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In brief: Toddler dies after being left in car

AN Italian toddler died after her father forgot to drop her off at a day-care centre and left her in his hot car for five hours.

Doctors at Ancona's Salesi paediatric hospital on the Adriatic coast declared the 22-month-old brain dead late last night. The child, identified only as Elena, had surgery to relieve swelling on the brain, but doctors said it was too extensive to save her.

Landslides kill 16 at orphanage

TWO landslides that hit a Malaysian orphanage killed 15 boys and one adult but nine people survived.

Police said the bodies of 15 boys, aged eight to 18, and a 34-year-old caretaker, had been recovered after a 15-hour operation. Six boys and three wardens who were critically injured in the landslides have been taken to hospital.

Clinton joins stars for AIDS 'Life Ball'

FORMER US President Bill Clinton, Janet Jackson and actress Brooke Shields joined thousands of revellers in risque attire last night at the Life Ball in Vienna, Austria, a flamboyant fundraiser for people with HIV and AIDS.

Clinton reminded partygoers -- many covering private body parts with nothing more than paint, feathers or G-strings -- that a large number of those infected with the virus still aren't getting access to life-saving treatment.

Thief takes 'virgin' hair from woman

BRAZILIAN police say a thief cut off and stole a woman's long hair while she waited at a bus stop. Police said the hair was virgin, meaning it had not been chemically treated, and will probably be sold for the production of wigs.

The woman was waiting for a bus in the city of Goiania when the man used a knife-like weapon to cut the hair, which reached past her waist.

Six politicians quit over sex scandal

SIX senior politicians in a Turkish opposition party have resigned amid a sex video scandal that could have far-reaching consequences in elections on June 12.

The Nationalist Action Party MPs were shown on compromising videos released on the internet.

Woman held in moon rock sting

A WOMAN who tried to sell what she said was a rare piece of moon rock for $1.7m (€1.2m) was held when her would-be buyer turned out to be an undercover NASA agent.

The rocks, which are considered national treasures, are illegal to sell.

Irish Independent