Sunday 18 February 2018

In brief: Outrage at eating sushi off model

South Africa's governing party has pronounced that eating sushi off the body of a model in a bikini is politically incorrect.

African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said: "This act is defamatory, insensitive and undermining of woman's integrity." The question has raged in South African media following reports of the practice at parties of wealthy businessmen.

Catapults used to smuggle drugs

Drug smugglers are using an ancient invention to move marijuana across the border from Mexico to the US.

US National Guard troops observed several people preparing "drug catapults" -- capable of launching 2kg of the drug -- in the Mexican state of Sonora, but they fled before they could be captured.

Elton's father was 'tough, hard man'

Elton John has spoken about his relationship with his father, saying he never attended his concerts and was "disappointed" in the singer.

Speaking after the birth of his first child, the 63-year-old musician described Stanley Dwight as a "tough, hard, unemotional man" who was "disappointed and absent".

Man found with bomb at mosque

A 63-year-old California man who had explosives in his vehicle was arrested outside one of the nation's largest mosques in Dearborn, Detroit, authorities said.

Roger Stockham was arraigned on one count of making a false report or threat of terrorism and one count of possessing explosives with an unlawful intent.

Sect leader Jeffs' trial is delayed

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is having his criminal trial in Texas delayed for a third time.

Jeffs appeared yesterday in a west Texas courtroom. He is head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Prosecutors say Jeffs had sex with two children at the Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado, Texas.

Saucy criminal jailed for attacks

An Idaho library has closed the book on a string of sauce attacks against its shelves now that the ketchup-wielding criminal has been jailed.

"We're relieved it's resolved," Ann Costello of Ada County Community Library said of the attacks, which began in 2009 when books in a drop-box were smothered with fluids like corn syrup.

Irish Independent

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