UN refugee chief denies sexual harassment allegation

“It has been brought to my attention by Dileep Nair, Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight, Office of Internal Oversight Services, that a complaint about sexual harassment has been filed against me by a UNHCR staff member,” Mr. Lubbers said in a statement issued in Geneva by his spokesman. “The complaint refers to a formal meeting in my office on December 18, 2003. The meeting was attended by five other staff members. The complaint was filed on April 27 of this year, more than four months after the alleged harassment. In that meeting of last December 18, there was no improper behaviour on my part.” read more

Queen to carry on driving after rumours she was about to quit

The Duke was unhurt in January when he was involved in a collision while driving his Land Rover Freelander on a public road in Norfolk. But the occupants in the other car, which included a nine-month-old baby, suffered minor injuries.Officers from Norfolk’s roads policing unit conducted an investigation into the crash and a file was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service.But prosecutors decided it would not be in the public interest to prosecute after the Duke agreed to relinquish his licence. Reports that the Queen has agreed to give up driving on public roads have been described as “wide of the mark”, by sources.It had been claimed that the Queen had come to the difficult decision following advice from her royal security team.Last month her 97-year-old husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, announced he was giving up driving after he was ­involved in a crash on a public road near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk in January.But while a spokesman for Buckingham Palace refused to comment on ­reports that the Queen was planning to do the same, sources insisted the claims were premature and “wide of the mark”.At the age of 92, the Queen remains comfortable behind the wheel and ­insists on driving herself to and from locations around her private estates. It is understood that she only occasionally takes to public roads, mainly around Balmoral in Scotland and ­Sandringham in Norfolk.The Queen has been driving for more than 70 years, having ­developed her motoring skills as a teenager in the Second World War when she joined the ­Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, where she trained as a driver and a ­mechanic.The Queen has never taken a test and is the only person in the UK who is legally allowed to drive without a ­licence. read more