Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jackson Abused Me, Son of Neverland Maid Tells Court; World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jackson Abused Me, Son of Neverland Maid Tells Court; World at a Glance

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.A 24-year-old man who used to play as a child at Michael Jackson's ranch, wept as he told a court how the star abused him. Jason Francia is the first of nine witnesses to give evidence at Santa Maria Court, California, in relation to five previous abuse allegations.

Mr Francia, whose mother Blanca was a maid at the Neverland ranch, told the court Jackson touched his genitals during tickling games and then gave him $100. He said Jackson had abused him for the first time when he was seven years old.

On that occasion, the court heard, Mr Francia had been watching cartoons sitting on Jackson's lap when the star started to tickle him, moving his hands towards his "little private region". Jackson denies abusing a 13-year-old boy. The trial continues.

Saudis kill 'most wanted' militants

. SAUDI security forces have killed two of the country's top fugitives in fierce clashes in the northern town of Al-Ras, Al Arabiya television said today. The channel named the two men as Saud Homoud al-Oteibi and Moroccan Abdulkarim al-Mejjati, a suspected mastermind of suicide bombings in Casablanca in May 2003, who has also been linked to last year's Madrid train bombings.

Both were on the Saudi government's list of 26 most wanted militants.

Saudi Arabia's interior ministry said security forces had killed seven gunmen in the fierce gun battles which broke out in Al-Ras, 180 miles north-west of Riyadh, on Sunday and Monday night. Saudi newspapers have described Mejjati as an explosives expert and one of the most dangerous of the fugitives.

Oteibi is believed to have fought in Afghanistan in the late Nineties.

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THE bodies of nine military officers killed in an Australian Royal Navy Sea King helicopter crash while on a mercy mission in Indonesia were flown into Sydney today. …

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