Doubts surface over McCain loyalist’s ‘B’ scar face attack

John McCain’s Washington, Oct 24 : Doubts are being expressed about a McCain volunteer’s claim of being robbed in Pittsburgh by an attacker who cut a ''B'' in her face after noticing a McCain bumper sticker on her car.

According to the FOX news, within hours after the alleged assault was made public, doubts were expressed about her account. Police say Todd initially refused medical attention, though she later went to the hospital.

Labour Party accused of suppressing true extent of surge in violence in Britain.

London, Oct 24 : The Labour party has been accused of hiding the true extent of the surge in violence in Britain.

According to the Sun, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith admitted some forces have not kept proper records for ten years, following revelations that police chiefs hid a massive surge in violence.

Tories and anti-crime campaigners said the system has created a "shambles", and blamed it on Labour''s obsession with crime-fighting targets.

Since Labour came to power, cops have recorded assaults under a less serious category if no grievous harm was inflicted, quoted the newspaper.

Markets tumble in the Nordic region

Stockholm, Oslo - Markets in the Nordic region tumbled Friday, shadowing developments in main markets in Europe and Asia.

The Stockholm bourse general index OMXS was down 9 per cent early Friday afternoon on reports of flagging demand for trucks from Swedish heavy-vehicle makers Volvo and Scania.

Volvo shares were down some 20 per cent after its third-quarter report was published, while Scania was off 10 per cent.

Poor reports from investment banking group Carnegie and construction company JM also contributed to the negative trends.

JM said it planned to trim some 600 jobs from its 2,400-strong workforce.

Anti-piracy NATO warships ready to defend UN vessels

SomaliaMons, Belgium - Three NATO warships have reached the coast of Somalia and are ready to defend United Nations vessels from possible attacks by pirates, the alliance confirmed Friday.

Italy's ITS Durand de la Penne, Greece's HS Themistokles and Britain's HMS Cumberland were to begin escorting World Food Programme (WFP) vessels carrying food aid to Africa.

Jewish cemetery headstones destroyed in Romania

Bucharest - Unknown vandals have knocked over and, in some cases, destroyed 131 headstones in Bucharest's Jewish cemetery.

According to the Mediafax news agency on Friday, the vandals also smashed windows in the administrative offices of the cemetery in Romania's capital.

Some office equipment was also destroyed.

No anti-Semitic slogans were discovered on the destroyed headstones, according to police.

Romania's Justice Ministry denounced the vandalism and promised a speedy investigation of the crime and punishment for those responsible.

There are only about 9,000 remaining members of Romania's Jewish community.

Tsvangirai about-turn on SADC meeting - will attend, minus passport

Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic ChangeJohannesburg - Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Friday ratcheted back an earlier threat not to participate in a regional meeting on the crisis in Zimbabwe, saying party leader Morgan Tsvangirai would attend, despite still lacking a passport.

"Yes, he is attending. But he still doesn't have his passport," MDC spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka said, referring to Monday's meeting of a group of leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the 15-nation regional political alliance.