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Fat men in tight trunks 'top fear'

The most feared sight on the beach is an overweight man in a tight pair of swimming trunks, according to a poll.

More than 60pc of the 2,000 people surveyed by gym chain LA Fitness said it was the most unflattering sight of summer. The second most feared sight on the beach was that of a man with a beer gut stripping off. The poll found that 42pc of people did not want to see "man boobs".

Pilots quizzed over phone incident

Two British Airways pilots have been questioned by police after a mobile phone was allegedly thrown from a plane on to an airport runway.

The alleged incident happened shortly before the London-bound flight was due to take off from Edinburgh Airport. The BA2945 flight to Gatwick, carrying 149 people, was delayed by three hours. Both the airline and police said the matter, which followed the discovery of an unclaimed mobile phone on board, was being probed.

Hotel chain trials snore-proof room

A leading hotel chain is to trial a "snore absorption" room, including sound-proofing and a special pillow to help guests sleep.

Crowne Plaza will test the idea at one of its hotels in London, using different forms of technology and new ideas. The firm said walls would be soundproofed, while a sound-absorbing headboard would be installed to muffle the echo from snores. An anti-snoring pillow will also be placed on the bed.

'Lean gene' may hide disease signs

A 'lean gene' that keeps you looking slim may mask danger signs of heart disease and diabetes.

Scientists warned that some people who appear trim and fit may unknowingly be at risk of life-threatening conditions. Known as IRS1, the gene reduces levels of fat under the skin, but not the more harmful form of hidden "visceral" tissue that surrounds organs.

Couple admit to death-camp theft

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An Israeli couple have confessed to stealing objects from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp memorial and have settled for a suspended prison term and a fine, officials said.

The couple were detained at Krakow Airport, Poland, on their way to Israel on Friday after border guards found a few old items, including knives, scissors and spoons inside a plastic bag in their luggage, memorial spokesman Bartosz Bartyzel said. The 60-year-old man and 57-year-old woman said they took the items from the memorial site.

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