Duke of Edinburgh Leaves Hospital

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The Duke of Edinburgh has left hospital, 11 nights after he was admitted for exploratory abdominal surgery.

Prince Philip, 92, walked out of the private London Clinic where he had been recovering since his admission on 6 June.

Buckingham Palace has previously said the surgery was pre-arranged and not an emergency.

He is expected to take about two months to convalesce, the palace said.

He had been expected to stay for two weeks, and missed several official royal events during his stay, but is due to resume his official duties in the autumn.

As he left the clinic he shook hands with staff, then waved and smiled to waiting journalists before getting into a car to be driven to Windsor Castle.

"The duke is in good condition and good spirits. He'll take a period of convalescence, of approximately two months," Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Monday morning.

"The duke has expressed his thanks and appreciation to medical staff at the London Clinic and the many members of the public who have sent good wishes."

Philip received more than 1,000 cards from well-wishers while at the hospital.

Throughout his stay family members visited him, including the Queen, his sons Charles and Edward, and grandsons William and Harry.

Details about what prompted the surgical procedure have not been made public.

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Unions Give Lift to Turkish Protest Movement

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(ISTANBUL) — Turkish labor groups fanned a wave of defiance against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authority, leading rallies and a one-day strike to support activists whose two-week standoff with the government has shaken the country’s secular democracy.

Riot police again deployed in Turkey’s two main cities, and authorities kept up their unyielding stance against the street demonstrations centering on Istanbul’s Taksim Square. But Monday’s police sweep was less forceful than in recent days, with only scattered firing of tear gas and water cannon on pockets of protesters.

After activists were ousted from their sit-in in adjacent Gezi Park over the weekend, two labor confederations that represent some 330,000 workers picked up the slack Monday by calling a strike and demonstrations nationwide. Unionists turned up by the thousands in Ankara, Istanbul, coastal Izmir and elsewhere.

The turnout defied Turkey’s interior minister, Muammer Guler, who warned that anyone taking part in unlawful demonstrations would “bear the legal consequences.” But one analyst called the rallies a “legitimate and a lawful expression of constitutional rights.”

“People are raising their voices against the excessive use of police force,” said Koray Caliskan, a political science professor at Istanbul’s Bosphorus University. Demonstrators, he said, were showing they were no longer cowed by authorities, and “the fear threshold has been broken.”

In a sign that authorities were increasingly impatient, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc floated the prospect that authorities could call in troops to quash the protests.

Erdogan’s opponents have grown increasingly suspicious about what they call a gradual erosion of freedoms and secular values under his Islamic-rooted ruling party. It has passed new curbs on alcohol and tried, but later abandoned its plans, to limit women’s access to abortion.

The government set off protests nationwide and drew criticism abroad over a police crackdown that began May 31 against environmentalists and other activists in Taksim Square who were protesting against plans to tear down trees and re-develop Gezi Park. Thousands have flooded the streets nightly since then, many honking car horns and waving Turkish flags.

Erdogan, who has held power for 10 years and was re-elected in 2011, mobilized his supporters over the weekend in two huge rallies — insisting his duty was to keep order, railing against media coverage of the protests and lashing out at unspecified foreigners whom he said want to hurt Turkey.

TV images Monday showed crowds of government supporters in Istanbul facing down some protesters and chanting “the hands targeting the police should be broken.” On Twitter, a trending topic urged protesters to stay home — some expressing concern that pro-government mobs might attack them.

But overnight, for hours, a lone man stood silently on Taksim Square, eventually joined by about 20 other people who did likewise before police escorted them away. The group put up no resistance. Pockets of unrest erupted elsewhere in Istanbul, with police resorting to water cannon and tear gas at times.

The labor rallies had a more structured feel than the counterculture-style sit-in at Gezi Park’s tent city, and the work stoppage involved many professionals who make up a liberal, urban class that mostly backs the anti-Erdogan protesters. But labor strikes often have little visible impact on daily life in Turkey, a country of about 75 million, and Monday’s rallies were no different.

