Saturday, February 23, 2013

Britain's colonial shame: Slave-owners given huge payouts after abolition


The true scale of Britain's involvement in the slave trade has been laid bare in documents revealing how the country's wealthiest families received the modern equivalent of billions of pounds in compensation after slavery was abolished.

The previously unseen records show exactly who received what in payouts from the Government when slave ownership was abolished by Britain – much to the potential embarrassment of their descendants. Dr Nick Draper from University College London, who has studied the compensation papers, says as many as one-fifth of wealthy Victorian Britons derived all or part of their fortunes from the slave economy.

As a result, there are now wealthy families all around the UK still indirectly enjoying the proceeds of slavery where it has been passed on to them. Dr Draper said: "There was a feeding frenzy around the compensation." A John Austin, for instance, owned 415 slaves, and got compensation of £20,511, a sum worth nearly £17m today. And there were many who received far more.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britains-colonial-shame-slaveowners-given-huge-payouts-after-abolition-8508358.html

3.9 Magnitude Earthquake ARKANSAS - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
3.9
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 22:28:37 UTC
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 04:28:37 PM at epicenter
Location
35.617°N, 90.544°W
Depth
5.1 km (3.2 miles)
Region
ARKANSAS
Distances
6 km (3 miles) SSW of Trumann, Arkansas

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake EAST TIMOR REGION - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
5.2
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 20:58:27 UTC
Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 04:58:27 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
8.572°S, 127.415°E
Depth
44.3 km (27.5 miles)
Region
EAST TIMOR REGION
Distances
202 km (125 miles) E of Dili, East Timor

Three Found Dead In Cornwall Caravan Park

A woman and her elderly parents have died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a caravan park in Cornwall.

The alarm was raised at the park near Camborne just before 1pm today after the couple's helper was unable to reach them, Devon and Cornwall Police have said.

Firefighters were called to break into the static caravan at Tremarle Home Park, North Roskear, and found the bodies of three people, and a dog, inside.

The woman was aged in her mid-40s. The age of her parents is not yet known.

http://news.sky.com/story/1056105/three-found-dead-in-cornwall-caravan-park

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 17:04:44 UTC
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 07:04:44 AM at epicenter
Location
51.511°N, 178.092°W
Depth
51.2 km (31.8 miles)
Region
ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
Distances
108 km (67 miles) WSW (248°) from Adak, AK

Peru: Dozens Of Dead Sea Creatures Washed Up

Experts are trying to work out why nearly 100 dead animals and birds have washed up on a Peruvian coastline.

The bodies of 18 sea turtles, 22 sea lions, eight dolphins, 16 angular roughsharks and 22 marine birds were found during an inspection by government officials.

Some of the creatures were sprayed with a special paint as part of an investigation into the grim discovery along 77 miles of the Lambayeque coastline.

The carcasses, were in various states of decomposition, were measured, placed in bags and then taken away for analysis.

http://news.sky.com/story/1056048/peru-dozens-of-dead-sea-creatures-washed-up

Peru: Dozens Of Dead Sea Creatures Washed Up

Experts are trying to work out why nearly 100 dead animals and birds have washed up on a Peruvian coastline.

The bodies of 18 sea turtles, 22 sea lions, eight dolphins, 16 angular roughsharks and 22 marine birds were found during an inspection by government officials.

Some of the creatures were sprayed with a special paint as part of an investigation into the grim discovery along 77 miles of the Lambayeque coastline.

The carcasses, were in various states of decomposition, were measured, placed in bags and then taken away for analysis.

http://news.sky.com/story/1056048/peru-dozens-of-dead-sea-creatures-washed-up

US Snow: Storm Leaves Four Dead In America

At least four people have died after a massive snow storm blanketed much of central US, causing road accidents and disrupting travel.

The winter storm, which prompted tornado warnings, affected millions of people in 24 states before the system petered out over the Great Lakes.

