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Fugitive sues for benefit cut Wills and Kate's Canada visit 200 suffer from Playboy bug Zinc can zap cold misery

A MAN unlawfully at large from prison for over three years is bringing a High Court challenge over the axeing of his jobseeker's allowance.

Anthony Rogers, North Circular Road, Dublin, who was originally jailed for 12 months for offences, including burglary and theft, claims he has lived openly at all times since leaving the Midlands Prison in 2007 and was told by gardai that there are no outstanding warrants for his arrest.

His welfare payments were stopped last month because he is unlawfully at large, and because he has no release papers from the prison.

Wills and Kate's Canada visit

BRITISH royal Prince William and Kate Middleton will be travelling to Canada this summer on their first official trip as a married couple.

The newlyweds will travel across the country from the end of June to mid-July.

William and Kate, who will marry on April 29, will take part in Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa on July 1 and their stay will also include a trip to the Arctic, an official said.

200 suffer from

Playboy bug

Health officials say the number of people who fell sick after attending a global internet conference in southern California has grown from 170 to about 200.

The Los Angeles County's Department of Public Health s is focusing its investigation into a suspected respiratory infection outbreak on a party at the Playboy Mansion attended by many of the conference-goers.

The agency said it still doesn't know what caused people who attended the conference in Santa Monica to come down with fever, chills, cough and other signs of illness.

Zinc can zap cold misery

Zinc supplements can reduce the severity and duration of common cold symptoms, a study has found.

Previous trials looking at whether zinc can combat a cold have produced conflicting results.

The new findings are published in The Cochrane Library, which reviews the latest evidence on medicines.