Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian oil tycoon jailed for a
decade after posing a challenge to Vladimir Putin, was freed
by a presidential pardon today and immediately flew to Berlin
where he hoped to be reunited with his family.
Nearly 90 people were injured when part of the ceiling
collapsed during a performance at a packed London theatre,
bringing the city's West End entertainment district to a
standstill, emergency services say.
The phones of Prince William's wife Kate Middleton and Prince
Harry, Queen Elizabeth's grandson, were hacked by staff
working for Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World
tabloid, a London court was told.
President Vladimir Putin is to pardon one of his best known
opponents, oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, after a decade in
jail in what may be a gesture to critics of his human rights
record before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics.
The lead singer of British rock group Lostprophets has been
sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences, and police said
they were liaising with officers in the United States and
Germany to establish whether he committed sex crimes there.
A hero guide dog and his blind owner who survived being run
over by a New York City subway train have drawn more than
$40,000 in online donations from well-wishers trying to stop
them from being separated when the man's insurance runs out.