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Glitter: Allegations could have financial motivation

Gary Glitter has told a court some of the claims made against him could have a financial motivation.

In cross examination, prosecutor John Price QC asked Glitter about claims made by one woman that when she was just 12 he plied her with champagne backstage before inviting her to his hotel and having sex with her.

Glitter said it was very hard for him to believe that either the girl or her mother had been to his dressing room.

Mr Price asked: "Do you know of any reason why (she) should falsely accuse you of the things she says you did to her on those occasions?"

Glitter replied: "I don't know her so I don't know, but it is not the first time that people have made allegations about me and received money."

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Netanyahu: Those responsible for convoy attack will 'pay full price'

Those responsible for the deadly attack on an Israeli military convoy near southern Lebanon "will pay the full price", the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

Mr Netanyahu was speaking ahead of consultations with Israeli security chiefs on further military response to the Hezbollah assault.

Slaughterhouse boss first to face jail over horsemeat scandal

The boss of a slaughterhouse has become the first person to face jail over the horsemeat scandal after he admitted failing to abide by EU meat rules.

Abattoir owner Peter Boddy (right) has become the first person to face jail. Credit: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

Peter Boddy, 65, admitted one count of failing to abide by EU meat traceability regulations concerning more than 17 horse carcasses.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years' imprisonment.

He admitted selling 50 horses for meat but failing to keep proper records to show who bought them.

There is no suggestion that buyers did not know they were purchasing horsemeat.

Prosecutors said they did not know where the meat might have ended up.

The slaughterhouse's 54-year-old manager David Moss, admitted forging an invoice concerning the number of horses sold in a transaction on February 12 2013.

But he denied failing to comply with food traceability requirements for more than 17 horse carcasses between July 2012 and February 2013, and the charge was left to lie on file, as well as a charge of failing to comply with EU meat traceability regulations.

The pair will be sentenced on March 23 at Southwark Crown Court.

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New Greek PM announces anti-austerity measures

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Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced a series of measures which signalled his intent to stick to the anti-austerity pledges that saw the party win last week's election.

He has announced plans to:

  • Halt privatisation agreed under the country's bailout deal, including the sale of a stake in the country's largest electricity company, Public Power Corporation of Greece (PPC).
  • Reinstate public sector employees judged to have been laid off without proper justification.
  • Increase pension payments for retired people on low incomes.

The measures could set the country on course for a clash with the rest of Europe, especially Germany, which has said it will not renegotiate the aid package needed to help the country pay its debts. But Tsipras remains defiant.

We are coming in to radically change the way that policies and administration are conducted in this country

– Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister

Greek bank stocks have fallen by more than 22% today in a third day of turmoil following Tsipras' election success.

Spanish UN peacekeeper killed in southern Lebanon

Burning vehicles are seen near the village of Ghajar on Israel's border with Lebanon. Credit: Reuters

The United Nations peacekeeper killed in southern Lebanon today was Spanish, Associated Press has reported.

Zeina Karam, AP's Beruit Bureau Chief says that the Israeli ambassador has called Spain's foreign minister today offering condolences for the death of the UN peacekeeper.

The peacekeeper, serving with a UN monitoring force in southern Lebanon, was killed as Israel responded with air strikes and artillery fire, a UN spokesman and Spanish officials said.

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