Places in Kansas and Missouri saw a foot (30 centimetres) or more of snow, with emergency crews spending hours digging out and clearing miles of roadways.

http://news.sky.com/story/1055353/us-snow-storm-leaves-four-dead-in-america

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 14:45:48 UTC
Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 01:45:48 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
11.717°S, 165.118°E
Depth
19.4 km (12.1 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
135 km (83 miles) SW of Lata, Solomon Islands

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NIAS REGION, INDONESIA - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:39:47 UTC
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 06:39:47 PM at epicenter
Location
1.391°N, 97.155°E
Depth
35 km (21.7 miles)
Region
NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
Distances
186 km (116 miles) W (259°) from Sibolga, Sumatra, Indonesia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:27:15 UTC
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 08:27:15 PM at epicenter
Location
35.244°N, 141.088°E
Depth
30 km (18.6 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
130 km (81 miles) ESE (111°) from TOKYO, Japan

Resistance Day: Thousands across US rally to protect arms

Italian media accused of bias ahead of general elections

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake EAST TIMOR REGION - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
5.7
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:09:21 UTC
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 07:09:21 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
8.520°S, 127.411°E
Depth
35.1 km (21.8 miles)
Region
EAST TIMOR REGION
Distances
202 km (125 miles) E of Dili, East Timor

For how much longer will Europeans put up with this nonsense, with unemployment set to climb even further?

On the whole I'm a fan of the European Commission's economic assessments, which unlike the politicians who run the show, tend to be both impartial and realistic. The latest winter forecasts, published today, will have come as quite a shock to the high command, for they predict another year of recession and rising unemployment for the eurozone, and only feeble growth of just 1.4pc the year after (2014).

The upshot is that little progress will be made this year in bringing budget deficits down as a percentage of GDP among the euro area's weaker economies, while for a number of countries, the goal of reduced public indebtedness remains as far away as ever. For the next two years at least, public indebtedness will continue to climb across most eurozone member states. Government targets for reducing budget deficits are likely to be be missed, both this year and next, not just in weaker member states covered by the support programme, but also in a number of larger eurozone economies.

As you would expect, the Commission diplomatically tip-toes around the issue of whether enforced fiscal consolidation may itself be causing these shortfalls, and can therefore be regarded as entirely counter-productive, but it does at least concede that fiscal consolidation is weighing quite heavily on growth prospects.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jeremywarner/100022998/for-how-much-longer-will-europeans-put-up-with-this-nonsense-with-unemployment-set-to-climb-even-further/

Eurozone still stuck in reverse thanks to austerity

Deficit-busting targets for a trio of eurozone strugglers have been torpedoed by austerity and the region will not return to growth until next year, worrying new forecasts revealed today.

The European Commission’s latest forecasts predict the 17-member single currency bloc, the UK’s biggest trading partner, is on course for another year stuck in reverse, with a 0.3% decline in 2013 following a 0.6% fall last year.

Spain, where unemployment is set to hit a record 26.9% this year, is the worst offender on deficits as the economy buckles under Mariano Rajoy’s austerity programme.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/eurozone-still-stuck-in-reverse-thanks-to-austerity-8506912.html

European Commission to take UK to court over Reduced VAT rate

THE UK is "going beyond EU directives" in offering reduced VAT on the supply and installation of energy-saving materials, according to the European Commission.

As such, the commission has referred the UK to the European Court of Justice.

Under EU VAT rules, member states may apply reduced VAT rates to the supply of goods and services used in the housing sector, as long as it is part of a social policy. However, by allowing a reduced VAT rate on all energy saving materials, the UK is going beyond the scope of what is permitted under EU law, the commission said.

http://www.accountancyage.com/aa/news/2249980/european-commission-to-take-uk-to-court-over-vat-rate

Jason Peter Marshall Arrested Over Tour Guide Murder in Italy

A Briton has been arrested in Italy for the murder of a tour guide and the attempted killing of another man.

Jason Peter Marshall, 25, was held by police early on Saturday after they traced him through his mobile phone signal to a late night bus.

