Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

News in Brief

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

News in Brief

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Traffic line gets 'em revving Little penguin with big appetite chases meal in 220ft ocean dive Water restrictions Researchers have recorded the deepest ocean dive by a fairy penguin at 67m (220 feet), breaking the previous record by 10m and lasting 90 seconds.

Scientists at the Philip Island Nature Park near Melbourne, Australia, believe she was chasing prey. "We don't know if she was successful or not but she was very tired," said researcher Dr Andre Chiaradia.

Kidnap Briton freed by militants A BRITISH oil worker kidnapped by Nigerian militants more than five weeks ago is free today.

Security expert John Hudspith, who lives in the South-East, "is safe and well" after being released with two Americans just before dawn, the Foreign Office said. A Nigerian government spokesman said all three were "in good health" in the southern city of Warri. They were seized near there, along with six other workers, on 18 February in a raid on a US-owned barge laying pipeline for Royal Dutch Shell. Six of the hostages were released on 1 March.

Runaway athletes held in Sydney SIX Sierra Leone athletes missing from the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne since last week have been found in Sydney.

The athletes were being questioned by immigration officials after being found at an address in Harbord, Sydney, early today. The three men and three women had reportedly indicated they wished to apply for asylum. Police were still searching for a further eight members of the Sierra Leone team, nine athletes from Cameroon, a Tanzanian boxer and a Bangladeshi runner.

British soldier dies in Afghan crash A BRITISH soldier was killed and three other troops were injured in Afghanistan in a traffic accident today. The crash happened in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, said provincial police chief Abdur Rahman.

"The car the British soldiers were in crashed with a truck," Mr Rahman told Reuters. …

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