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KUALA LUMPUR - Orang ramai yang menggunakan jejambat di Jalan Lingkaran Tengah (MRR2) di Jalan Sungai Buluh-Kepong kini tidak perlu khuatir dengan keselamatan jejambat berkenaan kerana ia kini selamat untuk dilalui setelah struktur yang terjejas siap dibaik pulih hari ini.

Menteri Kerja Raya Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor berkata, struktur yang terjejas itu iaitu rasuk silang pier 28 siap sepenuhnya hari ini dengan menggunakan teknologi kabel keluli pra tegasan selepas teknologi dari Jerman yang digunakan sebelum ini mengalami kegagalan.

Pada Ogos 2008, serpihan konkrit perekat dari jejambat itu terjatuh ekoran tendon yang digunakan untuk mengukuhkan rasuk silang yang diperbuat daripada bahan Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) itu rosak akibat tindak balas kimia.

"Setelah kajian dibuat, Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) membuat keputusan untuk mengganti tendon-tendon CFRP tersebut kepada tendon-tendon keluli.

"Kerja-kerja pembaikannya dimulakan pada 5 November 2009 dan 12 tendon CFRP telah siap diganti dengan tendon keluli pada 12 Disember 2010.

"Dengan penyiapan kerja-kerjanya, struktur pier 28 telah diperkukuhkan dan kini dijangka boleh digunakan sepanjang hayat,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas meninjau kerja-kerja menurunkan kerangka pengikat serta pelantar kerja bagi kerja baik pulih struktur itu di jejambat MRR2 Jalan Kepong-Sungai Buluh di sini malam tadi. - Bernama

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Pakistani officials: Suspected drone attack kills 4

A file photograph of a U.S. Predator drone -- four alleged militants were killed in Pakistan by a drone strike on Friday.
A file photograph of a U.S. Predator drone -- four alleged militants were killed in Pakistan by a drone strike on Friday.

Islamabad, Pakistan - A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region killed four alleged militants on Friday, intelligence officials told CNN.

Two intelligence officials said the suspected drone fired two missiles on what was believed to be militant hideout in the area of Data Khel of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The intelligence officials asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

According to a CNN count, the attack was the fourth suspected drone strike this year.

On Saturday, three U.S. drone strikes Saturday killed 17 people in North Waziristan.

There were an estimated 111 suspected U.S. drone strikes in 2010, and 52 in 2009.

Intense drone activity in Pakistan's tribal region has moved northward, mirroring the movement of suspected militants as they try to flee the targeted strikes, a senior Pakistani military official told CNN.

The United States does not officially confirm that it has unmanned aircraft firing missiles at terror targets in Pakistan, but it is the only country in the region known to have the capability to do so.

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Investigation into grooming of vulnerable teenage girls for sex

Jack Straw
Jack Straw sparked a backlash when he said he thought vulnerable white girls were at risk of being targeted by some Asian men.

The grooming of vulnerable teenage girls for sex is being investigated by the UK's specialist exploitation unit, it emerged today.

Experts from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) are to carry out the work following the indefinite jailing of two Asian men for abusing girls aged between 12 and 18.

The former home secretary Jack Straw sparked a backlash yesterday after claiming the conviction was evidence of a specific problem among young men in Britain's Pakistani community.

Ceop, which is affiliated to the Serious Organised Crime Agency, was set up in 2006, and its staff include police officers and members of organisations such as the NSPCC.

On Friday 28-year-old Mohammed Liaqat and Abid Saddique, 27, were jailed at Nottingham crown court for raping and sexually abusing several girls, often after giving them alcohol or drugs.

They were the key figures in a group of men who befriended girls aged 12 to 18 in the Derby area and groomed them for sex.

Straw, the MP for Blackburn, Lancashire, said such crimes were a "specific problem" in the Pakistani community, which needed to be "more open" about the reasons for them.

However, his fellow Labour MP Keith Vaz, who chairs the home affairs select committee, rejected his claims and insisted the case was not symbolic of any "cultural problem".

The children's charity Barnardo's, the Muslim Ramadhan Foundation youth group and a retired police chief also said Straw was wrong to highlight one community.

The judge in the case said he did not believe the crimes were "racially aggravated", but Straw said he thought vulnerable white girls were at risk of being targeted by some Asian men.

While most sex offenders were white, "there is a specific problem which involves Pakistani heritage men ... who target vulnerable young white girls", Straw told BBC2's Newsnight.

He said: "We need to get the Pakistani community to think much more clearly about why this is going on and to be more open about the problems that are leading to a number of Pakistani heritage men thinking it is OK to target white girls in this way."

Young men were "fizzing and popping with testosterone" but girls from the Pakistani community were "off limits", leading them to seek other outlets for their desires, he suggested.

"They see these young women, white girls who are vulnerable, some of them in care ... who they think are easy meat," he added.

