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In brief: Bond volcano stirs -- locals shaken

A Japanese volcano featured in the James Bond film 'You Only Live Twice' has erupted covering surrounding villages with ash.

The Mount Shinomoedake volcano, in southern Japan, erupted into life on Wednesday throwing ash almost 5,000ft into the air. No injuries have been reported but a 1.2 mile safety exclusion zone has been created.

Sheen in hospital with 'severe pains'

Actor Charlie Sheen was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital yesterday with severe abdominal pains.

Sheen, the highest paid TV actor in Hollywood, was taken from his Los Angeles home on a stretcher and rushed by ambulance to the hospital after a 911 call was placed. His publicist said he was "sleep-ing in the emergency room".

Beatlemania results in Masters

A Canadian woman has become the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in Beatles studies.

Former Miss Canada finalist Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy was one of the first 12 students to sign up for the Liverpool Hope University course on the Fab Four when it began in 2009 and was the first to graduate, the university said yesterday.

Naked chef does breakfast in raw

TV chef Gino D'Acampo has become the naked chef -- after cooking in the raw.

ITV 'This Morning' hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield did not know where to look as the kitchen guru whipped off his pinny to prepare the food nude. He was honouring a pledge to cook in the buff if the show landed a prize at the National Television Awards.

Quiz show host's body goes missing

The body of Mike Bongiorno, who was Italy's top quiz show host for more than 50 years, has been stolen from his grave.

Mr Bongiorno, who died in September 2009 at the age of 85, was buried in Arona near Milan. A pensioner who regularly visits the cemetery alerted police that the grave had been emptied.

Drug smugglers turn to catapult

Drug smugglers wanting to get marijuana across the Arizona-Mexico border are trying a new approach -- a catapult.

US National Guard troops operating a remote video surveillance system at the Naco Border Patrol Station say they saw several people launching packages over the International Border fence.

Irish Independent