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In brief: I have prostate cancer -- Buffett

Warren Buffett (81) has told shareholders that he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

The billionaire investor said in an open letter, released yesterday, that his condition was "not remotely life-threatening" or debilitating and he feels "great". He says he and his doctors have decided on a two-month treatment plan to begin in mid-July.

US prisoner sues over circumcision

A US prison inmate is suing the hospital where he was circumcised as a newborn, saying he only recently became aware that he had undergone the procedure and that it had robbed him of his sexual prowess.

Dean Cochrun (28) is asking for $1,000 (€761) in compensatory and punitive damages. He also asks in the lawsuit that his foreskin be restored "in the hopes I could feel whole again".

Hot wings to deter problem birds

A new red-hot weapon has been unveiled in the fight against problem birds.

The deterrent, developed by Rentokil Pest Control, contains chilli extract which sticks to birds' feet, then gives them a surprise when they tuck them up next to their genitals.

Dolls' book to be published full-size

A tiny children's book created for a British royal dolls' house is to be published -- in full size.

With pages scarcely bigger than a postage stamp the miniature volume is a prized object in the Royal Collection. But from next month youngsters everywhere will have the chance to read the story about a fairy called Joe.

Death-row mutt spared by a judge

A dog that has been on death row for more than a year has been spared by a judge following an outcry from animal lovers.

Prada, a four-year-old pitbull cross, was ordered to be put down after attacking several dogs in Nashville in January last year.

Indian minister in opposition slur

An Indian state minister has said his party's members should keep their daughters from marrying or even mingling with opposition supporters.

West Bengal food minister Jyotipriya Mallik told hundreds of party workers: "Don't give your daughters to CPM homes in marriage. . . Don't sit next to CPM workers. Don't even talk to them if you meet them at local tea stalls."

Irish Independent