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In brief: Women over 40 having best sex

Married women over 40 have the best sex, according to a survey to be published today.

The poll found 81pc were more adventurous than when they were in their 20s, and 63pc were more confident in bed. Sixty percent of women with children over 18 said they had more sex since the children moved out, while 91pc of working women with children under 10 say their sex life has been "wrecked".

Tube staff stage 24-hour strike

London Underground rail workers last night started a second strike over safety and staffing levels, disrupting the travel plans of 3.5 million commuters.

The 24-hour walkout, one of four scheduled in protest against 800 planned job cuts, is the fifth to shut the Tube since 2002.

Artificial heart pump for boy (15)

Doctors have fitted a 15-year-old boy with an artificial heart implant, the first such operation on a child.

Officials at the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome said the boy had a muscular disease, which prevented him from being put on a donor list for an organ transplant. The doctors implanted a battery-powered pump in his heart during a 10-hour operation.

Parents sue over dead son's brain

A couple is suing New York City after learning that their dead son's brain was on display at a city morgue.

Jesse Shipley was 17 when he died in a car crash in 2005. Andre and Korisha Shipley, of the New York City borough of Staten Island, said they had no idea his brain was removed during a post-mortem until some of the teen's classmates spotted it floating in a jar on a field trip.

'Jesus tree' at root of tourism drive

With a giant trunk and boughs towering 60 feet, a gnarled sycamore near Jericho's main square has long been touted as the tree that hated tax collector Zacchaeus climbed to get a glimpse of Jesus.

Now it is centre stage in a plan to transform the desert backwater into a West Bank tourist hub. The tourism drive is part of Jericho's 10,000th birthday celebrations.

SA plans to sell mood-lifting plant

South Africa is planning to sell a mood-lifting plant worldwide. For hundreds of years indigenous South Africans have chewed the sceletium tortuosum plant that they say relieves stress and hunger and sedates and lifts moods. Now they have a licence to study and market it.

Irish Independent