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French police have deployed
throughout Paris, tracking a lone
fugitive gunman who shot and critically
wounded a young photographer at the
left-wing newspaper Liberation.
After eeing the daily's o ce in the
east of Paris overnight, the shooter
crossed the city to the La Defense
business district, where he red several
shots outside the main o ce of the
Societe Generale bank, hitting no one,
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.
He then hijacked a car and forced
the driver at gunpoint to drop him o
close to the Champs-Elysees avenue in
the capital. at triggered a huge police
operation in and around France's most
Uncon rmed rumours that the man
was armed with grenades as well as the
hunting-style pump-action shotgun
used in the two shootings swept Paris.
ere were fears he could seek refuge
in the Metro, the city's underground
Police said the 27-year-old Liberation
photographer shot was in a critical state
in a Paris hospital.
Liberation said the victim had just
arrived for his rst day's freelance work
at the newspaper, as an assistant on a
photo-shoot for its supplement Next.
He su ered buckshot wounds to his
stomach and chest, the paper said.
e motive for the shooting was
But police said security camera images
of the shooter suggested he was the
same man who last Friday stormed
into the Paris headquarters of a tv news
channel BFMTV to threaten sta .
In that incident, the gunman pumped
his shotgun to empty several cartridges
on the oor, while warning a senior
editor: "Next time, I will not miss you."
Several hours after the shooting,
Liberation's website was heavily
disrupted by a cyber attack.
ere were no immediate indications
the two incidents were related.
Liberation journalist Anastasia Vecrin
described the scene she encountered on
what was other wise a normal Monday
"I was just arriving for work and I saw
a man lying on the ground, holding his
stomach and with blood everywhere,"
"I met two of the reception sta who
were completely white and who told me:
'We've just been shot at.'" --- AFP
is photo taken from a footage of a security camera and released by Paris
police shows the man who opened re at BFMTV station on Friday.
A female British serial killer has
admitted murdering three men and
dumping their bodies in ditches.
To the shock of her lawyer, 30-year-
old Joanna Dennehy admitted
overnight she killed the men, whose
bodies were found in March and
April riddled with stab wounds.
Her barrister Nigel Lickley told
London's Old Bailey court: " e
course of the arraignment is not one
we had anticipated."
Dennehy, who has a star tattooed
under her eye, told the judge: "I've
pleaded guilty, and that's that."
e killer also admitted attempting
to murder another two men.
Her shock guilty pleas stunned the
She appeared alongside her
boyfriend Gary Richards, who
denied the two attempted murders
and three charges of preventing
Richards, who is 2.21m tall, also
goes by the name of Gary Stretch.
preventing the lawful and decent
burial of the three murder victims.
e bodies of Kevin Lee, 48,
Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, and
John Chapman, 56, were found
in ditches on the outskirts of
Police had launched a nationwide
manhunt for Dennehy, warning
the public not to approach her
and describing her as having "a
very distinctive green tattoo on her
right cheek, beneath her eye".
Two other defendants, Leslie
Layton and Robert Moore,
appeared at the hearing by
Layton, 36, pleaded not guilty to
per verting the course of justice at
an earlier hearing, while Moore,
55, denied assisting an o ender.
Female British serial killer admits crimes
A rare sabre considered a
"historic testimony" to the
creation of modern-day Saudi
Arabia sold for more than
$1.6 million at an auction in
e 24-carat-gold and steel
sword, with an ivory handle and
long curved blade, was bought
yesterday for 955,400 euros
($1.609m) over the phone "by
a mysterious buyer who entered
bidding mid-sale," auctioneer
Jean-Pierre Osenat said.
e sword was a gift from
Saudi King Abdul-Aziz bin
Saud to Prince Ahmad Shah
Khan in Afghanistan to mark the
founding of the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia on May 5,
e sabre, which has a blade
nearly 79cm long, was later sold
to a private buyer.
e sabre could be of 19th-
century Syrian origin.
" e symbolism of the sabre
is important in Arab countries,"
"To o er a sabre is an act
of de nite friendship, loyalty,
con dence and mutual
protection between provider and
bene ciary." --- AFP
French auctionneer Jean-Pierre Osenat with the sabre which sold for $1.6 million.
