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Argentina flood deaths

The governor of Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Daniel Scioli, says at least 52 people have died in flooding over the past three days due to torrential rains.

More than 250,000 people remain without power in Argentina's capital and surrounding province. Nearly one million people live in and around the city of La Plata and many are struggling to recover as even more rain is forecast.

Pistorius clear to run

OSCAR Pistorius, the double amputee who faces a murder trial in South Africa, is to get the all-clear to compete at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships.

An internal report circulated within the IPC clears the athlete to run at the Lyon event this July. Pistorius, who denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has told his coach he is keen to get back to training.

Elmo star sued again

A puppeteer who was the voice of Elmo on 'Sesame Street' is being sued for the fifth time, accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

In a lawsuit filed in New York, 25-year-old Kevin Kiadii says he was 16 when he met Kevin Clash in an online chatroom. He claims Mr Clash sent a limousine to pick him up and take him to his Manhattan apartment for sex. Mr Herman represents four other people who filed similar lawsuits. Mr Clash (52) has denied any wrongdoing.

Baldness a heart risk

Bald men have a higher risk of developing heart disease than men with a full head of hair – but only those who are thinning on top rather than men with a receding hairline, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Japan found that men who had lost most of their hair were a third more likely (32pc) to develop coronary heart disease. Bald or extensively balding men aged between 55 and 60 were 44pc more likely to develop coronary artery disease, the study published in the online journal 'BMJ Open' found.

Mandela 'improving'

Nelson Mandela is making "steady improvement" after spending a seventh day in hospital being treated for a recurring lung infection that developed into pneumonia.

A government statement said Mr Mandela "continues to respond satisfactorily to treatment". It gave no indication when he might leave the hospital.

Irish Independent