Feride Aksu Tanik, of the Turkish Doctors Union, said it had called its work stoppage “to protest against the police force that attacks children, youngsters and everyone violently, and to the detentions of doctors who provide voluntary services to the injured.”

Turkey’s doctors association said Monday that four people, including a police officer, had died in violence linked to the crackdown, and an investigation was ongoing into the death of a fifth person who was exposed to tear gas. More than 7,800 people have been injured; six remained in critical condition and 11 people lost their eyesight.

The tough tactics used by the government to disperse protesters during the past two weeks have drawn international criticism.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany — home to some 3 million Turks — told German broadcaster RTL she was “appalled” to see footage of police forces moving in to clear Gezi Park over the weekend. She criticized the crackdown by Turkish police as “much too strong.”

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Keaten reported from Ankara, Turkey. Ezgi Akin in Ankara, Burak Sayin and Sophiko Megrelidze in Istanbul, and Juergen Baetz in Berlin contributed.

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Man Survives 15th Floor Fall in New Zealand

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 A British man has survived a fall from the 15th floor of a building in New Zealand, local media report.

Tom Stilwell fell from his neighbour's balcony in his apartment block in Auckland at 02:00 local time on Sunday (14:00 GMT on Saturday), reports said.

He was trying to lower himself onto his balcony, which was directly below his neighbour's, when he fell, police said.

His friends said that he had bone fractures and internal injuries, but was "fine" and "a very lucky man".

He was awake and laughing on Monday, but had no recollection of what happened, his friends told New Zealand newsgroup Fairfax Media.

"He looks alright," his flatmate, Beth Goodwin, said. "It's more internal injuries. He's broken some bones in his ribs and neck but they're not important bones."

In a statement, New Zealand police said: "It appears that the man was locked out of his 14th floor apartment. He fell while attempting to climb down the outside of the building from a 15th floor apartment directly above his, in an effort to gain access via his balcony."

There were "no suspicious circumstances surrounding the fall", the statement added.

The 20-year-old is said to be in New Zealand on a working holiday.

Stilwell discovered he was locked out of his flat early on Sunday, and asked a neighbour if he could climb down from her balcony into his flat, his friends said.

The neighbour, Geraldine Bautista, told the New Zealand Herald that Stilwell was "a little tipsy" but polite.

"I wasn't scared of him – he just requested 'Can you please let me jump off from the balcony? I will not bother you, just let me use your balcony.'"

"I never thought he would really do that. In my mind I thought 'Okay, I'll just let you see that it's really impossible. I didn't think he'd jump, because it's really scary."

However, he quickly pulled himself over the balcony railing before she could stop him, she said.

"I thought I was dreaming… it happened within seconds," she said. "I couldn't even scream for help."

Stilwell's fall was broken by the roof of an adjacent building, reportedly some 13 floors below.

He was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but was in a satisfactory condition by Monday, a hospital spokesperson said.

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UK Court Rules Nigeria-Born Oil Tycoon, Michael Prest To Give Ex-wife $27 Million

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The ex-wife of a Nigerian oil tycoon won a landmark divorce settlement battle in the UK’s Supreme Court on Wednesday in a closely watched case that had raised concerns about the accessibility of corporate assets in wealthy divorces.

Family law practitioners and wealth managers were watching to see how the court could issue a fair judgment without piercing the legal “corporate veil” which treats companies and their shareholders as separate entities.

In a decision that will affect anyone seeking to protect personal assets by putting them into a corporate structure, Britain’s most senior judges upheld a ruling which awards Yasmin Prest a share in seven properties controlled by her husband’s company Petrodel Resources Ltd.

The court ruled the property, initially represented as assets of the offshore company, was actually held in trust for her oil trading ex-husband Michael Prest from whom she was seeking the balance of a 17.5 million pound ($27 million) divorce settlement.

“I’m delighted and relieved that the Supreme Court has ruled as it did,” Britain’s Press Association reported Yasmin Prest as saying after the judgment in the case Petrodel Resources.

