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Doctorate for Affleck

Oscar-winning actor and director Ben Affleck has received an honorary doctorate degree from Brown University in Rhode Island.

Affleck was among artists, writers, scientists and teachers to receive the degrees from the Ivy League school at commencement exercises. He directed, produced and starred in 'Argo', which won this year's best picture Oscar.

A delay in Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife moving into their official residence – the site of past assassinations – has revived talk of ghosts in the corridors, prompting the government to deny any knowledge of hauntings.

Mr Abe, who took power five months ago, is apparently in no hurry to move in.


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has said a video purportedly of him smoking crack cocaine does not exist, and again attacked the media as a "bunch of maggots".

Speaking on the weekly radio show he hosts with his brother, Doug, a city council member, he reiterated that the allegations were ridiculous, but he still has not said if he has ever used crack.


Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Islamic leaders expressed dismay over plans by authorities in Burma to revive a two-child limit on Muslim Rohingya families, which does not apply to Buddhists.

Some Buddhists, however, welcomed the plan for addressing fears of a huge increase in the Muslim population.

ANYONE LOST £50,000?

Travellers have left behind £50,000 (€58,000) in cash, a bag of diamonds, a Rolex watch, the key to a Porsche and a book of signed blank cheques, London City Airport has revealed.

Officials said the most common items left behind were belts, clothes, mobile phones, iPads and umbrellas.


A MAN who strangled a baby boy after realising the infant was in the back seat of a car he had just stolen has received the death penalty in north-east China.

The Changchun People's Court found Zhou Xijun guilty of murder and sentenced him to death.

Irish Independent