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In brief: Zeta-Jones had bipolar treatment

Published 14/04/2011 | 05:00

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones sought treatment for bipolar disorder after husband Michael Douglas's battle with throat cancer.

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"After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II Disorder," said her publicist in a statement.

McQueen 'wrote' new Gaga song

Lady Gaga says she did not write her latest hit song, 'Born This Way', but rather the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen did so when he channeled it through her from beyond the grave.

Lady Gaga told Harper's Bazaar magazine that McQueen, who committed suicide on February 11, 2010, "planned the whole thing: Right after he died, I wrote 'Born This Way.'"

'Oldest' marathon runner dies at 104

A man who claimed to be the oldest ever marathon runner at the age of 101 has died at 104.

Buster Martin ran the London Marathon in 2008 and was expected to be awarded the Guinness World Record as the oldest person to complete the 26.2-mile distance. He was refused the accolade due to doubts about his age suggesting he could have been as "young" as 94.

Teachers banned from using phones

Teachers in Bangladesh have been banned from taking their mobile phones into class because they were disrupting lessons.

Education authorities had already banned pupils from carrying them.

$15m diamond fails to make cut

A purplish-pink diamond expected to fetch up to $15m (€10.3m) has failed to sell at Christie's 'Magnificent Jewels' auction, which took in a total of $31.8m (€22m).

"We were disappointed that the 10-carat purple-pink diamond did not find a buyer, (but) top-quality white, blue, pink and yellow diamonds fared very well," said Christie's head of jewellery in New York.

Pen friends poke fun at president

Some say the pen is mightier than the sword. If true, Czech President Vaclav Klaus will soon be a very mighty man.

More than 5,000 Czechs have signed up to a Facebook campaign to mail pens to the president after a video of him pocketing an ornamental pen during an official signing ceremony last week in Chile became widely popular on the internet. Mr Klaus claims it is customary for leaders to keep pens after signing accords.

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