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Wednesday 25 April 2018

In brief: Jeweller offering 'shotgun' wedding

A US jeweller is offering a free rifle for husbands-to-be who spend at least $1,999 (€1,532) on an engagement ring.

Harold van Beek, from Iowa, said that he wanted to "do something for the boy who doesn't like to hunt for diamonds but for deer".

Car thief drives off with baby in back

Police are looking for a thief who drove off in a car with an 18-month-old boy asleep in the back.

The toddler was later found safe and well in Liverpool as the vehicle was recovered a short distance away. The youngster's father had parked his car in Whinmoor Road, West Derby, to deliver a package when the offender jumped in and drove off.

Two UK Cold War missile sites listed

Two Cold War missile sites in England, readied for use during the Cuban missile crisis, have been given listed status.

The Thor missile sites at the former RAF North Luffenham, Rutland, and former RAF Harrington, Northamptonshire, have been listed as a reminder of the "knife-edge moment in history".

Postcard art is charity godsend

Postcard-sized artworks by Tracey Emin and David Hockney are among more than 500 being sold for as little as 99p (€1.22) at a secret charity auction.

The world-famous artists have contributed pieces along with hundreds of unknowns. British Prime Minister David Cameron, comic Ronnie Corbett and former tennis star Greg Rusedski have also supplied mini-creations for the charitable cause.

Russia's PM calls for tobacco ad ban

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for a ban on all tobacco adverts as the government prepares to phase out smoking in public.

About 400,000 Russians die every year of smoke-related causes. The number of smokers in Russia has increased over the past decades while tobacco prices were hardly regulated and ads were largely unrestricted.

€15,000 for JFK weight of history

A silver paperweight that JFK gave to secretary of defence Robert McNamara after the Cuban missile crisis is expected to fetch at least €15,000 at auction.

In October 1962 the US and the Soviet Union spent 13 days in a nuclear stand-off. As mementoes, Mr Kennedy gave Mr McNamara and others a paperweight.

Irish Independent

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