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Sunday 19 November 2017

In brief: Prolific big-screen producer (91) dies

OSCAR-winning Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis, who brought nearly 500 films to the big screen including 'Serpico' and 'King Kong', has died in Los Angeles aged 91, Italian media said yesterday.

De Laurentiis produced several Italian classics in collaboration, including Federico Fellini's 'La Strada', for which he won an Academy Award in 1957.

Gibson attends custody hearing

MEL Gibson is in a Los Angeles courtroom for a custody hearing involving his infant daughter.

The Academy Award-winner arrived for a closed hearing on Wednesday about 10 minutes before his ex-girlfriend, Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva. The former couple have been sparring for months over custody and financial issues.

Chinese porcelain jar fetches €3.1m

A "RARE and magnificent" Yuan Dynasty jar sold for £2.6m (€3.1m) at Sotheby's in London.

The Chinese vessel was described as an example of 14th-century blue and white porcelain and "undoubtedly one of the greatest contributions to the art of ceramics in history".

Wake up and smell the weed

DUTCH police are asking people to use their noses to help track down illegal cannabis crops.

They have posted 30,000 scratch-and-sniff cards that give off the odour of cannabis plants to help people identify the smell of a plantation.

Indigent eunuchs to get pensions

NEARLY 300,000 eunuchs who make a living by begging on New Delhi streets are to get a pension of 1,000 rupees (€16.50) each month.

Eunuch is a term used in India to describe transvestites, post-operative transsexuals and hermaphrodites.

'Barefoot bandit' finally trips up

THE 19-year-old 'barefoot bandit' accused of a two-year string of thefts from Washington state to the Caribbean, has been indicted by a US grand jury in Seattle.

Colton Harris-Moore faces charges including interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft. He got his nickname as police say he wore no shoes during some of the thefts.

Irish Independent

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