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Friday 15 December 2017

In brief: Superman to give up US citizenship

Superman has caused a stir with a bold declaration that he intends to renounce his US citizenship, in a move aimed at giving him more global clout and authority.

The decision, made in a short story in 'Action Comics No 900', has caused consternation among readers, who liken the Man of Steel's declaration to go before the United Nations and "inform them I am renouncing my citizenship" to abandoning the ideals of truth, justice and the American way. DC Comics said the superhero was not abandoning the US, but putting a global focus on his battle against evil.

Group proposes circumcision ban

A group opposed to male circumcision have collected more than enough signatures to qualify a proposal to ban the practice in San Francisco as a ballot measure for November elections.

But legal experts said that even if it were approved by a majority of the city's voters, such a measure would almost certainly face a legal challenge as an unconstitutional infringement on freedom of religion.

Army leak suspect fit to stand trial

The US Army says the intelligence analyst suspected of illegally passing government secrets to the WikiLeaks website has been found competent to stand trial.

Army spokesman Gary Tallman said a panel of experts completed its evaluation of Pfc Bradley Manning's mental fitness last week, and informed army officials yesterday of the conclusion. Mr Tallman says no date has been set yet for the trial. Mr Manning faces about two dozen charges, including aiding the enemy, which can bring the death penalty or life in prison.

Gymnast sues over lack of proper care

A paralysed Chinese gymnast filed a $1.8bn (€1.12bn) lawsuit against Time Warner and the US Gymnastics Federation, claiming they and others broke promises to care for her after she broke her neck at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York.

Lawyers for Sang Lan said the failure of Time Warner and the gymnastics body to obtain proper insurance had caused her condition to deteriorate. Time Warner and the US Gymnastics Federation had no immediate comment.

Tyler reveals rock secrets in book

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's autobiography promises to be a page-turner.

In 'Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?', Tyler (63) describes life in the "most decadent, lecherous, sexiest, nastiest band in the land".

Irish Independent

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