He was arrested after a 55-year-old man was found severely beaten in the bedroom of his apartment in central Rome, following calls to police when neighbours heard screams and calls for help.

http://news.sky.com/story/1055954/italy-briton-held-over-tour-guide-murder

Russian ghost cruise ship which vanished in the mists off Newfoundland two months ago and has now reappeared half way across the Atlantic

The MV Lyubov Orlova, which vanished en route to the Dominican Republic to be scrapped, has been spotted near the west coast of Ireland. The ghostly liner disappeared two years ago as it was being towed to the Caribbean to be scrapped. The sighting 1,300 nautical miles from the Irish coast was reported by an intelligence agency using satellite imagery to create maps for the U.S. government.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2282777/Eerie-mystery-Russia-s-ghost-cruise-ship-vanished-mists-Caribbean-months-ago-reappeared-near-Ireland.html

David Kellen Grow 'stabs mother to death' just weeks after judge insisted he be freed from mental hospital - against parent's wishes

A Michigan man came home Wednesday evening to find his wife had been stabbed to death and their 'psychotic' 19-year-old son is charged with her murder.

David Kellen Grow was arraigned Thursday on an open murder count in Jackson County District Court for accusations that he used a knife to kill his mother, 49-year-old Robin Denise Grow, in their Concord home.

The 19-year-old's parents had hospitalized him for mental instability for 10 days in January until a judge ordered that he be released against his parents wishes. It was 23 days later that he allegedly murdered his mother.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2283083/Son-stabs-mother-death-just-weeks-judge-insisted-freed-mental-hospital-parents-wishes.html

Youth worker out celebrating her birthday egged on pack of thugs as they beat and stabbed young soldier leaving him partially disembowelled

Jasmine Nassif, (main picture) 21, was one of a gang that attacked four clubbers, including soldier Alfred Kyei-Baffour, 21, outside London's Guildhall. Part of the incident was captured on CCTV (top right). Other members of the gang jailed today were (from top left) Colin Mbagwu, 27, Ishmael Francis, 22, Leonel Streete, 23, Marlon Brown, 27, Rowan Lopez, 25, and Riquelle Peterson, 24.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2282972/Youth-worker-celebrating-birthday-egged-pack-thugs-beat-stabbed-young-soldier-leaving-partially-disembowelled.html

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude Mw 6.0
Region SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Date time 2013-02-23 08:59:13.0 UTC
Location 10.65 S ; 165.30 E
Depth 40 km
Distances
60 km W Lata , Solomon Islands

BBC transparency! 90 pages of their Savile report blacked out, DG goes to ground... and no one is blamed for fiasco

The evidence gathered during an inquiry by former Sky News chief Nick Pollard (bottom right) into Newsnight's decision to drop its Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation was published today by the BBC in a bid to be 'open and transparent'. But Tory peer Lord McAlpine said too much evidence had been redacted in the release and added that 'the BBC is not the Secret Service'.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2282667/So-BBC-transparency-90-pages-BBCs-Savile-report-blacked-DG-goes-ground--blamed-fiasco.html

Trade missions to India but nothing to sell. And for that, blame politicians and civil servants

The Prime Minister was vigorously waving the flag for British trade and industry this week as he toured India and tried to lure some of that burgeoning economy’s riches in our direction.

He shook hands, won over crowds with his smile and made a passable drive on a cricket pitch before being clean bowled.

But I’m afraid when it came to the point of his visit, he was on a sticky wicket from the start. For the sad truth is he had very little to sell.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2283079/This-week-saw-Britains-largest-trade-mission-India-The-tragedy-weve-little-sell-And-politicians-civil-servants-largely-blame.html

'Don't give my lazy daughter a £400,000 home... make her get off her backside and work!' The father of notorious benefits mother speaks for Britain

Royston Frost, 72, right, is angry and ashamed of his daughter, Heather, pictured with her 11 children, who lives off the state in a six-bedroom house. He confesses that even he doesn't know the identity of the fathers of two of his daughter's 11 children. 'I didn't tell my daughter to have 11 kids,' he says. 'I tried to stop her at five, but you can't tell someone in their 20s what to do.The house, which is still a few months off completion, has six bedrooms, three bathrooms and a huge living/dining area, ideal for entertaining.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2283068/Dont-lazy-daughter-Heather-Frost-400-000-home----make-backside-work-The-father-notorious-benefits-mother-speaks-Britain.html

Calls for Osborne to quit as Britain loses cherished AAA credit rating and is downgraded to same level as France amid fears of triple-dip recession

There are growing calls for Chancellor George Osborne to quit after the UK lost its cherished AAA credit rating despite the Coalition's efforts to cut the deficit.

