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In brief: Police hunt for 'Obama Robber'

Austrian authorities are searching for a bank robber who wears a Barack Obama mask during his hold-ups.

The 'Obama Robber' is wanted for six heists since 2008. The most recent took place in the hamlet of Handenberg, where the suspect made off with cash after threatening bank employees with a gun.

Third of voters in Zimbabwe 'dead'

Nearly one third of Zimbabwe's 5.5 million registered voters are dead, while others appear to be up to 120 years old, researchers have found.

The independent Zimbabwe Election Support Network said the list should be overhauled before elections scheduled this year.

Emergency call made for croc

The crocodile in 'Peter Pan' happily went "tick-tock" after swallowing an alarm clock -- but a crocodile in Ukraine has been a little less fortunate.

Gena, a 14-year-old crocodile at the Dnipropetrovsk Oceanarium, has been refusing food after eating a mobile phone dropped by a woman trying to photograph him last month. Medics are considering surgery as a last resort.

Hilton's boyfriend on drug charges

Paris Hilton's boyfriend is facing criminal charges following his arrest with the celebrity socialite on the Las Vegas Strip last August.

A complaint filed yesterday charges Cy Waits (35) with being under the influence of marijuana and driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. The former nightclub mogul could face up to four years in prison. He will be arraigned on February 17.

Manson killer denied parole

A follower of cult leader Charles Manson has been denied parole by a Californian panel after serving 40 years in jail for her part in the Sharon Tate murders.

The parole board said Patricia Krenwinkel (63) would not be eligible for parole again for seven years. Krenwinkel has been imprisoned longer than any other woman in California.

Reality star dies after breast op

German tabloids are in mourning after reality TV star Carolin 'Sexy Cora' Berger died in a coma yesterday after her sixth breast operation.

Ms Berger (23), a sex film celebrity, had embarked on a series of breast enlargements in a bid to keep her publicity going. Hamburg prosecutors are investigating her doctors for negligence.

Irish Independent