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Monday 20 November 2017

In brief: Choosy ladies try to find a match

The odds favoured the men as thousands gathered to look for love in Shanghai at the eastern Chinese city's largest-ever matchmaking party.

Census data shows a rise in the percentage of older single women over the last decade, which experts said might be due to increasingly choosy women unwilling to settle for men with inferior education and living standards.

Executioner's job 'not complicated'

Chinese executioner Hu Xiao has said his job is usually not too complicated, except for the time when a prisoner he was about to kill stood and ran toward his loaded rifle.

The rare glimpse into the ranks of China's executioners appeared in the Beijing 'Evening News' newspaper.

Cheryl too ill for Children in Need

Gary Barlow said a planned duet with Cheryl Cole for Children In Need hangs in the balance because she is unwell.

The Take That star had been lining up an appearance with Cole at the Children In Need Rocks event in Manchester tomorrow. But Barlow said it was still not clear whether it would go ahead because the Girls Aloud singer was feeling "ill" and it is understood organisers have been informed she is having problems with her throat.

Chantelle having baby with Reid

Chantelle Houghton has announced she is 11 weeks pregnant with her first child with fiance Alex Reid.

The 28-year-old reality TV star had been about to begin IVF treatment when she discovered she was expecting. Houghton told 'OK! Magazine': "I found out four weeks ago -- it's been so hard keeping it a secret. I can't wait to go crazy shopping for the baby."

Cow laughing all the way to bank

Try adding this to your after-dinner cheeseboard this Christmas -- a Stilton made of real gold which costs £60 a slice.

A whopping £6 (€7) price tag for a single cracker-sized wedge may seem a bit decadent to some but celebrities are already queuing up to get their hands on some of the Stilton. Long Clawson Dairy in Leicestershire will make a limited edition run of the cheese this Christmas.

Police investigate fishy trailer theft

A trailer holding more than 16 tons of seafood has been stolen.

The refrigerated trailer was taken over the weekend in Pennsylvania. State police are investigating.

Irish Independent

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