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Sunday 18 February 2018

In Brief: Tory MP Nigel Evans arrested on suspicion of rape and assault

THE Deputy House of Commons Speaker and Tory MP Nigel Evans has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

The 55-year-old MP is alleged to have raped one man and sexually assaulted another between July 2009 and March 2013. Both alleged victims are in their 20s.

Mr Evans has been MP for the Lancashire constituency since 1992. A popular figure at Westminster, in June 2010 he was elected as one of the three Commons deputy speakers. Later that year, he came out as gay, saying that he was "tired of living a lie".

Taliban attacks kill seven US soldiers

Seven US service members were killed yesterday in one of the deadliest days for Americans in Afghanistan in recent months, as the Taliban continued attacks against foreign troops as part of their spring offensive.

The renewed violence came as Afghan president Hamid Karzai acknowledged at a news conference that regular payments his government has received from the CIA for more than a decade would continue.

Qatar angers Canada in aviation row

A bid by Qatar to relocate the United Nations' civil aviation agency from Montreal to the tiny emirate has angered Canada, where politicians from all sides have vowed to band together to fight the proposed move.

Ethnic clashes kill 39 people in Nigeria

Clashes between rival ethnic groups have killed at least 39 people in eastern Nigeria's Taraba state this weekend.

Members of the Jukun tribe were marching through the small town of Wukari to a funeral when an argument broke out with local youths, which degenerated into pitched battles with guns and machetes.

We're in a culture war, says NRA boss

The incoming leader of the National Rifle Association (NRA) told its grassroots organisers yesterday they are the frontline of a "culture war" that goes beyond gun rights.

James Porter's comments came after he branded Barack Obama a "fake president", and are likely to inflame an already explosive national debate over gun control.

Ancient statues return to Cambodia

Two ancient stone statues that have been in a New York museum for nearly 20 years will be returned to Cambodia.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art said the 10th-Century Koh Ker stone statues are being returned after researchers discovered evidence about how they had been acquired.

Sheen in custody battle with ex-wife

Charlie Sheen supports a decision by child-protection services to remove his twin sons from the custody of his ex-wife and have them live temporarily with another of his exes, actress Denise Richards.

The actor's spokesman said that Sheen would participate in court proceedings related to ex-wife Brooke Mueller's custody of their four-year-old sons. Ms Mueller and Sheen married in 2008 and divorced in 2011.

Playground honour for Beastie Boy

A New York City playground where the late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch learned to ride a bike as a child has been renamed in his honour. The rapper died last May after a three-year battle with cancer.

Harper Lee suing her literary agent

The author of To Kill A Mockingbird, 87-year-old Harper Lee, is suing her literary agent, claiming he tricked her into assigning the copyright on her book to him.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan last Friday against Samuel Pinkus, the son-in-law of Lee's long-time agent, Eugene Winick, who had represented her for more than 40 years.

Solar-powered plane in maiden flight

A solar-powered airplane that developers hope to eventually pilot around the world took off early on Friday from San Francisco Bay on the first leg of an attempt to fly across the US with no fuel but the sun's energy.

Irish Independent

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