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Saturday 20 January 2018

Big Brother is reading

AMERICAN book-buyers are reading up on being watched. Sales for dystopian classics such as George Orwell's '1984' and Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World' have been strong since news broke last week that the US government had vast surveillance programmes targeting phones and internet records.

Several editions of Orwell's '1984' were among Amazon.com's top 200 sellers. Huxley's story of a mindless future ranked No 210 and was out of stock.

FEMINISTS CONVICTED

A Tunisian court has convicted three European feminist activists who staged a topless courthouse protest last month, sentencing them to four months and a day in prison.

The two French and a German member of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen maintained during the trial that there was nothing sexual or offensive about their protest and that it was only to support their imprisoned Tunisian colleague.

HOLOCAUST WARNING

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned about a potential Holocaust from Iran as he began a two-day visit to Poland.

Mr Netanyahu said the upcoming "so-called" Iranian presidential election will "change nothing" in the Islamic republic's quest for nuclear weapons and that the regime will continue to pursue a bomb aimed at destroying Israel.

COMIC FLIES AT AUCTION

A RARE copy of the comic book featuring Superman's first appearance that went undiscovered for over 70 years in the insulation of a house has been sold for $175,000 (€130,000).

Stephen Fishler, CEO of ComicConnect.com, said the winning bidder in the online auction was a "hardcore, golden age comic book collector". The buyer's name was not released.

PLAYING THE PARENT

PARENTS regularly spend less than an hour a day playing with their children.

According to a poll of 3,000 parents with children under 10, 65pc of parents avoided playing for longer because they felt they weren't good enough at holding their offspring's attention, with 40pc saying they felt "self-conscious" and relied instead on hi-tech toys to keep them amused.

Irish Independent

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