Arrest in missing girl case
Police investigating the disappearance of a five-year-old girl in Wales have arrested a man on suspicion of murder. April Jones was last seen by another child getting into a grey van in the town of Machynlleth on Monday evening. Mark Bridger, a 46-year-old man, was arrested the next day on suspicion of abduction. Police said on Friday that Bridger had been re-arrested on suspicion of murder. The girl’s disappearance has sparked a huge hunt that saw hundreds of local volunteers combing woods and fields. She still has not been found. Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan said police remain committed to finding her.
Archeological dig starts
A new search has begun at an island where an ancient device known as the world’s “oldest computer” was found over a century ago, an official said on Friday, adding that other discoveries were possible. Archaeologists this week returned to Antikythera, the Aegean Sea island where sponge divers in 1900-1901 found the so-called “Antikythera Mechanism,” a remarkable second-century BC device that tracked the cycles of the solar system. “These are unexplored sea depths beneath a trade route known since antiquity,” said Angeliki Simosi, head of Greece’s ephorate of underwater
antiquities. “This is virgin territory,” she said.
Believed to operate by crank and containing inter-meshing gears, the mechanism could be used to calculate eclipses and moon cycles. The technology was comparable to astronomical clocks that only appeared some 1,600 years later. It was found in the wreck of a cargo ship apparently carrying booty to Rome.
Putin’s desirability polled
One in five Russian women say they would be willing to marry President Vladimir Putin, according to a poll published yesterday. Six percent of respondents said they would definitely marry Putin, who turns 60 on Oct. 7, while 14 percent said they would probably like to wed him, the Moscow-based Levada Center said in a statement on its Web site. Two-thirds said they would not, including 43 percent of women who were definitely opposed. Among women with secondary educations and aged between 25 and 39, a quarter said they would like to marry Vladimir Putin, the polling organization said. Twenty-four percent of lower-class Russians and 22 percent of village residents said they were interested. Those most uninterested in marrying the three-term president were the wealthy, with 86 percent saying they would pass up the chance, according to the poll. Seven in 10 women age 55 or older were also opposed, Levada said.