Tuesday 16 January 2018

In brief: Army say sorry for 14 civilian deaths

The top US generals in Afghanistan have apologised for an air strike that killed civilians in the south-west of the country.

Two women and 12 children died in the attack. The military personnel said Nato's top priority was to prevent civilian casualties.

Authorities reel in escaped snake

A 12ft long Burmese python, which escaped from a house, has been found.

Scottish police searched for the snake after its owners reported it missing from their home in Fife last Friday.

Finger offender's charge is waived

A harassment charge against a Colorado man, who displayed his middle finger to a Colorado trooper, has been dropped.

The state patrol asked that the case be dropped. The American Civil Liberties Union argued that while the gesture was rude, it amounted to protected free speech.

Customs unravel mummy smuggler

Argentinian customs officials discovered a package labelled "Peruvian ceramics" contained a 2,000-year-old mummy and three skulls.

An Argentine citizen has been detained as part of an investigation into illegal trading in ancient artefacts.

Stylist says sorry for racist remark

Celebrity hairdresser James Brown has apologised for racially abusing a TV presenter at the Baftas.

He called Ben Douglas a "nigger". Theatre academy founder Douglas previously refused to name Brown.

Singer in hospital after jet-ski crash

American hip-hop star Sean Kingston is in intensive care following a jet-ski accident.

Kingston and a female passenger were injured when the watercraft hit the Palm Island Bridge, in Florida.

US shuttle set for final Endeavour

Space shuttle Endeavour departed the International Space Station on Sunday, clearing the way for a final cargo run to the outpost before NASA retires its fleet.

Pilot Greg Johnson gently pulsed Endeavour's steering jets to back away from the docking port.

Irish Independent

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