Royal topless photo scandal
Britain’s royal family is struggling to contain the spread of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge, with more publications set to publish the controversial images. Lawyers will seek a court injunction in Paris today to stop further publication of the photographs in France of Prince William’s wife, Catherine, which were taken while she was sunbathing in a private chateau last month. Dublin-based tabloid the Irish Daily Star and Italian gossip magazine Chi are the latest to print the topless pictures, with the later running a 26-page picture spread. The duke and duchess are currently on a royal tour in the Solomon Islands.
Muhammad video ignites violence in Sydney
Police are searching for the owner of a computer used to send out a text message that triggered riots in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday. The demonstration, which quickly spiralled into a riot, was in protest against an online video that denigrated the Prophet Muhammad. Eight men have been charged over the violent clashes, which Prime Minister Julia Gillard denounced as “truly repulsive” and having no place in Australian society. Eight police officers and 17 others were injured at the protest after running clashes between protesters and police erupted across Sydney’s CBD. The online video, entitled the Innocence Of Muslims, has sparked global protests, with the US ambassador to Libya being among four Americans killed in an attack in the eastern city of Benghazi last week.
More suspicion cast over Foxy Knoxy story
An explosive new book has rekindled doubts over the innocence of American Amanda Knox in the murder of her British flatmate in Italy. The book, Honor Bound: My Journey To Hell And Back With Amanda Knox (Gallery Books, $26), which was written by Knox’s former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, questions her alibi on the night of the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007. While Sollecito maintains his belief that Knox is incapable of killing, he questions whether she knew more about the murder than she revealed, and casts doubts on her story that she was with him in his flat on the night Kercher was killed. Sollecito and Knox spent four years in prison for the sexual assault and murder of Kercher in Perugia, before being acquitted on appeal in October last year. Knox is writing her own account of events after signing a multimillion-dollar book deal.