Wednesday 29 March 2017

In brief: 72 corpses found in mass grave

Mexico's navy found 72 corpses in a mass grave near the US border following a shootout with an alleged organised crime group.

The armed forces were tipped off to the whereabouts of the grave by a wounded man who approached soldiers at a traffic checkpoint saying he'd been shot. The bodies found at the ranch included 14 women and 58 men.

Lohan ordered to attend rehab

LINDSAY Lohan has been ordered by a judge in Los Angeles to undergo a rigorous outpatient rehab programme. The actress will receive frequent counselling -- but will be allowed to carry on working.

Judge Elden S Fox in the LA Superior Court ordered the 'Mean Girls' star to undergo psychotherapy and addiction counselling sessions several times a week until November. He also ordered the 24-year-old to submit to random drug and alcohol testing at least twice a week and to continue living in the Los Angeles area.

Dog still buzzing after award win

A Labrador that ate a beehive containing pesticides and thousands of dead bees has won an award that recognises the most unusual pet health insurance claim in the US.

Ellie, who fully recovered from her encounter with the beehive in southern California, beat a border collie that ran through a window to get at a postman and a terrier that bit a chainsaw.

Minister's woe at Van Gogh theft

Egypt's culture minister blamed "incompetent" security staff for the theft of a €43m Van Gogh painting from a Cairo museum and said concerns for the safety of the country's many art treasures are depriving him of sleep.

"I feel like I am working alone and that I alone spend time thinking of how to manage cultural affairs," the minister, Farouk Hosni, told 'Al-Masry al-Youm' paper .

Papal pilgrims get dos and don'ts list

Pilgrims attending the large public events during Pope Benedict's visit to England and Scotland next month have been issued with a long list of dos and don'ts, including a ban on musical instruments and any kind of steel cutlery.

The list, on the official papal visit website, encouraged worshippers to bring sunblock, flags and folding chairs for the events in Glasgow, London and Birmingham, but said alcohol, gazebos and lit candles should be left at home because they "could pose a threat".

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