Nuclear Weapons Policy Is Law of Jungle, Gorbachev Tells 'Sick' US; WORLD IN BRIEF

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FORMER Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has urged the United States "to cure itself" of hypocrisy over nuclear weapons, cut its atomic arsenal and take it off "hair-trigger" alert.

At the UN, to present CNN founder Ted Turner with a peace prize, Mr Gorbachev said the US was "sick" with "the disease of being the victor" as world superpower. Russia, he told a press conference, "is ready to cooperate", but the US had not met its international obligations and was advocating "the law of the jungle".

Jackson guards 'were ordered to stop boy leaving Neverland' A FORMER security guard for Michael Jackson has told how he was ordered to stop the singer's accuser from leaving his Neverland ranch.

Brian Barron said a bulletin board for security staff gave explicit instructions about Gavin Arvizo, then 13, in early 2003. Barron, now a police officer, told the Santa Maria court in California, where Jackson's molestation trial is being heard: "It simply stated 'Gavin is not allowed off property.' " Jackson, 46, denies molesting Arvizo, now 15, plus conspiracy to commit extortion, false imprisonment and child abduction. The case continues.

Berlusconi prepares the way back with revamped cabinet SILVIO BERLUSCONI'S resignation as prime minister of Italy sees president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi today begin formal consultations as it appeared almost certain he would ask Berlusconi to form a new government rather than call a general election.

Berlusconi stepped down yesterday amid criticism over the sluggish economy and role in Iraq but vowed to quickly revamp his cabinet - an old trick of those in Italy's complex political system.

Canada backs cannabis painkiller CANADA has become the first country in the world to approve a cannabis-based painkiller for patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. The country's health service said it had approved Sativex, a prescription painkiller developed by British company GW Pharmaceuticals. …


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