In brief: Brangelina gift $2m to wildlife
HOLLYWOOD couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have donated $2m (€1.5m) to a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, where they spent Christmas with their six children.
Jolie gave birth to the couple's daughter, Shiloh, in Namibia in 2006 and chose to return there for the holiday.
Farmer celebrates 'panda cow' birth
A RARE miniature cow with markings similar to a panda has been born on a farm in northern Colorado.
Chris Jessen raises miniature cattle and also owns a miniature kangaroo. The genetically manipulated "panda cow", named Ben, is thought to be one of only 24 in the world and is worth $30,000 (€22,500)
Laws spell tax doom for witches
ROMANIA has changed its labour laws to officially recognise witchcraft as a profession.
The move is part of a crackdown on widespread tax evasion. In addition to witches, embalmers, valets and driving instructors are now considered by labour law to be working real jobs, making it harder for them to avoid income tax.
Town stumped as birds fall from sky
US WILDLIFE officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 blackbirds to fall dead from the sky over an Arkansas town.
The birds fell over a one-mile area and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside that zone. An ornithologist said the birds could have been hit by lightning or hail.
Minister in bid to save Starr's home
A UK minister has moved to halt controversial plans to bulldoze the former home of ex-Beatle Ringo Starr.
Housing Minister Grant Shapps has written to Liverpool City Council calling for a temporary reprieve for 9 Madryn Street, in Dingle, Liverpool.
Berry bounces back from illness
ROCK-and-roll legend Chuck Berry was given the all-clear after reports claimed he slumped over at a show in Chicago on Saturday night. Berry signed a release after being checked out by medics.