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In brief: Sky Sports duo score new slot

Former Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys have been signed up by radio station Talksport.

The pair, who were involved in the Sky Sports sexism row, will host a three-hour show on Monday through to Friday on the commercial speech station. Gray said: "I can't tell you how excited I am about joining the Talksport team. It's an ideal opportunity for Richard and me to do what we do best, and that's talk about sport."

Priest had hand in collection box

A retired German priest has been charged with 50 counts of fraud over the theft of €1m worth of church donations.

The former Roman Catholic priest (77) was detained on suspicion of taking donations and collection money from his church in Bavaria. Most of the money was found in his bank accounts.

Police probe case of duck cruelty

Police lauched an investigation last night after secretly taken video footage showed workers at a farm which supplied Waitrose "swinging ducks by their necks".

Staff at the Hillside Animal Sanctuary, near Norwich, said they had mounted an undercover operation at Hall Farm in Hingham, and filmed workers "throwing" ducks into a lorry.

Bird knifes man to death at cockfight

A US man attending a cockfight has died after being stabbed in the leg by a bird that had a knife attached to its limb.

The Kern County coroner in California said 35-year-old Jose Luis Ochoa was declared dead at a hospital about two hours after he suffered the injury on January 30. A post- mortem concluded Mr Ochoa died of an accidental "sharp force injury" to his right calf.

Fab four fans to celebrate first gig

Thousands of Beatles fans will gather in Liverpool today for a celebration of 50 years since the Fab Four played their debut gig at the city's Cavern Club.

John, Paul, George and Ringo first took to the stage on the famous Mathew Street venue during a lunchtime session on Tuesday, February 9, 1961.

Japan in love with Glasgow accent

Glaswegians have the most attractive accent for Japanese speakers of English, a new study has revealed.

Those questioned listened to speakers of six varieties of English and rated them on a range of personality traits.

Irish Independent