"And because they're vulnerable, they ply them with gifts, they give them drugs, and then of course they're trapped."

Vaz said Straw's comments were "pretty dangerous" and indicated that he would confront his colleague over them when parliament resumed tomorrow.

"I have a lot of Pakistanis in my constituency, so does Jack Straw. I don't think this is a cultural problem," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"I don't think you can stereotype an entire community. What you can do is look at the facts of these national cases, give it to an agency, make a proper investigation and see how we can deal with these networks of people who are involved in this horrendous crime."

The Barnardo's chief executive, Martin Narey, said street grooming was "probably happening in most towns and cities" and that the victims were Asian as well as white.

And the Ramadhan Foundation chief executive, Mohammed Shafiq, who has previously raised the issue of sex abuse, said the comments were "deeply offensive".

"I have been clear in instigating this debate that these are criminal matters and should be seen in this way," he said.

"No community or faith ever sanctions these evil crimes, and to suggest that this is somehow ingrained in the community is deeply offensive.

"I urge all engaged in this debate to do so with tolerance, honesty and, above all, based on evidence and not prejudiced positions."

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News of the World phone-hacking scandal Fresh phone-hacking document to increase pressure on News of the World

Andy Coulson
The documents are expected to trigger fresh allegations of phone-hacking at the News of the World, formerly edited by Andy Coulson. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian

The scandal threatening to engulf the News of the World will intensify this week when the Metropolitan police hands over previously undisclosed documents relating to the hacking of celebrities' mobile phones while the paper was edited by Andy Coulson, David Cameron's communications director.

The documents are expected to trigger fresh allegations that phone hacking at the paper was extensive and not the work of "one rogue reporter" as it has maintained. The fear for News International, the parent company of the News of the World, owned by Rupert Murdoch, is that the documents may contain the names of commissioning journalists.

Scotland Yard has until Wednesday to comply with a court order obliging it to provide lawyers representing the sports agent Skylet Andrew with material relating to the hacking of his phone which was recovered by police from the offices of Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator in the pay of the newspaper.

Andrew, who represents Ashes hero James Anderson, the former England footballer Sol Campbell and the Stoke City player Jermaine Pennant, is one of the leading sports agents in the UK.

The imminent disclosure comes as the News of the World defends itself against a legal action brought by the actor Sienna Miller. Ian Edmondson, the News of the World assistant editor, has been suspended amid allegations he sanctioned the hacking of Miller's phones. His suspension triggered a request from Scotland Yard for the newspaper to share any new information it had on the scandal.

Disclosure of Andrew's files is viewed by lawyers as of equal significance to the Miller revelations. The documents relate to the original 2006 hacking case involving the interception of royal aides' phones that resulted in the jailing of Mulcaire and the paper's former royal editor and gossip columnist Clive Goodman. During the trial, Mulcaire also pleaded guilty to intercepting the phones of Andrew and four other high-profile figures.

At the time the News of the World denied knowing anything about this additional hacking which, along with Andrew, involved the supermodel Elle Macpherson, the MP Simon Hughes, the publicist Max Clifford, and the former head of the Professional Footballers' Association, Gordon Taylor.

Clifford, however, sued the newspaper, dropping his case only after accepting a reported £1m to settle out of court, a move that meant all the files taken from Mulcaire's office by the Met and disclosed to the publicist's legal team never made it into court. Taylor also settled for a substantial sum, a decision that again meant potentially damaging files never entered the public domain.

But Andrew has pursued a low-profile legal action, and the release of the Met's files relating to his case, which must also be shared with lawyers representing the News of the World, means the newspaper could yet be forced to defend itself in court.

Andrew's legal team will be keen to discover to what extent, if any, the files refer to Goodman, Edmondson, Greg Miskiw, the paper's former assistant editor, and its chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, who all face allegations they knew phone hacking was taking place. Rupert Murdoch, when questioned about the affair last year, said: "There was one incident more than five years ago ... the person who bought the bugged conversation was immediately fired. If anything was to come to light, and we have challenged those people who have made allegations to provide evidence ... we would take immediate action."

Coulson, who resigned as editor of the News of the World after Goodman and Mulcaire were sentenced, has denied knowing hacking was taking place on his watch. David Cameron has staunchly defended his director of communications. But investigations by the Guardian suggested phone hacking was widespread on the newspaper under Coulson.

News International faces questions about whether it will offer Edmondson a pay-off to leave the paper or whether it will itself take legal action against its senior employee. Further pressure on News International will come this week when a cross-party parliamentary committee again discusses the scandal. The Observer understands that in the past few days several more celebrities whose phones were also allegedly hacked, have signed up with law firms to bring actions against the newspaper.

Today a spokesman for News International said it had no comment. A spokeswoman for the News of the World also declined to speak.

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