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The house in Cleveland, Ohio,
where Ariel Castro held three women
in brutal captivity for years has been
At about 07.30 local time (11:30
GMT), a wrecking machine smashed
through the house to begin the dem-
Castro, 53, a former school bus driver,
was sentenced to life in prison last week
after pleading guilty to dozens of rape,
kidnapping and other charges.
He abducted Michelle Knight, 32,
Amanda Berry, 27, and Gina DeJesus,
23, from Cleveland streets between
Authorities say he kept the women
chained for long periods in the house,
beating and starving them and forcing
one of them to miscarry several preg-
The women were freed in May after
one of them escaped while Castro was
out of the house and summoned help.
He was sentenced to life in prison
plus 1,000 years on 1 August.
Yesterday morning, Knight spent
several minutes in front of the house
where she was held for 11 years as Cas-
tro s captive, a period she had described
at his sentencing as "hell".
Then a crew of workers wearing
high-visibility jackets tore the house
down using heavy demolition kit, as
neighbours and television crews looked
on. Onlookers cheered.
Within minutes, the house was
reduced to a pile of rubble.
Castro s neighbours in the working-
class district of Cleveland had vowed
to see the house demolished at the con-
clusion of the trial. (BBC)
China has levied a record fine
of US$109 million on six pro-
ducers of infant formula for
price-fixing, state media say.
The six companies involved
were Mead Johnson, Biostime,
Dumex, Abbot, Friesland and
Fonterra, it said.
The move follows an antitrust
and anti-competition probe by
Consumers in China are willing
to pay more for foreign brands
after six children died from drink-
ing tainted milk produced locally
The fines, announced by China s
top economic planner, the National
Development and Reform Com-
mission, coincide with a separate
pricing investigation into the phar-
Five of the companies named
in the probe are foreign while one,
Biostime, is listed in Hong Kong.
US-based Mead Johnson, which
makes the Enfamil formula, said
it would pay US$33 million in
penalties. Biostime said its local
unit was fined US$26.3 million.
Fonterra said it was fined
According to Xinhua news
agency, three companies---Wyeth,
Beingmate and Meiji---avoided
fines because they co-operated
with the probe.
In 2008, six children died and
300,000 were made ill across
China after the chemical melamine
was found in locally produced
infant formula. (BBC)
Yemen says it has foiled a major al-
Qaeda plot to blow up oil pipelines
and seize two of the country s main
Government spokesman Rajeh Badi
said the plans included taking control
of the al-Dhaba oil terminal and killing
or kidnapping foreign workers.
The authorities have introduced secu-
rity measures to protect government
buildings and other key targets.
Hundreds of armoured vehicles have
been deployed in the capital, Sanaa,
while the US and UK have withdrawn
The US is also reported to be prepar-
ing special operations forces for possible
strikes against the Yemen-based al-
Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Brigadier General Mohammed al-
Qaedi: "Terrorist acts are rejected by
the Yemeni people and the country s
A suspected US drone strike killed
seven alleged al-Qaeda militants in
south-eastern Yemen yesterday---the
fifth such strike in two weeks.
Yemeni security officials said missiles
hit members of a Bedouin tribe west of
Attaq, in the province of Shabwa, and
destroyed two vehicles.
BBC Washington correspondent David
Willis says it appears that Yemen was
at the centre of a complex and audacious
plot which---had it succeeded---would
have given al-Qaeda control over a cru-
cial aspect of the country s infrastruc-
Yemeni government spokesman Rajeh
Badi said the plot involved blowing up
oil pipelines and taking control of certain
locations---including two ports in the
south, one of which accounts for the
bulk of Yemen s oil exports.
The threat picture in Yemen grows
ever murkier. First came the hurried
withdrawal of nearly all the Western
diplomatic corps from the country on
Tuesday, prompted by fears of a major
al-Qaeda attack against US or Western
embassies and their staff.
Now the Yemeni authorities have
announced what appears to be a separate
plot by al-Qaeda to target Yemen s own
government installations, including
ports, pipelines and the military. The
hard part is distinguishing this from the
ongoing, underlying threat from all-
Qaeda and other militants that exists
anyway, throughout the year.
Yemen has long been troubled by dis-
gruntled tribesmen blowing up pipelines
that run through their territory, or kid-
napping foreigners to pressure the gov-
ernment for economic concessions.
But since the Arab Spring upheavals,
al-Qaeda in Yemen has profited from
a security vacuum in remoter provinces
and continues to try to stage spectacular
Yemeni authorities 'foil
al-Qaeda plot to seize ports'
China fines infant formula companies for price-fixing
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