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14/04/2008 - 23:24

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Shot Iraqi will get £2 million - Army chiefs to quiz death witnesses - Battle Over Harry Potter Encyclopaedia - Asda Boss Plays Down Recession Fears - Boris slams Ken's 'celebrity' campaign.

Shot Iraqi will get £2 million
A young Iraqi man who was accidentally shot by a British soldier will receive £2 million in compensation. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed reports that he will get the payout - subject to a further High Court hearing - after being left paralysed by severe spinal injuries. He was wounded in September 2003 when a British soldier accidentally dropped his gun and the weapon went off. The victim later moved to the UK and began legal action through the British courts.

Army chiefs to quiz death witnesses
Senior Army officers are to call in a string of key witnesses who hold information about one of the most controversial British deaths in Afghanistan, amid calls for a fresh internal investigation. The father of paratrooper Captain James Philippson, who was killed in a firefight in Helmand Province in 2006, believes the original Army Board of Inquiry report unfairly scapegoats his son's commander on the ground. The report points to tactical decisions taken by Major Johnny Bristow among factors behind the death of the 29-year-old 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery officer's death.

Battle Over Harry Potter Encyclopaedia
JK Rowling has told a court that the publication of a Harry Potter encyclopaedia would represent "the wholesale theft" of her work. The author is in New York to try to stop The Harry Potter Lexicon, based on the internet fan site of the same name, from hitting the shelves. Ms Rowling filed the lawsuit on October 31 on the grounds that Steve Vander Ark's book was likely to borrow too heavily from her work and interfere with plans to eventually publish her own encyclopaedia. The book was originally set to be published by RDR Books on November 28 last year.

Asda Boss Plays Down Recession Fears
The UK will avoid a recession according to the boss of one of Britain's biggest supermarkets. The chief executive of Asda, Andy Bond, told Sky News that his customers are finding it tough. But he said that low prices from companies like Asda would help the British economy "see things through". Speaking about recent gains in food prices, he admitted there were worries over the cost of some raw materials, like wheat. But the chief executive said he was confident his company could keep prices down.

Boris slams Ken's 'celebrity' campaign
Labour London mayor Ken Livingstone, seeking re-election on May 1, published a list of well-known supporters on Monday -- drawing accusations from his Conservative rival Boris Johnson that he was running a 'celebrity-focused campaign. Livingstone -- who was joined by Prime Minister Gordon Brown on the campaign trail Monday -- announced the support of 20 famous names including actress Emma Thompson, comedian Jo Brand, musician Billy Bragg and graffiti artist Banksy, who recently donated art for an auction to raise money for Livingstone's campaign fund.

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