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A 10-year-old Norwegian boy took
his toddler sister for a joy ride in the
family car, ending up in a snowy ditch
and then posing as a dwarf.
e children had travelled about
10km towards their grandmother's
house when a snowplough driver
saw the automatic car stuck in a
ditch on a quiet country road in
south-east Norway, according to the
police, who were informed about
" is seems to have happened on an
"He woke up at night, his sister
was also awake and he decided to
take her for a ride," police o cer
Kai Lyshaugen said in the southern
region of Vestoppland.
According to the Norwegian
daily Dagbladet, the boy told the
snowplough driver that they were
on their way to their grandmother's
house, about 30km away.
He later told another snowplough
operator he was a dwarf and had
wound up in the ditch when making
a hasty u-turn to go home for his
e boy and his 18-month-
old sister, who was sitting on the
passenger seat without a seatbelt,
were unharmed and cheerful when
they were found.
"He asked for help to tow his
vehicle so they could continue their
journey," Lyshaugen said.
Police returned the children to their
parents. --- AFP
Norwegian boy, 10, takes young sister on joyride
e Islamic cleric who allegedly
conducted a marriage between a child
bride and an adult man has been stood
down by his local mosque and had his
visa sponsorship revoked.
Pakistani national Riaz Tasawar, 35,
was this week arrested and charged
with solemnisation of a marriage by an
e marriage was allegedly between a
12-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man
in New South Wales' Hunter region in
Police say the the man became involved
in an ongoing sexual relationship with
the girl and have charged him with 25
counts of sexual intercourse with a child
between 10 and 14 years of age.
e Islamic Centre of Newcastle, the
mosque where Tasawar was the resident
imam, yesterday said it had severed
ties with the man and had decided to
withdraw its sponsorship visa for the
Islamic centre president Yunus Kara
said the mosque and the Islamic
community were shocked by the news
of the marriage, which he said was
done "very secretively" and without the
knowledge of the centre's management.
Meanwhile, the 61-year-old father
of the girl was yesterday charged with
procuring a child for unlawful sexual
activity and being an accessory before
the fact to sexual intercourse with a
person between 10 and 14 years of age.
e State Crime Command said
yesterday that the 61-year-old was
arrested and charged at Raymond Terrace
after investigations into the alleged
underage marriage in the Newcastle area
earlier this year.
He was charged with being an
accessory before the fact of having sexual
intercourse with a child aged 10-14 years
and procuring a child under 14 years for
unlawful sexual activity.
e man was refused bail.
A bail application for the 26-year-old
man was adjourned. --- AAP
Bowling Green (Kentucky)
A sinkhole has collapsed part of
the National Corvette Museum in
Kentucky, damaging eight cars but
not shutting down the building.
Museum spokeswoman Katie
Frassinelli said six of the cars were
owned by the museum and two ---
a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009
ZR1 Blue Devil --- were on loan
from General Motors.
Bowling Green city spokeswoman
Kim Lancaster said the hole
opened up at about 5.40am
yesterday (local time), setting o
an alarm and a call to the re
Frassinelli said no one was in the
museum at the time.
e hole is in part of the domed
section of the museum, and that
area will remain closed.
It is an original part of the facility
for which was completed in 1994.
e re department estimated the
hole was about 13m across and up
to 10m deep.
Pictures of the sinkhole show
a collapsed section of oor with
cars visible inside the hole. A few
metres away, other Cor vettes sat
undamaged and undisturbed.
Frassinelli said the rest of the
museum was open on Wednesday.
e other cars damaged were
a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984
PPG Pace Car, a 1992 white one
millionth Cor vette, a 1993 ruby red
40th anniversary Corvette, a 2001
Mallett Hammer Z06 Cor vette and
a 2009 white 1.5 millionth Corvette.
Lancaster said information was
still being gathered about what
exactly happened, but it appeared
to be the rst problem of its kind at
Bowling Green sits in the midst
of the State's largest karst region
--- the Western Pennyroyal area,
where many of Kentucky's longest
and deepest caves run underground.
A karst display distinctive surface
features, including sinkholes.
No injuries were reported.
