Thursday, 29 October 2009 London Lite World at a glance Milibandfuryasembassy employeeisjailedinIran FOREIGN Secretary David Miliband condemned Iran today after a senior employee at the British embassy in Tehran was sentenced to four years in jail for allegedly fomenting violence. Hossein Rassam, an Iranian who worked as the embassys chief political analyst, was arrested in June as the authorities in Tehran clamped down on street protests after the disputed presidential election. Mr Miliband called Mr Rassams sentencing an attack against the entire diplomatic community in Iran and said the Foreign Office had called Irans ambassador to London to protest. Mr Miliband urged Iranian authorities to overturn the harsh sentence. Mr Rassam, 44, remains on bail after his release from Evin prison in August. It was unclear whether he will have to return to prison or stay on bail pending an appeal. His wife and son are no longer in the country. Chief analyst: Hossein Rassam in Iranian court Obamaoutlawsgay-hateattacks PRESIDENT Barack Obama has signed a hate crimes Bill into US law, making it a punishable offence to assault someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The new measures mark the first victory for gay rights since Mr Obama took over at the White House. He said: After more than a decade of opposition and delay, weve passed inclusive hate crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray, or who they are. Sea view: curiosity gets the better of an admirer of an artwork called Little Lost Boy by Australian artist Paul Trefry on Sydneys Tamarama Beach. The trunks were added after people complained. Vetospells trouble forArnie ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has been accused of sending an obscene hidden insult to a rival. The Republican governor of California wrote to Democrat Tom Ammiano, vetoeing a bill about San Franciscos port. But letters down the side of the note spelt F**k you. Arnies spokesman said it was a coincidence. Drugfarmersareagreatexample A MExICAN agriculture official has caused a stir by reportedly suggesting that Mexican farmers could learn from drug traffickers. Assistant secretary of agriculture Jeffrey Max Jones was quoted on the website of newspaper Reforma as saying that farmers should follow the example of drug traffickers because they produce what the market demands. The agriculture department called his remarks unfortunate. More than 13,800 people have died in Mexican drug violence since a crackdown on traffickers began in 2006.! PIZZA lovers in Los Angeles should have no trouble getting their deep-pan treats on time as one delivery driver seems to be using a 150,000, 186mph Aston Martin DB7 to complete his rounds. Post union: We are in this for long haul Picture of the day Man,112, wedsteen A SOMALIAN man of 112 has made a girl aged 17 his sixth wife. I used my experience to convince her of my love, said Ahmed Muhamed Dore, who has 18 children and wants more. Special delivery: bosses today stepped up. A backlog of 100 million items is expected after the next three days of walkouts. About 43,700 workers across the UK were taking action today. Pickets were on duty at the main sorting office across the capital. Communication Workers Union general secretary Billy Hayes warned: There is every prospect we will increase the action and could be looking at longer strikes. Tomorrow 400 staff in Plymouth, Stockport and Stoke will walk out, and 77,000 delivery and collec- tion workers will strike on Saturday. The union is deadlocked with Royal Mail over the threat it is claimed modernisation poses to jobs and pay. Each side blamed the other when talks collapsed this week. Royal Mail wanted real security over the Christmas period, which sees a dou- bling of the 75 million letters posted each day, but union chiefs refused to rule out more strikes. Royal Mail also refused to pay staff overtime to clear the backlog. A senior CWU official said: We are in this for the long haul. E Continued from Page 1 H 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