World Cup riot force
Brazil has created a special riot force to help police control demonstrations expected during the World Cup later this year. Some 10,000 riot troops will be deployed in the 12 cities hosting World Cup games.
The Black Bloc anarchist movement has announced plans for demonstrations for the World Cup, starting with the opening match on June 12 in Sao Paulo.
'SPEED KILLED WALKER'
A CORONER'S report says the Porsche carrying 'Fast & Furious' star Paul Walker may have been going 160 kph or more before it crashed, killing both Walker and the driver.
The report released yesterday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office says that Roger Rodas, Walker's friend and financial adviser, was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at an unsafe speed, estimated by witnesses to be 160 kph or more.
The report also says no alcohol or drugs were detected in the system of either man on the day of the fiery one-car crash on November 30.
MORRISSEY PENS NOVEL
Former Smiths frontman Morrissey is "mid-way" through writing a novel after the success of his memoirs, which topped the bestseller charts last year.
The singer took part in a question-and-answer session on a fan website called 'True to You' and also revealed that he came close to recording a duet with David Bowie. Morrissey's memoir, called 'Autobiography' outsold the latest Bridget Jones novel to top the UK bestseller charts in its first week.
BNP LEADER BANKRUPT
British National Party leader Nick Griffin has been declared bankrupt but insisted he will continue as a member of the European Parliament and run for re-election in May.
A listing at Britain's Insolvency Service showed Mr Griffin was declared bankrupt at Welshpool and Newtown County Court. Mr Griffin tweeted: "A good day! Party funds are not affected in any way. Our campaign in May will be our most professional yet and I will be lead candidate in the North West."
AUTHOR HOWARD DIES
Elizabeth Jane Howard, the author of the much-loved 'Cazalet Chronicles' and stepmother to the writer Martin Amis, has died aged 90.
She died peacefully at her home in Suffolk, England, after a short illness. Since her debut in 1951, Howard wrote half-a-dozen novels before she set out in the early 1980s on that series of emotionally subtle family sagas. Amis has often paid tribute to her role in educating him after her marriage to his dad Kingsley.