Frassinelli said a structural
engineer had been called to the
museum to assess existing damage
and the stability of the surrounding
e museum is set to host
the 2014 Corvette Caravan in
September, a celebration marking
the 20th anniversary of the museum.
Although the event is still a year
away, 1200 people already are
registered for the 2014 Corvette
Caravan that will mark the 20th
anniversary of the National
Museum o cials expect car clubs
from all 50 states and Canada to
converge on Bowling Green for the
Bowling Green is also the lone
place where General Motors builds
the famous Cor vette. --- AP
Sinkhole swallows par t of Cor vette Museum
Cor vettes are seen in a sinkhole which swallowed eight of the famous General Motors cars in the National Cor vette Museum in Bowling Green,
Afghanistan has halted conservation
work at a site once occupied by ancient
Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban
because the team involved is suspected
of secretly trying to rebuild one of the
statue's feet, the United Nations said.
Any attempt to rebuild the statues
without o cial permission could lead to
the site losing its World Heritage status.
e Taliban's supreme leader, Mullah
Mohammad Omar, decreed in early
2001 that two ancient giant Buddha
statues in the valley in Bamiyan province
were un-Islamic and ordered they be
destroyed. ey were blown up the next
e German wing of the International
Council on Monuments and Sites
(ICOMOS) had been working alongside
the United Nations in the valley, aiming
to reinforce the cli into which the
Buddha statues were carved.
But the work was halted after a team
from the UN cultural agency UNESCO
visited the site in December and found
pillars built into the rock which looked
suspiciously like feet, according to a
UNESCO o cial.
" ese pillars are the controversial issue.
Questions were raised concerning their
design, that they resembled somehow
the feet or the legs," UNESCO's
Brendan Cassar said.
Cassar said the pillars were never
meant to look like part of the original
statue and his o ce was unaware of their
design when the work started.
" at should have been cleared not just
by us, but the government and potentially
the World Heritage Committee."
e Ministry of Culture and
Information has ordered that the
work be stopped as recommended by
e ICOMOS o ce in Germany
referred Reuters to a statement that
said it had acted with the permission of
the Afghan authorities for monument
It also said its work had been stopped
by UNESCO's head in Kabul who had
recommended that it be bulldozed.
ICOMOS described this as "an insulting
proposal for a brutal action, which would
continue the destructive work of the
e destruction of the Bamiyan
Buddhas in 2001 shocked the world and
drew attention to the hardline rule of the
Six months later, the Taliban's al
Qaeda allies launched the September 11
attacks on the United States. US-backed
Afghani forces ousted the Taliban weeks
Since then, there have been proposals
for the statues to be rebuilt but the
government has yet to settle on a plan.
e government's director of historical
monuments said he was in favour of
rebuilding the statues if the World
Heritage Committee (WHC) approved
of a design.
" e WHC has not approved but
the government of Afghanistan has
requested to rebuild the statue," the
director, Abdul Ahad Abassi, told
Reuters at his o ce in Kabul.
"If the WHC accepts this request, then
we will proceed."
e controversial work had taken place
over two weeks in an eastern niche,
where the smaller, 38m, statue once
stood overlooking the valley. Its larger
companion, to the west, towered 55m
over the ancient Silk Route.
Abassi said he hoped the statues could
be rebuilt with old fragments.
"We'll put the original pieces in their
place and maybe use some llings for
those that have vanished." --- Reuters
Sca olding shrouds one of the Bamiyan Buddhas.
Police have seized Dutch on-line
bazaar Utopia, a website similar to the
infamous Silk Road website for trading
illegal goods, and arrested ve suspects,
the Dutch public prosecutor says.
Buyers could access the site using the
Tor platform, which provides anonymity
on the internet, and purchase drugs
including ecstasy and cocaine as well as
guns and stolen credit cards.
Purchases could be made using the
virtual Bitcoin currency, of which police
seized 900, worth between 400,000
euros and 600,000 euros ($653,566 to
"Police in ltrated and bought several
items of drugs and rearms," the public
prosecutor said in a statement.
Undercover Dutch police were also
contacted and paid to carry out a
contract killing, the statement said.
