Monday 18 December 2017

Gandhi assassins shown no mercy

Mercy petitions by three men sentenced to death for the 1991 assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi have been rejected by President Pratibha Patil.

Gandhi was targeted by Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels because he had sent Indian peacekeepers to intervene in the island's civil war. A total of 26 defendants were sentenced to death in 1998 after a six-year trial.

Fired worker in a wee spot of bother

A famed Austrian museum has fired an employee for washing his hands and face with his urine.

Alfred Zoppelt (57) says he was fired after 23 years as an attendant at the Belvedere, a castle in Vienna with a major art collection. He says his urine therapy was previously "never a problem".

Des res occupants are left all at sea

Ruptured water pipes at a luxury apartment complex on Dubai's palm-shaped islands has forced residents to wash in the sea and go to shopping centres to use the toilet.

This left many residents showering at pools or scrubbing down in the sea, as temperatures push above 42C. Toilets in shopping areas are the only option for tenants who have not fled to hotels.

Mugger's tale of woe nets him €90

A would-be robber pulled a knife -- and when that didn't work he persuaded his victim to hand over money with a sob story.

The man demanded his victim give him €400 from an ATM in southern Austria -- but she then handed over €90 out of pity after he put away his weapon, took off his mask and told her he was homeless.

Election battle ends four years on

A Philippine candidate for the country's Senate has been declared the winner of a contested seat more than four years after the election.

Aquilino Pimentel III had been locked in a recount battle since 2007, when he lost the mid-term senatorial race to rival Juan Miguel Zubiri amid allegations of fake ballots. Now Zubiri has resigned, saying he wanted to spare his family more controversy.

Teacher finds real skeleton in closet

A primary school teacher in New Zealand got a shock after finding that the boxed skeleton she was about to show her class in an anatomy lesson was not plastic -- it was a real human skeleton.

Experts believe the bones were professionally preserved a century ago or more.

Irish Independent

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