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LONDON---The worst storm in several
years has been forecast to hit the UK,
bringing heavy rain, hurricane-force gusts
and the expectation of flooding and trans-
As winds picked up and Britain prepared
for the storm---dubbed St Jude and #Stor-
mageddon on social networks---major sports
events such as a regular NFL game in Lon-
don between the San Francisco 49ers and
Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium
kicked off regardless.
Prime Minister David Cameron told gov-
ernment agencies to ensure that contingency
plans are made for transportation, schools
and power supplies during the storm, which
could have gusts stronger than 80 mph (128
kph)---akin to those in hurricanes.
Britain does not get hurricanes due to
its geographic location.
The storm is expected to move across
the country and head out over the North
Sea by Monday afternoon. Britain s Met
Office said it could cause widespread and
severe disruption from falling trees, power
cuts and flooding.
Martin Young, the Met Office s chief
forecaster, said that while the storm is
"major" for the UK, its winds are not
expected to be as strong as those seen in
the "Great Storm of 1987, which saw gusts
of 115 mph (185 kph) and left 18 people
Ahead of the storm, Heathrow Airport
warned travelers to expect delays. Rail net-
works canceled many trains preemptively
up through Monday morning, citing the
high risk of trees and other debris expected
to fall on train lines.
Once the so-called St Jude storm---named
after the patron saint of lost causes ---passes
through Britain, it is expected to hit parts
of the Nordics Monday afternoon.
The Danish Meteorological Institute
issued a warning, saying winds of hurri-
cane-strength are expected in some parts
of Denmark and heightened water levels in
western Jutland near the town Esbjerg.
The Swedish Meteorological and Hydro-
logical Institute also issued a warning, saying
it expects hurricane-strength winds to hit
southern and western Sweden on Monday
evening, potentially causing damage and
disruptions to travel services. It said the
stormy weather is expected to subside as
it moves north on Tuesday and Wednesday.
UK braces for severe storm
TBILISI---Exit polls in Georgia s presidential
election indicated a big win on Sunday for the
candidate backed by billionaire Prime Minister
Bidzina Ivanishvili, cementing his control over
the US-aligned former Soviet republic.
Giorgi Margvelashvili, a former university rector
with limited political experience, should get about
67 per cent of the vote, the exit polls predicted.
He will succeed Mikhail Saakashvili, who during
nearly a decade in power put Georgia on the path
toward democracy, but deeply angered many Geor-
gians with what they saw as the excesses and
authoritarian turn of the later years of his pres-
His party s candidate, former parliamentary
speaker David Bakradze, was in second place with
20 per cent. Bakradze, who now heads the oppo-
sition in parliament, quickly congratulated Margve-
lashvili and said he was ready to work together
with the prime minister and president.
The exit polls were conducted by the market
research organization GfK and commissioned by
Georgian private television station Rustavi2.
Even with Margvelashvili s convincing victory,
much remains uncertain.
Ivanishvili has promised to step down next
month and nominate a new prime minister, who
is almost certain to be approved by parliament.
Under Georgia s new parliamentary system, the
next prime minister will acquire many of the pow-
ers previously held by the president.
Ivanishvili has not yet named his choice to lead
the country. And he says he intends to maintain
influence over the government, although how is
not entirely clear. But his fortune, estimated at
$5.3 billion, gives him considerable leverage in this
country of 4.5 million people with a gross domestic
product of $16 billion.
Much uncertainty also hangs over Saakashvili s
future. Since last year s election and what was in
effect a transfer of power, dozens of people from
Saakashvili s team, including several former gov-
ernment ministers, have been hit with criminal
charges and some have been jailed, including the
former prime minister.
Ivanishvili confirmed in an interview with The
Associated Press that Saakashvili also is likely to
be questioned by prosecutors once he leaves office
Prosecutors have reopened a criminal inquiry
into the 2005 death of Zurab Zhvania, who was
Saakashvili s first prime minister. Zhvania s death
was attributed to accidental carbon monoxide poi-
soning caused by a faulty gas heater, but his brother
has accused Saakashvili of hiding the truth.
Saakashvili also may face questioning over the
2008 war with Russia, which ended with Russian
troops in full control of two breakaway Georgian
republics. His opponents accuse him of needlessly
antagonising Russia and giving Moscow a pretext
to invade. (AP)
Exit polls in Georgia
show big win for
BERLIN---Germany's interior minister is
pressing for "complete information" from
Washington on the alleged US surveillance
of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone and
any other snooping.
Merkel complained to President Barack
Obama on Wednesday after receiving infor-
mation her phone may have been monitored.
German spy chiefs plan to travel to Wash-
ington for talks.
Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich was
quoted Sunday as telling newspaper Bild am
Sonntag he wants "complete information on
all accusations" and that "if the Americans
intercepted cellphones in Germany, they
broke German law on German soil." He
added wiretapping is a crime and "those re-
sponsible must be held accountable."
News magazine Der Spiegel, whose re-
search prompted the government's re-
sponse, reported that a document
apparently from an NSA database indicates
Merkel's cellphone was first listed as a tar-
get in 2002. (AP)
German minister demands 'complete' US answers
NEW YORK---A Chinese immigrant has
been arrested on five counts of murder in
the deaths of his cousin s wife and her four
children in a late-night stabbing rampage
in their Brooklyn home.
The New York Police Department said
Sunday that 25-year-old Ming Don Chen
has implicated himself in the deaths.
Two girls, 9-year-old Linda Zhuo and 7-
year-old Amy Zhuo, were pronounced dead
at the scene, along with the youngest child,
1-year-old William Zhuo. Their brother, 5-
year-old Kevin Zhuo, and 37-year-old moth-
er, Qiao Zhen Li, were taken to hospitals,
where they also were pronounced dead.
Chief of Department Phil Banks says the
victims "were cut and butchered with a
Banks says Chen is a cousin of the chil-
dren s father and had been staying at the
home for the past week or so. (AP)
NYPD: Cousin admitted fatally stabbing mom, 4 kids
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