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ieves broke into a small church in
the mountains east of Rome over the
weekend and stole a reliquary with
the blood of the late Pope John Paul
II, a custodian said overnight.
Dozens of police with sni er
dogs scoured the remote area for
clues to what the Italian Catholic
magazine Famiglia Cristiana called
"a sacrilegious theft that was probably
commissioned by someone".
Franca Corrieri told Reuters she
had discovered a broken window
early yesterday and had called the
police. When they entered the small
stone church they found the gold
reliquary and a cruci x missing.
John Paul, who died in 2005, loved
the mountains in the Abruzzo region.
He would sometimes slip away from
the Vatican secretly to hike or ski
there and pray in the church.
Polish-born John Paul, who reigned
for 27 years, is due to be made a saint
of the Roman Catholic Church in
May, meaning the relic will become
more noteworthy and valuable.
In 2011, John Paul's former
private secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw
Dziwisz, now the archbishop of
Krakow in Poland, gave the local
Abruzzo community some of the
late Ponti 's blood as a token of the
love he had felt for the mountainous
It was put in a gold and glass circular
case and kept in a niche of the small
mountain church of San Pietro della
Ienca, near the city of L'Aquila.
Corrieri, who is part of an
association that looks after the small
church, said the incident felt more
like a "kidnapping" than a theft. "In
a sense, a person has been stolen," she
said by telephone.
She said she could not say if the
intention of the thieves may have
been to seek a ransom for the blood.
Apart from the reliquary and a
cruci x, nothing else was stolen
from the isolated church, even
though Corrieri said the thieves
would probably have had time to
take other objects during the night-
Some of John Paul's blood was
saved after an assassination attempt
that nearly killed him in St Peter's
Square on May 13, 1981. --- Reuters
ieves steal Pope John Paul relic
A former British journalist has
admitted illegally accessing celebrities'
voicemail messages while working at
Rupert Murdoch's News of the World
tabloid and its rival, the Sunday Mirror.
Dan Evans, 38, is the fourth News of
the World journalist to plead guilty to
phone hacking while working at the
disgraced tabloid, but the rst reporter
to admit that he used the illegal practice
at the rival Sunday Mirror.
His guilty plea was revealed in Britain's
phone-hacking trial at London's Old
Bailey court overnight as he appeared
as a prosecution witness at the high-
pro le trial of former News of the
World editors Rebekah Brooks and
Andy Coulson and several other former
Asked by a prosecutor what his job
at the Sunday Mirror was, Evans said:
"I was a news reporter. Principally I
was tasked with covering news events,
investigations, undercover work ---
latterly with hacking people's voicemail."
He claimed he was recruited by the
News of the World from its rival in 2005
partly because of his phone-hacking
e seven people on trial at the Old
Bailey all deny charges linked to hacking
between 2000 and 2006.
Murdoch shut down the News of the
World in July 2011 following a storm of
revelations that its sta had hacked the
phone of a murdered schoolgirl as well
as hundreds of celebrities and public
Earlier, British actor Jude Law gave
evidence, saying the media seemed
to have an "unhealthy amount of
information" about his private life.
e 41-year-old --- the most high-
pro le celebrity to testify at the trial so
far --- was also confronted for the rst
time with claims that a family member
sold stories about him to the paper.
He told the court he was aware that a
relative gave information to the tabloid,
which was famed for its celebrity scoops,
but had never heard suggestions that
they were paid.
Law said he had been under intense
media scrutiny between about 2001,
following his nomination for an Oscar
for e Talented Mr Ripley, and 2005 or
2006, a period in which he dated actress
" ere seemed to be an unhealthy
amount of information that people,
or someone, had that meant they had
access to my life and my whereabouts,"
Wearing a grey suit, white shirt and
blue spotted tie, he described how he was
followed by "packs of photographers"
who always seemed to know his
"I became aware that I was also turning
up at places having arranged to go there
secretly . . . and the media were already
there," he said. --- AFP
PICTURE: Getty Images
Former Sunday Mirror and News of the World reporter Dan Evans leaves the
Old Bailey in London. He pleaded guilty to phone hacking while working for
the Sunday Mirror.
Eric Lawson, who portrayed the
rugged Marlboro man in cigarette ads
during the late 1970s, has died. He
Lawson died on January 10 at his
home in San Luis Obispo of respiratory
failure due to chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, or COPD, his wife,
Susan Lawson said yesterday.
