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Thursday 19 April 2018

In brief: Choo wants help to buy shoe chain

Fashion designer Jimmy Choo has hired bankers to advise him on a £500m (€575m) bid for the shoe chain he founded more than a decade ago.

Mr Choo is understood to be looking for a private equity backer to help him in his bid. TowerBrook Capital Partners, which holds a majority stake in the group, decided to put it up for sale last year.

Two die in Yemeni protest clashes

Two people died and scores were hurt yesterday when Yemeni police fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters in Sanaa and Aden demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 32-year rule.

Witnesses said most of the injured were suffering severe effects from tear gas but some were hit by bullets.

New condom ads start with Kiss

A US condom maker is taking the truism "sex sells" literally as a new line of the contraceptives puts advertising not just on the wrapper, but the latex itself.

Graphic Armor Inc is starting with a condom branded with the rock band Kiss that shows Gene Simmons' tongue unfurled.

Israel vows to increase building

Israel said yesterday it would build hundreds of settler homes in the West Bank after an Israeli couple and three of their children were stabbed to death in a settlement in an attack blamed on Palestinian militants.

The killings and Israeli government approval of more housing for settlers threatens to stall any efforts to revive a US-backed peace process.

Royal revellers to camp for big day

Thousands of well-wishers will be able to celebrate William and Kate's big day in London without spending a right royal fortune.

A campsite in Clapham Common is set to be a home from home for 10,000.

Banned Italian songstress dies

Nilla Pizzi, an Italian singer whose voice was deemed too sensual for radio during the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini has died aged 91.

Pizzi died at a clinic in Milan, where she was recovering from an earlier operation.

Irish Independent

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