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Vienna hands over Nazi loot

A CITY official says Vienna has handed over nearly 6,000 objects looted by the Nazis to their rightful owners or their heirs since it started taking inventory of them 14 years ago.

Andreas Mailath-Pokorny said yesterday that 5,880 art works, books and other objects have been returned since 1999. More than 70,000 items in Viennese museums and libraries were checked for their provenance.

Austria has moved over the past three decades from depicting itself as a victim of the Nazis to acknowledging that its citizens played a large role in atrocities under Hitler after he annexed the country in 1938.


A mobile phone, a rubber duck and a £20 note have all ended up inside dogs' stomachs.

London's Battersea Dogs & Cats Home revealed dogs have also eaten a balloon, a pair of earrings, a tube of glitter and three magnets.

Out of the 200,000 pet owners surveyed, some said their dogs had swallowed 110 tea lights, an industrial fisherman's glove, net curtains and a baby shoe.


A close ally of Toronto mayor Rob Ford says Ford is following legal advice in remaining silent about a video that appears to show him smoking crack cocaine.

Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday said yesterday lawyers have advised Ford that saying less is better. He is urging Ford to address the video.

The video has not been released publicly and there is no way to verify whether it is authentic.


Aretha Franklin is taking June off. A spokesman for the 71-year-old singer says she will reschedule two shows and resume touring in July.

Franklin announced earlier this month that she would cancel scheduled performances in Chicago and Connecticut this week to undergo unspecified medical treatment.

Franklin appeared on the season finale of American Idol last week via satellite, singing a medley of her hits with the show's female finalists.