Thursday 23 March 2017

In brief: Human skulls found in luggage

Greek police charged two US tourists with desecrating the dead yesterday after they found six human skulls in their hand luggage at Athens international airport.

The skulls were found in a scanner check during a stop-over in Athens.

Muslim satirist goes into hiding

A Seattle cartoonist who became the target of a death threat with a satirical piece called 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day' has gone into hiding on the advice of the FBI.

'Seattle Weekly' editor-in-chief Mark Fefer announced that Molly Norris' comic would no longer appear in the paper. The FBI advised Molly Norris to move and change her identity because of a religious edict issued this summer that threatened her life.

Japanese cabinet quits en masse

The Japanese cabinet resigned en masse yesterday as Prime Minister Naoto Kan prepared for a reshuffle.

Mr Kan, who took office just three months ago, is seeking to bolster his authority after surviving a leadership challenge.

MP stole dead baby's identity

A New Zealand politician has resigned from his party after admitting he stole a dead baby's identity to obtain a false passport 26 years ago.

David Garrett, an MP with the minority Act Party, on which the government relies for support, called the identity theft a "harmless prank" and said he picked the idea up from the best-selling novel 'Day of the Jackal'.

Mercury movie to star Baron Cohen

'Borat' creator Sacha Baron Cohen is to swap moustaches for his latest role -- after signing up to play late Queen star Freddie Mercury.

The comic will play the flamboyant rock frontman in a biopic co-produced by Robert De Niro.

Pop singer's bid for bail shelved

A bail application on behalf of pop star George Michael has been cancelled.

The 47-year-old former Wham frontman was jailed for eight weeks after crashing his Range Rover while high on cannabis.

Irish Independent

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