4 Wednesday, 28 October 2009 London Lite World at a glance IraqspleaforFrenchaidin bidtobuildnukereactorsLEADERS in Iraq are seeking permission to once again become a nuclear player. The Iraqi government has approached the French nuclear industry about rebuilding at least one of the two reactors destroyed 19 years ago during the first Gulf War. The country has also contacted the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UN to look at ways around resolutions that ban its re-entry into the nuclear field. Science and technology minister Raid Fahmi said: After the dissolution [of the regime] we did not have an industry, but we have become more and more conscious of the need for nuclear technology. This was raised several months ago with the relevant bodies. But he insisted that his country has only peaceful applications in mind for a nuclear programme, including the health sector, agriculture and water treatment. The move comes at a sensitive moment in regional politics with Iraqs near neighbour Iran accused of using its growing nuclear capacity to develop a weapons programme. Nuke bid: Raid Fahmi Guiltyofthenearperfectmurder AN AMERICAN man faces life in a Caribbean jail for drowning his wife on a scuba diving trip a decade ago -- a crime described as a near perfect murder. David Swain, 53, a dive shop owner in the British Virgin Islands, killed his wife Shelley Tyre for her $630,000 inheritance, her family said. Swain, who was having an affair, tore off her breathing mask as they swam by a shipwreck. Her body was found in March 1999. Oops: Japan Coast Guard staff investigate a collision between destroyer Kurama and a South Korean container, left, in the Kammon Straits near Fukuoka, Japan. Karadzicsnubsgenocidetrialagain UN PROSECUTORS in court at the Hague opened their genocide case against Radovan Karadzic, as the former Bosnian Serb leader boycotted his trial for the second day. The 64- year-old is representing himself and denies 11 charges including genocide, for the killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian war, and war crimes. IwantDeathRow,itsmorecomfy A WHITE supremacist convicted of murder has told the Southern California jury deciding his penalty that he wants capital punishment because amenities are better on Death Row. Billy Joe Johnson, 46, is already serving a 45-year sentence for a different killing. He testified that Death Row was better than his current living conditions. Urgentnotegetsreply52yearslate AT the height of paranoia about Russias space programme during the Cold War, a 12-year-old boy sent an urgent letter to a top scientist at Australias Woomera Rocket Range with designs for a rocket. Now, 52 years later, Denis Cox will finally get a reply. A space enthusiast, Bob Meade, tracked him down after the letter turned up in the national archives. Picture of the day Number of obesity patientsswells360% BY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHNTHE number of patients being treated in hospital for obesity has risen 360 per cent, new figures reveal today. Doctors dealt with 8,085 admis- sions last year -- up 360 per cent from five years ago when just 1,746 people were treated for the condition in 2003 to 2004. The figures from the NHS Information Centre (NIC) will be an embarrassment for the Government which has spent millions tackling the countrys obesity epidemic through healthy eating campaigns and free exercise schemes. The huge rise in hospital admis- sions reflects the fact increasing numbers of overweight people are resorting to drastic treatments, including gastric band operations. N I C c h i e f e x e c u t ive T i m Straughan said: The large increase in admissions for obesity reflects the growing impact obesity has on the health of our nation as well as the demands on limited NHS resources. However, it also shows overweight people are resorting to surgery to tackle their problems. One in four Britons is officially overweight and the cost of obesity and related illnesses to the NHS is approaching 6bn. Last month it emerged it costs taxpayers 100,000 a year to look after the countrys fattest man, 70st Paul Mason, 48, from Ipswich. He is to undergo a 20,000 stomach operation. 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