Wednesday 17 January 2018

IMF European chief steps down

The International Monetary Fund announced last night that its European chief, Antonio Borges, plans to leave the organisation.

In a statement, the IMF said that Mr Borges was leaving "for personal reasons" immediately, and that it plans to appoint Reza Moghadam to head the European department.

19 convicted over 'viagra' murders

A Nepalese village court has convicted 19 villagers for the beating to death of seven people from a rival community in a dispute over a rare fungus known as Himalayan Viagra.

Residents of Naar attacked the rivals in June 2009 after they came to a nearby area to collect yarsagumba, which grows out of the corpses of caterpillars. It can fetch thousands of euro per kilogram for its reputed effects as an aphrodisiac.

Peckish? Have a lamb's eyeball . . .

Cooked lamb eyeball, boiled fertilised duck egg and beaver tail are just a few of the more unusual dishes sampled by a club of adventurous eaters called the Gastronauts.

Started in March of 2006 by two friends who wanted to try some of the more exotic foods that could be found in New York, the first meeting of the club attracted only six people.

Meadows to direct Stone Roses film

Bafta-winning director Shane Meadows said a planned film about the Stone Roses' reunion will make up for missing their most legendary gig -- because of a "bad acid trip".

Mr Meadows revealed he was "in talks" with the Manchester band and said the project would help to overcome his disappointment at missing the 1989 concert at Spike Island.

Adele tells fans she's 'on the mend'

Singer Adele has told her fans she is "on the mend" after she had an operation on her throat in a bid to cure the problems that have threatened to wreck her voice.

The 'Someone Like You' singer cancelled a string of shows in the UK this month after she was diagnosed with a vocal-cord haemorrhage.

Stone to play porn legend's mum

Sharon Stone says she will play porn legend Linda Lovelace's mother in 'Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story'.

But before filming starts, the star has another mission: She's taking her first steps into the world of social media with a Facebook page that welcomes returning military personnel home from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Irish Independent

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