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Monday 19 February 2018

Breakthrough as Libya gets cabinet

Libya's leaders have named a new cabinet and promised to step down after the country is fully secured, putting an end to weeks of political infighting.

The head of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, and de facto prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, made the announcement in the former rebel stronghold of Benghazi. Revolutionary forces are still battling loyalists of ousted dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi on two major fronts.

Pacific island is hit by water crisis

The tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has declared a state of emergency because of a severe shortage of fresh water.

New Zealand's foreign minister Murray McCully said water was scarce in the capital Funafuti, as well as on some islands. New Zealand's defence services were flying to Tuvalu with supplies.

Rod's son to play ice hockey for UK

ROCK singer Rod Stewart's son Liam has been cleared to play ice hockey for Great Britain. The 17-year-old, Stewart's son from his second marriage, to model Rachel Hunter, was born in London but brought up in the US.

He scored 24 goals for the LA Kings under-16s last season, but is now eligible for the Great Britain under-18s squad for the World Championships next March.

Gun lovers can go out with a bang

Two Alabama, US, game wardens have devised a smoking send-off for avid hunters and gun enthusiasts.

For a small fee, the pair will turn cremated ashes into ammunition that the deceased's loved ones can fire.

Bill to prevent ban on circumcision

California's governor has signed a bill that that will prevent local authorities from banning male circumcision.

Democrat Jerry Brown signed the bill, written in response to a ballot measure proposed in San Francisco, where backers of a ban collected more than 7,700 signatures. A judge later blocked it.

Aspirin linked to risk of vision loss

Elderly people who take aspirin daily are twice as likely to have late-stage macular degeneration, an age-related loss of vision, than people who never take it, according to a European study.

Researchers in the Netherlands collected information from nearly 4,700 people over the age of 65. The findings are of concern if aspirin somehow exacerbates the eye disorder, given how many seniors take it daily for heart disease.

Irish Independent

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