Sunday 17 December 2017

Holocaust memorial commission to be set up by Cameron

Helena Bonham Carter speaks with guests during a reception at 10 Downing Street for survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides
Helena Bonham Carter speaks with guests during a reception at 10 Downing Street for survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides

Actress Helena Bonham Carter, broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky and chief rabbi of the UK Ephraim Mirvis will sit on a commission examining ways to remember and learn about the Holocaust, the British government has announced. The commission, set up by Prime Minister David Cameron, will ensure there is a "permanent and fitting memorial" to victims of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis.


A suicide bomber has attacked a military bus in Kabul, killing at least four people. A spokesman for the defence ministry said the bomber waited on foot for the bus to arrive before setting off his explosives.

He said the dead included two soldiers and two civilians and 22 others were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.


A maths teacher who persistently hears music playing in her head has teamed up with scientists to learn more about the condition.

Sylvia (69) has suffered from the rare condition of musical hallucinations for the past decade after she started to go deaf about 20 years ago. At first she developed severe tinnitus but this led on to what has been called "the iPod in her head" and due to her musical knowledge she was soon able to notate what she was hearing.


The Philippines government is trying to find more than 150 missing paintings, including masterworks by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Michelangelo, from an art trove belonging to former first lady Imelda Marcos, but a lack of funds and other difficulties are hampering the search.

The list of paintings was compiled from various documents after a 1986 "people power" revolt ended former dictator Ferdinand Marcos' 20-year rule and sent his family into exile in Hawaii.


A teenager has described how he took the controls of a light plane for more than half an hour after the pilot passed out during a joy flight over rural Australia.

Troy Jenkins (19) said the single-engine Cessna 150 was only 10 minutes into a flight when the pilot Derek Neville (61) lost consciousness. Mr Jenkins flew in circles around Forbes airport for around 45 minutes before the pilot came to. "Keeping it up wasn't a problem, it was the landing part I wasn't sure of," Mr Jenkins said. "I was pretty scared."


Irish Independent

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