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Mother wanted children arrested

A mother in Massachusetts fed up with her arguing children called police and asked for two of them to be arrested.

The woman said her five children had been fighting all day but things came to a head when her 15-year-old son hit her eight-year-old daughter and her 16-year-old daughter had to intervene.

A ban on luxury spas at hotels and massage parlours in the Maldives was lifted this week, under pressure from the country's key tourism industry, a week after it was imposed as part of an effort to curb perceived vice.

"We have lifted the ban and all the services will be available for tourists," Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said. "We wanted to give confidence to tourists."

A former 'I'm A Celebrity' contestant will stand trial after pleading not guilty to raping two women.

Brazilian-born rapper Aggro Santos (23) is charged with raping one woman in Chichester, West Sussex, on May 7 last year and another in Yeovil, Somerset, between September 24 and 27, 2010. Another man, 21-year-old Tyrelle Ritchie, faces one count of rape in Chichester on the same date. They will stand trial on August 13.

Three fire engines have been sent to rescue a seagull stuck in a tree.

The fire service was called to help the RSPCA after reports the bird had got trapped near Norwich Market in England. Firefighters used an aerial platform ladder to free the bird, which was taken into the care of the RSPCA.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett will reach out to millions of Chinese in the most curious of ways: singing for the online version of China's annual Spring Festival gala.

The Berkshire Hathaway chief executive, best known in China for his investment in automaker BYD Co Ltd, has recorded a video specially for the gala.

Director Martin Scorsese will be honoured with a fellowship by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) at the organisation's annual awards ceremony on February 12.

The fellowship, BAFTA's highest honour, recognises a lifetime's contribution to film.

Irish Independent