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Thursday 22 February 2018

In Brief: Grammy-winning producer who paired Sinatra with Bono dies at 72

Phil Ramone, the Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer who paired Dublin singer Bono with Frank Sinatra for an album of duets has died at the age of 72.

Ramone made an art out of the Duets concept, pairing Sinatra with Bono, Tony Bennett with Paul McCartney and Bonnie Raitt with Van Morrison.

At least 18 dead in collapse of building

At least 18 people were killed when a building collapsed in Tanzania's biggest city, Dar es Salaam. Hopes dimmed of rescuing more survivors, a municipal official said yesterday.

Poor equipment hampered efforts to rescue more than 60 people believed to be trapped under the rubble, said city commissioner Said Siddiq. At least 17 people, three seriously injured, were pulled out of the debris on Friday.

Body pulled from landslide, 82 missing

Rescuers digging for victims of a massive landslide at a gold mining site in Tibet found one body yesterday, a day after 83 workers were buried in the disaster.

The landslide occurred on Friday when two million cubic meters of mud, rock and debris swept through the mine. More than 3,000 rescuers scoured the mountainous area yesterday, but efforts were slowed after snow started to fall.

NATO helicopter kills Afghan children

A NATO helicopter supporting Afghan security forces killed two children and nine suspected Taliban fighters yesterday, officials said, a month after President Hamid Karzai banned troops from calling for foreign air support.

The deaths reopen an often heated debate between those who blame NATO air strikes for civilian deaths and others who argue NATO air support is vital for security forces.

Afghan police had been patrolling when they came under attack by insurgents, a NATO spokesman said.

Pope 'links' Christ and Turin Shroud

Pope Francis drew a link between Christ and the image on the Turin Shroud yesterday, though he stopped short of declaring the holy icon the burial cloth of Jesus.

The Pope made his remarks in a video message as the shroud, revered by many Christians, was shown on live television for only the second time. "How is it that the faithful, like you, pause before this icon of a man scourged and crucified? It is because the Man of the Shroud invites us to contemplate Jesus of Nazareth?", he asked.

Bieber's monkey kept in quarantine

Justin Bieber had to leave his pet monkey in quarantine after arriving in Munich last week without the necessary papers for it, an official said yesterday.

Customs spokesman Thomas Meister said the 19-year-old Canadian singer did not have the documentation to bring the capuchin monkey into Germany, so it had to stay with authorities.

Poachers target rhinos – in England

Security has been stepped up at wildlife parks in south-east England in response to a plot to hunt rhinos.

Poachers regularly kill animals for their horns, which are highly valued for alternative medicine in Asia. Rhino horn is worth €77,000 a kilo, more than heroin or gold.

Curfew for teenagers is condemned

Civil liberties activists have condemned a northern English town for imposing a night-time curfew on all youngsters in a bid to combat rowdy behaviour.

Officials in Barnsley, England, have barred under-16s from the town centre between 9pm and 6am unless they are accompanied by an adult. Rights group Liberty said yesterday that the ban is wrong and could face a court challenge.

Irish Independent

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