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10 WORLD MONDAY JUNE 9 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 D-Day vet goes AWOL HOVE: An 89-YEAR-OLD veteran who ran away from his care home in England to join the D-Day commemorations in France has returned home, hailed as the embodiment of World War II fighting spirit. Bernard Jordan said he had no regrets after slipping out of The Pines nursing home in Hove on the southern English coast on Thursday wearing his medals under his raincoat. The former Royal Navy officer joined a coach party heading for events marking the 70th anniversary of the landings at Ouistreham in Normandy, northern France. Jordan was missing for about 12 hours before a younger veteran contacted the home to say he was fine but in France with former comrades. I had a great time, Im really pleased I did it, said Mr Jordan on his return. He accepted that his stunt might get him in trouble. Yeah, Im going to have to face that but its just one of those things, he added. Ferry official Sonia Pittam, who met Mr Jordan on his journey to France, described him as a game old boy. He didnt say much about the landings, just how pleased he was to be on board and couldnt believe how everyone was looking after them (the veterans) and all the people waving on the route to the harbour entrance, she said. He kept saying, All this for us. Debbie McDonald, manager of Mr Jordans care home, said he was now back with them and resting. Hes really tired so at the moment, she said. The company which runs the home has insisted he was not banned from joining the commemorations. Mr Jordan embodied the spirit and determination of June 6, 1944, the Daily Mail said, while the Daily Telegraph wrote that his actions showed all the determination that got him through the Normandy invasion. Bernard Jordan is driven home after returning from anniversary celebrations of the Normandy landings in World War II Reward in plane search KUALA LUMPUR: Several relatives of those aboard Flight MH370 have launched a drive to raise $US5 million ($A5.41 million) to reward any insider who comes forward and resolves the mystery of the planes disappearance exactly three months ago. The Reward MH370 campaign is launched on fundraising website Indiegogo and aims to raise at least $5 million to encourage a whistleblower to come forward with infor mation, the families said in a press release. The Malaysia Airlines jet lost contact on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard about two-thirds of them Chinese. The Boeing 777 is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, but an extensive search has turned up no sign of wreckage so far, leaving frustrated and anguished families of those aboard suspecting a cover-up. Thousands flee floods KABUL: Flash floods have killed about 60 people in northern Afghanistan, washing away hundreds of homes and forcing thousands to flee, with officials warning that the death toll is expected to rise. The floods in the remote mountainous district of Baghlan province come a month after a landslide triggered by heavy rains buried a village and killed 300 people in a nearby region. The twin disasters highlight the challenges facing underdeveloped Afghanistans next leader as the country heads into the second round of the presidential election on June 14. People have lost everything they had houses, property, villages, agricultural fields, cattle, Baghlan police spokesman Jawed Basharat said about the floods. Theres nothing left for them to survive. People dont even having drinking water, Dope helps pets in pain LOS ANGELES: Medical marijuana is becoming more and more accepted as a useful treatment for people suffering pain, nausea related to chemotherapy, epileptic convulsions and HIV/AIDS in the US. Now some vets are saying that its helping pets. One of those is Los Angeles vet Doug Kramer, 36, known as the Vet Guru who said that he feels obligated to speak out about the benefits of the drug. I grew tired of euthanising pets when I wasnt doing everything I could to make their lives better, he said. He dosed his Siberian husky Nikita with cannabis during the final weeks of her life after shed had surgery to remove tumours. Not only did Nikita stop whimpering while using cannabis, but she started eating, gaining weight and meeting him at the door again, Mr Kramer said. Child sex pimps score LONDON: Brazilian kids as young as 10 are being forced to sell themselves for sex on the streets to cash in on the hundreds of thousands of soccer fans heading to the World Cup, an investigation has revealed. As soccer fans descend on Brazil for the tournament this week, pimps are exploiting young children who are hopelessly addicted to crack cocaine and living on the streets, a report by British tabloid the Sunday People has revealed. Young girls and boys high after sniffing glue openly sell themselves for sex on street corners in the city of Recife which will host five matches for as little as $4, the investigative report claims. The problem is not just confined to Recife child prostitution is endemic across the country. To the north of Recife lies the beach resort city of Fortaleza, host to six World Cup matches and widely considered to be a hotspot for child sex tourism