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NIGERIAN MILITANTS END CEASEFIRE IN OIL REGION

MEND, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Nigerian Delta, ends its ceasefire over comments by Gordon Brown. These guys attack pipelines and have cut Nigerian oil production by 25%. Washington Post here has a very brief article on them. Funding? Connctions?

39 REPUTED MOBSTERS DETAINED ON YACHT

But almost all were released. Alleged to have been a meeting of “thieves-in-law” [vory v zakonye] at which a dispute between Oniani and Usoyan was either to be settled or war declared. Sounds fascinating, if true. It’s all “alleged”. Happened on a yacht in a reservoir near Moscow. Police commandos rapelled down from a helicopter. Cabaret?

THE AXIOMS OF EVIL

Nice appeal to get rid of that dreadfully unhelpful word “terrorism” by a lecturer from Monash, tying it to Nelson Mandela’s de-designation, if that’s the right word. Nice finish: it is entirely possible to be both terrorist and freedom fighter.

JOINT POLICE STATIONS IN TOURIST AREAS PROPOSED

Another headline grabber from the same meeting. I love the idea of a French cop “escorting” a French drunk back to his/her hotel in Prague. I mean that’s exactly what they would do in Paris…isn’t it? Dear old William Hague chuntering into his brandy about wasting police resources. Does he know where abroad is? Anywhere outside Yorkshire, I suspect. Time he made his guest appearance in Last of the Summer Wine…oh wait! he’s going to be Foreign or Home Secretary in two years time.

POLICE TARGET RISING METAL THEFT

Church roofs used to be raided in the past. Is it “developing countries” demand or one of those economic cycle phenomena? 38 police forces involved in a coordinated response. Fine, but what happens after the two days are over?

POLICE BLITZ ON GANGS PUTS 40 BEHIND BARS

Liverpool is my home city, so I check the local paper regularly. Report on the aftermath of the murder of Rhys Jones. Firearms incidents up, but from 5 to 9 over a six month period. Huge effort at disruption from the figures given

18,000 WOMEN AND CHILDREN TRAFFICKED INTO UK SEX TRADE

Report on Operation Pentameter 2. Lots of figures for researchers. Couldnt find the BBC link, although the story was on the radio yesterday. Small print says 6,000 to 18,000.Guardian version at http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/jul/03/childprotection.internationalcrime concentrates on internal trafficking.

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