Saturday 16 December 2017

Chernobyl opens doors to tourists

TOURISTS may soon be able to visit the sealed area around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, site of the world's worst nuclear accident.

Ukraine's Emergency Ministry says the zone will be opened next year for those who wish to learn more about the tragedy that occurred 24 years ago and spewed radiation over much of Europe. Officials say the site is now safe for tours.

Nepal's ex-prince held in gun row

NEPAL'S former crown prince was arrested yesterday for firing a gun into the air after an argument in a restaurant.

Paras Shah, the only son of deposed King Gyanendra, admitted firing the weapon after two people in the restaurant in southern Nepal had made "baseless and provocative remarks against his role and the institution he represented", he said.

10 years for thief of army chief's gun

A SOLDIER who stole the gun and credit card details of Israel's military chief has been sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment.

Military police said the soldier used his mobile phone to take pictures of a credit card belonging to Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi and then gave them to weapons dealers, who used them to make purchases.

Comic McIntyre joins 'Talent' panel

Comic Michael McIntyre and actor David Hasselhoff will join Amanda Holden as judges on the new series of 'Britain's Got Talent'.

'X Factor' supremo Simon Cowell will also return to judge the ITV1 show, hosted by Ant and Dec.

Damage to gay books 'accidental'

HARVARD University says damage to 36 books on gay and lesbian issues that appeared to have been doused in urine in a campus library was simply an accident.

The incident was originally reported as a hate crime. But it appears a library worker found a bottle of urine on a shelf and accidentally spilled it. It is unclear what the bottle was doing there in the first place.

Parents hit out at 'wino' Jesus slur

PARENTS in New Hampshire have asked a school to stop its teachers from using a book that refers to Jesus Christ as a "wine-guzzling vagrant and precocious socialist".

The 2001 book, 'Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America', documents author Barbara Ehrenreich's attempts to live on minimum wage.

Irish Independent

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