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Saturday 16 December 2017

In brief: Mexican politician says sex sells votes

Sex sells -- at least that's what the ruling party candidate in Mexico's presidential election is hoping as she seeks to rescue her fading chances.

Sitting well behind the frontrunner, Josefina Vazquez Mota of the National Action Party has appealed to women to 'use their wiles' to ensure their husbands vote on July 1.

Police chief in drug trafficking charge

A retired Colombian police general who was security chief for former president Alvaro Uribe from 2002 to 2005 betrayed international anti-drugs operations for nearly a decade while on the payroll of major drug traffickers, according to a US indictment.

Ex-general Mauricio Santoyo Velasco is charged with conspiracy to export cocaine to the US in collusion with far-right paramilitary bosses.

Snapper alleges Baldwin brawl

A New York photographer has accused Alec Baldwin of punching him outside a marriage licence bureau.

It was reported that Marcus Santos was taking photos of the '30 Rock' star yesterday morning. Baldwin posted on Twitter: "A 'photographer' almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning."

McEnroe's advice: channel the anger

Tantrum tennis star John McEnroe has advised players to channel their anger into the game.

The 53-year-old said: "If you use that anger in a positive way, where you get yourself to try harder and dig deeper, it can be a good thing."

US man saves lives twice in two days

A US man who made two lifesaving rescues in two days is being honoured in Florida.

Gus Hertz was fishing near the Gulf of Mexico last week when he pulled a man from a car. A day later, a small plane crashed into the water. Mr Hertz dragged the pilot and passenger on to his boat.

Toyota fire scare probe expanded

The US government has expanded an investigation into fires that can start in the doors of several Toyota models, adding 600,000 Camrys and other vehicles to the probe. The probe includes 1.4 million cars and SUVs from the 2007 to 2009 model years.

Irish Independent

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