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In brief: Last Tango in Paris actress dies at 58

Maria Schneider, the French actress who was Marlon Brando's young co-star in the steamy 1972 film 'Last Tango in Paris', has died, her talent agency said. She was 58.

Schneider died in Paris yesterday "following a long illness", a representative of the Act 1 agency said, but declined to provide details.

Rubber bandits steal condoms

A Japanese rubber company says that nearly 85,000 boxes of its condoms have been stolen in Malaysia.

Sagami Rubber Industries said the boxes were en route from the factory to a port to be shipped to Japan. The boxes contained 725,000 individual condoms, collectively worth 121 million yen (e100,000). Malaysian police are investigating.

Snails to monitor pollution output

Russian scientists are using giant African snails to monitor pollution from a sewage incinerator.

They are attached to sensors that will show them getting sick if they take in too much bad air at the St Petersburg waterworks.

Fantasy hotel to be staffed by blondes

A Lithuanian company plans to build a "fantasy resort" staffed only by blondes in the Maldives.

The Maldives requires foreign developers to hire at least 50pc local staff but Olialia brand manager Lauryna Anuseviciute said "staff who are not blonde will wear a blonde wig to make everyone look similar".

BAFTA honour for author Rowling

Harry Potter author JK Rowling will be at this year's Baftas to accept an award on behalf of the films inspired by her books about the teenage wizard.

The success of the movies will be marked by the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

Hunter sues over missing elephants

A Polish hunter who dreamed of shooting an elephant has sued a German-based travel company after it sent him to a part of Africa where he said there were no elephants to be found.

The company, Jaworski Jagdreisen insists there are elephants in the area of Zimbabwe it sent the hunter.

Irish Independent