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Asbestos link to heart attacks

Workers exposed to asbestos as part of their job are at a significantly greater risk of heart disease and stroke.

And women are more likely to be affected than men, new research has found.

It is already well-known that asbestos workers are prone to serious lung disease, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

In the latest study scientists analysed the cause of death among nearly 100,000 asbestos workers. They found they were significantly more likely to die of cardiovascular disease.

Male asbestos workers were 63pc more likely to die of a stroke and 39pc more likely to die of heart disease while the corresponding figures for women were 100pc and 89pc.



Priest 'bragged of child abuse'

Jurors in a landmark priest-abuse trial heard how a cleric bragged about having sex with three boys in one week.

Monsignor William Lynn is charged with conspiracy and child endangerment.

Lynn (61) is the first Catholic Church official in the US charged for his handling of priest abuse complaints. Prosecutors say he helped the Church bury them in secret files.

In startling testimony, a detective read internal church memos about a priest who is said to have "joked about how hard it was to have sex with three boys in one week". The trial in Philadelphia continues.



Killer nurse injected bleach

A former nurse convicted of killing five dialysis patients by injecting them with bleach should spend the rest of her life in prison with no chance of parole, jurors in Texas said.

Kimberly Saenz was convicted of killing the patients at a clinic.

She received 20-year jail terms for injuring three other patients.



Floods chaos after cyclone

Thousands who fled floods in Fiji -- that left at least five people dead -- have started to return to their homes after a cyclone passed by.

Heavy rains and wind had lashed the islands since last week, swamping homes and washing out infrastructure.

But fears the situation could get worse eased today when the cyclone missed Fiji by several hundred miles.


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