Wednesday 22 November 2017

Icelandic name row


A British father and Icelandic mother have appealed against a government decision not to renew their 10-year-old daughter's passport because she has an "ineligible" Christian name. The couple have for years travelled with their children Harriet and Duncan using passports featuring the names "Girl" and "Boy" because neither of their names are recognised by the country's strict National Registry of permissible names

Parents in Iceland must choose from a list of 1,853 female and 1,712 male sanctioned names when naming their children.


A black bear literally crashed a child's birthday party in Alaska after it fell through the roof of a family home during the celebrations.

The bear had shimmied on to the roof of Alicia Bishop and Glenn Merrill's home in the state capital Juneau and was walking across a skylight when the bottom fell out.


TV journalist Diane Sawyer is to step down as the anchor of the nightly newscast 'ABC World News,' but will continue working for the network, doing specials and interviews, ABC News has announced .

Sawyer (68) has held the top news job for nearly five years and has been with ABC since 1989.


Roman Polanski wants to shoot a movie in his native Poland about the 19th-Century Dreyfus affair if the director gets assurances that he will have no legal problems stemming from a 1977 sex crime conviction in the US.

Polanski (80) spent part of his childhood in the Polish city of Krakow, where he aims to film, until it was occupied by Nazi German forces. He escaped Krakow's Jewish ghetto but his mother died in the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp.


A Banksy mural which targets the issue of government surveillance has been sold and will be removed from the property it was painted on, a scaffolding company has claimed.

The creation shows three 1950s-style agents using devices to tap into conversations at a phone box. It appeared overnight on a street in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, just a few miles from GCHQ, where the UK's surveillance network is based.


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