Sun, Aug 29, 2010 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take

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■UNITED KINGDOM

BA sorry for false warning

Passengers on a British Airways (BA) flight from London to Hong Kong were mistakenly told to prepare for a crash landing, causing panic onboard. The carrier said on Friday it had apologized for causing customers distress after an emergency message was accidentally triggered. Passengers heard the message: “This is an emergency. We may shortly need to make an emergency landing on water.” Michelle Lord, who was onboard, told The Sun tabloid: “People were terrified. We all thought we were going to die,” BA said it is investigating how the error happened. “Our cabin crew immediately made an announcement following the message advising customers that it was played in error and that the flight would continue as normal,” the airline said in a statement.

■SPAIN

Man cuts off penis

A Kazakh man cut off his penis at Madrid’s Barajas airport in order to avoid being extradited home and was hospitalized in a serious condition, local media reported. The 52-year-old man had finished serving a five-year prison sentence for a violent crime and was to be extradited back to Kazakhstan overnight on Monday. Despite being escorted by several police officers, he managed to slip a knife out of his clothing and cut off his penis. The man was admitted to a Madrid hospital and was still in a serious condition on Friday, local media said.

■UNITED KINGDOM

Smart dancers lap it up

One in four lap dancers has a university degree and the majority of those involved in the industry enjoy their work, earning up to £48,000 (US$74,500) a year, academic research has found. Researchers from the University of Leeds discovered that many women had chosen to get into lap dancing for the money or because it fitted in with their careers. “These young women do not buy the line that they are being exploited, because they are the ones making the money out of a three-minute dance and a bit of a chat,” Teela Sanders told the Independent newspaper. “You have got to have a certain way about how you to do it. They say 80 percent of the job is talking. These women do work hard for their money — you don’t just turn up and wiggle your bum.” The research, which involved interviews with 300 dancers, found there was a high level of job satisfaction and all had some qualifications.

■UNITED KINGDOM

Family allege spy smeared

The family of a murdered spy said on Friday that they were “deeply upset” over claims about his private life and suggested the security services may be behind a smear campaign. Gareth Williams’s body was discovered in a holdall in the bath of an apartment in London on Monday. Police believe he may have been dead for two weeks. Williams, 30, worked at GCHQ, the government’s eavesdropping and security center and was days from completing a year-long secondment at MI6. Reports that police had found evidence linking him to a male escort agency and that bondage equipment was found at his apartment were challenged by his family. William Hughes, 62, a cousin of Williams’s mother, Ellen, said “I don’t see any evidence of it. It never crossed my mind that Gareth was that sort of person. He left home at a young age and what happened in his private life was his business ... It is heartbreaking that he has died so young and his family have enough on their plate without having to read these stories.” Hughes said it was possible the government or another agency might be trying to discredit Williams.

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