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Robbie Coltrane, pictured here playing the role of Rubeus Hagrid in the 'Harry Potter' series, was taken to hospital after suffering from severe flu-like symptons onboard a British Airways flight from London to Orlando

Robbie Coltrane, pictured here playing the role of Rubeus Hagrid in the 'Harry Potter' series, was taken to hospital after suffering from severe flu-like symptons onboard a British Airways flight from London to Orlando

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Robbie Coltrane, pictured here playing the role of Rubeus Hagrid in the 'Harry Potter' series, was taken to hospital after suffering from severe flu-like symptons onboard a British Airways flight from London to Orlando

Robbie Coltrane was taken to hospital after suffering from severe flu-like symptoms onboard a British Airways flight from London to Orlando.

On landing, the actor (64), best known for his role as Rubeus Hagrid in the 'Harry Potter' series, was rushed to a hospital close by.

Last night a hospital spokesman said he was doing "fine".

Seconds away

A Canadian man who was denied part of a $27m jackpot because he missed the deadline to buy the ticket by seven seconds has lost his appeal to get the money.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruling yesterday ended a seven-year legal battle by Joel Ifergan, an accountant, to claim his share of the prize.

Left in the dark

An inquiry was under way after French trade unionists turned the lights off on a keynote speech by prime minister Manuel Valls in protest at planned energy reforms.

Valls was starting a speech to about 700 people in support of his Socialist party's candidate for a by-election on Tuesday night when the lights went out and his microphone turned silent.

Vicar in wars

The Church of England said it is a "matter of deep sorrow and shame" that a vicar posted a link to an internet article blaming Israel for the September 11 terror attacks.

Reverend Stephen Sizer, who is registered in the Diocese of Guildford in Surrey, used social media to promote the article entitled '9/11 Israel did it' and reportedly wrote: "Is this anti-Semitic? It raises so many questions."

Sentence increase

A man who smashed the skulls of three sisters with a claw hammer as they slept in a London hotel room has had his minimum term increased from 18 years to 27 years.

Philip Spence (33) launched the "murderous attack" on Ohoud Al-Najjar and her sisters, Khulood and Fatima, who were visiting from their home in the United Arab Emirates, during a burglary at the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch last April.

All the women received life-threatening injuries and Ohoud will never again have proper brain function or be able to walk or communicate. The assault was witnessed by Khulood's three children, one of whom was found cowering under the bedcovers.

Irish Independent