Zookeeper killed by tiger at English zoo - BBC
LONDON A keeper was killed by a tiger at Hamerton Zoo Park in England, the BBC reported, and the zoo said there appeared to have been a freak accident.
LONDON British house prices dipped on the month in January but posted their first annual rise in more than two years, helped by a central bank scheme aimed at boosting lending, mortgage lender Halifax said on Wednesday.
Halifax said prices dropped 0.2 percent last month in line with economists' forecasts in a Reuters poll and after a downwardly revised 1 percent gain in December.
However, prices in the three months to January were 1.3 percent higher than a year ago, slightly undershooting forecasts. That was the first such rise since October 2010.
"The Funding for Lending scheme has helped lenders to lower interest rates and improve availability in the past few months," Halifax economist Martin Ellis said. "This is likely to have been a factor contributing to the pick-up in both home sales and prices."
But he added that sluggish economic growth and pressures on household finances were expected to constrain demand for housing in coming months.
"Overall, we expect continuing broad stability in house prices nationally in 2013," he said.
(Reporting by Olesya Dmitracova and Michael Holden)
PANAMA CITY Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who spied for the United States before his drug trafficking and brutality triggered a U.S. invasion to oust him in 1989, has died aged 83.
MARAWI, Philippines The Philippine military urged Islamist militants occupying a southern city to turn themselves in on Tuesday, the eighth day of a push by security forces using armoured vehicles and firing rockets from helicopters to eliminate the gunmen.