Internet news website Deep Dot
Web published screen grabs of some
of the products that had been available
on Utopia, including "Blue Nintendo"
ecstasy pills at 207 euros for 50.
Police opened their investigation last
year into Utopia and similar website
Black Market Reloaded (BMR), which
"left the internet after receiving a lot
of visitors at the end of last year", the
e increase in visitors to BMR came
after US authorities in October shut
down the Silk Road website, known as
"the drugs eBay".
Police seized Utopia's Germany-
based servers and arrested a person
there. Dutch authorities hope he will be
extradited to the Netherlands.
e other four suspects, aged 29 to 46,
were detained in the Netherlands.
Utopia was accessible using Tor
(originally an acronym for e Onion
Router), an anti-censorship navigator
a ording web anonymity by shifting the
apparent identity of a user's computer by
changing its IP address.
United States authorities in October
arrested 29-year-old Ross William
Ulbricht for allegedly running the Silk
Road on-line black market bazaar.
He pleaded not guilty on February 7
to charges including money laundering
and drug smuggling. --- AFP
Dutch close website selling drugs, guns
e Astoria, which ser ved as a recording studio for Pink Floyd.
A historic houseboat that was turned
into a studio used by Pink Floyd to
record songs had to be lashed to a tree
to prevent it from oating away during
the oods in England.
e century-old Astoria has been
owned by the group's guitarist David
Gilmour for 28 years and has also been
used for his solo material as well as
mixing a number of releases.
e Floyd frontman's wife, Polly
Samson, posted a picture of the
houseboat on-line with webbing straps
stretched across a ooded river bank to
hold it in position on the deluged River
ames. She wrote on Twitter: " ey've
tied Astoria to a tree to stop her from
e boat --- moored at Hampton,
Surrey --- was built in 1911 for music-
hall impresario Fred Karno, whose
troupe of comic acts included Charlie
Chaplin and Stan Laurel.
Its grand scale, at 27m long, was
designed to accommodate an orchestra
to enable Karno to have the nest boat
on the stretch.
It has been used to record sections
of Pink Floyd albums A Momentary
Lapse of Reason and e Division
Bell, and also featured in the BBC
series ree Men in a Boat, in which
Dara O'Briain, Gri Rhys Jones and
Rory McGrath recreated the journey
in the book by Jerome K Jerome from
Kingston Upon ames to Oxford.
Pink Floyd houseboat lashed to tree
China's troubled Jade Rabbit lunar
rover has died on the surface of the
moon, State media reports, in a major
setback for the country's ambitious space
e rover "could not be restored to full
function", the State-owned China News
Service said in a brief statement, after
the country's rst moon rover ran into
mechanical problems last month.
e Jade Rabbit, or Yutu in Chinese,
was deployed on the moon's surface
on December 15. e landing was the
rst of its kind since the former Soviet
Union's mission nearly four decades ago.
But the rover experienced a
"mechanical control abnormality" late
January, according to the o cial Xinhua
news agency, and has been unable to
function since then.
e mission was a huge source of
pride in China, the third country to
successfully send a lunar rover to the
moon, after the United States and the
former Soviet Union. --- AFP
China's lunar rover declared dead Berlin
German prosecutors say 10 people
have been charged with negligent
manslaughter and causing bodily harm
over the 2010 Love Parade stampede in
which 21 people including an Australian
woman were killed.
ose charged are four sta of the
techno music festival organiser Lopavent
and six members of the administration
of the western city of Duisburg, chief
prosecutor Horst Bien said overnight.
"An event where people wanted to
party, dance, have fun turned into a
terrible tragedy," Bien told a press
conference. "Twenty-one people had to
die, hundreds were injured.
" e victims, their relatives and the
bereaved are still su ering today because
of the traumatic events."
In the tragedy on July 24, 2010, a large
crowd of revellers at one of Europe's top
techno events was forced to go through
a narrow tunnel that served as the only
entrance and exit to the festival grounds
in the industrial city.
ose killed --- 13 women and eight
men who were crushed, trampled to
death or su ocated --- included a
27-year-old woman from New South
Wales and six other foreigners.
More than 500 were injured. --- AFP
10 charged over deadly stampede
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