Envoy in peace bid
DUBLIN-BORN US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, has delivered a stern message to the leaders of the strife-torn Central African Republic to stop the cycle of violence.
On her first official overseas trip, Ms Power is on a mission to highlight the horror and appeal for an end to the carnage. At least 500 people have been killed in the last seven days.
LUCKY DOG HAS HIS DAY
A BEAGLE who survived a dog pound gas chamber will be among eight shelter dogs riding on a float in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day in Pasadena, California.
In 2011, Daniel emerged unscathed from a container that had been filled with carbon monoxide at an animal control facility.
€1M PICASSO DRAW
A MILLION-dollar drawing by Pablo Picasso was snapped up yesterday by a 25-year-old American art lover at an online charity raffle for €100.
Jeffrey Gonano said he had been looking for a picture to hang on his living room wall when he read a news article about 'L'Homme au Gibus' ('Man with Opera Hat'), raffled by Sotheby's in Paris.
HILTER LOSES CITIZENSHIP
BAVARIAN town council has voted unanimously to strip Adolf Hitler of honorary citizenship given 80 years ago.
The issue came up after an archivist discovered documents showing both Hitler and the president who appointed him, Paul von Hindenburg, had been given honorary citizenship of Dietramszell. The council deadlocked in an 8-8 vote last week, but the full council has now voted 21-0.
LEADER FUELS PRICE HIKE
The price of the world's cheapest petrol will start to nudge higher if Venezuela's president has his way. Nicolas Maduro says he favours raising fuel prices that have been stuck at five cents a gallon for nearly 20 years.
The government says subsidies consume more than $12.5bn a year and contribute to pollution, as Venezuelans buck the global trend towards more fuel efficient, cleaner fuel-burning vehicles.
ACTOR Idris Elba has described the "surreal" moment when he heard Nelson Mandela had died during the world premiere of his biopic about the statesman.
News of the former South African president's death emerged a fortnight ago, midway through the screening of 'Mandela -- Long Walk To Freedom' in London, which stars Elba in the title role.