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Tuesday 12 December 2017

In brief: Prisoners to be given cell-phones

Prisoners in British jails could soon have telephones fitted inside their cells in a bid to reduce the number of mobile phones being smuggled into prisons.

A number of jails are being considered for a pilot scheme in which inmates will be able to make outgoing calls from the landlines, rather than communal phones on landings.

'X Factor' boys hit top of the charts

Boy band One Direction flew straight to the top of the British singles charts last night with their debut release 'What Makes You Beautiful'.

The band, which was formed on 'X Factor' last year and features Niall Horan from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, has clocked up more than 153,000 sales -- the biggest week one sales of the year so far.

Actor accused of punching driver

Prosecutors in Cleveland will not file assault charges against 'Lost' actor Matthew Fox after he was accused of punching a female bus driver.

Fox was detained and handcuffed after witnesses told police he punched Heather Bormann, the driver of a private party bus, multiple times in the chest, stomach and groin.

20 protesters shot dead in Yemen

At least 20 people were killed when Yemeni government forces and armed men in plainclothes opened fire at thousands of protesters in the capital, Sana'a, yesterday.

Yesterday's rally called on Yemenis to remove the "remains of the regime" of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been recuperating in Saudi Arabia from injuries sustained in a June attack on his compound.

Thief sends victim Facebook request

A man in Colorado is accused of stealing a woman's mobile phone and then sending her a friend request on Facebook.

The victim alleges she awoke to find an intruder standing over her. When she screamed, the man grabbed her mobile phone and fled. She said she later received a Facebook friend request from a man she identified as the intruder.

'Jaws' devours his opponents

The top-ranked competitive eater in the world and reigning king of the World Bratwurst Eating Championship defended his title in Cincinnati this weekend, washing down 35 brats in 10 minutes.

Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut, who won $2,000, said he prepared by fasting for two to three days before the contest.

Irish Independent

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