Islam-row film pact
Indian movie star Kamal Hassan has reached a settlement with Muslim organisations in southern India and agreed to delete seven scenes from his latest spy thriller.
The Tamil Nadu government had banned Hassan's film 'Vishwaroopam' in the state following protests from several Muslim groups objecting to the film's portrayal of Islam.
Etch Sketch man dies
The inventor of the Etch A Sketch, the famous red toy that generations of children drew on, shook up and started over with, has died in France. The Ohio Art Company, based in Bryan, Ohio, USA, said Andre Cassagnes (86) died on January 16 in a Paris suburb.
The Toy Industry Association says Mr Cassagnes came upon the Etch A Sketch idea in the late 1950s. The toy, with its grey screen and red frame, has two knobs that are twisted to create drawings. A shake erases the image.
Tourist death arrests
A missing New York City woman has been found dead in Turkey and police have detained nine people in connection with the case. Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while holidaying alone in Istanbul. She had last been heard from on January 21, the day she was due back home.
Her body was discovered near the remnants of some ancient city walls in a poor district of Istanbul. A news channel said Ms Sierra had been stabbed to death.
Otter disaster in pond
An otter has been blamed for eating £20,000 (€23,000) of fish from a garden pond. Linda and Alan Brown said the animal came from the Little Ouse river and crept under a fence while they were away on holiday.
Twenty fish, including a 28lb koi carp, were snatched, and remains were found in a neighbour's garden, the couple said. "People think otters are nice and cuddly creatures. But they are killers," Mrs Brown (60) said.
Lost pup's happy tale
A five-month-old puppy which vanished in Kentucky 18 months ago has been reunited with its owners – after it was found in New Mexico. Chihuahua-dachshund mix Pooka disappeared from Mandi Smith's back garden and was found 1,200 miles away.
Ms Smith was traced due to a microchip that had been installed only days before Pooka went missing. The Espanola Valley Humane Society said Pooka had recently had pups and was still nursing when she was found, although there was no sign of her offspring.