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Thursday 18 January 2018

In brief: Man stored dead aunt in freezer

Police in Austria have found the body of an 89-year-old woman in her freezer and said her nephew has admitted placing her there.

A police spokesman said the unidentified suspect claimed his aunt died naturally in Neuhofen/Ybbs. The nephew claimed he put her in the freezer so he could continue collecting her monthly care allowance.

Rabbit gives its life to save owner

A pet rabbit is being credited for saving its owners from a house fire in south-eastern Alaska before it died of smoke inhalation, fire officials have said.

The rabbit woke up the homeowner early in the morning by scratching on her chest, the Ketchikan Fire Department said in a statement.

PETA to launch a porn website

Animal rights group PETA, which is no stranger to attention-grabbing campaigns, plans to launch a pornography website.

The non-profit organisation said it hopes to raise awareness of veganism through a mix of pornography and graphic footage of animal suffering.

Elephant has a flair for painting

An elephant at Whipsnade Zoo, England, has taken up an unusual hobby. Karishma spends her days painting, and can regularly be seen holding the brush in her trunk.

Karishma, a 13-year-old female Asian elephant, arrived at the zoo four years ago. Visitors to the zoo this weekend will be able to see a selection of Karishma's artwork.

Atlas published false statistic

The publisher of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World has apologised for "incorrectly" suggesting that 15pc of Greenland's ice cover had melted.

The latest edition claims that cartographers had to erase an area of ice the size of the UK and Ireland. But scientists have said they were puzzled by the suggestion that the atlas showed Greenland was "turning green".

Survey says 'no' to noisy workers

Workers who shout down the phone or bring smelly food into the office for lunch, are among the top bugbears of employees, according to a new study.

A survey of 1,500 adults by Samsung Electronics found that slow computer systems and printer jams are a daily misery for workers. The research also showed that loud colleagues also rankled.

Irish Independent

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