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The Northern Territory news Tue 20 Jul 2010



The Northern Territory news Tue 20 Jul 2010

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18 NT NEWS. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 0 -J U L -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 8 C O L O R : C M Y K WORLD l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Ecstasycures stressdisorders LONDON:Ecstasycanhelpthetorturedvictimsof posttraumaticstressovercometheirdemons, researchhasshown. Intests, the illegaldancedrughadadramaticeffecton previouslyuntreatablepatientswhohadsufferedpost traumaticstressdisorder(PTSD)formorethan19 years.USdoctorsconductedexperimentsduringwhich theyadministeredtheecstasychemicaland80percent ofthosetreatednolongershowedPTSDsymptoms. Gorybull runat festival PAMPLONA:Amanwasgored inthearmandtwo otherswere injuredinatense, fast-pacedpenultimaterunning ofthebullsatSpainsSanFermin festivalyesterday,officialssaid. Bullfighter JulianLopezEscobar wasalsodischargedfrom hospitalafterhavingbeengored inthescrotum. Shoplifters shopped WELLINGTON:AgroupofAustralianschoolboys returnedhomeindisgraceonSundayafterbeing caughtshoplifting$NZ6000worthofgoods in Queenstown.Theboys,agedfrom14to17,wereon thelastdayofatriptoNewZealandwithaMelbourne single-sexCatholicschoolwhentheywerecaught stealingfromsevenstores inthetownsCBD.Police saidtheshopliftingspreehappenedbetween2pmand 6pm,andaffectedsevenstores. Fiesta turns fatal TORREON, Mexico: To cries of Kill them all! gunmen have opened fire at a Mexican fiesta, mowing down at least 17 people in an attack that laid bare the brutality of Mexicos long-running drug war. A dozen people were also wounded yesterday as the killers sprayed more than 200 bullets indiscriminately at the private party outside Torreon, an industrial city in the northern state of Coahuila. The attack broughtthe number of victims across the country, which has been blighted by drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon launched a 2006 crackdown on the cartels, to at least 57 just in the past weekend. The attack began at around 1:30am in the morning as the murder squad rolled up at the popular venue in the usually calm suburb of Torreon, which is surrounded by picturesque gardens and lakes. A heavily armed hit squad arrived and cried kill them all! and they started shooting, a Coahuila police source said, citing a witness. Most of those gunned down were in their 20s and 30s. Investigators found more than 200 shell casings, mostly from bullets fired by AK-47 rifles, which are widely used by Mexican drug gangs. Mexicos drug war sees daily killings as rival gangs battle to control smuggling routes into the US market and security forces attempt to clamp down on the cartels. Ground zero for the violence is Ciudad Juarez on the USMexico border, which saw some 2660 murders in 2009 alone more than seven a day on average. Located 400km south of the USborderatakeyintersection for two major highways, Torreon has seen a spike in drugrelated violence recently. This latest fiesta shooting was reminiscent of a similar attack in January when hitmen working for a drug gang openedfireandkilled16young partygoers in Ciudad Juarez. In that attack, some 15 gunmen opened fire on a house party packed with teenagers, m o s t o f w h o m w e r e h i g h school or college students. Some were shot outside the dwelling, others gunned down as they tried to flee. RICO used in BP oil lawsuits By CURT ANDERSON in Miami USING a law originally enacted to combat the Mafia, lawyers are filing lawsuits accusing BP PLC and TransoceanLtdofcommitting a long-term series of crimes by concealing flaws in deepwater drilling plans and lacking safeguards to contain a catastrophic oil spill. BP has been named in at least three lawsuits brought under the federal law known as RICO, which stands for Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organisations. Transocean, which leased the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig to BP, has also been named in two lawsuits. The lawsuits accuse both companies of committing wire and mail fraud over a number of years by filing false documents with the US government, and by misleading investors. They also claim both companies are guilty of bribery because they are part of an overall oil and gas industry effort to infiltrate federal regulators by providing favours such as alcohol and drugs, sex, golf and ski trips, tickets, and more. The pattern of racketeering activity engaged in by defendants involves a scheme to fraudulently create a pretence of safety to the public while, at every turn, seeking to avoid the costs associated with actually conducting their operations in a safe manner, claims a lawsuit filed by Louisiana lawyer Daniel Becnel seeking to represent a huge class of businesses suffering economic loss from the oil spill. A child participates in the World Record attempt to get the most people ever in a pool of mud at the same time, in Esch, Luxembourg, yesterday. The event is organised by an animal welfare organisation, to point out the fact that 12 million pigs in the bio-industry cannot spend time outside this summer Honour killing slammed NEW DELHI: Global rights monitor Human Rights Watch urged the Indian government yesterday to crack down on village councils and local politicians linked to a spate of recent honour killings. The New York-based watchdog said the authorities should not only prosecute those responsible but also strengthen laws to prevent caste-based violence. Most honour killings in India target young couples who marry outside their caste, and are carried out by relatives in an attempt to protect the familys reputation. Conductor in court PATTAYA, Thailand: Acclaimed Russian conductor Mikhail Pletnev appeared in court yesterday in Thailand where he has been charged with raping a teenage boy. Pletnev, artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra, returned to Thailand over the weekend after being allowed to leave the country temporarily to attend a music festival in Macedonia. I have always stated that I will assist the police in every way I can with their inquiries into the allegations that have been made against me, Pletnev (pic tured) said in a statement to media outside the court. The conductor and pianist was charged in early July with the rape of a 14-year-old boy in Pattaya, where he has a house. He denies the charge, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in jail. Career for octopus MOSCOW: A Russian betting firm wants to buy soothsaying World Cup octopus Paul and hire him as a bookmaker, local media reported yesterday. He will be one of our 120 staff employees, Oleg Zhuravsky, co-owner of Bet League, told the Soviet Sport newspaper. Zhuravsky added: Our specialists receive around $US3,000 ($A3465) a month. So we will pay Paul $US5,000 ($A5775) a month. Paul (pictured) earned superstar status by correctly predicting the results of all Germanys games, includingthe semi-finaldefeat to Spain. He was also right in forecasting Spains victory in the final. Zhuravsky said he would pay the Sea Life oceanarium attraction in Oberhausen, Germany, where the eightlegged oracle lives, as much as E100,000 ($A148,809).

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