Thursday 18 January 2018

In brief: Atheists have divine knowledge

They may not believe in God or gods but they know a thing or two about them.

Atheists and agnostics topped a survey of religious knowledge among Americans released yesterday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Carter on mend after health scare

Former US president Jimmy Carter (85) remained in hospital in Cleveland last night, recovering from an upset stomach. He had become ill while flying to Cleveland on Tuesday.

A hospital spokeswoman said: "President Carter is in very good spirits, appreciates all the good wishes being sent his way and looks forward to getting back to his busy schedule."

Jail term for trio targeting tourists

Three people have been jailed for carrying out a scam to steal from more than 100 Japanese tourists in central London, British police said.

The gang targeted tourists at attractions such as the British Museum and the Oxford Street shopping area.

Moyles's boss defends DJ's rant

BBC Radio One controller Andy Parfitt backed his Breakfast Show presenter Chris Moyles following the DJ's half-hour on-air rant in which he claimed that he had not been paid on time. However, Mr Parfitt admitted: "It wasn't the best Chris Moyles programme I've ever heard."

Mr Parfitt, who has been in charge of the station for 12 years, said the presenter had "not crossed the line", adding that regular listeners accepted it was part of the show for him to "go off on one".

Hero pilot returns to British Airways

A pilot who saved a BA plane from disaster but then quit over rumours about his handling of the incident is to rejoin the airline. Captain Peter Burkill (45) and his co-pilot safely crash-landed a 152-passenger Boeing 777 at Heathrow in January 2008 after the plane lost power.

Reports into the incident cleared Mr Burkill but he took voluntary redundancy last year and subsequently claimed that the airline's management had allowed false rumours to circulate that he had 'frozen' at the controls. That claim was rejected by the company.

Irish Independent

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