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Couple enslaved and starved girl

A Bosnian couple enslaved a German girl for eight years, starving and beating her, local media has reported.

The girl, now aged 19, was forbidden from meeting people and was not allowed to attend school. Police arrested Milenko Marinkovic (52) and his wife Slavojka (45) in Bosnia-Herzegovina's Tuzla region after a neighbour tipped off the authorities.

Agony aunt tells of averting suicide

Television agony aunt Denise Robertson has described how she helped save the life of a woman who tried to kill herself during a radio phone-in.

The 79-year-old, who has been dishing out advice from the 'This Morning' sofa for more than 20 years, told 'Desert Island Discs' host Kirsty Young it made her realise the "responsibility" of being an agony aunt.

Man accused of driving over child

A trial has begun for a man accused of driving a mini-van that ran over a toddler on a busy street, Chinese state media says.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday that Hu Jun was charged with the wrongful death of two-year-old Wang Yue in the southern city of Foshan. Video footage shows the van striking the toddler and then rolling its back right wheel over her.

Grass defends 'pilloried' Greece

German Nobel literature laureate Guenter Grass has criticised Greece's treatment in the debt crisis, describing it in a new poem as a "country sentenced to poverty".

The 84-year-old's latest work, 'Europe's Disgrace', was published yesterday in the daily 'Sueddeutsche Zeitung'. Mr Grass writes that Greece has been "pilloried naked".

Elton treated for respiratory illness

Singer Elton John was treated in hospital in Los Angeles for a respiratory infection that forced him to cancel performances this weekend of his 'The Million Dollar Piano' show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

In a statement posted on his website last Thursday, the British entertainer apologised and told fans he hoped to be performing soon.

Cole reveals her love of feminism

Cheryl Cole has spoken out about feminism, saying in an interview: "I love it".

Speaking to 'The Observer Magazine', the singer revealed: "Up until recently, every single person on my team was female. I was surrounded by females and I found it very empowering."

Irish Independent