Sunday 24 September 2017

Nigeria's kidnapped girls found

NIGERIA’s defence chief says the military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but cannot use force to free them.

Air Marshal Alex Barde told demonstrators supporting the country's much criticised military that Nigerian troops can save the girls. But he added: “We can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.” He would not say where they have found the girls.

Clooney's taxing time

George Clooney could face a hefty bill from the UK taxman after his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrived at Heathrow wearing her new engagement ring.

Duty for Ms Alamuddin's ring would be 2.5pc of the total value, £10,397 (€12,403), plus import VAT of 20pc of its value. That would leave the couple owing the taxman £93,577 (€111,637).

NAKED VIRTUOSO

A naked man playing a violin in front of a Portland courthouse in the US refused to walk to a patrol car and had to be carried by police.

Police said they were not sure of the man's identity. He told them his name was Matthew T Mglej and that he was 25. The man was jailed under the Portland city code forbidding indecent exposure.

SAMBA SADNESS

The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord – the wrong one with many in host country Brazil.

Since the recent release of Fifa's 'We Are One (Ole Ola)', hordes of fans in Brazil have been slamming the official 2014 Cup theme. Many expressed their frustration and pleaded for the return of the widely loved song that Colombian artist Shakira performed for the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

COLDPLAY'S SIX IN A ROW

Coldplay have scored their sixth UK number one album with 'Ghost Stories'.

'Ghost Stories' is also the fastest-selling artist album of the year after 168,000 copies were bought in its first week, according to the Official Charts Company. The previous record holder was 'Caustic Love' by Paolo Nutini with 109,000 copies.

HEAVIEST MAN DIES

A Mexican man once listed as the world's heaviest human being has died at the age of 48. Manuel Uribe had slimmed down to about 61 stone 13lb (394kg), well below his then-record peak weight of 560kg (87st 12lb), which was certified in 2006 as a Guinness World Record. He had to be taken to the hospital with a crane because of heart trouble.

Irish Independent

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