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Friday, November 22, 2013

Slave Case Suspects First Arrested in 1970s

The two people arrested in south London on suspicions of keeping three women as slaves for over 30 years were first detained in the 1970s, according to new information revealed by the Metropolitan Police, although officers would not say why they had been arrested then. Commander Steve Rodhouse also said that the three women told investigators that they had been beaten at the house where they were held captive and that they had been restrained by “invisible handcuffs”. Although the details they gave police indicated a “disturbing picture”, the household would have appeared to inhabited by a “normal family” to others in the neighbourhood. It also emerged today that police officers searched the house for 12 hours and left with approximately 2,500 exhibits.

Spanish Court Orders Arrest of Former Chinese Leader

The Spanish government is attempting to defuse a diplomatic row with China over its National Court’s decision to issue a search and arrest warrant against former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and former Chinese prime-minister Li Peng, amongst five other high-ranking officials, for presumed genocide against the Tibetan people. The warrant has been passed on to Interpol, which could mean any of those implicated could be arrested upon leaving China. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has summoned the Spanish ambassador to express its upset over the decision, while the authorities in Madrid explained to Chinese officials that they could not interfere with the decision because Spain respected the separation of powers between its branches of government. The row comes at the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries and also in the middle of a strong Spanish push for Chinese investment.

Conservative MP’s ‘To Go The Distance’ For EU Referendum

Conservative MPs have said they will continue to legislate for an in/out referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, “however many rounds it takes”, according to MP James Wharton, making turning the party’s pledge for a referendum into law. “The Conservatives are fighting to give the British people a say on Europe”, said MP James Wharton. “We are prepared to go the distance, however many rounds it takes, to get the bill through and to let Britain decide”, he added. The prime minister argues that holding the referendum in 2017 would give him time to renegotiate the country’s relationship with the bloc before the public is offered a say on whether the UK should remain or not in the EU.

ESA Launches Satellites to Map Earth’s Magnetic Field

Russia’s space agency successfully launched three European Space Agency satellites on Friday from the Plesetsk launchpad in the country’s northwest. The Swarm constellation of satellites will monitor the Earth’s magnetic field for four years and study how its workings protect the biosphere from deadly space radiation. The measurements will range from the upper atmosphere down to the Earth’s core and will evaluate the current weakening of the magnetic field. “Swarm is about to fill a gap in our view of the Earth system and in our monitoring of global change issues”, said Volker Liebig, ESA’s director for Earth observation. “It will help us to better understand the field that protects us from the particles and radiation coming from the Sun.”

Weekend Read: The Three Men Who Were God

A psychiatrist’s experiment brought together three men who claimed to be God at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan in 1959. His hypothesis was that they could be cured of their schizophrenic delusions when confronted by others claiming the same identity. In Damn Interesting.

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