London terror accused appear in court
LONDON, 3 JUNE: Two Muslim men appeared in court today on charges of brutally hacking to death a British soldier on a London street last month. Michael Adebolajo, 28, made his first court appearance at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London since being charged by police on Saturday for the murder of soldier Drummer Lee Rigby. Wearing a white T-shirt and white trousers, Adebolajo blew a kiss to a man in the public gallery and they both pointed to the sky. His left arm was fully bandaged and he held a copy of the Quran. He said he wished to be known as Mujahid Abu Hamza and initially refused to stand in court. Adebolajo was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey within 48 hours. His suspected accomplice, 22-year-old Michael Adebowale, who was remanded by the Westminster court last week, faced the Old Bailey for a bail hearing via video link and was also remanded to custody. pti

3 storm chasers killed in US tornado
CHICAGO, 3 JUNE: Three storm chasers were killed while pursuing the powerful tornadoes that tore through the US state of Oklahoma last week, a statement said. Tim Samaras, his son Paul and Carl Young died Friday in a twister in El Reno, west of Oklahoma City, said a post yesterday on the Facebook page of the TWISTEX project for which the elder Samaras was a principal investigator. afp

4 die in central Europe floods
VIENNA, 3 JUNE: Four people have died and at least eight more were missing as torrential rains lashed central Europe, forcing hundreds to evacuate their homes after floods and landslides. Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic sent in army units to help with rescue efforts after rains reached record levels in some areas yesterday, while hundreds of roads have been closed and rail services cut. afp

‘Berlusconi not guilty in sex case’
MILAN, 3 JUNE: Silvio Berlusconi’s defence says the former premier was “convinced” that a Moroccan teen at the centre of a sex scandal was related to the former Egyptian president. Nicolo Ghedini said during closing arguments that Berlusconi neither paid for sex with an under-age teen, nor tried to cover it up, as charged, and should be found not guilty. ap

Warrant issued against Bangla judge
DHAKA, 3 JUNE: In a rare instance of its kind, a Bangladeshi court has issued an arrest warrant against a judge for repeatedly defying summons to testify in a “sensational case” of gang-rape and murder of a college girl in 2008.
“The arrest warrant has been served… this is a non-bailable warrant,” said a prosecution lawyer at the district and sessions judge’s court in Lalmonirhat in northwestern Bangladesh after a report appeared in Prothom Alo newspaper. pti


UK&’s oldest working TV going strong

London, 3 June: Britain’s oldest working television set made in 1936 is still going strong even after an astonishing 77 years. The black-and-white Marconiphone 702 would have cost the equivalent of 11,000 pounds. The British-made set ~ built to show the coronation of King George VI in 1937 – has no channel changer as the BBC was the sole broadcaster at the time, The Sun reported. pti