Lawson was an actor with bit parts
on such television shows as Baretta
and e Streets of San Francisco
when he was hired to appear in print
Marlboro ads from 1978 to 1981.
His other credits include Charlie's
Angels, Dynasty and Baywatch.
His wife said injuries sustained on
the set of a Western lm ended his
career in 1997.
A smoker since 14, Lawson
later appeared in an anti-smoking
commercial that parodied the
Marlboro man and an Entertainment
Tonight segment to discuss the
negative e ects of smoking.
Susan Lawson said her husband
was proud of the interview, even
though he was smoking at the time
and continued the habit until he was
diagnosed with COPD.
"He knew the cigarettes had a hold
on him," she said.
"He knew, yet he still couldn't stop."
A few actors and models who
pitched Marlboro brand cigarettes
have died of smoking-related diseases.
ey include David Millar, who died
of emphysema in 1987, and David
McLean, who died of lung cancer in
Lawson was also survived by six
children, 18 grandchildren and 11
great-grandchildren. --- AP
Smoking disease claims
1970s cigarette pin-up
e Marlboro man poster from the 1970s.
Russia has marked the 70th
anniversary of the breaking of the
Nazi siege of Leningrad during
World War Two that saw more than
a million people star ve to death.
Surrounded by several dozen
survivors of the siege, President
Vladimir Putin visited the famous
Piskaryovskoe Memorial Cemetery,
the main memorial to the victims of
the siege of Leningrad, the Soviet-
era name of St Petersburg.
Putin, who hails from the city, has
said his elder brother died during
e president laid owers at a
memorial on the banks of the Neva
River marking the site of one of the
most important battles during the
siege in which his father took part.
e 61-year-old leader was later
today scheduled to meet with
war veterans and survivors of the
siege and watch a commemorative
e 872-day siege by Nazi forces
between September 1941 and
January 1943 is seared into the
national consciousness as one of
the darkest moments in Russian
history. e blockade of the former
imperial capital claimed the lives
of more than a million people,
according to historians.
Most of them died of hunger,
their bodies littering the streets for
days as survivors were too weak to
bury the deceased.
Earlier, some 1500 people took
part in a military parade showcasing
Soviet-era wartime T-34 tanks as
well as modern Iskander missiles.
In the run-up to the anniversary
the local authorities put together an
exhibition reconstructing part of a
street in the city centre with siege-
related artefacts like sandbags,
boarded-up windows, theatre bills
and old cars and trolley buses.
"When I look at the chronicles
and the pictures I can barely hold
back tears," Natalia Zvereva, 60,
who brought her grandchild to see
the exhibition, said. "It was such an
Sergei Stepanenko, 45, added:
"My grandmother sur vived the
blockade. She could not talk about
it. It was too horrible." --- AFP
Russia marks 70 years
since Leningrad siege
Liberation of Auschwitz marked
e largest Knesset delegation in
history to leave Israel has toured
Auschwitz-Birkenau to mark
the 69th anniversary of the Nazi
German death camp's liberation
and honour the dwindling number
e 55 members of the Israeli
parliament walked through the
infamous "Arbeit macht frei"
wrought-iron gate of the camp,
which the Nazis set up in the
southern city of Oswiecim after
occupying Poland in World War
"We have a survivor dying every
hour in Israel and elsewhere. It's
so crucial to honour them before
it's too late," London-born Israeli
Jonny Daniels, who organised the
Knesset's visit, said.
e 28-year-old also said it was
"symbolic" to have so many Israeli
government representatives there
to hammer home the point that
Jews now have a "place of our own".
e Knesset delegation, led by
opposition leader Isaac Herzog and
coalition chairman Yariv Levin of
the governing Likud party, took
part in anniversary ceremonies
overnight --- International
Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Camp survivors were also joined
by parliamentarians from several
European countries, the United
States and Canada.
"We came from the land of life to
the place of evil, the place of death,
the worst place on earth. We have
come in your footsteps," Herzog
said at the ceremony, addressing the
Holocaust survivors earlier laid
wreaths at the death wall where
inmates were shot, with many
wearing blue and white scarves
evoking their prisoner garb.
Survivor Jacek Zieliniewicz, an
87-year-old who returns every year,
told AFP that standing at the spot
"one remembers those one lost
here: friends, acquaintances and
Zieliniewicz, who spent a year
at the camp and credits luck and
youthful vigour for his survival, says
he regularly speaks at schools with
words of warning.
"I tell the young folks that I'm
counting on them to be smart
enough and determined enough to
never allow another such massacre
to occur," he said. --- AFP
e gate to Auschwitz concentration camp.
