Fritzl pub banned
Polish authorities have cancelled the lease for a cellar pub that was to be named after Josef Fritzl, an Austrian man serving a life sentence for locking his daughter in a basement, raping her and fathering her seven children.
A businessman had planned to open "Fritzl's Cellar" in Warsaw in what he described as a "publicity stunt". Warsaw Mayor Wojciech Bartelski said yesterday he had told prosecutors about the stunt, using one of the "greatest beasts of our times", in violation of the ban on public promotion of crime. The businessman could face up to a year in prison if convicted.
Wife's sinking feeling
A £1M (€1.2m) lottery winner has promised to treat his wife to a sink.
David Baxter (63), of Baldock, Hertfordshire, got lucky in the EuroMillions raffle and the first thing he bought was a pair of slippers. He says he will now buy his wife Carol the steel kitchen sink "she has always wanted" while continuing to work at Luton Airport.
King Herod on display
Israel's national museum is preparing an exhibition on King Herod, the Jewish ruler under Roman occupation two millennia ago.
The display, billed as the world's first, includes a reconstructed tomb and sarcophagus of Herod. Palestinians object to the exhibit because it displays artefacts from West Bank sites.
18 heads seized
Investigators probing a shipment of 18 human heads intercepted at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have determined they came from bodies donated for scientific research and were being transported for disposal, officials have said.
US Customs agents discovered the grisly package, which was shipped to Chicago from Italy shortly before Christmas, on Monday. Because the shipment's paperwork was not in order, agents confiscated the heads and sent them to the Cook County Medical Examiner for safekeeping.
Italian vote dazzles
From right-wing gays of the "Black Rose" movement, to parties seeking to dump the euro, to the "Ordinary Guy Front", there is something for everyone in the dazzling array of groups seeking to contest Italy's elections.
The Interior Ministry, which will oversee the February 24-25 vote, has received a record 215 logos from parties, movements, associations, local and special interest groups of all sizes and colours – anyone who wants to be put on posters or ballot slips.