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Police search home of Britons murdered in Alps  CLAYGATE: French and British police on Saturday began searching the home of a British family murdered in the French Alps, as autopsies revealed each victim was shot twice in the head. Forensics officers in protective overalls entered the house in a quiet commuter village outside London to look for clues to Wednesday's killing of four adults and the wounding of a child. A party including at least two French police officers in civilian clothes was escorted into the large mock-Tudor fronted house in Claygate, some 25 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of the British capital. Scene of crime officers erected a tent outside the front door and put on blue and white overalls, face masks and hair nets to begin the process of searching for evidence that might explain the killings. Carrying clipboards and cameras amd wearing blue gloves, the forensics team started their search as uniformed British police officers guarded the entrance gate. A French ...

Family of girls who survived Alps killings in France ANNECY: Relatives of the two young girls who survived the killing of a British family in the Alps have arrived in France and were due to meet the youngest girl Zeena, prosecutors said on Saturday. "Members of the family arrived in France last night, a man and a woman, accompanied by a British social worker," prosecutor Eric Maillaud told AFP. He said he did not know which of the couple was directly related to the children and ...
Russia to push for Geneva peace deal at UN: Lavrov VLADIVOSTOK: Russia will press the UN Security Council to this month endorse a Syria peace accord that was brokered in Geneva and has since split world powers, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.   "There is a plan to hold a special meeting of the UN Security Council with the participation of ministers on the Syrian issue," Lavrov said in the Russian city of Vladivostok after meeting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.   "We stressed in a meeting ...
Clinton, Russian FM meet on Syria VLADIVOSTOK: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday held talks that were expected to focus on their two nations' deep differences over Syria.   Clinton is pressing for tougher international pressure on President Bashar al-Assad and has sharply criticised Russia, which has vetoed two UN draft resolutions and is the main military supporter of the Syrian regime.   Russia has accused outside powers of prolonging the bloodshed in Syria, which activists say ...
Clinton hopes US to end Russia trade curbs VLADIVOSTOK: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced hope Saturday that the US Congress would act this month to end Cold War-era trade restrictions on Russia but also raised concerns on human rights.   The so-called Jackson-Vanik amendment of 1974 tied US commerce with the then Soviet Union to human rights, depriving normal trading relations in a bid to pressure Moscow to allow emigration of its Jewish community.   President Barack Obama's administration has pushed for the repeal of the ...
French cops arrive in London for shooting probe  LONDON: French gendarmes arrived in Britain on Friday to coordinate with British police seeking the motive for the shootings of a British-Iraqi family in the Alps. Two gendarmes from Paris arrived wearing civilian dress at London City airport near the capital's financial district but did not speak to the media, an AFP reporter said. Separately a gendarme from Annecy in eastern France, where the killings took place, arrived in Britain earlier Friday, official sources said, while another ...
US, Russia make visas easier  VLADIVOSTOK: The United States and Russia will cut down on paperwork and fees for visas from Sunday as part of efforts to build ties, US officials said. The move coincides with a visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Russian port city of Vladivostok for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit aimed at stepping up trade within the Pacific Rim. Under the agreement, Russia will end the cumbersome requirement of asking US citizens to ...


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