Sunday 25 February 2018

A right royal row

A WOMAN who says she is the unrecognised daughter of Belgian King Albert II has summoned the monarch and two of his children to appear in a Brussels court in her bid to prove he is her father, her lawyer said.

Delphine Boel, a 45-year-old artist, has repeatedly stated that she is the king's daughter and has used this as a theme in some of her work.


VIRGINIA governor and possible Republican presidential candidate Bob McDonnell used taxpayer money to pay for sunscreen and dog vitamins, the 'Washington Post' reported.

McDonnell and his wife also used state employees to run personal errands for their adult children and billed the state for deodorant, shoe repairs and a digestive system "detox cleanse," the newspaper said.


A GRAND jury has indicted a man on charges he strangled his ex-wife and tossed her off a cruise ship in Italy.

Lonnie Kocontes (56) of Florida, didn't enter a plea at his arraignment. He was indicted on a charge of murder for financial gain. Kocontes and 52-year-old Micki Kanesaki were divorced but were sharing a cabin on a 2006 cruise when she went overboard.


THE site in the US where historians believe Pocahontas rescued English captain John Smith from death is to be preserved under a new agreement.

But Native Americans say that event is just a footnote for the 57-acre site in Tidewater, Virginia. They say the real story is that it was the centre of a complex, sprawling empire ruled by Pocahontas's father, Chief Powhatan.


A BLACK bear that mauled a man at a campground near Anchorage was provoked by its victim and will not be hunted down, animal experts said.

A spokesman in Alaska said the bear was "pretty much goaded" into the attack because the man fed it meat from a barbecue. He may be charged with illegally feeding wildlife.


UK homeowners have been very imaginative in evading their TV licence fees this year. One tried to wriggle out of paying the fee by claiming they merely used the glow from the set as a lamp to help them read. Another said they did not think they needed a licence because their pet corgi was believed to be related to one of the Queen's dogs.

Irish Independent

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