In brief: UK fears queen may lose head
FEARS are growing in Britain that Queen Elizabeth's head may be removed from stamps if the Royal Mail is sold off to a foreign firm.
The government is in talks with Buckingham Palace after legislation paving the way for a sell-off failed to guarantee the monarch's head would be retained.
Christmas tree disarms rebels
THE Colombian army has installed a giant Christmas tree in FARC rebel territory to encourage guerrilla fighters to demobilise.
Special forces infiltrated the remote Macarena mountain range to dress a 25-metre-high tree with 2,000 lights. Movement sensors will make the tree light up when guerrillas approach. The army hopes to spread the message that Christmas is a good time to abandon armed struggle.
'Strictly' champ taken to hospital
'STRICTLY Come Dancing' winner Kara Tointon was in hospital yesterday morning after her weekend victory in the BBC1 talent show.
The former EastEnder, who damaged her wrist during training, was diagnosed with torn ligaments in her lower arm.
Driver's good deed backfires
A 26-year-old man thought he was doing a good deed when he gave a 70-year-old woman a lift to a bank in Janesville, Minnesota. But police say the woman robbed the bank and he was her unsuspecting getaway driver.
The man thought the woman, who rents a flat from his mother, was going to withdraw cash for rent. Instead, employees of the bank reported an "elderly woman" walked out with cash after claiming she had a gun.
Wagner denies Chloe sex claims
'X FACTOR' star Wagner Carrilho yesterday denied claims he spent a night with fellow contestant Chloe Mafia.
The Brazilian singer (54) described newspaper allegations that he had sex with the 19-year-old in a hotel room as a "complete fabrication".
Top hotel blings in holiday season
AN Abu Dhabi luxury hotel that boasted a £7m (€8.2m) Christmas tree decorated with gold and gems now says it may have gone too far.
A statement from the Emirates Palace hotel says it regrets "attempts to overload" the tradition of the Christmas tree by adorning it with ornaments made of gold, rubies, diamonds and other precious stones from a hotel jeweller.