Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World at a Glance

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US to probe allegations of Iraq 'massacre' by marines

. THE US military has launched an investigation into claims that American forces shot dead 15 members of two families, including a three year-old-girl, after a roadside bomb killed a US Marine in a western Iraqi town.

The military said it was investigating potential misconduct by Marines after a rebel attack in the town of Haditha, 140 miles north west of Baghdad on 19 November last year. The allegations against the Marines were first aired by Time Magazine which said it obtained a videotape two months ago taken by a Haditha journalism student inside the houses and local mortuary. Khaled Ahmed Rsayef, who lost seven family members in the incident said: "American troops... cordoned the area and raided two nearby houses, shooting at everyone inside. It was a massacre in every sense of the word."

Commanders said about 12 Marines were under investigation for possible war crimes in connection with the incident.

Crowe buys into rugby league club

. HOLLYWOOD hardman Russell Crowe, pictured, has teamed up with an Australian businessman to buy a 75 per cent share of the South Sydney rugby league club.

The Gladiator star joined forces with Peter Holmes a Court and made a successful bid of $3 million ([pounds sterling]1.25million) for the club affectionately known as the Rabbitohs. Crowe, a lifelong rugby fan, said he first watched the team play in a national final in 1969, when he was five.

Germans 'heading for extinction'

. POLITICAL leaders in Germany, shocked by figures showing the nation bottom of the world's birthrate rankings, have vowed to push through new policies to encourage Germans to have more children.

Conservative leader Volker Kauder, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, said: "Our goal must be to provide families with better, stronger support. …

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