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Monday 20 January 2020

In brief: Cash carries more germs than toilet

Banknotes can carry more germs than the average toilet seat, with some harbouring E coli, an expert has said.

Dr Ron Cutler, senior lecturer at the school of biological and chemical sciences at Queen Mary University of London, analysed 200 notes and 45 credit cards and discovered that 26pc of the notes and 47pc of the cards had high levels of bacteria.

Radiohead to play rare shows in UK

Radiohead have announced that they will play their first UK shows in four years this October.

The band, currently touring the US, will play two nights at the O2 Arena in London and one night at the Manchester Arena. Tickets will go on general sale on Friday and the band have announced a series of measures to stop them being sold on by touts.

Violinist gets top award for work

He is a violin prodigy who has channelled his musical talents to raise millions for paediatric medical research around the globe, headlining benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall and many other venues.

Jourdan Urbach is being honoured for his achievements with one of America's highest public-service awards -- the Jefferson Award. The 20-year-old founded Concerts for a Cure when he was only seven. Since then he has raised money to fight children's neurological diseases and has funded 12 life-saving neurosurgeries.

Cruise ship saves stranded sailor

A spokesman for the US coast guard said a stranded sailor has been rescued off Puerto Rico thanks to a passing cruise ship.

Ricardo Castrodad said the man was rescued in the Atlantic several miles north of Puerto Rico. A passenger on the Carnival Victory spotted him calling for help and waving a pole to attract attention. He had apparently been adrift for three days.

Prayer banner removed at school

Officials at a Rhode Island high school in the US have taken down a prayer banner that a US federal judge ordered removed.

The state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued over the banner's constitutionality, said the display was permanently removed.

Two journalists attempted suicide

Two senior journalists from News International have attempted suicide, it emerged yesterday, as the Operation Weeting phone-hacking inquiry begins a new programme of witness interviews with close colleagues and personal staff of the chief suspects to gather evidence for criminal prosecutions.

Both journalists had recently been arrested and are receiving medical treatment. The development has renewed anger at NI, where there is a belief that reporters are being victimised for a culture encouraged by senior executives.

American English put on the record

It's a dictionary that took about 50 years to complete, and the final volume arrives just in time for the 2012 US presidential election with words such as 'snollygoster', a southern US term for a self-promoting politician.

The recently completed Dictionary of American Regional English offers a broad history of how English is spoken in the US, and explains more than 60,000 regional words and phrases.

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