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In brief: Malawi kicks up stink about wind

Malawian MPs will next week debate a law to make breaking wind in public illegal.

"The government has a right to ensure public decency. We are entitled to introduce order in the country," justice and constitutional affairs minister George Chaponda said. He added that since the country embraced multi-party politics 16 years ago people had felt free to break wind anywhere.

Hot-to-trot horses in beauty contest

Turkmenistan's thoroughbred horses are being groomed for a series of beauty contests, ordered by a presidential decree published yesterday.

President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who enjoys sweeping powers in the desert nation of five million, ruled that a national beauty contests for the ancient Akhal Teke breed should be held every April.

Peaches talks politics of love

Peaches Geldof has confessed to having an unlikely crush on Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.

Asked to name her favourite thing about Britain, Bob Geldof's daughter said: "Ed Miliband, he's fit."

Face of Beverly Hills gets the boot

Billionaire playground Beverly Hills has had to lay off its ambassador to save money.

Actor Gregg Donovan has spent much of the past 12 years in a top hat and tails giving directions, posing for photos, promoting local businesses and bellowing, "Welcome to Beverly Hills! You have arrived." Many shops and residents are not happy at his departure, saying he had become the face of Beverly Hills and a boon to business on Rodeo Drive.

Super-size classes super for children

A junior school is teaching children aged between seven and nine in classes of more than 50 -- and the head says youngsters are benefiting.

Staff at Bure Valley School in Aylsham, Norfolk, think they may have the biggest class sizes in the UK with all Year 3 pupils in a class of 70, with two teachers and three teaching assistants, and all Year 4 pupils in a class of 60, with two teachers and two teaching assistants.

Four men arrested in $1m holy heist

Israeli police have arrested four men in the theft of Jewish religious items worth more than $1m (€73,600) from a synagogue in Milan.

The men, in their 20s, were arrested after smuggling the stolen Judaica into Israel.

Irish Independent