In brief: Syrian forces kill eight protesters
Syrian forces killed at least eight people at anti-government rallies yesterday as more than one million demonstrators across the country defied a tough security crackdown.
Syrian security forces have killed more than 1,900 people since the uprising began.
Van driver causes €14,000 damage
A US customer was so angry that a car dealer would not take back the van he had bought, he returned to the dealership and deliberately crashed into six other vehicles.
David Cross went to the Portsmouth Used Car Superstore in New Hampshire to return the van after a mechanic had spotted a number of problems with it. His demands for a refund were ignored by the dealer, and Cross returned in the middle of the night and drove into the other vehicles, causing €14,757 in damage.
Hotel chain puts in snore controls
Guests at an international hotel chain may sleep more soundly after the introduction of "snore patrols" and "snore absorption rooms" at a number of sites worldwide.
Crowne Plaza is trialling the first "snore absorption" rooms at 10 hotels in Europe and the Middle East, whilst six branches in Britain have implemented "snore patrols" this month in a bid to combat noisy sleepers.
Men who buy sex 'are more violent'
Men who pay for sex are more likely than men who do not pay for sex to commit a variety of offences including violent crimes against women, according to research conducted in the Boston area.
The study, based on interviews with 202 men conducted by the nonprofit group Prostitution Research and Education and was led by Melissa Farley, a clinical psychologist and anti-prostitution activist.
Policeman sacked over porn role
A Los Angeles traffic officer has been sacked for appearing in uniform in a porn film.
Bruce Whidden, executive director of the city's Civil Service Commission, told the 'Los Angeles Times' John Dancler was dismissed for "misconduct on the job and in uniform, and indecent acts that reflected poorly on the city workforce".