Historic Saudi sabre sells for $1.6m
e Vatican has hired an
international accounting rm to
scrutinise the department at the centre
of corruption allegations that surfaced
in last year's "Vatileaks" scandal.
Ernst and Young will look at the
"Governatorato," which runs the
day-to-day activities of Vatican City,
including its lucrative museums, the
Holy See said in a statement.
Since assuming o ce in March,
Pope Francis has taken action to
tackle years of nancial scandals,
some involving the Vatican bank,
which is being reformed after years of
failing to meet international standards
against tax evasion and the disguising
of illegal sources of income.
e Governatorato is the
department where Archbishop Carlo
Maria Vigano, the deputy governor
of Vatican City, worked before his
abrupt transfer to the United States
after speaking out against what he
said was corruption there.
In letters leaked to Italian media
by former Pope Benedict's butler,
Vigano complained to the Pope that
the department awarded contracts to
Italian companies at in ated prices.
In one letter, Vigano said he was
shocked to nd that in 2009 the
Vatican paid about 550,000 euros
($741,100) to build a larger-than-life
Christmas nativity scene in St Peter's
Vigano said he had managed
almost to halve the cost but he was
subsequently transferred to the
United States, despite an appeal to his
superiors to be allowed stay in his job.
He said he was being punished for
doing his work too well.
e Governatorato denied Vigano's
allegations of corruption and
Ernst and Young will deliver its
ndings to a commission appointed
by Pope Francis to advise him on
how to make the Vatican's nancial
activities more transparent, the
With yesterday's move, three
Vatican departments are now under
review by outside rms. e other
two are the Vatican bank and APSA,
a department that manages real estate
holdings and nancial and stock
portfolios. --- Reuters
Accountants to scrutinise Vatican department at centre of corruption allegations
e bill from natural and weather
disasters is nearly $239 billion a year,
four times higher than in the 1980s, the
World Bank says.
"As the global climate continues to
change, the costs and damages from
more extreme weather related to a
warming planet are growing," it reported
on the sidelines of United Nations
climate talks in Warsaw.
Disasters cost nearly $4.78 trillion
over the last 30 years, about two-thirds
of which was due to extreme storms,
oods and drought, and killed more than
2.5 million people, it said in a cost
World Bank president Jim Yong
Kim said that Typhoon Haiyan, the
most powerful typhoon ever to hit the
Philippines, had "brought into sharp
focus how climate change is intensifying
the severity of extreme weather events".
He said in the report: "Such tragic
events show that the world can no
longer a ord to put o action to
slow greenhouse emissions, and help
countries prepare for a world of greater
climate and disaster risks."
e document included estimates of
the cost from lives and jobs lost as well as
damage to property and infrastructure.
In the 1980s, it said, the annual cost
was about $59.8b, quadrupling to $239b
per year in the last decade.
"Weather-related economic impacts
are especially high in fast-growing,
middle-income countries due to
increasingly exposed, valuable assets,"
said the report.
In these economies, "the average impact
of disasters equalled 1% of GDP (gross
domestic product) over the six years
from 2001 to 2006, 10 times higher than
the average for high-income countries".
Hurricane Tomas wiped out the
equivalent of 43% of the GDP of St
Lucia in 2010.
e 2008-11 drought in the Horn of
Africa, which at its peak left 13.3 million
people without enough food, caused
estimated losses of $US12.1 billion in
e World Bank said more must
be done to help vulnerable countries
adapt to climate change and prepare for
Building disaster-resilient infras-
tructure and early warning systems may
be costly but saves countless lives and
typically yield bene ts four to 36 times
higher than the initial outlay.
"Cyclone Phailin which hit Odisha
and Andrah Pradesh in 2013 resulted
in 40 deaths after years of disaster risk
prevention and preparedness, compared
to the 10,000 who perished during a
similar event in 1999," said the report.
While no single weather event can be
blamed with certainty on climate change,
scientists have long been warning of
ever more extreme oods, heat-waves,
cyclones and other e ects of a warming
planet. --- AFP
World disaster costs have
'quadrupled in 30 years'
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