6 Wednesday, 11 November 2009 London Lite World at a glance Victimsfamilieswatchas sniperissenttohisdeathTHE Washington sniper was executed yesterday as victims relatives watched the man who brought terror in a three-week shooting campaign take his final breath. John Allen Muhammad protested his innocence to the end as he was put to death by lethal injection at Greensville Correctional Centre in Virginia. Muhammad, 48, did not utter any words of remorse before he was executed for at least 10 killings in October, 2002. Nelson Rivera, whose wife Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera was gunned down as she cleaned her van at a Maryland gas station, said: I feel better. I think I can breathe better and Im happy hes gone. Because hes not going to hurt anyone else. Muhammad and his accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo terrorised the US capital as victim after victim was shot dead while going about their chores. Malvo, now 24, was too young to face the death penalty and is serving life. He gave evidence against Muhammad. Murders: Muhammad Damit!Brazilplungedintodarkness BRAZILS two largest cities, and much of the rest of the country, were hit by blackouts after a power failure. Millions of people were left without power for more than two hours last night after the huge Itaipu hydroelectric dam went offline. All of neighbouring Paraguay lost power for 20 minutes and there were cuts in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Power was restored at 12.37am. The cause had not been determined, but storms uprooted trees near the dam just before it went offline, causing problems with the power lines. Life on Mars: these spectacular images from the red planet show scalloped sand dunes and giant craters, rocky outcrops and gullies. They were taken by a NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite 187 miles above its surface. UNmissionsinwhitepowderscare POLICE examination of white powder sent in letters to four United Nations missions in New York showed the material was harmless, diplomats from the affected countries said today. The missions of Austria, France, Germany and Uzbekistan received the letters on Monday. In 2001, anthrax powder sent to US media outlets and politicians killed five people. MovetohaltSilviocorruptiontrials SILVIO BERLUSCONIS government is poised to consider a law which could lead to the Italian premiers two current corruption trials being thrown out. Last month an immunity bill, which critics said was designed to allow him to escape justice, was declared unconstitutional and overturned. Today, after meetings with Mr Berlusconis ally Gianfranco Fini, it emerged that a new bill will be drawn up that would restrict trials to a maximum of six years. Gunmentargetalcoholicssession GUNMEN burst into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in the Mexican city of Chihuahua and opened fire, killing one person and wounding four others. Police do not know the motive but believe gangs may be using drug rehabilitation centres as recruiting grounds or cover for their activities. More than 1,900 people have been killed in the city this year. Wife in canoe fraud to pay back 600kANNE DARWIN will repay nearly 600,000 from the faked death scam she car- ried out with her husband, a court heard today. The couple, who conned insurance companies after they staged John Darwins death in a canoeing acci- dent, will have their assets confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Mrs Darwin, 57, appeared at Leeds Crown Court today where she said she would pay a total of 591,838.25 -- including 363,700.01 compensation to the victims of the crime. Her husband, 57, was not in court, but has agreed to pay a nominal sum of 1 because he has no financial assets. The pair, from Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, embarked on a new life in Panama after John Darwin faked his death in March 2002. He turned up at a UK police station in November 2007, claiming he was a missing person with amne- sia, but a picture of the couple in Panama turned up on the internet. Anne Darwin was jailed for six and a half years last year and John Darwin for six years and three months. Bill: Berlusconi Picture of the day BY KEVIN WIDDOP Jailed: Anne Darwin 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.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html