Monday 22 January 2018

In brief: Carey confirms her pregnancy

Mariah Carey confirmed yesterday she was expecting her first child in the spring.

Carey had declined to discuss her pregnancy, the subject of rampant speculation for months, until now. "Yes, we are pregnant, it's true," she said in an interview with 'Access Hollywood's' Billy Bush that was shown on NBC's morning show 'Today'.

Papers ponder Putin's bruises

Russian and Ukrainian media speculated feverishly yesterday over what could have caused two dark patches under Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's eyes.

Putin wore heavy makeup at a meeting on Wednesday with Ukraine's pro-Russian leadership, but yellow foundation could barely cover up bluish, bruise-like blemishes and puffiness on his cheek bones. Putin's spokesman denied there was anything amiss.

Party challenges bullfighting ban

Recent legislation banning bullfighting in a region of Spain was challenged by a major political party in court yesterday. Pio Garcia-Escudero, spokesman for Spain's Popular Party, said the appeal to the Constitutional Court argues that legislators in the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia violated several articles of the Constitution.

They include the right to attend cultural events, artistic liberty and rights of bullfighting businesses in the area, he said.

Detectives snare crooks in web

BRITISH Detectives will be taught how to track down killers and other criminals on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, police leaders said yesterday.

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Gargan, acting head of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), said: "This programme is a vital part of the career pathway for detectives and the new training covers sensitive areas of policing where limited guidance existed previously."

Drugs not linked to agent's death

Police investigating the unexplained slaying of a British intelligence official say tests on his body indicate no traces of drugs or poisons that may have led to his death.

Gareth Williams', a 30-year-old official at Britain's eavesdropping and code-breaking agency GCHQ, body was discovered inside a locked sports bag in his central London apartment on August 23.

Irish Independent

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