“None of this would have been necessary if Michael had been sensible and played fair.”

Sandra Davies, head of Family Law at top British law firm Mishcon de Reya, told Reuters that although the court ruled the assets be transferred to Yasmin Prest, it did not set a legal precedent on access to corporate assets because the property was actually held in trust for Michael Prest.

“There has to be a situation where the husband has done something to evade, frustrate, put the company beyond his control with deliberate intention,” she said. “There has to be some element of unfairness, illegality about it.”

Despite the careful ruling, family law partner Sam Longworth at Stewarts Law firm said Wednesday’s decision would have a significant weakening effect on court powers when dealing with sophisticated wealth structuring in a divorce setting.

“This will encourage wealthy spouses to consider ‘divorce planning’ before and during marriage, which risks further undermining the institution of marriage,” he told Reuters in an email.

Solicitors for Yasmin Prest said that the court’s ruling left legitimate companies with little to fear, while restoring an element of fairness in the area of family law.

“This is a great result for Mrs Prest and for others who might find themselves in a similar position,” said Farrer & Co Partner Jeremy Posnansky.

“The Supreme Court’s decision will ensure that dishonest husbands can’t cheat their wives and flout court orders by hiding behind a web of deceit and a corporate façade.”

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UK Terror Suspect’s Family Expresses Sadness over Killing

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The family of Michael Adebolajo, one of the suspects in the murder of a soldier in Woolwich, United Kingdom, has condoled the Lee Rigby family over his murder, expressing profound distress over the death.

The family, through its lawyers, Ennon & Co Solicitors, in a statement made available to CODEWIT Wednesday, said they were shamed and distressed over the involvement of Adebolajo in the murder and the agony it brought upon the family.
While describing the murder as senseless, the family called for the perpetrators of the heinous to crime be brought to justice.

The statement read: "Nothing we say can undo the events of last week. However, as a family, we wish to share with others our horror at the senseless killing of Lee Rigby and express our profound … distress that this has brought on our family. We send our heartfelt condolence to Lee Rigby's family and loved ones’.

"We wish to state openly that we believe that there is no place for violence in the name of religion or politics. We believe all right-thinking members of society share this view wherever they were born and whatever their religion and political beliefs."

The statement added: "We wholeheartedly condemn all those who engage in acts of terror and fully reject any suggestion by them that religion or politics can justify this kind of violence. We unreservedly put out faith in the rule of law and with others fully expect that all the perpetrators will be brought to justice under the law of the land."

The family, however, prayed for Rigby's soul to rest in peace, praying that the Lord should comfort his parents and loved ones and provide them the strength and fortitude to cope with tragedy.

"In all the circumstances and in respect to ongoing police investigations, this is the only statement we wish to give. We ask that we are not contacted for further comments," the statement added.

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More Finnish kids opt to study English than native languages

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English remains by far the most-studied foreign language in Finnish comprehensive schools.

Figures released by the central statistics office on Friday show that English is studied by many times as many children as all others combined – including the official languages, Finnish, Swedish and Sámi, when they are taught as foreign tongues.

This includes more than 14,000 kids in grades 1-6 who studied Finnish as a foreign language this past school year.

Some 217,000 youngsters in these grades take English as their so-called A1 compulsory language, while nearly 14,000 take it as their A2 optional language. Nearly two-thirds of all children in lower comprehensive school study English.

In grades 7-9, these numbers swell to around 164,000 and 12,500 respectively. Nearly 100 percent of children in these grades are learning English along with either Finnish or Swedish as a foreign language.

Swedish, German losing ground

In all grades, English beats out Swedish nearly 100-fold as an A1 language, and narrowly as an A2 language as well.

Swedish is the native tongue of some five percent of people in Finland, with most of them concentrated along the coast. There are fewer than 2,000 native speakers of Sámi, mostly in Finnish Lapland.

