In Brief: Silvio's aides jailed
Published 20/07/2013 | 05:00
Three former aides of Italy's ex-premier, Silvio Berlusconi, have been convicted of procuring prostitutes for the media mogul's infamous "bunga bunga" parties.
A Milan court handed down stiff prison terms: seven years to Emilio Fede, a long-time executive in the mogul's TV networks, seven years to Dario 'Lele' Mora, a talent agent, and five years to Nicole Minetti, a former regional politician.
KNIFE DETECTS CANCER
Scientists have created an "intelligent" surgical knife that can detect in seconds whether tissue being cut is cancerous, promising more effective and accurate surgery in future.
The device, built by researchers at London's Imperial College, could allow doctors to cut back on additional operations to remove further pieces of cancerous tumours.
TRAIN TRAGEDY PROBED
Insufficient brake force was applied before an oil train slammed into a town in Quebec on July 6 and killed 50 people, officials have said.
Donald Ross, chief investigator for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said the insufficient brake force could be due to mechanical problems with the handbrakes, or a problem with the way someone applied them. The unmanned train was carrying 72 cars of crude oil when it slammed into the heart of Lac-Megantic, setting off massive explosions.
UNESCO HONOURS CHE
The writings of Cuban Revolution leader Ernesto 'Che' Guevara are to be included in world heritage organisation UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.
The documents include original manuscripts from his youthful 'Motorcycle Diaries' days and his diary from the mountains of Bolivia where he was executed by that nation's military in 1967. His widow, daughter and son attended a ceremony in Havana yesterday to celebrate the inclusion of the documents.
MAGGOTS ATTACK TOURIST
A British woman returned from a holiday in Peru hearing scratching noises inside her head to be told she was being attacked by flesh-eating maggots living inside her ear.
Rochelle Harris (27) said she remembered dislodging a fly from her ear while in Peru but thought nothing more of it until she started getting headaches and pains down one side of her face and woke up one morning with liquid on her pillow.
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