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Friday 18 April 2014

Pub death toll rises

A 10th person has now died following the helicopter crash at the Clutha bar in Glasgow.

Joe Cusker (59), from Cambuslang, had been in hospital since the crash on November 29. He died yesterday at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, police said.

WAR CRIMINAL HANGED

Bangladesh has executed an opposition leader convicted of war crimes, hours after its Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal.

An intelligence official said the hanging of Abdul Quader Mollah took place last night in a jail in Dhaka.

BLACK DEATH KILLS 20

TWENTY people have died in Madagascar since last week because of what they suspect to be an outbreak of bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death.

Police in Mandritsara said the deceased could not be treated in time adding that over 20 other plague victims are receiving treatment.

BOY (6) A 'SEX PEST'

The mother of a girl involved in the case of a six-year-old Colorado boy who was suspended for giving a classmate unwanted kisses has said the school did the right thing.

Jade Masters-Ownbey said the school district did a "great job" protecting her daughter. Hunter Yelton was given a two-day suspension, with a sexual harassment offence on his discipline record.

QUEEN'S NUTS WARNING

A private investigator convicted of hacking voicemails of the British Royal family royal told revealed that Queen Elizabeth was annoyed because police officers ate the nuts laid out for Buckingham Palace guests. The tidbit was passed on by Clive Goodman to Andy Coulson, then editor of the now-defunct 'News of the World'. Mr Goodman's 2005 email notes: "Memo (has) now gone around to all palace cops telling them to keep their sticky fingers out." The email was used as evidence at the phone-hacking trial of Mr Coulson, former editor Rebekah Brooks and five others. All deny guilt.

CATALONIA IN VOTE ROW

CATALONIA announced yesterday that it will hold a referendum on independence next year, setting the region on a collision course with the Spanish government.

Separatist parties in Catalonia had finally agreed the wording of the vote, which would be held on November 9, Artur Mas, the regional president, said. But Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, Spain's justice minister, insisted the referendum would not take place.

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