Tuesday 6 December 2016

In brief: British minister in speed points row

Published 16/05/2011 | 07:57

British cabinet minister Chris Huhne is facing a police investigation into claims he asked another person to take driving penalty points on his behalf for a speeding offence.

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The energy secretary yesterday refused to comment on the allegations.

SWISS VOTERS BACK ASSISTED SUICIDE

Voters in Zurich yesterday overwhelmingly rejected calls to ban assisted suicide or to outlaw the practice for non-residents.

Out of more than 278,000 ballots cast, the initiative to ban assisted suicide was rejected by 85pc of voters and the initiative to outlaw it for foreigners was turned down by 78pc. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, provided the helper doesn't personally benefit from a patient's death.

SHANGHAI BRINGS IN NEW ONE-DOG RULE

Shanghai is setting a limit of one dog per family in an effort to control the soaring pet population and curb rabies.

China's largest city is following Beijing and the southern city of Guangzhou, which have imposed similar regulations.

BOY (9) ARRESTED FOR DRINK DRIVING

Police records have shown a boy aged nine was arrested for drink driving.

The youngster, from Cumbria in England, was breathalysed and taken into police custody. But when officers discovered his age they were forced to release him without charge.

POP BAD BOY NOW HAITIAN PRESIDENT

A pop star known for his bad-boy antics on stage has been inaugurated as earthquake-devastated Haiti's new president.

Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly urged his countrymen to set aside their divisions and raise the nation from rubble. The new president (50) was a star of the pop genre compas.

MODEL JODIE KIDD HAVING A BABY BOY

Pregnant former model Jodie Kidd has announced that she is expecting a boy.

Kidd, once known for her waif-like figure, is six months' pregnant with Argentinian polo player Andrea Vianini. Kidd (32), said: "I had a sneaky feeling it was a boy -- it just felt like it."

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