FOR the first time since Japan's nuclear disaster three years ago, authorities are allowing residents to return to live in their homes in a tiny part of a 12-mile evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant. The decision applies to 357 people in 117 households from a corner of Tamura city after the government determined that radiation levels were low enough for habitation.
More than 100,000 people were displaced by the nuclear disaster in March 2011.
FIRST PISTORIUS WITNESS
A PATHOLOGIST is likely to testify first when Oscar Pistorius's defence team starts calling witnesses at his murder trial next week, a lawyer said. Brian Webber said that the defence plans to start by calling Professor Jan Botha when the trial resumes on Monday following an adjournment of a week.
Pistorius had been expected to open the defence case but Prof Botha is likely to be called first because the pathologist has some "personal difficulties", Mr Webber said.
SOAP STAR SUSPENDED
'EASTENDERS' star Ricky Norwood has been suspended from the soap for two months after reports he exposed himself and smoked cannabis on video. The actor, who plays Fatboy in the BBC soap, has apologised after details emerged of the clip that was apparently recorded during a conversation on Skype.
Norwood has been in the soap since 2010.
US MUDSLIDE TOLL RISES
THE official death toll from the US mudslide has increased to 27, with medical officials saying 19 victims have been positively identified.
That figure is up from 24 confirmed dead yesterday with 18 identified by Snohomish County medical examiner's office in Washington state. The slide struck a rural area north-east of Seattle on March 22.
TITANIC LETTER ON SALE
THE only known letter to have been written on board the Titanic on the day the liner struck an iceberg is to fetch as much as £100,000 (€120,000) when auctioned in the UK later this month.
Written by survivor Esther Hart, but never sent, the letter had been intended to be delivered to Mrs Hart's mother in Chadwell in Essex at the end of what would have been the Titanic's return journey to Southampton in April 1912. But Mrs Hart and her seven-year-old daughter, Eva, were among those rescued. Her husband Ben was one of the disaster's victims.