afghanistan. Twelve Americans and 14 Afghans were injured. In a separate crash, two us helicopters collided in south Afghanistan, killing four us troops and wounding two. us military investigators ruled out hostile fire in the collision but have not given a cause for the first crash. LibyasorryforPcYvonne LIBYAN leader Colonel Muammar gaddafi has apologised for the 1984 killing of British policewoman Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London. The 25-year-old PCs death led Britain to suspend ties between the two countries. Col gaddafi told sky News today: she is not an enemy to us, and we are sorry all the time. But this is the problem -- who did it? The Foreign Office said: Libya can help by allowing the uK police to return to Libya to complete investigations. MonsterJawsscareonOzbeaches swIMMeRs on Australian beaches have been warned about a monster shark. The alert went up after a three metre-long great white shark with two massive bites out of it was caught off Queensland. Bathers were warned the bites were from a bigger shark attracted by dumped dead whales. wildlife campaigner simon Baltais said: Is the loss of one human worth it because it was too costly to tow carcasses further out? Postal strikes have cost London 500m THE capitals recovery from reces- sion will be delayed by postal workers strike action, business chiefs warned today. The strikes have cost London more than 500m since the start of the summer -- and the total could soar by another 300m if three more days of planned national strikes go ahead from Thursday. The figure was revealed by the London Chamber Of Commerce And Industry as crisis talks began today between the Communication Workers Union and Royal Mail. Colin Stanbridge, LCCI chief executive, called on Business Secretary Lord Mandelson to resolve the dispute. As well as two days of national stoppages last week, London has also been hit by localised walkouts. The long-running row is over pay, jobs and modernisation. The LCCI, which represents 3,000 businesses, said firms were having to pay more for alternative ways to deliver mail. Mr Stanbridge said: This is a colossal amount of money for London to lose. Not being able to rely on a normal postal service forces companies to pay extra for couriers, delays consumer spending, damages client relationships and plays havoc with a firms cash flow. If the talks to suspend the strike-- brokered by TUC general secretary Brendan Barber -- fail, 124,000 postal staff will walk out. By georgina littlejohn Interview: Gaddafi 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