Tuesday 25 April 2017

Killer spares beloved daughter

A FILIPINO man shot his wife, three of his children and their maid while having breakfast in a central Philippine town and then killed himself -- but he spared his favourite daughter.

Emmanuel Ponce, a 55-year-old former seaman, told his youngest daughter to leave and call police before the shooting. Police said the motive for the killings was unclear.

Eighth Tibetan sets fire to himself

A FORMER Buddhist monk set himself on fire to protest against Chinese rule in Tibet in the eighth such self-immolation this year.

Norbu Dathul (19) set himself on fire in the main market in Aba, a town in the western province of Sichuan near Tibet. Police put out the fire and the man's condition was not immediately known.

Woman (90) gets sorority invite

A 90-YEAR-OLD Kansas woman whose sorority dreams were disrupted by World War Two is finally getting to be a new sorority house member. Bertie McConnell was surprised on her 90th birthday with a certificate of membership from Zeta Tau Alpha.

Ms McConnell attended several Zeta rush parties in 1941 at Washburn University in Topeka but after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour she left school to support the war effort.

Fiennes in 'mad' Shakespeare role

BRITISH actor Ralph Fiennes admitted he was "a bit mad" to act in and direct 'Coriolanus'.

The actor takes the leading role of the Shakespearean anti-hero in the big-screen adaptation, which also marks his debut as a director. Fiennes (48) said at the London Film Festival he had a fascination with the play.

Firm uses taxis to transport inmates

A SECURITY firm with a government contract worth £420m (€478m) to take prisoners to court has been using black cabs.

The company, whose deal covers London and the east of England, has recently been using private taxis after a computer system organising pick-up and drop-off details failed.

Brothers steal bridge for scrap

TWO brothers have been charged with stealing a Pennsylvania bridge and selling the 15.5 tonnes of scrap metal for $5,000 (€3,500).

Benjamin (24) and Alexander (25) Jones used a blowtorch to break up the 50ft-long by 20ft-wide bridge.

Irish Independent

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