Wednesday 13 December 2017

In brief: Stewart will seek assisted death

'Star Trek' actor Patrick Stewart has declared his wish to be allowed an assisted death.

The 70-year-old, who was diagnosed with coronary heart disease five years ago, said: "I have the strong feeling that, should the time come for me, having had no role in my birth I would like there to be a choice I might make about how I die."

Foos knock Adele from number one

American rockers Foo Fighters have toppled Adele from her record-breaking stint at the number one spot in the British album charts.

'Wasting Light', the new album from Dave Grohl's band, pushed Adele's '21' down to number two, while her album '19' remains at number three.

No plaque for king's therapist

English Heritage has ruled that Lionel Logue, who helped cure King George VI of his stammer and inspired an Oscar-winning film, is not worthy of a blue plaque.

No reason was given for the decision not to erect a plaque in the Australian's adopted hometown of London, but the organisation puts down strict rules on who is eligible.

Belly dancer loses disability benefit

A New York City woman who was receiving $850 (€589) a month in disability benefits had her payments slashed after her ex-husband spotted online photos of her belly dancing.

Brian McGurk informed the authorities after he found a blog that showed his 43-year-old ex-wife dancing at a gallery. Her payment was subsequently halved.

Investigation into army abuse film

Military police and a team of investigators are examining footage that appears to show British soldiers beating an Iraqi civilian.

The footage, which was allegedly taped in 2003, shows men dressed in British army desert combat fatigues punching and kicking an Iraqi man, who appears to be distressed.

Bosses get cross with electrician

An electrician in England faces being fired for placing a small palm cross on the dashboard of his company van.

Bosses at the housing association in Yorkshire asked Colin Atkinson (64) to remove the religious symbol because it could offend tenants. But he refused to comply with their demands and now he may be forced to attend a disciplinary hearing.

Irish Independent

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