Tuesday 21 November 2017

Bodies search at end

Latvia's rescue service says it has finished searching the site of a collapsed supermarket in which 54 people died, including three firefighters, and at least 40 were injured.

The four-day operation was interrupted on Saturday when a large portion of the roof caved in, but no one was injured. Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis yesterday called the supermarket collapse a "serious crime" and said it was not a case where there could be no guilty party.

SEAL BAN GETS NOD

The World Trade Organisation has ruled that the European Union can ban the import and sale of seal products for "moral" reasons.

Canada and Norway had challenged the ban on the grounds that it was inconsistent. It grants exceptions to support indigenous Arctic communities that export limited amounts of seal products and to protect fisheries' nets and their catch.

LIGHTS MILES AHEAD

An Australian family has reclaimed their world record for stringing up Christmas lights with more than half a million bulbs around their suburban home.

The Richards family from Canberra first entered the Guinness World Records book in 2001 with 331,038 multi-coloured lights. But they were trumped last year by a family in New York, who used 346,283 lights. The Richards stepped up to 502,165 twinkling bulbs on more than 31 miles of wire.

PYTHONS LAUGHING NOW

The remaining members of Monty Python have announced four more shows after their reunion at London's O2 sold out in under a minute.

The veteran comedy troupe -- John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones -- announced they were getting back together last week. A spokesman for the Pythons said the July 1 event sold out in 43.5 seconds.

LIBYA CLASH KILLS NINE

Clashes pitting soldiers and armed civilians against members of a militant Islamic group in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi left nine dead early yesterday, officials said.

The fighting started before dawn between armed citizens and members of Ansar al-Shariah, a group suspected to have been behind the September 11, 2012, attack on the US consulate in the eastern city, which left the US ambassador dead.

Irish Independent

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