Sunday 19 November 2017

In brief: 'Millionaire' on run out of credit

A man who went on the run after a bank mistakenly deposited millions of dollars into his account has pleaded guilty to theft charges.

Hui "Leo" Gao was dubbed the 'Accidental Millionaire' after Westpac bank in 2009 mistakenly gave him a credit line of $NZ10m (€6.2m). Hong Kong police arrested the 31-year-old last year and New Zealand authorities extradited him. Both Gao and his partner Kara Hurring are awaiting sentencing.

US town swears by fine for profanity

Residents in a town outside Boston in the US voted to make the foul-mouthed pay fines for swearing in public.

At a town meeting, residents of Middleborough voted 183-50 to approve a proposal from the police chief to impose a $20 (€12.40) fine on public profanity.

Louvre museum lights up catwalk

For the first time in its history, Paris's Louvre Museum has opened up its hallways to fashion: a catwalk show by Italian house Salvatore Ferragamo.

The Florence-based house was granted access to the museum thanks to its sponsorship of the Louvre's current exhibition of 'The Virgin And Saint Anne,' by Leonardo da Vinci.

Azerbaijan offers leaders immunity

The parliament of Azerbaijan has overwhelmingly granted the president and his wife lifetime immunity from criminal prosecution.

The nation's first head of state, Ayaz Mutalibov, currently lives in Moscow and faces a number of criminal charges in Azerbaijan. The immunity law could potentially pave the way for his return as all former presidents are eligible.

26 children found in sweatshop raid

Police raids on factories in the Indian capital have found children hard at work despite laws against child labour.

Police rounded up 26 childrenin New Delhi from three textile factories and one that manufactures chemicals. Five men were arrested for employing the children.

Serbian lawyers strike over attack

Serbia's lawyers have staged a one-day strike demanding protection after a prominent attorney was attacked, beaten and had his eyes sprayed with acid last week.

Serbia's lawyers' association says its members need more protection, including granting them the official status already enjoyed by judges, prosecutors and police.

Irish Independent

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