Sunday 24 September 2017

In Brief: Spy catches the eye

A TABLOID says Vladimir Putin is Russia's most eligible bachelor, but the president may have competition from an American half his age: Edward Snowden, the former US spy agency contractor believed to be holed up at a Moscow airport.

Snowden (30) has received a marriage proposal of sorts in a tweet from Anna Chapman, the glamorous redhead who was one of 10 Russian agents arrested in the US and deported in a Cold War-style spy swap in 2010.

HERO BOY SAVES DAD

AN eight-year-old Massachusetts boy is being credited with helping to save his father after their car crashed through a guardrail and landed upside down on a sandbar in a river.

Authorities said Eugenio Garcia was trapped in the vehicle after the crash. But his son Joshua (8) wriggled from the wreckage, waded through the rushing water, scaled an embankment, then walked half a mile home to alert his mother, who called 911. Mr Garcia was rescued and treated for minor injuries.

'WICKED' FORGER JAILED

THE former lover and fortune teller of quirky billionaire Nina Wang has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after a Hong Kong court found him guilty of forging a will to claim her multi-billion-dollar estate.

High Court Justice Andrew Macrae said Peter Chan's attempt to pass himself off as the beneficiary of Ms Wang's fortune, estimated by prosecutors at 83bn Hong Kong dollars (€8.3bn), was "shameless, wicked and born of unparalleled greed".

POLITICIANS OUT OF TUNE

It's called "piano voting" – a jab at politicians who push different keys as if playing the piano. And in this illegal tune, Ukrainians are among Europe's virtuosos.

Under the scam, politicians who are too busy running businesses or taking holidays to bother showing up for work ask fellow legislators to vote for them. This week a local watchdog named dozens of parliament's biggest violators, saying that multiple voting undermines this ex-Soviet republic's shaky democracy and efforts to move closer to the EU.

GRAN ON DEATH CHARGE

A grandmother is facing criminal charges in the death of an Ontario toddler left alone in a sweltering car.

Leslie McDonald (51) was charged with criminal negligence in connection with the death of her grandson, Maximus Huyskens. Police say the boy died on June 26, a month short of his second birthday, after being exposed to high-level temperatures for an extended period of time.

Irish Independent

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