A BRITISH woman overcame ‘waves the size of buildings’ — and a capsize — to set a world record for rowing solo from the US mainland to Hawaii. Lia Ditton (pictured), 40, described the 86-day and ten-hour voyage from San Francisco as ‘the greatest psychological challenge of my life’. London-born Ms Ditton fell ill just before the June 17 start, then defied adverse currents and winds — even plunging into the sea when her 21ft boat rolled — before breaking Roz Savage’s 2008 record of 100 days. Ms Ditton also had to cope with news that fellow rower Angela Madsen, 60, had died during her attempt on the same route. Welcoming her to Hawaii, Waikiki Yacht Club officer Larry Rosenfeld said: ‘Lia did an amazing job.’ PICTURE: JULIAN WINSLOW
Nazanin ‘can’t take it’ as new trial postponed
NAZANIN ZAGHARI-RATCLIFFE has said she ‘really can’t take it any more’ after a second court case against her in Iran was postponed at short notice with no explanation and no new date. New charges were laid only last week, three years after her 2017 conviction for spying, which she denies. The Foreign Office said it was a ‘groundless court hearing’ and called for Iran to set her free.
No.10 apologises over Dunn ‘bad guy’ remark
DOWNING Street has apologised after a staff member labelled the spokesman for Harry Dunn’s family a ‘bad guy’. The internal email was sent after Radd Seiger tweeted concerns about a potential cover-up over the road death of the teenager. His alleged killer, US citizen Anne Sacoolas, claimed diplomatic immunity following the tragedy last year.
■ SPECIAL £2 coins marking 100 years since Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair At Styles, will be sold by the Royal Mint. They feature jigsaw pieces and the author’s signature.
■ NEARLY half of office staff have had a workplace romance — with more than one in five reporting three or more flings with colleagues — according to a poll by the Real Fix podcast. But half say relationships with co-workers are unprofessional.
■ SUE BARKER has said she is ‘sad to say goodbye’ to A Question Of Sport after 24 years as host. Barker, 64, and team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell are leaving the BBC quiz show as part of a shake-up.
■ SIR Mick Jagger will enjoy pride of place at the British Museum’s Tantra exhibition — but not thanks to his lothario reputation. Tantra: Indian Rites Of Ecstasy, a film the Rolling Stone, 77, made in the 60s will be the first exhibit visitors see.
Trump breaks crowd limit for Nevada rally
DONALD TRUMP defied a 50- person gathering limit as he held a rally in Nevada, looking to win the state from the Democrats. The US president addressed thousands in the town of Minden after his plans to speak in Reno were blocked over virus fears. Telling the mostly maskless attendees ‘I don’t have to be nice’, Mr Trump criticised rival Joe Biden for ‘being in his damn basement’ and said Hillary Clinton ‘should be in jail’. The president also attacked Nevada’s governor Steve Sisolak over postal ballots, adding: ‘Who the hell is going to trust him? The only way the Democrats can win the election is if they rig it.’
Australia warns foreign journalists over bias
FOREIGN journalists working in Australia have been told they may face scrutiny by federal agencies over any biased view of news, amid a spat with China. The warning comes after the evacuation from China last week of Australian reporters Bill Birtles and Mike Smith, who took refuge in their country’s diplomatic compounds after being questioned by police. Home affairs minister Peter Dutton said if there is evidence that journalists ‘are acting in a contrary nature to Australian law, then ASIO [national security] and the Australian Federal Police and other agencies will act’.
Protesters yell ‘we hope they die’ after cops shot
TWO sheriff’s deputies were shot as they sat in their patrol car in Los Angeles, prompting their boss to condemn anti-police sentiment amid racism protests. The wounded officers, a woman aged 31 and a man, 24, were being treated at a hospital where activists blocked the entrance to the emergency room, yelling: ‘We hope they die.’ Both deputies have had surgery. A hunt has begun for the gunman, who fired through a window of the car with no ‘warning or provocation’ outside a train station. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he was dismayed and ‘p***ed off’, while Donald Trump tweeted: ‘Animals that must be hit hard!’
Soldiers shoot girl, 11, in cross-border clashes
A GIRL of 11 was killed and four other villagers critically wounded when Indian troops fired into the Pakistan-administered side of the disputed Kashmir region. The ‘unprovoked’ attack saw soldiers use long-range artillery to target the border villages of Hotspring and Rakhchikri, Pakistani military officials said. A woman, aged 75, was among the injured civilians. Pakistani troops responded to Friday’s attack by firing at Indian army posts, said a spokesman. Indian army spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said Pakistan troops started the shooting and his soldiers ‘retaliated befittingly’.
■ GREECE says a Turkish research ship’s return to port is a ‘positive step’ amid the countries’ row over oil and gas reserves in the Med. The Oruc Reis docked in Antalya yesterday after three months in disputed territory.
■ A MAN who claims Warren G. Harding was his grandad is seeking consent from an Ohio court to dig up the 29th US president’s remains for DNA proof. James Blaesing’s gran Nan Britton was Harding’s lover.
■ A LANDSLIDE has killed at least six people in three Nepal villages, with 26 missing, presumed dead. The collapse, in Sindhupalchowk district, near Kathmandu, brings the country’s monsoon-related death toll to at least 351 this year.