Tuesday 23 January 2018

In brief: Queen Elizabeth in status update

Queen Elizabeth has joined the Facebook generation with the launch of a British Monarchy page on the social networking site.

The move follows the introduction of the British monarchy's Flickr account earlier this year. It also joined Twitter in 2009 and established a Royal Channel on YouTube in 2007.

Abandoned cat has tail removed

An abandoned cat found in Kent that tried to chew off its own tail after it was bound with a rubber band and left to rot has had to have it removed, an animal charity said. Vets believe the band could have been cutting into the cat's flesh for weeks.

Volunteers at Cats Protection hope to find Arthur, who also suffers from the feline equivalent of HIV, a new home.

Charity's monkey business pays off

The Goodies' classic ode to the ape 'The Funky Gibbon' is to be relaunched to raise cash to help protect the primate.

Comedians Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden originally scored a hit with the song in 1975. The track has been given a revamp for the International Primate Protection League's Save the Gibbon campaign.

Star quizzed over harassment claim

'EastEnders' star Steve McFadden has been arrested and bailed over claims that he harassed a woman believed to be the mother of his daughter.

It is understood that McFadden (51) -- who plays 'EastEnders' hard man Phil Mitchell -- was arrested following a complaint by former partner Dr Rachel Sidwell, mother of his 17-month-old daughter.

Swedish shooting suspect arrested

Swedish police have arrested a 38-year-old man suspected of a series of shootings of people with immigrant backgrounds in southern Sweden.

Police have previously said they believe a lone gunman is responsible for more than a dozen unsolved shootings in which one person died and eight were wounded in the city of Malmo since October last year.

Israel demolishes illegal mosque

Israeli police say they demolished an illegally built mosque in the southern Bedouin city of Rahat, leading to rock-throwing protests by residents.

Mosque activist Yousef Abu-Jama said residents built the structure illegally because Israeli authorities would take too long to issue approval.

Irish Independent

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