The most popular language besides English, Finnish and Swedish is German. However its status has slumped since the 1990s. Last year less than 13,000 lower comprehensive school pupils opted to study German, along with less than 19,000 in the upper grades. That was 3.7 percent of the younger set and 10.5 percent of the older ones, most of whom took it as a B2 elective language.

French was studied by two percent of first-to-sixth graders and six percent of seventh through ninth graders. For Russian, the comparable numbers were 0.6 and 1.9 percent, and for Spanish 0.3 and 1.7 percent. There were also tiny numbers studying Italian and Latin.

Altogether there were just over half a million youngsters in grades 1-9 this past school year.

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Italy: CAT INHERITS £10m EMPIRE AFTER OWNER DIES AGED 94

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An Italian cat has become the third richest animal in the world after inheriting almost £10 million after his wealthy owner died and left him the entire family fortune.

Maria Assunta died last month aged 94 years old and according to lawyers entrusted with her estate left the fortune in property to Tommasino, a stray cat she had found and looked after because of her love for animals.

Ms Assunta had a large property portfolio with homes and villas across the country, as well as several bulging bank accounts and share portfolios but no living relatives.

Lawyers Anna Orecchioni and Giacinto Canzona who are representing her say that she left the fortune to Tommasino in a will she wrote and deposited with them in their office in Rome in October 2009.

Mrs Orecchioni explained that under Italian law Tommassino is not entitled to inherit the money directly and the will also asked for the money to be given to a 'worthy animal association, if one could be found.'

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Finland Police officials suspected of illicit prying

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Illicit prying of police officers into information has become a frequent headache of prosecutors.

A pre-trial investigation into dozens of police officials suspected of conducting illicit prying into information concerning Anneli Auer and member of Parliament Antti Kaikkonen (Centre) will be launched, Helsingin Sanomat reports. In an interview with the daily on 26 April, district prosecutor Krista Soukola revealed that efforts to determine the number of unauthorised attempts to access the police register are currently underway.

The investigation was sparked by a study, conducted by Nelonen roughly a year ago, on the extent of prying by police officials, tax authorities and Kela officials into personal details. The Finnish law stipulates that public officials can only access the personal details of citizens’ when necessitated by their official duties.

Earlier, the Police Administration Unit ruled that the unsuccessful attempts by officials to pry into the details of the confidential investigations were not criminal. The office of the District prosecutor, however, rejected the interpretation, viewing that unsuccessful prying attempts also warrant criminal suspicions. A consideration of charges regarding police officials’ prying into documents dealing with the death of cross-country skiing legend Mika Myllylä is currently ongoing.

STT
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Finland unbeaten so far in ice hockey worlds

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Finland trounced visitors Slovakia 2-nil in Saturday night's Ice Hockey World Championship bout in Helsinki.

The Finns drew first blood when Juhamatti Aaltonen found the back of the net in the 11th minute.

Leading goal scorer Petri Kontiola followed up off his own rebound to score the second goal for the home team in the third period, sealing victory in the process.

The star of the game was undoubtedly goalie Antti Raanta, who made his debut in a national shirt after minding goal for Pori Ässät — performing gloriously in the net Saturday night.

Finland has now defeated Slovakia in six straight World Championship encounters since 2008.

Finland is now unbeaten in the tournament after defeating Germany by 4 goals to 3 in Friday night's opening game. Finland faces France on Monday.

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Info security watchdog: Vulnerability detected in Internet Explorer 8

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Finland’s national information security watchdog Cert-fi says it has detected a vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 web browser.

According to Cert, the vulnerability could make it easier for malicious code to be deployed via the browser.

The information security experts say that the security "hole" could be used to lure users to visit websites with malicious codes that could then be deployed on their terminal devices. Cert-fi added that the vulnerability has been known to be used in targeted attacks.

Currently no software updates are available to correct the vulnerability. However Cert-fi is advising users of Internet Explorer 8 to prevent any malware attacks by installing Microsoft's EMET Toolkit, which prevents hackers from gaining access to user systems.

Users may also increase their browsers' security levels.

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