British police will take no further
action against tv cook Nigella Lawson
after she told a court that she had taken
drugs, Scotland Yard says.
e Metropolitan Police said a
specialist team had examined all the
evidence relating to the 53-year-old's
confessions during the fraud trial of her
two former assistants, but has concluded
there will be no further action.
Self-styled domestic goddess
Lawson revealed during the trial of
Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo that
she took class A drug cocaine with
her late husband John Diamond when
he found out he had terminal cancer,
and in July 2010 when she claimed
she was being "subjected to intimate
terrorism" by her former husband,
In a statement, Scotland Yard said there
were "serious public interest concerns"
about the message a prosecution would
send to potential witnesses and victims
in the future, and could deter people
from being candid with police and the
" e decision has been taken based on
a number of factors, including the need
for police action to be proportionate,
whether further action would be in the
public interest, and after consultation
with the Crown Prosecution Service,"
the statement read.
" ere are serious public interest
concerns about the message any
prosecution would send out to potential
witnesses and victims in the future.
"While witnesses clearly cannot simply
admit to any o ence under oath without
consequences, this has to be balanced
with the requirement for victims and
witnesses to tell the truth."
During the trial of the Grillo sisters
last year, Lawson told jurors she had
tried cocaine, but said the idea that she
was a habitual user of the class A drug
e tv star said she was "not proud" but
would rather be "honest and ashamed"
about what she had done.
She also admitted that she began
taking cannabis in the last year of her
marriage to multi-millionaire Saatchi.
No action over Nigella's drug taking
At least 45 people have been killed in
a suspected Boko Haram attack on a
market in restive north-east Nigeria, and
police have warned that the death toll
"So far, we have 45 dead and 26 injured
. . . but the gures could increase as our
men are still in the village searching for
more casualties," Borno State police
commissioner Lawan Tanko told AFP.
Witnesses to the attack in Kawuri, in
the Konduga area of Borno state, 37km
south-east of Maiduguri, earlier said
that 15 people had been killed and 20
One witness, Isa Ibrahim, said gunmen
stormed the town on four-wheel-drive
vehicles, pretending to be traders who
had come to do business in the market.
"Unknown to the people, the gunmen
had planted improvised explosive devices
at strategic areas in the town before
carrying out the attack on residents," he
Several houses and vehicles were set on
re before the gunmen ed, he said.
45 gunned down at market
A Liberal MP criticised for skoalling
beer upside down at an Australia Day
party says he was drinking responsibly.
Queensland MP Andrew Laming
was snapped on social media doing a
handstand while drinking a glass of beer
at a private party in his electoral seat of
Mr Laming faced criticism yesterday
from residents concerned the politician
was sending the wrong message to young
people, News Corp Australia reports.
But the backbencher said he was simply
engaging in a "light-hearted" stunt.
"It's drinking responsibly. No one's
harmed," he told Macquarie Radio
Network last night.
He said he was making himself
available to youth in his electorate in
attending the party, and denied he was
challenged to do the stunt.
"My local community has seen me do it
before. If the moment's right, I will do it."
He later took to Twitter to deliver a
tongue-in-cheek jibe at critics.
"Appreciate the good-hearted
commentary everyone. Clearly the
science is in. Males can multi-task."
Liberal MP skoals beer upside down
A Chinese court has sentenced to death
a patient who fatally stabbed a doctor
over what he considered a botched nose
operation, State media reports, in a
case spotlighting China's overburdened
Lian Enqing, 33, killed an ear, nose
and throat specialist and injured two
others because he "felt displeased with
his nose and claimed to be su ering
respiratory problems", the Xinhua State
news agency said.
"While the hospital con rmed that
the surgery was successful, Lian felt he
was being cheated by the doctors," it
cited Lian's sister as saying.
e attack last October prompted
dozens of hospital sta to protest outside
their workplace in Wenling city in the
eastern province of Zhejiang, urging
stronger safety guarantees in the face of
periodic violence by patients.
Doctors in China, the world's most
populous nation, are often overburdened
with too many cases and taking bribes
for better care is reportedly a widespread
Authorities last month announced
a one-year campaign to improve
protection for hospital sta against
attackers. --- AFP
Doctor killed over
'botched' nose surgery
ieves armed with toy weapons
who dug a tunnel into a post o ce in
Florence stole 70,000 euros ($116,090)
after locking terri ed sta in the vault,
police told AFP.
