Sunday 24 September 2017

Inquiry for Spain PM

Spain's prime minister said he would appear before parliament to face questions over a corruption scandal, relenting to pressure from the opposition which had threatened a no-confidence vote if he refused.

Mariano Rajoy has denied any wrongdoing in a scandal involving allegations of illegal donations by construction magnates that were supposedly distributed as cash payments to him and other party leaders.

STARS BACK PUSSY RIOT

More than 100 leading musicians have called for the release of jailed members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot.

Amnesty International said that Adele, U2, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Radiohead, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Ke$ha, Paul McCartney and Sting were among those who signed an open letter.

DIE-HARD FAMILY MAN

Action star Bruce Willis has confessed he is "impossible" to work with if he does not have his family on set with him.

The 58-year-old actor and his model wife Emma Heming welcomed baby daughter Mabel last year, the actor's fourth child.

ROSS PLANS TO CHAT ON

Presenter Jonathan Ross has signed a further deal with ITV to extend his chat show on the station until the end of next year.

The 52-year-old will front a ten-programme series later this year and two more runs of the Saturday show in 2014.

DOLPHINS' WHISTLE TALK

Dolphins call each other by name using individual signature whistles, a study has shown.

They respond to hearing the sound of their own whistle by calling back, a team of Scottish scientists found. But the intelligent creatures ignore names that are not theirs – even if they belong to other members of their own social group.

MUAMBA'S TEARS OF JOY

Miracle footballer Fabrice Muamba has showed off his new son for the first time and revealed that he burst into tears when the baby was born as he was reminded of the fragility of his own life.

The ex-Bolton Wanderers midfielder was effectively dead for more than an hour when he collapsed following a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match last year.

Irish Independent

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