The Suns royal editor arrested
LONDON: Duncan Larcombe,royal editor of Rupert Murdoch-owned The Sun,was on Thursday arrested along with two others in connection with Scotland Yards inquiry into alleged illegal payments to public officials by journalists for information.
France for more UN monitors in Syria
PARIS: The French foreign minister urged a more robust international observer mission in Syria,than it has been willing to accept. In Syria Thursday,activists said regime forces took control of a town and shot at activists.
Tobacco giants fight Oz laws
SYDNEY: Tobacco companies accused the Australian government of destroying the worth of their trademarks by forcing them to strip logos off cigarette packs,during a court battle over the worlds toughest laws on cigarette promotion on Thursday.
There was no immediate ruling following the three-day hearing in Australias High Court over the constitutionality of the countrys strict plain-packaging laws,which ban tobacco companies from displaying their distinctive colors,brand designs and logos on cigarette packs in a bid to make smoking less attractive.
Cigarettes will instead be sold in drab,olive green packs,featuring graphic health warnings and images of cancer-riddled mouths and bulging,blinded eyeballs. The law takes effect in December.
Obama,Romney neck and neck in poll
NEW YORK: An equal number of voters in a New York Times-CBS News poll said they were as confident in Mitt Romneys (above) ability to lead the economy and be commander-in-chief as Barack Obamas.