Moody's, one of the three main credit ratings agencies, announced that it was cutting Britain's rating to Aa1, one notch below the top grade, dealing the government a massive economic blow.

It is the first time since 1978 that the UK has seen it's rating dropped from the AAA level.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2283088/Calls-Osborne-quit-Britain-loses-cherished-AAA-credit-rating-downgraded-time-35-years-level-France-fears-triple-dip-recession.html

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake WASHINGTON - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
3.3
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 08:30:55 UTC
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12:30:55 AM at epicenter
Location
47.178°N, 120.519°W
Depth
0 km (~0 mile) (poorly constrained)
Region
WASHINGTON
Distances
17 km (10 miles) NE (43°) from Thorp, WA

Commute three hours a day for minimum wage or lose benefits, jobseekers will be told

Jobseekers must commute for up to three hours a day to work or risk losing their benefits.

Tough new rules this spring will also force them to accept any job that pays the minimum wage.

They will be expected to take jobs up to one-and-a-half hours away from home, and job offers will have to be taken up immediately, not deferred.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2283162/Commute-hours-day-lose-benefits-jobseekers-told-tough-new-Universal-Credit-plan.html

Inmates take over Brazilian prison

Dozens of sea animals including turtles, sea lions, dolphins, and roughsharks washed up on northern Peru's Lambayeque coastline

Office of Egypt's opposition leader ransacked

New England braces for third snowstorm in three weekends

New England braced for its third snowstorm in three weekends on Saturday, putting crews to work sanding roads and trimming trees ahead of the snow, sleet and freezing rain moving in from the Midwest.

The storm blanketed states from Minnesota to Ohio earlier this week, dumping more than a foot of snow in Kansas on Thursday, forcing airports to cancel hundreds of flights and leaving motorists stranded on highways.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/23/us-usa-snowstorm-idUSBRE91K03820130223

North Korea warns U.S. forces of "destruction" ahead of More war drills

North Korea on Sunday warned the top U.S. military commander stationed in South Korea that his forces would "meet a miserable destruction" if they go ahead with scheduled military drills with South Korean troops, North Korean state media said.

Pak Rim-su, chief delegate of the North Korean military mission to the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, gave the message by phone to Gen. James Thurman, the commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, KCNA news agency said.

It came amid escalating tension on the divided Korean peninsula after the North's third nuclear test earlier this month, in defiance of U.N. resolutions, drew harsh international condemnation.

A direct message from the North's Panmunjom mission to the U.S. commander is rare.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/23/us-korea-north-idUSBRE91M05220130223

Max Shatto adoption death: US ambassador warns Russia

The US ambassador to Russia has warned against "the sensational exploitations of human tragedy" after Russian officials accused an American woman of murdering her adopted Russian son.

Michael McFaul said the US had been working behind the scenes with Russian diplomats after Max Shatto's death.

The three-year-old died in January. He was adopted from a Russian orphanage.

Officials and parliamentarians have regularly used the death to justify a recent ban on adoptions to America.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21544249

US to leave troops in Afghanistan after 2014, says German official

The US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, and his Nato counterparts are considering leaving 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but a dispute arose on Friday between the US and Germany over whether the force would be international or purely American.

The conflicting accounts came as Nato defence ministers gathered in Brussels to discuss the endgame of the 11-year-old war. Barack Obama has said the last foreign combat troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

The German defence minister, Thomas de Maizière, told reporters Panetta had told him at the meeting that the US would leave 8,000-10,000 troops in the country at the end of 2014. But Panetta, speaking to reporters later, called De Maizière's comments inaccurate.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/22/us-troops-afghanistan

Italy election: Bersani, Monti, Berlusconi campaign ends

Political parties in Italy have held their final campaign rallies ahead of a general election that begins on Sunday.

They are not allowed to campaign in the 24 hours before the polls open.

The centre-left Democratic Party (PD) led by Pier Luigi Bersani's has taken a lead. Coalitions led by outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti and ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi are also running.

The election is taking place amid a deep recession and austerity measures that have caused public resentment.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21548677

George Osborne under pressure as Britain loses AAA rating for first time

Britain was stripped of its AAA-rated debt status for the first time ever on Friday night in a move that puts pressure on George Osborne, who had pledged to use his austerity measures to protect the rating.

