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Thursday 19 April 2018

In brief: Winehouse's dad: I still text her phone

Amy Winehouse's father has revealed that he still sends text messages to his late daughter's phone asking her to come home.

Mitch (60) said that he felt guilty that he could now sleep at night because he no longer had to worry about the songstress. But he said: "Sometimes I text her telling her to come home. But she's never coming home."

A novel way to cut prison sentences

Brazil will offer inmates in its crowded federal penitentiary system a novel way to shorten their sentences: four days less for every book they read.

Inmates in four federal prisons will be able to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science or classics to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year.

Paediatrician had child porn images

A Connecticut paediatrician has admitted that he possessed more than 100,000 images and videos of child pornography, US federal authorities said.

The US Attorney's office said Todd Parrilla (48) pleaded guilty to receipt and distribution of child pornography. Parrilla faces a minimum prison sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years when he is sentenced on October 24.

50 Cent 'doing fine' after crash

A representative for 50 Cent says the rapper is out of the hospital after being injured in a car accident in New York yesterday morning.

50 Cent was treated for "minor neck and back injuries" and is "doing fine".

No abuse cover-up at Scouts Canada

Scouts Canada released an independent audit that found that there were problems with the way the organisation handles allegations of sexual misconduct, but the report said there was no evidence of a systemic cover-up of abuses.

Steve Kent, chief commissioner of Scouts Canada, said the review of six decades of Scouts Canada records by KPMG revealed serious problems that needed to be fixed.

Assange life story to be told in film

Moviemakers are aiming to dramatise the life of embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange -- in a story told through online dating encounters.

Director Cyril Tuschi will track Mr Assange's journey from his childhood in Australia through the launch of WikiLeaks, to international fame, according to movie website Screendaily.com.

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