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Monday 20 November 2017

In brief: Russia gets tough on paedophiles

Russia will chemically castrate and impose life sentences on paedophiles convicted two or more times under a bill passed by the lower house of parliament.

The measure, proposed by President Dmitry Medvedev, was ratified yesterday, with 354 deputies approving it and one voting against.

Hunters battle for deer call victory

Hunting enthusiasts grunted and bellowed in the battle to be named Germany's champion deer caller.

The 18 men and one woman used sea shells, ox horns and hollow plant stems to perfect their deer calls in the contest.

Preserved sperm sparks court row

Utah's Supreme Court is considering whether a sperm donor contract is proof that a man wanted to be a father even after his death.

The question stems from a dispute between Gayle Burns and the US Social Security Administration, which denied survivor benefits to the son Ms Burns conceived after her husband died from cancer. Michael Burns contracted with medical providers to preserve his sperm before he died in 2001. Ms Burns became pregnant in 2003, but the federal agency has denied a 2005 benefits petition.

Judge blocks killer's execution

A US federal judge has temporarily blocked the execution of a Mississippi inmate who killed two men during a robbery in 1995.

Edwin Hart Turner was scheduled to die today. US district judge Carlton Reeves halted the execution.

Liberian fighter told to leave US

A man who led a faction accused of killings and recruiting child soldiers during the Liberian civil war has been ordered to leave the US by an immigration judge in New York.

George Boley Sr led the Liberian Peace Council during the 1990s conflict.

Minogue reports online stalker

Kylie Minogue has alerted police after she was targeted by an online stalker.

The singer took to Twitter to tell her fans, who she calls lovers, about it. She wrote: "I love 1,033,861 of you lovers, but one is not a lover, just a deluded weirdo making threats and that does not make you special, so . . . police alerted."

Fassbender 'slept during big break'

'Shame' star Michael Fassbender has revealed he nearly slept through his big break on the small screen -- playing a patient in 'Holby City'.

The Irish actor played a man who had his spleen taken out in an early role in the BBC medical drama. He said: "The trouble was they were filming the scene over and over again and focusing on all the doctors operating on me and I was lying there with my eyes closed and I just drifted off. I woke to hear someone whispering, 'He's fallen asleep'."

Chase is better than the catch

A DRIVER who started a police chase because he wanted to try it has been fined 1,000 dollars (€755).

John C Hughes followed a patrol car for seven blocks in Montana before turning round and taking off. When he was caught Mr Hughes told police: "I just always wanted to do that".

Risky ad for fast food is binned

MCDONALDS has scrapped an advert that said eating one of their products was less risky than petting a stray pit bull, shaving your head or giving friends your Facebook password.

The radio advert only ran for a few days in the Kansas City area before the complaints started.

Irish Independent

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