The chancellor, who had 12 hours' notice of the decision by Moody's ratings agency, insisted he would stick to his course and had "redoubled" his resolve to tackle Britain's financial problems. However, the downgrading will have major political implications for the coalition.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/feb/23/george-osborne-britain-aaa

VATICAN SCANDAL CITED IN POPE RESIGNATION

Pope Benedict XVI resigned after an internal investigation informed him about a web of blackmail, corruption and gay sex in the Vatican, Italian media reports say.

Three cardinals were asked by Benedict to verify allegations of financial impropriety, cronyism and corruption exposed in the so-called VatiLeaks affair.

On December 17, 2012, they handed the pontiff two red-leather bound volumes, almost 300 pages long, containing "an exact map of the mischief and the bad fish" inside the Holy See, La Repubblica said.

"It was on that day, with those papers on his desk, that Benedict XVI took the decision he had mulled over for so long," said the centre-left newspaper. It said its article was the first of a series.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16205271/vatican-scandal-cited-in-pope-resignation/

Joyce Riley Interviews Mike Powers Sandy Hook Investigation

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 06:57:54 UTC
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 06:57:54 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
29.320°S, 176.193°W
Depth
11.3 km (7.0 miles)
Region
KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
Distances
166 km (103 miles) E of Raoul Island, New Zealand

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 04:40:14 UTC
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 08:40:14 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
32.094°N, 117.631°W
Depth
33 km (20.5 miles)
Region
OFFSHORE BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
Distances
62 km (39 miles) WSW (245°) from Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN ALASKA - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 02:35:35 UTC
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 05:35:35 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
60.323°N, 162.501°W
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region
SOUTHERN ALASKA
Distances
10 km (6 miles) ESE (103°) from Tuntutuliak, AK

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 00:46:22 UTC
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10:46:22 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
37.918°N, 142.956°E
Depth
38.8 km (24.1 miles)
Region
OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
155 km (96 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake GULF OF ADEN - 23rd February 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 00:04:34 UTC
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 03:04:34 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
13.827°N, 51.554°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
GULF OF ADEN
Distances
156 km (96 miles) SSE of Sayhut, Yemen

BODIES OF 98 ASYLUM SEEKERS 'THROWN INTO SEA'

The nation's political leaders are once again under pressure to find a solution to the asylum seeker impasse after it was reported the dead bodies of refugees had been thrown overboard in a two-month ordeal at sea.

Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor has urged the coalition to re-think its opposition to the Malaysia Solution after 98 Burmese refugees died at sea.

Sri Lankan police say they were told by refugees that the people died of dehydration and starvation after their boat's engine cut out at sea.

The survivors say they threw the deceased bodies overboard at sea.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/16200072/bodies-asylum-seekers-thrown-into-sea/

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHEASTERN SAKHA, RUSSIA - 22nd February 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 23:32:01 UTC
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10:32:01 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
67.688°N, 142.317°E
Depth
14.7 km (9.1 miles)
Region
NORTHEASTERN SAKHA, RUSSIA
Distances
138 km (85 miles) WSW of Druzhina, Serbia

Luke O’Neill Dies After Being Sucked Into Drainpipe

A teenage boy has reportedly died after being sucked down a drainpipe while he was collecting golf balls in floodwaters.

The body of Luke O’Neill, 17, was found by his friend while he was scouring reeds near the exit of the drain at the Kew Country Club in New South Wales, Australia, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Police said Luke was in waist-deep water scooping golf balls with some friends when he was suddenly dragged into large drainpipe by the force of the water.

http://news.sky.com/story/1055896/teen-dies-after-being-sucked-into-drainpipe

Microsoft Becomes Latest Victim Of Hackers

Microsoft has become the latest victim of computer hacking following US technology giants Facebook and Apple.

In a blog posting, Microsoft said it had found no evidence that any customer data had been stolen in the cyber attack, which saw malicious software planted on a small number of its computers.

General manager Matt Thomlinson said: "As reported by Facebook and Apple, Microsoft can confirm that we also recently experienced a similar security intrusion.

http://news.sky.com/story/1055907/microsoft-becomes-latest-victim-of-hackers