At least one person was killed and up to eight others injured when freak lightning struck the bustling Venice Beach of southern California, officials said. The fatal victim, an unidentified man in his 20s, died as he was being rushed from the beach to the hospital after the lightning struck on Sunday, Larry Dietz at the Los Angeles Coroner's Department told AFP. Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main earlier told AFP that seven adults and a 15 year-old were rushed to area hospitals after the lightning stuck, but would not confirm any fatality. According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms struck the busy area around 2115 GMT Sunday.
By Megan Davies and Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Hague's arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay a group of shareholders in defunct oil giant Yukos around $50 billion for expropriating its assets, a big hit for a country teetering on the brink of recession. The Hague court said it had awarded shareholders in the GML group just under half of their $114 billion claim, going some way to covering the money they lost when the Kremlin seized Yukos, once controlled by Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Tim Osborne, director of GML, welcomed the award, which he said was the largest ever, as "very favourable".