Sunday 26 January 2020

'Honey tonics' aid birth of triplets

Impoverished North Korea celebrated the arrival this week of its 415th set of triplets, thanks to infusions of honey tonics and a legacy of care bestowed on triple births by the country, state news agency KCNA has reported.

The triplets were born to Kim Sun Ok, who works in a shoe factory in capital Pyongyang, and her husband Kim Kyong who works in a factory producing soju, a fiery Korean liquor.

Off-duty soldiers a drag for magazine

The official Israeli military magazine has been reprimanded for publishing an article about off-duty soldiers doubling as drag queens.

'Bamahane' must from now on send articles for approval by the chief education officer. The magazine interviewed three active-duty soldiers who slip into drag after their shifts, which was illustrated by photographs.

False claims for disability stopped

Nearly one-in-six Greek disability allowances are to be cancelled after thousands of payments were found to be based on false claims -- including drivers registered as being legally blind and bogus cases of leprosy.

Deputy health minister Markos Bolaris said that 36,000 allowances would be stopped, saving the government €110m a year. The action was taken on the results of a compulsory survey for beneficiaries.

Mother goes to bat for addict son

A mother from Missouri, US, has been charged with assault after attacking her son's heroin dealer with a baseball bat.

Sherrie Gavan said she tried everything to protect her son, Clayton, confiscating his phone, drug testing him frequently, even sending him to live with relatives and attend a different school. When that failed, she drove to the home of the 21-year-old she believed supplied the drugs, and hit him with the bat.

Death-row plot to free woman foiled

Authorities say two men, including a former prison guard, have been arrested in a plot to break out the only woman on death row in the US state of Tennessee.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said yesterday there was no imminent danger of an escape by Christa Gail Pike, but "there was a plan in the works and money changing hands". Pike, originally from West Virginia, was sentenced to death in 1996 for the slaying of a fellow student.

Irish Independent

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