" e armed robbers had hidden inside
the post o ce. ey jumped out at the
sta on their arrival and forced them to
open up the vault," a policewoman in
charge of the probe into the theft in the
Italian city overnight said.
Some 50,000 euros in cash and 20,000
euros in tax stamps were stolen by the
thieves, who ed back along the 12m
long tunnel, which they are believed to
have dug during the weekend, she said.
Before making their escape, the bandits
--- dressed entirely in black --- locked the
12 members of sta in the vault. eir
toy guns were later discovered discarded
in the tunnel. --- AFP
Tunnelling thieves raid post office
Buckingham Palace is advertising
for a new housekeeping assistant,
whose duties include running the
royal baths and arranging serving
e successful applicant for the
£14,400 ($28,152) a year post will
be responsible for "high quality
cleaning, presentation and guest
care" at Queen Elizabeth II's o cial
Duties include "arranging dry-
cleaning, care of jewellery, running
baths, assisting with dressing if
required and arranging the service
of tea and breakfast trays".
e advert on the Royal
Household's web page says the
new employee will be working
in proximity to members of the
royal family and so must be able to
"maintain con dentiality".
e job holder is responsible
for the upkeep of the carpets,
upholstery, antique furnishings,
artworks, picture frames, mirrors
and silver and brass items.
Applicants for the 40 hours a
week job should be "meticulous
with a close attention to detail" and
willing to work away from London
for around three months a year.
"Food and accommodation is
provided, for which there will be a
salary adjustment," the advert says.
e Royal Household's brief
is to provide "exceptional advice
and support" to Queen Elizabeth,
enabling her to serve Britain and its
It employs approximately 1200
sta from gardeners, to curators,
cooks, secretaries and furniture
planners. --- AFP
Wanted: New housekeeper for Queen
United States authorities have
led criminal charges against two
operators of a Bitcoin exchange,
which enabled its users to buy
drugs and other illicit goods on the
Silk Road underground website.
Federal prosecutors said they
unsealed a criminal complaint
against Robert Faiella and Charlie
Shrem, who ran a company
allowing people to use cash to buy
Bitcoins, a virtual currency which
is based on a mysterious computer
e two are charged with
conspiracy to commit money
laundering and running an
unlicensed money transmitting
business, according to a statement
from the US Attorney's o ce in
Shrem, 24, also charged with
violating the Bank Secrecy Act by
failing to le any suspicious activity
reports, was arrested yesterday at
John F Kennedy International
Airport in New York.
Faiella, 52, was arrested at his
home overnight in Cape Coral,
"As alleged, Robert Faiella and
Charlie Shrem schemed to sell
over $US1 million ($1.213 million)
in Bitcoins to criminals bent on
tra cking narcotics on the dark
web drug site, Silk Road," US
Attorney Preet Bharara said in a
"Truly innovative business models
don't need to resort to old-fashioned
law-breaking, and when Bitcoins,
like any traditional currency, are
laundered and used to fuel criminal
activity, law enforcement has no
choice but to act."
e new charges come more than
three months after federal o cials
seized the Silk Road website used
for drugs, hacker tools and other
illegal goods and arrested its
alleged mastermind, Ross William
Ulbricht, who was said to be "Dread
Ulbricht, who is awaiting trial in
New York, has denied the charges
and also claims he is not "Dread
In November, a message
appeared on the social media site
Reddit claiming Silk Road had
reopened weeks after it was shut
down by the Federal Bureau of
Bitcoin was invented in the wake
of the global nancial crisis by a
mysterious computer guru using the
pseudonym Satoshi Nakamotoby.
Bitcoin dealers charged in US
computers including one used by
the Defence Ministry department
dealing with civilians in the
occupied West Bank, an Israeli data
protection expert says.
"At the beginning of this month
a number of mails were sent to a
number of companies in Israel,
including security organisations,"
Aviv Ra , chief technology o cer
at Israeli cyber security rm
Seculert told army radio overnight.
" ere was an attachment and
whoever opened it was infected
with a virus, a Trojan Horse,
which allowed the attackers to
control those computers. One of
the computers belonged to the
Civil Administration," he said in
reference to the Defence Ministry
department, sta ed by the military.
Asked to comment, the military
said in a statement: " e reports are
currently being looked into."
Ra did not identify the source
of the attack but the radio said it
was "apparently from Gaza". It said
that only the Civil Administration's
public network was a ected and
no classi ed communications were
compromised. --- AFP
Cyber attack hits Israeli defence computer
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